Get ready to run wild in Runyon Canyon Park! This pawpular park receives the most foot and paw traffic of any park in Los Angeles, and you may even have a celebrity sighting! Best of all, this 160 acre park is officially a dog park, so your pooch can romp around in glorious off-leash freedom along the trails in 90 of these acres. The highest point of the park is Indian Rock, which at 1,320 feet gives you sweeping views of Hollywood City down below and the Hollywood sign. This may not be the park for you if you’re hoping for solitude, but it’s a exciting place to make furry-friends and get some exercise in nature!
There are five entrances to Runyon Canyon Park, but the trailhead of Mulholland Drive has a parking area, whereas at the other entrances you’ll need to find street parking. There is a lot of controversy about the illegal parking in the surrounding residential areas, so be sure to double check the signs if you’re parking on the street, and to not disturb the neighbors.
There are several different trail options in this park, so people and pups of all fitness levels are welcome. The most challenging, but also the most rewarding trail is Hero Trail, on the western side of the park. This trail has a taxing climb, but breathtaking views from the parks second highest and highest peaks. The trails form several loops, so you may want to download a trail map before heading out!
This park has lots of amenities, like drinking fountains for dogs and humans, restrooms, and even a basketball court. Don’t forget the doggy bags, and be prepared to stoop and scoop. Dogs are welcome to run and play off-leash as long as they stay respectful of other visitors, two or four legged.
Runyon Canyon Park is truly a puppy paradise that even the pickiest celebrity dogs will love!