A favourite park among the locals for walks and views, this massive 130 acre public park provides a wonderful natural landscape to the city, while affording you some lovely views of the cityscape.
The Runyon Canyon Park is an amazing natural area in LA. Here, the air is fresh, the noise of the city cancelled, and wonderful views and hikes on offer. It's filled with lush green trees and shrubs, walkways taking you through this wonderful environment to vista points from where you can view things like the Hollywood Sign, the Griffith Observatory, and on a clear day even the Pacific Ocean, among several others. You can spend a great few hours in the outdoors, exploring the park and the various trails. The park has various entry points. When entering from the bottom of the canyon, you can choose whether to go clockwise up the canyon or counter clockwise, both very good and refreshing trails about 30 - 45 minutes long. If you're looking for a bigger challenge, you can start from the southern approach to Vista, where the hike will take you through the axis of the canyon up to the second highest point on it. Up and down the this trail might take you more than an hour. The highest point, however, is the hike up the Indian Rock. There are a few routes through which you can reach the top, and once you're up there the views are spectacular and panoramic. A good few hours at the park will definitely have you refreshed during a trip that is mostly to do with roaming in and around the city, and rearing to get right back at it!
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