Runyon Canyon to Close for Four Months Starting in April

Runyon Canyon Park. (Photo courtesy of Friends of Runyon Canyon).
Runyon Canyon Park. (Photo courtesy of Friends of Runyon Canyon).

Runyon Canyon, perhaps the post popular place to hike in greater West Hollywood, will be closed from April through July.

The closure was announced today by the L.A. Department of Water and Power (DWP). The DWP said the closing is necessary to beging the Runyon Canyon Water System Improvement Project, which is intended to provide an improved fire protection system, a reduction in pipe breaks and improvements in water quality. The project scope includes replacing approximately one mile of six-inch pipe that runs through the park.

While the hiking trails and other parts of the park will be closed, the Runyon Canyon Park Yoga Field will remain open.

The 160-acre park, which can be entered off Fuller Avenue and Mulholland Drive, sits just outside of West Hollywood. It is beloved by West Hollywood residents because of its dog-friendly policies, with dogs allowed to be off-leash in most of the park. It also known for its celebrity sightings as well as its stunning view of greater Los Angeles from Indian Rock.

Runyon Canyon Park was purchased in 1984 from its last private owners, Adad Development, for use as a city park by the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy and the City of Los Angeles. “No Man’s Canyon” was the English name given to the gorge which lies above Franklin at Fuller Avenue, and extends north to Mulholland Drive. It is reputed to have been a seasonal campsite for local Gabrielino/Tongva Indians, who hunted in the area known to them as the Nopalera.

In 1867, “Greek George” Caralambo, AKA Allen, received the 160-acre (65 ha) parcel by federal patent in appreciation for his service in the US Army Camel Corps. Allen became famous by association when the bandit Tiburcio Vasquez was captured while hiding out at his home in 1874.

The canyon is named for Carman Runyon, who bought the land in 1919 after retiring as a coal magnate. He and his wife, Ellen, used it for horseback riding and hunting.

EDITOR’S NOTE:  An earlier version of this story erred in saying Runyon Canyon Park will be closed for three months.  In fact it will be closed for four months.  The story has been corrected to reflect that.

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Runyon Neighbor
Runyon Neighbor
4 years ago

Sounds like needed work given the deterioration I have witnessed over the past 10 years. Hopefully the contractors have an incentive to complete the work early instead of traditional avoidable delays by a lack of coordination and worse appropriate resources available when needed to complete this update. Who is the Project Manager and how will updates be provided? Is there anything hikers are able to contribute in the way of labor or support to advance the necessary renovations? If we could make this a community project, I suspect the necessary work would move along faster?

Ben
Ben
4 years ago

Sad to hear about his….closed just in time for Summer. Thankfully there are other nearby hiking areas to explore…Griffith Park is huge for one. Still, you couldn’t beat Runyon for its convenient location.

Elle
Elle
4 years ago

It was kind of them to time this for just when the days are long enough to fit in an after-work hike and warm enough to enjoy it. Glad they put those winter months to good use.

Robert
Robert
4 years ago

That’s too bad, I love that park, but if they need to do work to keep up it all good. This is the best (coolest) time to hike. There’s a lot of great hiking in Griffith park, from very easy to very difficult in effort. Also there’s a nice hike to the batcave which starts at the end of Bronson St. In fact there is a gay hiking group that meets every Monday and Wednesday evening to hike at Griffith Park. One of the nights is more difficult than the other but I cant remember which is which. They are… Read more »