Updated: Feb 11
There is nothing more exhilarating about waking up on a Saturday morning and driving into the city of LA to take a nice challenging walk throughout Runyon Canyon Park.
When I first arrived in California 3 years ago from New Jersey, the landscape had me in so much awe and reflection. Truth be told, you could of argued with me going up any elevation and sadly enough I couldn't tell you the difference between a mountain or hill. All I knew was I was afraid of it! Somehow seeing these massive chunks of our mama earth made me realize just how small in comparison we humans really are to them.
I tell you that because here I am three years later just now finally being able to go up these trails and do more exploring without having to talk myself through the fear. Being able to challenge myself more frequently, has opened my eyes to new possibilities. It is this ironic metaphor of starting the new year with "climbing the elevation" that gives more faith to those same possibilities.
Now let's get into it.
Here we went to Runyon Canyon, a perfect place to get some walking done, and explore a nice trail. I haven't been able to walk the whole trail yet but I'll give you a little scoop if you're looking for a place to get a good excercise in and see great city views.
Runyon Canyon Park is in the City of Los Angeles, CA, at the eastern end of Santa Monica Mountains. It is a 160 acre pup-friendly park.
There are 3 entrances which are Fuller, Vista and Mulholland. We entered through Vista.
2. Get comfy, wear some athletic light clothing and sneakers with some traction. We went in January when temperatures were in the 70s. Consider that you are going to be walking up elevation so be prepared to burn calories and sweat! Don't forget your Fitbits or Apple watches!
3. We parked on the side of the canyon near Vista entrance. Prepare to park along the side street. You will be walking up an elevation prior to the entrance.
If you fear dogs, beware this trail. Owners are there with their dogs and are pretty good with leashes but some areas allow them to be off the leash.
4. At the vista entrance, we were welcomed with a cute stand that soley was based on the honor system. There are water fountains throughout the park but you may want to bring your own water and couple of healthy snacks. We brought oranges and water to stay hydrated.
5. This is a kid friendly trail. Our 8 year old had no trouble with the walk and the trail is also rated as a moderate challenging walk. It takes an average of 1 hour and 33 minutes to complete. Popular for hiking, running and walking. The trail is open year round and is open from sunrise to sunset.
6. Some other things to consider. No restrooms or smoking. See the link below for the address! Comment If any other reccomendations.
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