Runyon Canyon Hike Directions

Runyon Canyon Hike Directions

In This Guide
  • How to Get to Runyon Canyon
  • How to Park at Runyon Canyon
  • Runyon Canyon Trail Maps
  • Runyon Canyon For Dogs
  • Turn by Turn Hike Directions
  • What You Need To Do the Hike
Distance3.5 miles (5.6 km)
Time1:30 Hours (Total Time)
DifficultyModerate
Total Climbing970 feet (296m)
Dog FriendlyOff Leash Okay
Park NameRunyon Canyon Park
Park Phone323-666-5046

Runyon Canyon is a fun hike tucked right into the middle of Hollywood. It’s a great place to see celebrities, view the Hollywood Sign (in the distance), visit a hidden sculpture, and get a good hike in. In fact, Runyon will give you sweeping views from Catalina Island to the Santa Monica Mountains on a clear day. There are crowds here, so don’t come expecting a pristine hiking experience. Runyon Canyon won a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence, and is worth hiking at least once.

To hike Runyon Canyon, this guide gives you a few options:

All of the hikes have at least 500 feet of climbing, but the climb is short and the hike is doable for all levels.

What to Expect on the Runyon Canyon Hike

If you’re looking for solitude and pristine wilderness, Runyon Canyon Park is not going to make you happy. Just remember that you’re in the middle of a city, and it can get crowded with people hiking, working out, walking their dogs, celebrity spotting, and just enjoying the scenery. Prepare your expectations accordingly.

There are no bathrooms at Runyon Canyon Park.

Vendor Selling Water In Front Of Runyon Canyon Park
Occasionally you’ll see vendors selling water and other refreshments at the entrance, but don’t count on it.

Is Runyon Canyon Closed?

No, Runyon Canyon re-opened in the summer of 2017 after being closed for renovations for four months. It was closed for 4 months in order to repair a leaking water line that went through the park from the 1930s. When Runyon Canyon reopened, some of the paved trails were improved and they added some water fountains. Otherwise the park is the same as it was before.

Runyon Canyon Park is open from 6am-6pm daily, although you’ll find people in the park after hours as well.

Directions to Runyon Canyon

Runyon Canyon Park is in the heart of Hollywood, and 20 minutes from downtown LA. If you’re staying in downtown Hollywood, you can probably walk to the trailhead.

Here’s the address and link for the entrance to Runyon Canyon Park: 2000 N Fuller Ave, Los Angeles, CA, 90046, USA.

Where Can I Park At Runyon Canyon?

There’s no parking lot for Runyon Canyon, you have to park as close to the main entrance at 2000 N Fuller Ave, Los Angeles, CA, 90046 as you can. There’s only street parking, and that can be a problem, since about 35,000 people visit Runyon Canyon every week (1.8 million a year!).

If you want to park at Runyon Canyon, you have a few options. First, I always do well when I arrive early and park on the street around the entrance. Spots open up as locals drive to work. Second, you can park farther away and just walk there. Street parking in the area is free. The third option is to park in parking lot close by, and then walk 10-15 minutes to the park entrance. If you’re staying in a Hollywood area hotel, the park entrance is probably within waking distance.

The worse times to park seem to be afternoon when people come to the park after work. Also, you should look out for permit only parking zones. There are plenty of parking spots without restrictions, but some do.

Parking for the Runyon canyon hike
Here’s some parking on Hillside Avenue, only five minutes from the park entrance. This was 7 AM on a Friday morning, and there were five open spots at this point.

Hiking Runyon Canyon With a Dog

Yes, you can hike Runyon Canyon with your dog! There are well marked areas where you can have your dogs off-leash. Everywhere else, you just need to leash your dog. 90 of the park’s 160 acres are marked for off-leash use, so there’s plenty of space to let a dog roam free. Water fountains in the park provide some refreshment as well (bring your own bowl). The renovations at Runyon Canyon even repaved surfaces with  macadam, not asphalt, which is cooler on your dog’s paws.

Dog friendly sign in Runyon Canyon Park
Dogs can roam leash–free in over half of Runyon Canyon Park.

Gear For the Runyon Canyon Hike

The nice thing about Runyon Canyon is that you can just do it in workout clothes and sneakers. It’s not a hardcore hike that requires any special gear. Here’s what I would take.

Garmin inreach review

If you want hiking gear recommendations, check out my full gear list. I only recommend and review gear that I actually use. No company pays me to push their product. Everything on my gear list is battle tested on the trails, and should work well for you too.

See The Gear I Use

Runyon Canyon Trail Maps

Fenix 5x Hiking Review

I highly recommend bringing some form of paper map with you, and then using it in conjunction with a GPS device. You can see the navigation gear that I use here (I’m currently using the Fenix 5x and love it). Just download the GPX file below and load it onto your GPS.

Many people also print out this web page for the turn-by-turn images. And if you really want to get tricky, YouTube Premium lets you download videos for offline use, so you can download the hike video and save it.

Download the Hike GPX File

View a Printable PDF Hike Map

Runyon Canyon Hike 3d map
This Runyon Canyon hike takes you on a loop of the popular trails in the park, including a side trip to a natural art installation. You can also do a couple of shorter out-and-back options (keep reading).
Runyon Canyon Hike elevation
There’s a lot of up and down in this hike, with the steepest climb at the beginning of the hike.

Runyon Canyon Hike Directions

The Street Outside Of Runyon Canyon Park Entrance
The entrance to Runyon Canyon is at the end of Fuller Ave, up the hill.
Runyon Canyon Park Entrance Sign
You’ll see the entrance sign for Runyon Canyon Park. Head through the gate. Runyon Canyon Park has been around since 1983 when the City of Los Angeles purchased it from private owners.
Sidewalk In Runyon Canyon Park
Once through the entrance gate, hike straight on the paved trail, ignoring turn-offs. You’ll also pass the Runyon Canyon yoga field on your left.
Trail In Runyon Canyon Park
After a few minutes, you’ll come to this big gate for the off-leash dog area. Keep hiking straight on the Inspiration Point Trail.
Trail To Hidden Sculpture
At about 0.2 miles in, there’s an optional detour to a hidden sculpture. It only adds a few minutes onto the hike and is worth checking out. If you’re not interested, head right and go up the hill toward Inspiration Point (directions further down).
Trail To Hidden Sculpture
The trail to the sculpture is smaller but still easy to follow.
Rock Mandela Sculpture
Follow the trail through the wooded section for a few minutes and you’ll reach the Rock Mandala created by artist Robert Wilson. Walk the meditative mandala circle, soak in the good vibes and then hike back the way you came to the last junction.
Trail And Runyon Canyon Park
When you get back to the junction, head left up the hill. This is also the hill you’ll head up if you skipped the Rock Mandala sculpture.
Inspiration Point Hiking Trail
At about 0.7 miles, you reach Inspiration Point and hiking trail levels out. The trail continues back around to the left.
Bench Overlooking Downtown La
There’s a nice bench at Inspiration Point to catch your breath on before you head up to Clouds Rest. You’ll get nice views of downtown LA in the distance (it’s those tall buildings). On a clear day you can see out to Catalina Island.
Hill And Running Canyon Park
Continue up this steep section of the trail. Most of the climbing (about 350 feet) on the hike is on this stretch of trail.
View Of Hollywood Sign
Here’s where you can see the Hollywood Sign from the Runyon Canyon hike. As you hike up to Clouds Rest, look off to the right and you’ll see the Hollywood Sign and Griffith Observatory in the distance. I have a guide to hike to the Hollywood Sign too.
View Of Downtown La
This section of the trail is tough. Turning around to soak in the views is a good excuse for taking a break.Before Runyon Canyon was a park, the Kahlua importer Jules Berman owned it and planned on building luxury homes here, but the community shut it down.
Bench Overlooking Los Angeles
After that tough climb, you reach the bench at Cloud’s Rest, which overlooks LA at 1,040 feet. If you want the short hike option, enjoy the views here, then turn around and go back the way you came up for a 1.6 mile hike. If you want to do a short 1.8 mile loop or the longer 3.5 mile hike, keep hiking up the trail.
Runyon Canyon Road
At the next trail junction, head right to do the 3.5 mile loop. To do the shorter 1.8 mile loop, hike down the hill to the left and skip ahead, which will take you back to start of the hike.

These remaining directions are for the longer 3.5 mile loop trail.

RUnyon Canyon Road
Continue hiking on the paved Runyon Canyon Road. Keep your eyes open for 3003 Runyon Canyon Rd, which is one of only two houses in Runyon Park and was built by Frank Lloyd Wright. Wright built it in the 1940s for the heir to the A & P Grocery fortune, and it was once home to movie star Errol Flynn, who like to (jokingly) call Runyon Canyon his personal estate.
Trail Junction At Runyon Canyon Road
At around 1.5 miles, avoid the utility road turn off to the power line and continue on Runyon Canyon Road.
Runyon Canyon Park North Entrance
At about 1.7 miles, you’ll reach the gate for the Runyon Canyon North Entrance, located on the famous Mulholland Drive. When you get to the gate, hike left along the fence.
Indian Rock Hiking Trail
You’re now hiking on the Indian Rock Hiking Trail. Continue along the fence.
Indian Rock Hiking Trail
The Indian Rock Hiking Trail winds away from the fence and starts to look more like a hiking trail. These quieter parts of Runyon Canyon are great places to spot wildlife. The park is home to hawks, coyote, deer, snakes, lizards, and hundreds of species of plants. Nothing to be scared of.
Indian Rock Hiking Trail
At the next split in the trail, hike to the left
West Ridge Hiking Trail
Shortly after the last split you’ll reach an open plateau with some smaller side trails. Make the hard right onto the main trail.
West Ridge Hiking Trail
Keep hiking left at the next trail split.
West Ridge Hiking Trail
When you get to the scenic overlook, hike to the right on the West Ridge Hiking Trail.
West Ridge Hiking Trail
At about 2.1 miles, your trail joins the larger trail. Keep hiking downhill.
View Of Sky From Runyon Canyon Park
This part of the West Ridge Hiking Trail has lots of great viewpoints.
pink mansion In Runyon Canyon Park
At about 2.2 miles, you’ll start to see the infamous pink mansion, built in 1990 but never really lived in aside from a short stint being the “marijuana mansion.” The last I heard it was up for sale at $15.9 million as a tear down. Keep to the left as you hike past the mansion.
Mansion In Runyon Canyon Park
Keep hiking to the left of the mansion.
Stairs In Runyon Canyon Park
Just past the mansion, hike down the stairs on the West Ridge Hiking Trail.
West Ridge Hiking Trail
The trail climbs, then at 2.5 miles you’ll arrive at this slab of rock. Ignore the ‘no hiking’ signs and continue hiking right, up the steep little section to the top of the rock.
Danger Sign On West Ridge Hiking Trail
Keep hiking past any “no hiking” signs on the main trail, avoiding any side trails that go down the side of the hill.
West Ridge Hiking Trails Overlooking La
Once you’re reached the high point on the West Ridge Hiking Trail, the rest is all a nice downhill walk with great views into LA.
Turn On West Ridge Hiking Trail
At about 2.8 miles you’ll reach the end of this stretch of the West Ridge Hiking Trail. Hike left down the steep decent.
View Of La From Westridge Hiking Trail
Watch your footing as you hike down the hill. Sections of the trail can be slippery with loose sand.
Bench On West Ridge Hiking Trail
At about 3.1 miles the decent ends, and you arrive at a fenced in section. Make the hard left and hike down the trail.
West Ridge Hiking Trail Meets Runyon Canyon Road
At about 3.2 miles, make the hard right onto the Runyon Canyon Road Hiking Path.
runyon Canyon Road
When you get to the end of the trail, make the hard left to head back to your starting point.
Intersection With Inspiration Point Trail
The trail comes back to where you started, make the right to exit the park at Fuller Ave.
Cris Hazard At Runyon Canyon Park
Pat yourself on the back! That’s the hike!

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