Ahhh…Runyon Canyon or as I like to call is dog sh*t canyon. I can call it that because I am a proud dog owner and if you are an Angelino you know that many people at Runyon do not clean up after their dogs. The aroma that is Runyon is tolerable and consistently remains as one of my favorite workout spots. Truth be told, I wasn’t always a fan. The first time I went there I parked only 2 blocks away, but the incline was so steep I was shocked that I made it to the entrance without puking. Let’s just say it gets easier.
Runyon Canyon is 160 acres nestled in the middle of Hollywood and is part of the Santa Monica Mountains. It is the quintessential Los Angeles experience. The park offers 3 different hiking trails that can be challenging for any fitness level. Runyon also offers yoga classes and spectacular views of the city. There are three entrances to the park. Two entrances are in the middle of neighborhoods with limited street parking and the third entrance is on Mulholland Drive with a small parking lot. I prefer to park on the Mulholland side because the hike starts at a very easy downward grade so it gives you time to warm up. Also, I don’t like to brag, but I have pretty good parking karma and I always manage to find a close space. Again…it’s all about the parking in this town.
My dog Cassidy and a gorgeous view of the city.
No matter if you’ve been to Runyon a 100 times or only once, you have to admit that it’s a great place to sweat as well as get inspired and clear your head. It’s also a great place to see a star sighting. We’re all trying to get to the next level in our careers and to see people you recognize from stage and screen actually gives me some comfort. It lets me know that I’m in the right place. Now if it were only filled with responsible pet owners…but that is another kind of blog.
For more information about the park…visit www.runyoncanyon-losangeles.com.