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READY TO SEE OR BE SEEN AT RUNYON CANYON? HERE ARE FOUR TIPS FOR MAKING THE MOST OF THIS L.A. LANDMARK.


BEAT THE HEAT The steep hillsides sport wild chap- arral and vibrant wildfl owers in the spring, but there’s little tree cover for shade: bring plenty of water and get an early start to avoid hik- ing in the heat of the day.


B.Y.O. GLAMOUR Runyon’s location makes it prime for celebrity spotting. But why spend your trail time scouting out stars when you can be one yourself? All you need is a ball cap, big sunglasses, and an air of mystery to keep your fellow hikers guessing.


In a city as enormous and diverse as Los Angeles, it’s debat- able whether there’s any such thing as the quintessential park experience. But if it exists, you’ll fi nd it at Runyon Canyon: 150 acres of open space just blocks from Hollywood Boulevard. At this popular hiking spot on the east end of the Santa Monica Mountains, a variety of routes—from stroller-friendly fi re roads to daring rock scrambles—reward visitors with views that stretch from the downtown skyline to Griffi th Observatory. (Also in frame: the Hollywood Sign and, on clear days, the Pacifi c Ocean.)


With a backdrop like that, it’s no wonder the park is


a favorite of Angelenos from all walks of life. But even Runyon regulars seldom realize that until earlier this year, a good chunk of the canyon was privately owned. When the property came up for sale and was threatened by develop- ment, The Trust for Public Land was able to protect it.


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HEEL, SIT, STAY You can expect a sizable canine contingent on the trails at almost any time of day: part of the park is an off-leash area. If you bring four- legged friends, make sure they’re comfortable running with the pack.


STRIKE A POSE Outdoor yoga offers an alter- native — or a warm-up — to a Runyon hike or run. Classes are offered daily and are free, though donations in the $5–$15 range are a welcome addition to your “Namaste.”


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