By Deb Flomberg
Whether you are out for a long hike, a short walk or just to take your dog for a run, you’ll love visiting Runyon Canyon Park near Mulholland Drive and the Santa Monica Mountains. This lovely park is a fairly large spot, at about 160 acres of space, and you’ll find numerous great trails and places to enjoy the surrounding beauty. Plus, since it’s quite close to the Hollywood Hills, it’s not too uncommon to spy a celebrity or two also out to enjoy this picturesque park.
When you visit Runyon Canyon Park, make sure to bring your dog with you, as there is a pretty liberal dog policy here. More than 90 acres of the park allows for off-leash dogs. Then set out to hike one of the three different routes to Runyon Canyon. The easiest trail is the Runyon Canyon Road, which is a more gradual climb on a paved road. The Star Trail is more difficult, as it is a more energetic climb with lots of steps and steeper slopes that take about 45 minutes to climb. If you are looking for a real challenge, then take the Hero’s Trail, the most difficult of the three routes. It takes you up an 18 degree slope to the second highest point in the canyon with some truly amazing views.
As you choose your trail, make sure to keep your eyes open for different types of wildlife. Bring your camera or binoculars and spot plenty of birds, owls and hawks. You can also see different types of lizards and snakes as well as the occasional deer or coyote. If you are a botany-lover, bring your guide book to identify everything from golden yarrow to sugar bush, toyon, wild buckwheat and California sagebrush. Be warned, however, that the coyotes are most often seen at early morning and dusk, so it’s best not to let small dogs off-leash during those times.
When you head out to explore this picturesque park, make sure to arrive in your 2013 GLK350 SUV from Mercedes-Benz of Encino. You’ll love the comfortable and elegant ride as you cruise down the highway on your way to hike Runyon Canyon. Plus, you’ll have plenty of room for any of your gear, a picnic lunch and a few friends to spend the day with. This SUV is the perfect accompaniment for a day on the trails.
Deb Flomberg grew up in the mountains, developed a love for the beach and has found happiness on the open road. She is now a freelance writer, theater professional and travel enthusiast happy to be writing about the things she loves most.
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