If you’d like to mix your city walking with a touch of nature, this may be of interest. It’s easy to mix your walk down the Hollywood Boulevard Walk of Fame with a hike in hills, walking on dirt surrounded by trees.
The Walk of Fame — those stars on the glittery sidewalk, starts (or ends) where Hollwood Blvd crosses N LaBrea Avenue at the “Hollywood and La Brea Gateway,” the gold statue known to some as “The Four Ladies of Hollywood.”
Less than a half-mile walk from that statue and you’ll find yourself at the entrance to Runyan Canyon, a popular but never too crowded, respit from city life.
It’s open from dawn to dusk, so you might take a break from your tourism trek, enjoy the park, then return to Hollywood Boulevard to enjoy it all lit up and have dinner.
To get to Runyan Canyon
Either way, the walk in .4 miles from the Hollywood statue.
Continue walking east (mountains on your right) past LaBrea and turn right onto the next street, Fuller Avenue. Fuller takes you into the park.
Or, turn up LaBrea, then turn left onto Franklin or Hillside and right onto Fuller.
More about Runyan Canyon
Some online info for you:
- hikespeak.com — learn about the trails and see what it looks like there.
- To official LAParks webpage about Runyan Canyon
- The Runyan Canyon page on the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy website
- Wikipedia’s entry