If maintaining a solid excercize regimin is important to you when visiting Los Angeles but not worth the cost of paying for a “day pass” at one of the cities’ more swankier gyms, check out Runyon Canyon. Located in Hollywood just north of Hollywood Blvd, Runyon Canyon is a hiking trail that climbs into the Hollywood Hills giving hikers unparalleled views of Hollywood, greater Los Angeles and the Pacific Ocean. On any given day the trail is frequented by thousands of LA locals and is a scene itself with many being aspiring actors, models, actual celebrities and everything in between. Those visiting Los Angeles and staying in a Hollywood Hotel will find Runyon Canyon to be walking distance and to be a great way to get exposure to the hardcore LA stereotype without having to go to a night club or drive into the depths of Beverly Hills.
Runyon Canyon is about a three mile hike and takes about 45 minutes to an hour to complete a full circuit. The trail begins at the base of the Santa Monica Mountains (or also known as the Hollywood Hills) at Franklin and Fuller Blvds The dirt trail takes a steep ascent into the Hollywood Hills and as you climb you’ll notice that the right side drops down into a steep cliff ending in the canyon while the right side is a mountainside with native foliage and rocks. Once you get to the top the views are spectacular. From the top of Runyon Canyon hikers are treated to an unobstructed view of the Hollywood Sign, Hollywood and all of Los Angeles with Downtown Los Angeles prominently featured. Looking right is Beverly Hills and the Pacific Ocean. During the fall and spring when the Santa Ana winds blow the ocean is bright blue and hikers can easily see the control tower at LAX.
At any given moment there are hundreds of hikers on Runyon, many with dogs. Most tourists don’t go (or know to go) to Runyon and its frequented by the LA fitness types. Its not unusual to see dozens of men with their shirts off sporting six pack abs or to overhear two women as they pass by talking about their latest screen plays up for submissions.