Fitness Fridays: Runyon Canyon Park

Photo via Instagram by @louis_gunn

Welcome back to another installment of Fitness Fridays, where we feature various ways you can combine transit and fitness. In this post, we head to Runyon Canyon Park via the Red Line.

The smog was pretty bad but you can still make out Wilshire corridor! For the full IG story of our trip, check out our highlight reel.

Runyon Canyon Park features a variety of trails that aren’t too strenuous, so whether you’re hiking for the Instagram pics or hiking for a good workout, you should find a trail to suit you. A good portion of the trails are fire roads so the walk up is easy. And lots of people bring dogs, which is great if you enjoy dog spotting.

The views from the top are pretty decent! You can see the Hollywood sign, the Griffith Observatory, the DTLA skyline and all the way to Santa Monica on a clear day.

For our trip to Runyon Canyon, we used the entrance on Fuller Avenue. To get there, take the Red Line to Hollywood/Highland Station and walk — it’s about a 20-minute walk, and if you travel north on Highland and west on Franklin you’ll pass the famous Magic Castle. The walk is uphill, so consider it a warmup for the hike to come. You can also take Metro Bus 217 to Hollywood/Fuller for a shorter walk north on Fuller Ave.

Free yoga classes are also held at the park seven days a week at 10:30 a.m. and I have become fond of outdoor yoga, so it’s something I might try. If you’ve attended one of these classes, let me know how they are!

If you have a recommendation for a place we should feature, leave it in the comments!

Previous post in this series: free lunchtime yoga at Grand Park

2 replies

  1. I think this trip–rail plus hiking–is an excellent half-day trip for visitors to LA. They get to ride the train, walk through Hollywood, mingle with the industry people in the canyon, then afterwards–out to lunch!

  2. This is how I always get to Runyon Canyon, but thank you for pointing out the way to get there by public transit. It is my response to how to get there when people complain about how horrible parking is in the area.