One of the things that I love about living in Los Angeles is the option to workout in nature. Growing up in VA we had hikes and trails but they’re nothing like what’s here in Southern California. Moving across the country has made it easier for me to embrace a healthy lifestyle. Because of this, I’ve been making a conscious effort to consistently get out and get active. One of my favorite ways to do this is to hike. I started “Take a Hike” in hopes to inspire you all to get up and out onto my favorite trails in LA. Up first is one of the most popular hikes in the city, Runyon Canyon.
It’s views and accessibility make it home to cliché Instagram pics (don’t act like you don’t know what i’m talking about, peace signs up overlooking Los Angeles) and tourists galore (I was once one of them). Being an LA local I actually used to avoid Runyon because of all of those things but I’ve come to appreciate the short hike for what it is, a scenic short hike. In the summer I can come home and go for a quick workout before sunset and feel accomplished.
If you’re ever in town and want to go for an “easy” hike with great views, here’s what you need to know: There’s two different levels. You can go the quick and easy path which is what you’ll see most people going on. Or, you can go for a more challenging steep hike by following the gated trail from the paved path. I always start my Runyon hike from N. Fuller, but there are multiple entrances to do so. I do suggest wearing hiking shoes like the Adidas pictured above if you plan on going on either one of Runyon’s dirt paths because it does get slippery. Especially if you’re going down the dirt way. If you’re going out in the summer I suggest you apply sunblock (if you burn easily), bring water, and wear comfy workout clothes like the three stripe gear also pictured above (shoutout to Adidas!).
*Bonus tip: A mini locks of love fence has formed on the way up the easy dirt path. Visiting? Keep your travel memories on lock by leaving one on the fence!
Check out the map below to get where you need to go.
Shoes: Adidas AX2 Similar