Runyon Canyon is infamous in LA. Most of my friends warned me not to go--it's not that great of a hike, they said, it's super crowded, it's overrun with dog poop, there's no parking (welcome to LA), and full of K-list celebrities snapping selfies being active. As a girl who has watched said celebrities hiking Runyon Canyon, I couldn't help being drawn to the grounds where so much action (aka drama) takes place! Plus it was rumored to have great views of LA, and since I had a Tuesday afternoon free, I took a chance with parking.
Needless to say, I was pleasantly surprised with the whole experience. Sure I had to spend 5 minutes finding a spot, but that's everywhere in a city. Yes there was dog poop, but that also meant there were hoardes of dogs--unleashed! As I ascended the hardest trail out of the three, I got some great views almost immediately.
And they just kept getting better and better. LA sunsets are among the most beautiful I've ever seen, and I sure got lucky that day. Catching me with my camera, a could-have-been-CW-actor remarked to me, "It's really pretty tonight!"
Next up, my final stop on my West Coast tour: San Francisco!