Monday, November 9, 2009

Runyon Canyon Park

Runyon Canyon Park is a couple of miles due north of me, and I'd wanted to go here since I arrived. It's a steep hike though, so I wanted to wait for cooler weather. Today was a great day, it was only about 16 C at the start, but with the exertion of the climb I was hot and sweaty very fast!

There's a good view of the Hollywood sign early on:

More cacti, I just love them:

More proof that I am really here:

Here's some of the trail. Some of it like this is wide and easily walkable:

Some of it is steep, narrow, sandy and deadly- the portion near the top on this hill has a really difficult loose surface.

This is near the end of the trail. I liked the clouds, and the cactus clumps that are here and there:

Lots of dogs on the trail, although it looks like they didn't make it into the photos. The dogs here are so cute- most of them are expensive-looking miniatures, and they were barrelling happily along the trails. The park is largely off-leash for dogs, so they shoot out from behind bushes all over the place.

Erosion seems to be a problem on the trails- I'm surprised, that since it is such a heavily used urban park, that they don't put stairs in some of the more difficult areas. One or two spots do have them, but they could use more. Just to save the landscape, never mind the poor stumbling hikers.


  1. Ah! You are finally getting closer to the Hollywood sign... Keep writing, I follow your trip day by day. It is now my favorite show!

  2. Looks like a worthwhile yet sweaty hike, based on the fellows with their shirts off. If you are looking for a really good book to read, "The Power of One" is great, and there is a fair amount of cacti referred to in it as you get into the book (I thought of this when you mentioned your appreciation of them). The setting is hot, but in South Africa. It is by Bryce Courtenay, and I just read it this fall.

  3. I never realized that the Los Angeles area was so interesting geographically! Or as they used to call it, El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina de Los Angeles del Rio de Porciuncula...

  4. I just KNEW you'd pick up some bug-eye shades once you started to settle in -- you California Girl, you!