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The 12 Best Runs In Los Angeles

George Sheehan wrote, in his 1978 book Running and Being, “When I get that look in my eye that’s says I’m going ‘away,’ do me a favor. Let me go.”

For most, running is a meditation, a way to escape the everyday. Lucky for Los Angeles locals, there is many a place to transcend the traffic of the city and take off, running. Here are twelve of Los Angeles’ best runs.

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(Photo by Paul R. via Yelp)

RAY MILLER BACKBONE TRAIL

Ray Miller Trail is located off Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu and well worth the drive out. As a friend describes it: “Ray Miller Trail is like Lord of the Rings, but the last time I was there (a year ago) it was a moonscape scorched by wildfires.” The run is 5.4 miles back and out with spectacular views of the ocean. It’s part of the much longer 67-mile Backbone Trail. The namesake of this section, Ray Miller, was nicknamed the “Guardian of the Canyon,” as described in a plaque with a bearded depiction of the man himself.

The Ray Miller Backbone Trailhead is located at Pacific Coast Highway and La Jolla Canyon in Malibu, 90265

SAN VICENTE MOUNTAIN

Westridge Trail on San Vicente Mountain is known for its 360 degree views, which add to that sense of accomplishment one feels after a run. This trail also offers the chance to experience Cold War history. At the top of the mountain, you will encounter a Nike missile center, used in the ’50s and ’60s to “detect and track hostile aircraft, and to guide the anti-aircraft missiles that would be launched from nearby Sepulveda Basin to their targets,” according to the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy. There are various points of entry for this trail, but if you want to cover the most distance enter on Westridge Road, which is off Mandeville Canyon in Brentwood. The trailhead is located at the very end of Westridge Road. There is limited parking, but it tends not to get too crowded. The trail is 7.4 miles round trip.

The Westridge trailhead is located at the end of Westridge Road in Los Angeles. 90049
**There used to be an easement that offered a slight variation of the trail on Old Ranch Road, a private road neighboring Mandeville Canyon, but it appears as if that entrance is now closed to the public.

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(Photo by Matt M. via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr)

MARVIN BRAUDE BIKE TRAIL

Also known as The Strand, this path is 22 miles long and the terrain is flat the entire way. It gets a little congested at times with both pedestrians and bikes. The path starts at Will Rogers State Beach and travels through Santa Monica, the Venice Beach Boardwalk, alongside LAX at Dockweiler State Beach, and through Manhattan Beach before ending at Torrance State Beach. There are many atmospheric changes to take in as you travel southbound through each city. At one point, you run through a spectacular tunnel underneath the Santa Monica Pier, punctured with holes where the sunlight beams through. Since it’s mostly adjacent to the beach, there are plenty of bathrooms along the way, and even places to stop for a quick refreshment. The path was officially named after Marvin Braude in 2006, a Los Angeles City Councilman partially responsible for banning smoking in restaurants.

Will Rogers State Beach is located at 17000 Pacific Coast Highway in Pacific Palisades, 90272

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Runyon Canyon and chill. (Photo by juliewolfson306 via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr)

RUNYON CANYON

Despair echoed through West Hollywood as Runyon Canyon closed for most of the summer, but it isback and better than ever. Known as a trendy ‘it’ scene, there is a reason actors and other health enthusiasts flock to this mountain: it really is a great hike, and, if you’re fit enough, a great run. Although it is not so as much of an escape as it is a see-and-be-seen atmosphere, the mountain has its advantages—not the least of which being that it’s centrally located in Los Angeles. One entrance is in West Hollywood at Fuller Avenue and the other, at the top, is located on Mulholland Drive. Once on the mountain, there are various routes to take depending on your fitness level.

Runyon Canyon is located at N. Fuller Avenue in Los Angeles. The north entrance is located at 7317 Mulholland Drive in Los Angeles

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(Photo by Matthew T. Yelp)

UCLA DRAKE STADIUM TRACK

One of the best tracks in Los Angeles is at UCLA’s Drake Stadium. Located in Westwood on the school’s campus, the track is a standard 400 meter loop with nine lanes. Many people also use the stadium seating to incorporate stairs into their workout. They are regularly open to the public, but be sure to check their track and field schedule to make sure there isn’t an event that conflicts with their regular hours.

UCLA Drake Stadium Track is located at 340 Charles E. Young Drive North in Westwood. (310) 825-4546

BRENTWOOD TO SANTA MONICA IN THREE PARTS:

Part One: San Vicente Boulevard
San Vicente in West L.A. is an expansive boulevard with a grassy center divide that is perfect for running, even though there is little grass remaining since the sprinklers were turned off. Start at the Brentwood Country Mart at San Vicente and 26th Street, and run west down San Vicente Boulevard. You can start further east if you want a longer run, but you’ll experience more congestion from the storefronts, rather than the calm of the suburban neighborhood that starts just west of 26th Street.

If you’re lucky, you might catch sight of Garry and Jason Clemmons—a locally famous pair of identical twin brothers who are often seen running in sync down San Vicente in matching shorts. They run 16 to 20 miles a day, six days a week. Their stop-light training is always perfectly in sync. The Clemmons Twins, whose voices echo in unison over the phone, said “We run so many miles every day, we want to be smart on our joints.” When asked how they do so, they replied, “We pray over our knees in the name of Jesus, and we trade out our sneakers.”

This section starts at San Vicente Boulevard and 26th Street in Brentwood.

Part Two: The Santa Monica Stairs

Los Angeles has many sets of outdoor stairs, but the Santa Monica Stairs are perhaps the most famous, the most crowded, and the ones with the best view. From 26th Street to 7th Street, you will have to run 1.7 miles. Take a right turn on 7th street, and a left turn on Adelaide. Here you will encounter one of the two sets of Santa Monica Stairs. These are wooden steps with a few concrete mixed in. There are approximately 160 to 170 steps, producing an overall vertical change of about 109 feet. There is a second set of stairs that are all made of concrete and are slightly longer. That entrance is on Ocean and 4th Street. The steep incline is no joke, so after tiring yourself from a few rounds of the stairs continue onto the third and final segment by running west on Adelaide to the end of the road. Turn left on Ocean Avenue.

The Santa Monica Stairs are located at 699 Adelaide Drive in Santa Monica.

Part Three: Palisades Park
Overlooking the ocean atop Pacific Coast Highway is a pedestrian path alongside Ocean Avenue. It feels completely separate from the traffic of Ocean Avenue, since the path is surrounded by tall trees and grass on both sides. The entire path is, in fact, a 26.4 acre park operated by the City of Santa Monica. The refreshing ocean breeze will cool you off, and there are plenty of benches along the way if you want to take a break and take in the view.

Palisades Park begins at the western terminus of Ocean Avenue in Santa Monica.

SILVER LAKE RESERVOIR

While the fate of the Silver Lake Reservoir remains somewhat in flux, the path around its circumference remains one of the most popular places in the city to run. The dirt path is 2.2 miles with slight hills. The only downside is you stare at the reservoir—which is currently empty—through a chain link fence, so this run doesn’t exactly rival some of the views from the others on this list, but for easy access and a more straightforward track-like run, the Silver Lake Reservoir is a great place to exercise.

The Silver Lake Reservoir is located from 1854 to 2246 Silver Lake Boulevard in Silver Lake.

GRIFFITH PARK

If you’ve already run Ray Miller Trail or Westridge Trail, you’ve run the western part of the Santa Monica Mountains. Griffith Park gives you the opportunity to explore the eastern end of the range in the nation’s largest city park with urban wilderness. There are many routes to take across this mountain so pick your preference, or just go exploring. One short but steep route takes you from Trails Cafe up to the observatory, and many of the routes offer a view of the Hollywood sign.

Griffith Park is located at 4730 Crystal Springs Drive in Los Angeles, although there are various entrances.

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Rose Bowl exterior. (Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images)

THE ROSE BOWL

This 3.3 mile loop runs the circumference of the L.A.’s historic Rose Bowl Stadium, and the Brookside Golf Course. The loop is a little over the distance of a 5K, so many race events are held there. When there is not an event, people of all ages come to train. There are even 14 fitness stations (targeting stretching, balancing, coordination and strength building exercises) along the way to supplement your workout, as well as a public pool in case you happen to be training for a triathlon (or just want to go for a swim).

The Rose Bowl is located at 1001 Rose Bowl Drive in Pasadena.

THE SEPULVEDA BASIN

Located in Encino at the top of Woodley Park, the Sepulveda Basin offers a few looped routes, including one that crosses the L.A. River and runs around the golf courses, and one that surrounds Balboa Lake. Routes range in mileage. Depending on your path, you could encounter the iconic Sepulveda Dam, which has been featured in multiple movies (including The Fast and the Furious) and countless car commercials. If you have time after your run, cool down with a stroll through the nearbyJapanese Garden.

The Sepulveda Basin is located at 5600 Woodley Avenue in Lake Balboa.

Article courtesy of LAist. 

Where To Find Your Eggs And Other Delicious Bites For Easter Brunch

While some of you my be busy stuffing your face with Easter candy at home, for those looking to dig into an Easter brunch, we tracked down some of the best in town. From bottomless cocktails and expansive buffets, to an egg hunt for all ages and a petting zoo, here are our some of our favorite Easter brunch options for you to enjoy.

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Beef barbacoa hash with poached eggs (Photo courtesy of Sausal)

BOTTOMLESS BRUNCH COCKTAILS AND BARBACOA HASH AT SAUSAL

Head to El Segundo’s new delicious destination for a “Nuevo Rancho” take on Easter brunch. Grab a seat on the breezy patio or in the dining room to sip bottomless micheladas and mimosas ($16) from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Hit up their brunch menu for smokey bites from the wood-fired grill like their beef barbacoa hash with poached eggs, roasted poblano chili omelet, and huevos rancheros. We also strongly recommend ordering from the all-day menu to try their killer potato rajas tacos and pork chili verde with sweet corn elote.

Sausal is located at 219 Main Street, El Segundo, (310) 322-2721 for reservations.

AN EPIC BLOODY MARY BAR AND ‘HIPSTER EASTER BUNNY’ AT TANZY

Uber over to Westwood to indulge in Tanzy’s epic-sounding Ultimate Bloody Mary Bar for the holiday. Choose from their classic from-scratch recipe, pescatarian style (clam juice) or carnivore style (beef stock), and then go to town with garnishes that range from the usual pickles, fresh herbs and hot sauce, to towering toppings like crisp smoked bacon, cured meats, shrimp and cheese. You can also choose from Amsterdam Vodka, Evan Williams Bourbon or Camarena 100% de Agave Tequila for $12 or up your game with Grey Goose or Corzo Reposado Tequila for $14. You can also chow down on brunch specials like “bacon & eggs” ravioli, brioche french toast, crispy chicken and sourdough waffles, and corned beef hash. And there will also be a visit from the “hipster Easter bunny.” While we’re not entirely sure what that means, we’re sure that it will be fun after hitting up the Bloody Mary bar. And then you can head next door and catch a lazy Sunday movie at iPic while reclining in cozy chairs and sipping their newly launched series of wines. Brunch is available from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Tanzy is located at 10840 Wilshire Blvd. in Westwood, (310) 307-7004 for reservations.

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Get your Easter brunch on at Le Jardin at Estérel (Photo by Danny Jensen/LAist)

RAW BAR, CARVING STATIONS AND PATIO LOUNGING AT ESTEREL

Head to the Sofitel hotel where Estérel will be offering an extensive Easter buffet and bottomless mimosas and Bloody Marys. The buffet features a well-stocked raw bar, a smoked salmon and charcuterie spread, tons of farm fresh salads, along with flatbreads, quiches and other tasty sides. Just be sure to save room on your plate—or go back for seconds—for the carving station with porchetta, chicken or branzino, the crepe station, or the excellent sounding risotto station. There will also be a dessert station and an edible garden. A la carte additions will be available table-side. Grab a seat on the beautiful, flower-adorned patio or head to the dining room to feast.

The brunch buffet is available from 11:30 a.m. to to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday and is $95 for adults, including bottomless mimosas and Bloody Marys, $30 for children 12 and under, and free for kids 5 and under.

Esterel at the Sofitel is located at 8555 Beverly Blvd., Beverly Grove, (310) 358-3979 for reservations.

FRENCH TOAST AND ROAST LEG OF LAMB STATIONS AT CAST RESTAURANT

Cast Restaurant at Viceroy in Santa Monica offers an extensive brunch buffet with cocktails at a solid price. Hit up the carving station with herb roasted leg of lamb and maple glazed pork loin, order up a custom omelet, or go for the pancake and french toast station (or go for all of them). There will also be lots of salads, classic brunch dishes, shareable platters and desserts. The buffet is $65 for adults and includes either an ​​Easter Egg Martini or the London Bunny cocktail. Kids 10 and under eat for $30, and it’s free for those 5 and under.


Cast Restaurant at Viceroy
is located at 1819 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, (310) 360-7511 for reservations.

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The patio of The Front Yard (Photo courtesy of The Front Yard)

FARM-FRESH FARE AT THE FRONT YARD

Head to The Front Yard at the recently revamped The Garland in North Hollywood for a festive, sustainably-sourced Easter buffet. Starting at $44 for adults and $19 for kids, the brunch includes highlights like pasture-raised heritage ham that’s been smoked and brined with buttermilk biscuits and finished off with maple whole grain mustard glaze. Or you could go for the shrimp and grits, prime rib with pretzel rolls, or the Sunset Ranch eggs Benedict. Brunch is available from 11 a.m.- 3 p.m.

The Front Yard is located at The Garland hotel, 4222 Vineland Avenue, Studio City, (818) 255-7290 for reservations.

EASTER PUNCH AT OX & SON

This modern American joint in Santa Monica will help you start your Easter Sunday right with the Berry Spring Punch, which serves four to six people and includes Opera Prima sparkling wine, Lillet Blanc, ginger ale, homemade Oleo and floating strawberries. Their brunch special will be lamb hash and eggs with carrot top chimichurri, while their Easter dinner special is a roasted rack of lamb with a mustard mint crust and a pea and carrot risotto.

Ox & Son is located at 1534 Montana Ave, Santa Monica, (310) 829-3990 for reservations.

AN EASTER STAYCATION

If you feel like going on an Easter holiday, you can head to Rancho Palos Verdes’ Terranea Resort. They’re hosting an Eggstravaganza Easter Egg Hunt that includes carnival games, arts and crafts and a petting zoo. You can snag their Ballroom Brunch for $95 if you’re an adult ($47 for children 4-10). It includes pastries, an omelet station, pasta, risotto, charcuterie, a salad bar, their Asian kitchen buffet and desserts. There are specific seating times beginning at 9:30 a.m. and ending at 2 p.m. There is also a four-course brunch available at Mar’sel featuring options like a smoked fish platter, Vermont maple syrup creme brûlée French toast, a Spanish chorizo omelet and a burrata burger. Plus, bottomless mimosas! The Mar’sel brunch is $85. Or, the brunch at Catalina Kitchen will offer a wide spread of omelets, antipasto, sushi, seafood, meats, salad, fruit, candy and dessert with an ocean view at $80 for adults and $35 for children ages 5-12. You could also book an Easter Weekend package here.—Juliet Bennett Rylah

Terranea Resort is located at 100 Terranea Way in Rancho Palos Verdes, 310-494-7891

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Fig & Olive (Photo via Fig & Olive)

PRIX FIXE AT FIG & OLIVE

West Hollywood’s Fig & Olive on Melrose Place will be offering a three-course prix-fixe brunch for $40/person from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Guests will receive a selection of breads and pastries, followed by their choice of appetizer, entree and dessert. Appetizer selections include provencal carrot and thyme soup, Caesar salad, crab salad, truffle mushroom croquette and vegetarian quiche. Entrees include steak & eggs, a seared salmon with asparagus, grilled thyme chicken paillard, rosemary lamb or a French omelet with goat cheese, asparagus, scallion and chive. For dessert, choose between Clementine Vacherin, made with blood orange coulis, clementine sorbet, white chocolate mousse and meringue, or the Chocolate Pot de Creme with crunchy praline financiers and vanilla cream.—Juliet Bennett Rylah

Fig & Olive Melrose Place is located at 8490 Melrose Place in West Hollywood, 310-360-9100.

FILET MIGNON CARVING STATION AT THE INTERCONTINENTAL

If you’re looking for a decadent brunch, the Intercontinental hotel in Century City will be doing an expansive Easter brunch buffet. This includes a custom omelet station, a short rib and filet mignon carving station, a seafood bar, meats, cheeses, and a variety of the restaurant’s usual breakfast and lunch offerings. There will also be a buffet especially for children with dessert and fresh lemonade. Brunch is served from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and costs $79 for adults (that includes champagne) and $35 for children.—Juliet Bennett Rylah

The InterContinental is located at 2151 Avenue of the Stars in Century City, 310-284-6536 for reservations.

EASTER BUFFET AND EGG HUNT AT CLIFTON’S

Clifton’s will be offering egg hunts and a special Easter buffet that includes apps, deviled eggs, salads, honey-glazed ham, Scottish salmon in a puff pastry, carved prime rib, sides and desserts. There will also be a flaky Easter pie stuffed with smoked ham, ricotta, parmesan and mozzarella. Prices are $38 for adults and $24 for kids.—Juliet Bennett Rylah

Clifton’s Cafeteria is located at 648 S. Broadway in downtown Los Angeles, 213-627-1673. Tickets are online here.

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Mr. C’s Easter spread (Photo via Mr. C)

VENETIAN-STYLE BUFFET AT MR. C

The Mr. C hotel in Beverly Hills is offering an Easter brunch buffet from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at The Restaurant at Mr. C. This is a Venetian-style smorgasbord complete with live music by the Mudbug Brass Band, and a egg hunt and visit from the Easter Bunny for the kids. Buffet options will include classic pastas, hand-sliced Prosciutto di Parma, custom waffles and pancakes, custom omelets and frittatas, seafood and a carving station with lamb, chicken, salmon, cheese and veggies. Indoor and outside seating is available. Brunch is $105 for adults (you can add bottomless Bellinis for $30) and $49 for children ages 4-12.—Juliet Bennett Rylah

Mr. C Beverly Hills is located at 1224 Beverwil Drive in Beverly Hills, 310-226-6245 for reservations.

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Get your seafood fix at Baltaire (Photo via Baltaire)

MOBILE BLOODY MARY CART AT BALTAIRE

Brentwood steakhouse Baltaire will feature an Easter brunch from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. that includes pastries, an iced shellfish station, English pea soup, French toast with berry compote, eggs Benedict, sides and desserts. Their carving station will feature prime rib, glazed ham and lamb, plus cheese and charcuterie. There will also be a Bloody Mary cart maneuvering around the space, as well as a complete craft cocktail list. Brunch is $75 for adults and $45 for children. Make reservations online here.—Juliet Bennett Rylah

Baltaire is located at 11647 San Vicente Blvd in Brentwood, 424-273-1660

Article Source: LAist.com