2000 N. Fuller Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90046
Sunrise until Sunset
- Beautiful Walking Trails Nearby at Silver Lake Reservoir
- Separate Fenced Off Areas for Small & Large Dogs
- Three Pergola Shaded Benches
- Nice Scenery of Hillside Homes
- Not Ideal For Rainy Days
- Busy During Peak Morning / Evening Hours
- Water Drinking Fountains in Both Runs
Runyon Canyon Dog Park
Just a stone’s throw from Hollywood is perhaps the city’s most popular hiking destination – Runyon Canyon. There are 160 acres of meandering trails with amazing views of the city, stretched out to the horizon, so this is not your ordinary “dog park”, it is a massive dog-friendly zone.
At the very end of Fuller Avenue, you’ll want to walk through the main entrance with your dog on a leash. After a short walk up the trail to the left, or the trail that continues on straight ahead, lies the demarcation gate where dogs are allowed off-leash. Note that there is no specific area for dogs, beyond this point… Just trails that wind slowly up to the top of the canyon.
You might find a few dogs romping around just inside the off-leash gate, but for the most part, because of the sheer size of the park, you’ll be sharing the trail with other hikers, joggers and the occasional canine. Make sure to bring plenty of water for you and your dog as the only water source is just inside the main entrance, in the on-leash area.Because of the park’s popularity and close proximity to the Hollywood neighborhoods below, parking can sometimes be a problem. You may have to drive around and hunt for a parking spot, a few blocks away. Note: there are no bathroom facilities available.
Main Park & Off-Leash Area Entrances
At the end of North Fuller Avenue, you’ll find the main entrance gates to Runyon Canyon Park. In the left corner is the actual gate that you can walk through, where you will also find a convenient snack stand that offers water, chips and bananas on the honor system ($1 each – please use responsibly for continued enjoyment). After you are in the park, just take a short trek up the main path to get to the entrance to the off-leash area and trails. Until you pass through that second gate, you’ll need to keep your pet on a leash at all times.
Rules & Laws to Follow
It is really easy to tell where you are allowed to let your pooch run free or not. Simply keep an eye out for the signs that designate on-leash and off-leash friendly zones. Even if you plan on staying in the off-leash areas with your dog, make sure you still bring a leash because you will need it between there and where you park. There are a number of rules signs, mostly near the gates, but there are the standard regulations that you’ll find at any of the dog-friendly parks or beaches in the city of Los Angeles.
Always remember to pick up after any waste your pet leaves behind, as it is required by law. There is a recycling station here where you can leave your grocery bags for others to use for clean-up or you can take a bag if you forgot one of your own. However, heavy-duty dog waste bags are really cheap and convenient and something you should be carrying with you anywhere your dog goes regardless of facilities that might be available at some places.
Amazing Hiking & Walking Trails
Locals come here for one main reason – the spectacular views. There are many different paved paths and dirt trails that can be used for walking, running and hiking (bike riding is not allowed). While there are some areas here where you will need to keep your pet on a leash, a decent amount of the park allows you to take them off-leash while you hike.
One important thing to note is that there are not closed gates in the off-leash areas, so you are responsible for keeping your dog under close voice control for the safety of others and your pet. GPS tracking collars are highly recommended for visits here since there is a lot of space for them to get lost in if they do get away from you.
This place is very well maintained. While people are here to get to the top of the mountainous hillside to get a view of the city stretched out beneath them, even the view at the bottom of Runyon Canyon is quite beautiful. On your way to the apex, you’ll also notice that some of the path offers complete shade as it is covered by large trees. This makes for a very nice break during the ascent.
Pet owners that like some adventure and exercise are going to love this place and never want to visit other parks again. Even if hiking isn’t your most favorite activity, you have to give Runyon Canyon a try to soak up the scenery at least once if you live anywhere near the city or visit on vacation.