This afternoon I went to one of the most popular places for hiking and relaxing in the entire Los Angeles Metropolitan area, which is the Runyon Canyon Park located in the Hollywood Hills.
The park was packed as usual and I found out about some recent changes that city officials have made in regards to parking. The main parking lot on Mulholland Drive remains open from sunrise to sunset but parking and walking on Mulholland Drive is now prohibited. A few years ago you could just park on the side of the road from 6 AM to 9 PM and walk down the street to get the best view but those days are now a distant memory.
I honestly don’t remember seeing the air in Los Angeles as clear as it was today. The photo sequences came out so sharp that I can’t believe how nice and perfect they look.
Runyon Canyon has the cleanest hiking trails in Los Angeles despite the high traffic of fitness enthusiasts and tourists that visit the park on a daily basis even on Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, and New Year’s Day.
This park offers dramatic views of the LA skyline, Hollywood, Century City, and the South Bay.
I would recommend everyone to get there either early in the morning or late afternoon and avoid the weekends unless someone is going to drop you off and pick you up later.
As you can see, there are signs everywhere indicating fines, hours, and the fact that the park is in a fire hazard zone.
I also went to Hollywood Boulevard to make more time-lapse photo sequences. The boulevard was crowded but I know how to find the right spots to photograph without any interruptions.