With near perfect weather and some of the most beautiful scenery in the United States, Los Angeles is a mecca for those who love to run. There are endless running path, parks, trails and other places to enjoy a great workout. These are 10 of the best places to run in the Los Angeles area.
California Coastal Trail – Dockweiler State Beach
Although it is technically a bike path, flocks of runners are drawn to this 22-mile oceanfront path. Runners generally stay alongside the path, rather than on it, to avoid a collision. The picturesque trail ambles from Manhattan Beach to Pacific Palisades.
Lake Balboa – Anthony C. Beilenson Park
This 80-acre park offers many ways to spend a gorgeous day in the San Fernando Valley. Centrally located, Lake Balboa is the crown jewel of the park, filled with water from the Tillman Water Reclamation Plant. A 1.3-mile jogging path passes the picnic areas, bike path, playground, fly-fishing area, pedal boats, and even a private boating area.
Mount Hollywood – Griffith Park
Griffith Park in Mount Hollywood is among the largest urban parks in North America, sprawling 4,300 acres. It is home to the LA Zoo, the Griffith Observatory, the Autry National Center, and the Greek Theatre. Throughout the park you can find scenic running paths, including cool off-road paths that top the highest peak of the park.
At just over 26 acres, Palisades Park, along Ocean Avenue, has some of the most beautiful views of Santa Monica. The running path is a three-mile loop rich with plants, outdoor sculptures, and plenty to see as you run.
Rose Bowl Loop
The Rose Bowl Loop is one of the most popular running trails in Pasadena. This route is the daily home to a range of walkers, joggers, and cyclists, complete with some of the best views in the city. The approximately three-mile path circles the famous Rose Bowl Stadium and the fairways of Brookside Golf Course.
Runyon Canyon Park
Located two-blocks from Hollywood Boulevard, this 130-acre park offers everything from a dog park to frequent celebrity sightings. The running path can be tackled either clockwise or counter-clockwise, with each option offering something different. Both routes are not short on breathtaking panoramic views of the city.
San Vicente Boulevard – Brentwood
The grassy area of San Vicente Boulevard is one of the most popular running spots on the West Side. Starting at Federal Avenue, you can head west and take on the four-mile course through the Brentwood community. Many local track and running clubs can be found on this corridor each day.
The Strand – Santa Monica Pier
One of the longest running paths in the area, the Marvin Braude Bike Trail is a 22-mile paved bike path. Alongside the cyclists you will find runners of all levels. For those looking for a bigger challenge, you can undertake the two-mile sand run between the Santa Monica Pier and the Venice Boardwalk. Keep an eye out for Muscle Beach and the Venice Skatepark!
West Loop – Elysian Park
Six-hundred-acre Elysian Park is the second-largest park in Los Angeles, as well as the oldest park. A run along the West Loop gives athletes plenty to take in visually. With views of the downtown area and the San Fernando Valley, the 2.4-mile loop offers big wow factor.
Ocean Trails Reserve – Palos Verdes Peninsula
The Ocean Trails Reserve spans over five miles of beautiful trails with several degrees of difficulty. You set out on the paved road and head towards the trailhead. Depending upon what kind of workout you are looking for, there are many paths to explore.
These are just some of the scenic places to set out on your daily run in the Los Angeles area. If you are a runner looking into buying a home in Southern California you can contact one of our real estate professionals. We specialize in high-end homes in the most sought after neighborhoods in Southern California.
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