Past Meetup

The "Original" East Meets West Runyon Canyon Celeb Spot and Scenic Hike

Hosted by US Hiking

Public group

This Meetup is past

24 people went

Location image of event venue



Runyon Canyon is LA’s hotspot for hiking and one of the best places to spot celebrities. This hiking spot is both popular and famous: body builders wearing almost nothing, celebs keeping in shape, and other colorful characters with their canines. We are combining two main trails to increase the workout for this hike. The west trail on the left is has a steady incline all the way through. The east trail on the right is shorter, but the incline is more challenging – a definite calorie burner! At the top you will get panoramic views of Los Angeles, including the Hollywood sign, Griffith Park and beautiful hillside homes, which make this one of the most scenic hikes in the city. The combined east/west hike is about 4 miles round trip and will take about 2.5 hours. Be sure to keep your eyes wide opened – you never know when you’ll bump into Justin Bieber. Please see video below :)

Organizers: Patrick & Steve

Location: Hollywood Hills, CA

Hike Difficulty: Level 6/10

Distance: 4 miles

Elevation Gain: 1,000 ft

Time: 2.5 hrs

Trail condition: Wide dirt and paved fire roads with single-track steeper trails.

Water: Minimum 2 liters Guest: Yes 2

Dog: Dog on leash

Toilette: None

Trailhead coordinates:[masked], [masked] (34° 06′ 18.93″N 118° 20′ 56.15″W)


What to bring: Food and drinks to eat and share, energy bar, snacks, water and the usual stuff.

Parking: Street parking.


Please Contribute

Our events are free to participate, but not free to organize. If you have enjoyed them and want to see more, please contribute to our cause so that we can organize more fun and adventurous outings.

Suggested Event Contribution: $ 6 (Chip in link) (


Trail description:

The trail begins at 1854 North Fuller Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046. Street parking is very limited, therefore early arrival is recommended. The majority of the trails in Runyon Canyon Park are wide dirt and paved fire roads, but there are also single-track trails that are often steeper and less maintained.

We plan to start this 4 mile loop hike with 1,000' elevation gain via steep Western Highway to High Point (1,218'). We will then follow the ridge line to the treacherous Middle Rock. Upon descending Middle Rock, we would be greeted by a No Hiking warning sign.

We will take the East Trail (along East Ridge) downhill. At the end of the descending stairs, we plan to soak in the beautiful city view at Inspiration Point (800'). We will then follow Lower Canyon Trail and then Lower Canyon Rd back to the gate.


Venue Overview:

Runyon Canyon Park is one of the most popular hiking destinations in Los Angeles and often shows up on publishers’ lists of best hikes in LA. This 130-acre dog park is located in Hollywood on the east end of the Santa Monica Mountains, providing hikers with a few overlapping loops and great views over Hollywood.

Runyon Canyon is officially a dog park and has off-leash areas where canines run free. Plenty of hikers and joggers hit the trail without dogs, and Runyon Canyon clearly receives more foot (and paw) traffic that any other park in Los Angeles. The landscape is well trodden and the trails can easily feel congested.

This is a crowded park, so if you are expecting solitude, Runyon Canyon probably isn’t for you. If you are just looking for a bit of outdoor exercise with added people watching, Runyon Canyon is perfect.


Our Mission:

To lift people up through hiking.

Our Policy:

We're volunteers: Your hike leaders receive no monetary nor in-kind compensation of any kind for organizing this event.

Waiting list priority: People who hike with with US Hiking regularly will be given priority when they are on the waiting list.

Advanced hikes: Anyone interested in participating in advanced hikes (>3,000' elevation gain or distance > 10 miles or Difficulty Level > = 7) will be subject to prescreening before his/her name will be added to the list. Therefore, interested hiker must share with the event host his/her recent hiking background to establish proficiency before his/her name will be added to the list. Guests are not allowed on advanced hikes.

Early departure: If a hiker needs to be separated from the group for any reason, he/she must inform the event host. Not knowing a hiker's where about may prompt the event host to report a hiker's missing to proper authority for further actions.

No show: If you sign up for an event but did not show up, you will be removed from the next event you sign up.

No minor: Meetup user agreement can not be agreed to by a minor. Therefore, you and your guest must be over 18 to participate in our events. _____________________________________________________ Warning and


If you have prior medical condition or a family history of illnesses pertaining to heart, lungs, brain, etc. that can be aggravated by heat and physical exertion, this is not the hike for you.

If you have never done a hike of this distance or difficulty before, this hike will be very difficult for you. It may well be your death march. The mountain is not going anywhere. We will schedule this event again in the future. Do it when your mind and body are ready.

Hiking is a recreation, not a suicide mission.

Release of Liability:

The organizer (me) of this trip is a volunteer and is not a professional guide. The function of the organizer is only to organize this trip. Each person who signs up for a trip/hike/or outing is responsible for his or her own safety and the safety of his or her guests.

By signing up for this trip, or any other event organized by me, you are acknowledging that you are aware and have made your guests aware of the risks, dangers and hazards associated with any outdoor activity and freely accept and fully assume all such risks, dangers and hazards, and further agree to release and discharge the organizer (me) of this hike from and against any and all liability arising from your and your guest's participation in the group activities.

US Hiking, its organizer, assistant organizers, event organizers are not responsible for any injuries or accidents that may occur carpooling to and from this event, or for any injuries or accidents incurred before, during, and after this event. If you sign up or participate in an event you acknowledge that you freely and voluntarily agree to assume all risks of injuries and damages arising from, as a result of and associated with this event.

By participating in this event, you and your guests acknowledge that you have read US Hiking Liability Wavier (, fully understand its terms, understand that by participating in this event, you and your guests have given up substantial rights freely and voluntarily without any inducement.