The idea for our California adventure started a few months ago.

After arriving home after few too many tequila shots at our friend Miss A’s birthday party, a late night Flight Centre offer of $900 return flights to LA was impossible to refuse and the booking was made for a LA road trip adventure. Yes! Greatest impulse purchase of all time!

Fast-forward a few months and we’re meeting our gorgeous friend E, fresh from her Sydney flight, at the arrivals hall at LAX at 6:30am.

After renting a car and crashing at our hotel (us, not the car!) for a much needed sleep, the adventure began in Runyon Canyon.

Runyon Canyon is located in the Hollywood Hills just behind West Hollywood.

This is a great place for a hike. You’ll take in the views, get some perspective of the city and even see the Hollywood sign!

Oh and there’s the exercise too. You’ll be having fun, so you’ll hardly notice this part we promise. You can take the easy walk into the canyon, which is basically straight up the main dirt road. Then there are two tougher options involving some stair climbing.

We tried the middle option, departing from the main path to the left quite soon after entering the park. This involved a fair bit of stair climbing, but we didn’t break too much of a sweat. You’ll be impressed at how quickly you climb quite high. After a bit of stair climbing, you’ll meet up with the main path and can wind back down on the main track.

If you’re after the toughest workout just look for the stairs that follow the highest ridge line.

This is a great way to get some fresh air and see some incredible views, just outside of Hollywood. Give it a try when you’re in town, you’ll love it.

Trip Notes

  • We entered the park at the gate at 2000 North Fuller Ave, Los Angeles.
  • Morning is best for pretty city views; middle of the day would be fine in the cooler months.
  • At a minimum you’d probably want to spend about an hour here, so make sure to take water bottles. There is no lighting so probably best to avoid the evening.
  • Fitness level –  Anyone can do this. If you stay to the main path the climb is nice and gradual, but you can hit the stairs if you’re after a challenge.
  • Be careful with parking! We had no problems on a Monday when street cleaning is supposed to occur as we left before 12 noon, but on a Tuesday after 12 we got a fine!?

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