Take a Hike!
Runyon Canyon, long regarded as the go-to hiking spot for Los Angeles residents, has been temporarily closed. Though it will be open again soon, Angelinos everywhere are seeking alternatives for their daily (or weekly) cardio plans. As a many-time Runyon hiker, the paths are admittedly a bit crowded and parking can be difficult, so here are three of my favorite hiking options to enjoy even after Runyon reopens.
Mt. Hollywood Hiking Trail at Griffith Park – Griffith Park is a large municipal park on the eastern end of the Santa Monica Mountains in Los Feliz. It is home to The Griffith Observatory and a ton of beautiful hiking trails. The size of the park and wide open trails mean this park is a great option for avoiding crowds. The views are stunning and on a clear day you can see all the way to the Pacific Ocean.
Hollywood Sign Trail - Where Mulholland meets Ledgewood in Beachwood Canyon, there’s a small trail that’ll lead you right under the Hollywood sign. It’s a super easy trail for those looking for a quick walk with an amazing view. Perfect for entertaining out-of-towners because of its ease and ideal location for photos. This is more a “novelty” trail but still one of my favorites because let’s face it, the Hollywood sign never gets old!
Silver Lake Reservoir Trail – A flat 2.1 miles trail popular among joggers and power walkers, located in the trendy part of Silver Lake. There is a busy dog park at the end of the trail so this is a great option for dog owners who want to get a work out in while also socializing their pup. There are also some great restaurants within a few blocks of the reservoir, so after your hike stop into LAMILL Coffee, L&E Oyster Bar or Alimento for delicious bites. The locals won’t judge (or even notice) that you’re in your gym clothes.