Beautiful mid-city Los Angeles views from the top of Runyon Canyon - one of the best hikes in LA

Hiking in Los Angeles: Runyon Canyon Trail

MODERATE  Year-round & dog friendly
Distance: 2.5 mi – Elevation: 689 ft – Time: 1.25 hr



Many might think the main reason the Runyon Canyon hike is so popular is because people want to see celebrities. Yep, after all it’s Hollywood! Truth is, this doesn’t really give full credit to this gorgeous and extremely popular LA hike.

Runyon Canyon offers you a gradual, quick and above all scenic walk up the Hollywood hills. only to see one of the best views of LA. Although the Runyon Canyon hike is a bit crowded, among the many hiking trails in Los Angels this is one with the best views of downtown LA.


  • Runyon Canyon offers breathtaking views of Downtown Los Angeles, Hollywood Sign, and Griffith Park.
  • Good for hiking, running, walking the dog, practice yoga, and meet celebrities.
  • Dog friendly. Pretty crowded but well maintained with clean bathrooms at the top of the hike.
  • Not many know that it also offers ruins of some buildings designed by the Lloyd Wright brothers.


Inspiration Point Hiking Trail, Los Angeles, CA 90046. Street parking can be a bit hard to find.