Runyon Canyon Park

#11 in Best Things To Do in Los Angeles
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Key Info

2000 N. Fuller Ave.

Price & Hours

Free
Sunrise-sunset daily

Details

Hiking, Parks and Gardens, Free Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
4.3

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  • 5.0Value
  • 4.0Facilities
  • 4.5Atmosphere

Just two blocks from Hollywood Boulevard, Runyon Canyon Park is an often-overlooked urban park that offers some great views. The park boasts several hiking trails and is a popular spot for celebrities to exercise. During your hike, you'll see plenty of palm trees. Atop the canyon, you'll be treated to sweeping views of the San Fernando Valley.

Travelers say that the canyon is reminiscent of Old Hollywood with several old mansions and estates scattered throughout the park – keep your eyes peeled as you follow the trail. Because of the hot, dry climate, the hike can be rough (even for those in great physical condition), so bring plenty of water. Some recent visitors lamented the lack of facilities, while others raved about the views.

Runyon Canyon is free to visit every day from dawn to dusk; however, there is no staff to enforce these hours or to rush to your aid. If you are hiking alone, make sure someone knows you're out in the park and when you expect to return. In addition to the park's trails, you'll find a children's play area and limited (but free) parking. To learn more about the park's flora and fauna, trails and history, visit the Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks' website.

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