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“Lovely (and unusual) way to experience Los Angeles and Hollywood ,,”
Review of Runyon Canyon Park

Runyon Canyon Park
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Runyon Canyon Hiking Tour
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Owner description: Located off Mulholland Drive in the Hollywood Hills, this park is especially loved by dog-lovers since they can hike with their dogs without a leash.
Chicago, Illinois
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73 reviews
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“Lovely (and unusual) way to experience Los Angeles and Hollywood ,,”
Reviewed March 15, 2013

My daughter lives right below Runyon Canyon Park - and is blessed to have both the vista and the exercise opportunities of Runyon literally at her doorstep. When visiting her, I go there every day. There are frequent publicly available yoga classes - free or for nominal fee. The hiking - several different paths offer different levels of difficulty and height - is fun and often social. The views are spectacular - a different view of Hollywood, for sure! Feels almost like you are miles from civilization - even though not infrequent sightings of celebrities (who, for the most part,want to remain anonymous - and appreciate not being ogled) make you realize you are in the midst of a metropolis.

Visited March 2013
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“Fun day hike... Lots of sights to see. Good work out! DOG FRIENDLY.. For young healthy dogs.”
Reviewed March 15, 2013 via mobile

Fantastic views of million dollar homes, the hollywood sign and downtown skylines. Many variations on trails... Routes and where to park to enter. Out and back or loop... Depends on the trail you choose. From moderate to challenging. Wear hiking shoes. We spent an hour and a half and skipped the most challenging trail because we had our little dogs.

We usually do the hike to the Hollywood sign... Which is more of a long endurance hike. Runyon offers more adventure and variation. Larger variety of plant life and foliage. Much more populated.

Crowded on weekend afternoons so plan accordingly... Some tricky trails to have hikers at your heels. If you don't mind a crowd.... Or enjoy people watching. This is the hike for you. If not....

Head out early or during the week or try the Hollywood sign hike!! Enter at the end of Mullholland.. Bring water or buy some at the Honor System stand just before the park entrance. Apartments line this street, follow the "crowd". I didn't see any restrooms so again.... Plan accordingly.

Saw a young lady with an older dog who was really hurting. Big lab having a terrible time trying to get up... panting. Broke our hearts. Please consider your dogs age and fitness level before bringing them along. Or keep the oldies off the tough trails. Our dogs may not know when to say when. My little senior rides in a pouch in my chest. :)

Get out and have fun!!

Thank HedyvonRibbonTroff
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La Habra, California
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Reviewed March 14, 2013

great views but definitely not the place to go when it is hot. best time for the view is just after a rainfall.

Visited December 2012
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San Jose
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“Outdoor exercise beyond the beach”
Reviewed March 14, 2013 via mobile

If you're in the LA area and either its too cold for the beach or you're just not in the mood for water sports or beach bumming, then hiking in Runyon Canyon is a must. The pros- free parking, no entrance fees, pet friendly,great views of the city including the famous Hollywood sign and a moderate 3.5 mile loop. The cons-can get crowded, may need to park on the dirt road, pets are in abundance so if you're afraid of dogs or allergic it may be a problem, no water fountains or vending machines or state park info booth or multiple exits. Just one entry/exit point.
All in all a fun activity to get exercise while sightseeing and spending a few hours at no cost except ofcourse the gas cost to get there!

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Cherry Hill, New Jersey
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“Great park in the middle of Hollywood”
Reviewed February 25, 2013

Just minutes away from Hollywood in West Hollywood this park is a dog and hiker's dream. The easy trail is still challenging and i hear the difficult path is very challenging. But all in all the whole hike (up and back) took just over an hour. The views from the top of the canyon were worth the trek. Lots of good people watching and dogs can go off lesh soon after your entrance to the park.

Visited February 2013
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