Runyon Canyon Road

Runyon Canyon Park, California

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Runyon Canyon Road is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Los Angeles, California. It is within Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area and Runyon Canyon Park. It is 0.6 miles long and begins at 1,048 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.2 miles with a total elevation gain of 279 feet.
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Runyon Canyon Road is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Los Angeles, California. It is within Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area and Runyon Canyon Park. It is 0.6 miles long and begins at 1,048 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.2 miles with a total elevation gain of 279 feet.
Activity Type: Hiking, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Road Biking, Trail Running, Walking
Nearby City: Runyon Canyon Park
Distance: 0.6
Elevation Gain: 279 feet
Trailhead Elevation: 1,048 feet
Top Elevation: 1,220 feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Driving Directions: Directions to Runyon Canyon Road
Parks: Runyon Canyon Park
Elevation Min/Max: 1048/1220 ft
Elevation Start/End: 1048/1048 ft
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Best Hikes Near Los Angeles

Best Hikes Near Los Angeles

Though not very wilderness-like and full of people and dogs, this is the quintessential Los Angeles urban hike, and there are no two ways about it. Hike here for networking, fitness, to walk a dog, just to get outside, to take in some pretty darned good views, or to simply witness the freak show if you are so inclined.

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60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Los Angeles

60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Los Angeles

This 130-acre park two blocks north of Hollywood Boulevard offers a peaceful respite right in the middle of the city. The trail is popular with dog owners and local residents looking for an energetic outdoor workout that comes with spectacular views of the Los Angeles basin. Runyon Canyon has three entrances: two are at the bottom, or south end, of the park, and one begins at the north end, off Mulholland Drive. For the best workout and views, most hikers begin at the Fuller Avenue gate on the park’s southeast corner and follow it counterclockwise.

Once known as No Man’s Canyon, the property takes its current name from Carman Runyon, a coal magnate from the East who used the property in the 1930s as a hunting and riding retreat. The city and the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy bought the property in 1984 and turned it into a public park. Its former life as a playground for Hollywood stars is evidenced by the dilapidated tennis courts and the remains of terraces and building foundations along the main trail loop.

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Day Hiking Los Angeles

Day Hiking Los Angeles

If you’ve ever opened a glossy gossip rag in the checkout line and seen photos of “Celebrities! Hiking!,” they were almost undoubtedly taken in Runyon Canyon. Runyon is short on the wilderness experience, but this surprisingly rugged route in the heart of Hollywood is a haven for those who can’t make a longer trip to the more remote trailheads—and it’s also one of L.A. County’s few off-leash dog parks.

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May 2018