I both like and dislike this trail. It's a good workout and central location with a great view however it is very crowded and lacks the nature feeling I look for in a hike. It's sort of like a better version of going to the gym. There are several options to hike from easy to moderate. Parking is crazy so I recommend going at times it's less busy- weekdays daytime or early morning. Sunset is beautiful from here though if you can deal with parking, Uber or live nearby. When you get to the gate and parking lot at the top of the trail keep going to the left to the actual peak for a good view and in my opinion the best part of this trail.
Famous hike with scenic views of the city. As many others have stated there are two trails you can take, an easy one and more moderate trail. This place does get busy during the summer, got a ticket for parking on the wrong street the one time I went but I will definitely be back.
There's a steep way, and then an easy way. Steep way starts steep, for like 1/2 a mile, then turns easy. Easy is just easy all the way. Sure, its a good walk, but its pretty flat and not very challenging for more avid hikers. I barely break a sweat. However, it is beautiful and a nice way to spend an afternoon, just don't expect to get a good workout unless you are running it. Gets super busy during the summer and weekends. Get there by 7am if you expect to find parking. Parking is the hardest part of this hike.
Haven't been since it reopened, but i'm excited to see the changes. Off leash hike, which is nice to see - most dogs and their owners are respectful of joggers.
Nice trail without leaving the city. Light-moderate but not difficult. Short enough to do in the morning or afternoon and still have a whole day to do whatever else. It's a loop. Go clockwise for a more strenuous hike, counter-clockwise for an easier hike. Starting to the left first will give you more uphill battle. Going right first is a lot more gradual going up. Views of the LA horizon are amazing. Morning or evening is best for pictures and viewing. Mid-day from late-morning to early afternoon is a view of smog covering the city and it's too hot. Lots of dogs on this trail, and you're allowed to unleash for part of the trail.
The trail was decent. Moderate too difficult climbs depending where you start. There were pretty good views of Hollywood. The bads are there are little to no bathrooms and parking is horrendous. I recommend Hellman in Whittier it's comparable with out the crowds.
Fredrick O. on Runyon Canyon Trail
Not a tough hike but great views of the city. Dogs can go off leash as long as they are well behaved. Can get pretty busy on the weekends.