The Heart-of-Hollywood Hike brings the walker on a loop around the Runyon Canyon; a total distance of just under 5 kilometres. Cloud’s Rest is an amazing viewing point of the canyon and Hollywood Hills. Every so often, one will even spot a famous face around here! Those with dogs will welcome the fact that around here, their pets are allowed off the lead once they remain under control. The trail’s beginner level of difficulty means that it is very popular, so if one is looking to go “off the beaten track” as it were, this is not it. Nevertheless, it is a very enjoyable trail, overlooking luxurious estates, the Sunset Strip and Hollywood Sign.
The Topanga State Park Trek follows the Los Liones Trail to Parker Mesa Overlook. Just over 11 kilometres in length (there and back), the reward for one’s efforts is the spectacular landscape that can be seen at Parker Mesa Overlook. The first 3 kilometres or so is full of zigzag bends and steeply sloping hills, bringing the walker to approximately 396 metres above sea level. As a result, it is certainly a challenge, but the views at the summit while one enjoys a well deserved picnic are guaranteed to be worth it.
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