Runyon Canyon Park Loop
ElevationAscent: 658' 200 m
Descent: -673' -205 m
High: 1,293' 394 m
Low: 676' 206 m
GradeAvg Grade: 9% (5°)
Max Grade: 34% (19°)
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“Take this route through the heart of Runyon Canyon for a rewarding run with great views just above West Hollywood.”— John McKinney
Once on the ridgeline, you'll start to descend toward West Hollywood and quickly reach Middle Rock, which serves as another opportunity for fantastic views at 1,218 ft. Eventually, you'll reach the canyon's base as you run through a eucalyptus grove.
From here, you'll run up the middle of the canyon to the north on Runyon Canyon Rd. Once on Runyon Canyon Rd, you'll gradually start ascending through Runyon Canyon before the path bends to the right to traverse the eastern ridgeline. Another great viewpoint (Clouds Rest Overlook) lies just to the south of the point where you reach the ridge.
To make your way back to the trailhead, head north, continuing on Runyon Canyon Rd, through the east side of Runyon Canyon Park for nearly 6/10 of mile. Once you've made it to the parking lot, Runyon Canyon Rd comes to an end and the loop is complete.
Thanks to John McKinney, The Trailmaster, for sharing this trail description. To learn more about trails in California, check out his guides at The Trailmaster Store.
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Land Manager: Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area