A few weeks ago I had a chance to travel to Los Angeles for business. I was only there for 3 days and my schedule was tight but I found myself with a few hours before a red eye home and I just HAD to do something.

My first thought was to hop in a cab and go to the Hollywood sign. I knew there was a way to hike to the top and I thought it would give me a great view of the city. So I asked the woman working the front desk of my hotel if she thought it was possible to get there, hike and get back within 3 hours.

She just looked at me and said, “Ummm, no.

“But,” she said, “there’s a trail in walking distance from here that will give you a beautiful view of the city.”

Even better, I thought, and off I went.

The park she was referring to is called Runyon Canyon.

Runyon Canyon Park

 It took me about 10 minutes to walk from my hotel on Hollywood Boulevard.

Map to Runyon Park

It was an interesting walk. At first just a typical stroll in the city but when I made the right on Fuller Avenue it was a steep incline and before I knew it I was in the “country.”

Runyon Canyon Park trail

The trail was wide and wound up the hill.


As I walked up, I got a glimpse of the view.


I had the biggest smile on my face when I saw this from the clearing. I’m slightly obsessed with observation decks and towers and it was that moment I realized I was basically climbing L.A.’s “Observation Deck.” Well, at least one of them.

After the clearing, the trail narrowed and went from dirt to steep steps.

steps on trail

As I climbed I realized dusk was upon me.  I was about to get a nighttime view of the city and I couldn’t have been more excited.

I turned around on my ascend and snapped again. The view was breathtaking.

view from Runyon

I made it to the highest clearing and was just awed.

Runyon Canyon Park View

It was at this time I cursed not having my “real” camera with me as my phone just doesn’t do well in low light situations.

It didn’t matter though, I just sat there and enjoyed the view. It was peaceful and I was alone besides a random runner or small group hiking through.

Roni at Runyon Canyon Park

I relaxed for a few more minutes and even called Jen.  We’ve been traveling so much together I missed experiencing this with her. Then again, I’m not sure she would have made it to the top. As we learned in Multnomah, hiking really isn’t her thing. lol

I snapped one more photo as the sunlight faded knowing I wouldn’t be able to capture any more.

Night view at Runyon Canyon

I started my decent which I found more challenging then climbing up but at this time it was getting dark. Really dark. Thankfully I had my cell phone to act as a flashlight.

I made it back to my hotel with plenty of time before my ride to the airport arrived.

I’m so glad I was able to sneak in this small excursion. I don’t care why I’m traveling, I will always find time to enjoy something about my destination.

If you’re interested I have a few other posts about my “observation deck” adventures.

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A 40ish - wait, what?! - Mom who loves to try new things, share her adventures, and inspire people to reach their goals.