Runyon Canyon Road

Runyon Canyon Park, California

Elevation Gain279ft
Trailhead Elevation1,048ft
Elevation Min/Max1048/1220ft
Elevation Start/End1048/1048ft

Runyon Canyon Road

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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Best Hikes Near Los Angeles (Falcon Guides)
Allen Riedel and Monique Riedel
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"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." Read more
60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Los Angeles (Menasha Ridge Press)
Laura Randall
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"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." Read more
Day Hiking Los Angeles (The Mountaineers Books)
Casey Schreiner
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"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." Read more

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This is a good hike, with lots of fantastic views, and not too difficult. Having said that, if you do attempt it try to leave early in the morning so you can find some parking, because parking in Runyon Canyon is kind of a nightmare. Otherwise you might end up hiking quite a ways from your car in addition to the mileage you gain on the trail itself. If you get lucky and find a spot to park, make sure to check that is actually allowed so you don't get a ticket. The views of L.A. along the trail are beautiful and you are rewarded with a 360 degree view of the Hollywood sign, Griffith Observatory, Downtown L.A., and you can see all the way to Century City and Santa Monica if it is a clear and sunny day. You can also plan on seeing and meeting lots of people and lots of dogs. Dogs really are the superstars of this trail, and you will probably get to see so many cute ones walking with their urban weary owners. Bring water, hats, sunscreen, and all the provisions necessary for a potentially hot and sunny hike. Although heavily traveled and trafficked, this is still a sweet work-out and respite from the city.

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Dec 2018