Summary: This was an odd hike in the heart of Hollywood, just a few blocks from the famous Grauman's Chinese Theater. The hike traverses through Runyan Canyon, whose former residents include John McCormick and Errol Flynn. The hike includes 3 great observation points with stunning views of Hollywood and the surrounding area. This park is an off-leash area for walking your dog, and it was rather amazing to watch the parade of docile dogs and slightly oddball owners traipsing along the trail. This place was busy on a weekday morning, so the weekends must be a zoo.
From the end of Fuller, follow the fire road about a half mile past to the first observation point. The trail at this point goes up some stairs and traverses a ridgeline to the second observation point. The trail continues upwards to another entrance gate, where you make a sharp turn to the final observation point. On the way down, stay to the right when you near the second observation point to make this hike a loop.
Trailhead: From the San Fernando Valley, head south on the Hollywood Freeway (101), and exit at Highland. Take Highland to Hollywood Blvd and turn right. A few blocks past the Graumans Chinese Theater, turn right on Fuller Avenue. Fuller dead ends into the park. You will need to find parking on the street. There is also a park entrance on Vista, a few block further down Hollywood Blvd. (Lat:34.10509 Lon:-118.34889)
Trail Guides for Runyan Canyon Loop:
Afoot & Afield In Los Angeles
by Jerry Schad (Wilderness Press)
Best Seasons: Fall, Winter, Spring
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs
Ranger Contact: LA City Parks (213) 473-7070
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Jim Zuber, who has posted 104 other hikes on this site
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Reviewed by Amber on 8/18/2010
I prefer the Mulholland Drive entrance, via 101/Barham exit. There's a gentle downhill trail to the dog park area. Coming back up is a little steep, but doable for beginners.
Reviewed by M.A. on 8/15/2010
Love this place. Never gets old. Many trails to choose from, great place to get your exercise for the day! Owners really have to start picking up after there dogs sh!t. 5 stars!
Reviewed by Liz on 7/1/2010
I love this park, but people should pick up after their dogs. I have been going there for 5 years and the smell of poop is getting worst every time.
Reviewed by rebecca on 6/5/2010
Can someone give me good directions from Redondo beach?!
Reviewed by ejp on 5/24/2010
From Chicago and staying in Hollywood, so itis a great place to hike/run! But, I agree with the earlier post, the smell of dog s#*t can be over powering in some spots- people- pick up after your dogs! Big fines for that in Chicago! Disgusting!
Reviewed by SM on 1/9/2010
I live close by and run it everyday. It is a great way to get your cardio in. I like that there are several trails to choose from so you can make your own exercise route. Sometimes if I need to get a lot of stress out I run it twice and with my ipod, it never gets boring. Running is a little more difficult on the weekends (but not impossible) because it is so crowded and dogs don't seem to care if they run and stop in front of you. I am a dog lover so I don't mind their presence, however it should be legal and a right to punch irresponsible dog owners in the face if they are negligent...Runyon isn't your personal pet toilet, it's a public park for everyone to enjoy!
Reviewed by Tabitha on 9/24/2009
LOVE LOVE LOVE this place. It has wonderful views and a great breeze depending on what time of day you go and considering the weather is good. I always enjoy this place and considering the amount of dogs there it is really clean. Of course there is the occasional lazy owner that doesn't pick up....grrr. It is one of my favorite places to walk.
Reviewed by Amanda on 8/20/2009
This is the best for people and their pooches. Lauren Conrad who said that the dogs should be on a leash should go to one of the million other hiking spots in L.A. where dogs must be on a leash. Dogs off leash here are much happier and very friendly!
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