Tuesday, August 9, 2011
Finally, Runyon Canyon
In the many months I have lived in LA, I have gone far and wide to hike the trails of Southern California. The one trail I purposely neglected was one right in my own backyard, Runyon Canyon. I had heard many disparaging things about this park from other hikers. People on their cell phones, rampant dog-ification, not that challenging.
All these things are true to a degree but I was not nearly as offended as I thought I was going to be doing the Canyon loop. There are even several side-kayak trails (albeit some of them are closed) that look like they can provide further challenges. What about the main trail?
Well, I got to Runyon around 8:45 or so on a Sunday morning after a pretty strenuous bile ride up the hills of LA to get to the Franklin entrance. Whether due to my inherent fatness or the uphill nature of the approach, I was warmed up and ready to rock the Runyon.
The first .10 did not disappoint.
Eventually, you make your way to the "summit" of the left side of the canyon where I guess you can send mail to the tourists on Hollywood Blvd. right below you.
I don't want you to think this hike is not worthwhile except for a little uphill section. There are pockets of beauty.
And some of the vistas do settle you into a wilderness frame of mind.
Eventually on the Eastern side, you come into doggy central.
Making your way down, there are several side-kayak trails that can get your scrambling up a bit which was unexpected but nice.
If you want further info, check out Modern Hiker's great take: http://www.modernhiker.com/2007/08/16/hiking-runyon-canyon/
And for a bit of humor, a great little youtube piece on the "perils" of hiking Runyon. http://www.modernhiker.com/2010/07/16/runyon-just-above-sunset/
Finally, one of my favorite pics came on the end of the hike. Not too shabby for Runyon eh?
Posted by Peter Flanigan at 7:45 AM