Fall is the perfect time to be outdoors in Los Angeles, when the days are sunny but not too hot and often the air if fresh and clean. It is also the best time of year to take a hike up Runyon Canyon just for the health of it and for the eye candy (handsome, shirtless guys with 6-pack abs and gorgeous gals with puffed up sports bras and skin tight, barely legal shorts).
Accessible via Mulholland Drive (but be alert to no parking signs, tickets are written liberally), there’s a fairly big lot for cars and various trails for all abilities. One takes you straight up for panoramic views (on clear days) of Catalina Island, the Hollywood sign, Pacific Ocean and downtown Los Angeles. And it’s free to the public.
A popular spot for filming television shows (you never know you could get discovered here) and movies, Runyon is often packed with paparazzi waiting to aim their cameras on their prey. Keep an eagle out for your favorite actors, it’s a good chance you’ll spot a few, but they may be somewhat camouflaged by hats and other near-disguises
Runyon's stalwart hikers arrive early in the day—mostly by SUV filled with dogs, others in Mercedes, BMW's, Lamborghinis, and even an occasional Silver Cloud or vintage vehicle. The lot and street fills up fast and so do the abundant trails. Well-paved paths meander for miles up and around the Hollywood Hills.
If hiking’s not your thing, you can just bring a mat and take a free yoga class amid the flora and fauna while breathing the fresh mountain air. Go to: http://runyoncanyon-losangeles.com/?page_id=14 for classes and times.
A little backstory:
The 160-acre park was purchased in 1964 by the city of Los Angeles from Adad Development. It is well managed by Los Angeles Department of Parks and Recreation—with the help of volunteer locals who occasionally help out by trimming trees and keeping paths clear of debris. There are three main that include Fuller Avenue to the south, e – North Vista Street to the west and Mulholland Drive to the north. The park’s main drag is Runyon Canyon Road that winds through the park and connects Fuller Avenue to Mulholland Drive.