The History of Runyon Canyon

March 8, 2016

Before it was Runyon Canyon, early English settlers dubbed it “No Man’s Canyon.” Curiously, history suggests it is just that -- When it comes to taking residence in these crags, you’re looking at the shelf-life of the daily news. 

Here are the faces of the men and women who once tried to wrangle what is now Hollywood's favorite city park.

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    Cold War Bunker Room Escape

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    Are you a history aficionado? If so, then this is a setting that'll peak your interest! It's the late 70's to early 80's, the peak of the Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union. Tension is rising and both armies are on high alert. Things are about to blow up because someone has infiltrated a top-secret room and initiated the nuclear warhead launch sequence! Will you save the world from an all-out nuclear war, or will you watch the world as you know it disintegrate before your very eyes? You're part of a special ops team that has been dispatched to abort the launch at any cost. You are the world's last hope.
    Cold War Bunker Room Escape

    8255 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles

    • Save the world from an all-out nuclear war by aborting a nuclear warhead launch sequence
    • Put your brains and wits to the test during this intense escape-the-room event
    • Work with your team to devise a foolproof plan
    • Feel the adrenaline rush through your veins as you and your friends work under the pressure of the clock
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    22 positive reviews
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    Earn Your Wings (LA)

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    Have you always wanted to feel the thrill of free falling without having to... well, jump out of an airplane?! What if you could feel the adrenaline rush of skydiving MINUS your totally understandable fear of heights? Well, here's your chance! iFLY is an indoor skydiving facility that creates true free fall conditions. You'll float inside iFLY's 1,000 hp vertical wind tunnel -- with absolutely NOTHING attaching you to planet earth. And with the Earn Your Wings package, you'll get the ultimate beginner-level package for a great introduction to indoor skydiving: 2 unforgettable one-minute flights, plus hands-on assistance and a comprehensive training session from your personal flight instructor. You'll even get to take home a personalized flight certificate to show off to your friends. This is one indoor aerial experience you don't want to miss! Note: The total duration of the activity is 2 hours, which includes 1 hour of training. Includes use of all the flight gear. If you have had a prior shoulder dislocation, back, or neck problems or if you are pregnant, you should not fly. Those less than 6 feet tall must weigh less than 230 pounds, and those over 6 feet must weigh less than 250 pounds. Flyers can be as young as 3 years of age; there is no upper age limit. Participants under 18 years must have parent or legal guardian present to sign Release of Liability.
    Earn Your Wings (LA)

    1000 Universal Studios Blvd, Universal City

    • Experience the adrenaline rush of skydiving without having to jump out of an airplane
    • Benefit from the ultimate beginner's package, with everything you need to have a great first flight
    • Feel safe and prepared with hands-on assistance from your personal flight instructor
    • Channel your inner super hero as you float in iFLY Los Angeles's 1,000 hp vertical wind tunnel
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    10 positive reviews
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    Evening Tour by Horseback

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    Saddle up for a one of a kind guided tour through the rolling hills of Griffith Park. This 5,000 acre park sits in the heart of downtown Los Angeles, and contains ample trails for you to wander through. On horseback, you will get amazing views of the famous Hollywood Sign, Griffith Observatory, and surrounding downtown Los Angeles -- all lit up beautifully at night! You'll see more of the park than you ever could on foot, get incredible looks at some of the most famous locations in LA, and, of course, spend time with a truly wonderful horse. Besides, who knows when else you'll be able to ride a horse through the city?
    Evening Tour by Horseback

    3400 N Beachwood Dr, Los Angeles

    • Experience an evening horseback riding tour through gorgeous Griffith Park
    • Uncover sights of all 5,000 acres of this beautiful area, located in the heart of LA
    • Admire stunning views of the Hollywood Sign and Griffith Observatory
    • Enjoy a ride on a gentle, well-trained horse and see LA at night
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    19 positive reviews
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    Dolphin & Whale Signature Safari (2.5 Hr)

    Feel like you need a little more porpoise in your life? If you answered "No, I want to see whales and dolphins," then this is the sea-faring safari for you! You'll set sail on high-tech catamarans, in search of some of the year-round dolphins and whales famous for populating the waters off of Dana Point. What could you see? December through May the annual migration of Gray Whales between the waters off Alaska and the lagoons of Baja, CA takes place. In the months between May and November Blue Whales, the largest animal on earth, can be seen. And throughout the year Fin Whales, Minke Whales, Humpback Whales, and occasionally Orcas visit. Rare whales that could be seen at any time include Bryde's Whales, Sei Whales, Sperm Whales, Pilot Whales, and False Killer Whales. And playful dolphins, some in mega-pods of up to 10,000, are seen off Dana Point all year round too! Only aboard the catamaran Manute'a can you see dolphins underwater, without getting wet, in our Eye-to-Eye Underwater Viewing Pods. Capt. Dave's original catamaran DolphinSafari is so close to the water that it's like viewing dolphins and whales from a kayak. Both boats feature our Eye-Spy Dolphin Nets to give you a really up close encounter! Lily, our luxury power catamaran, features cushioned bow seating, upper deck with wind and sun protection, and a beautifully appointed interior. Mrs. Captain Dave's yummy triple fudge brownies are served as a special treat on all trips. Along the way, naturalists will treat you with insights about how these amazing creatures live and play. It's going to be a whale of a good time!
    Dolphin & Whale Signature Safari (2.5 Hr)

    24440 Dana Point Harbor Dr, Dana Point

    • Embark on a dolphin and whale watching adventure that gives you an up-close and personal view of the marine life
    • Observe dolphins and whales in their natural environment with vessel features specially designed by Captain Dave
    • Learn about the behaviors of these underwater creatures from professional naturalists
    • Enjoy an intimate look at a surreal underwater world aboard advanced, eco-friendly catamarans
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    Apartment 205 Escape Room

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    Here you are, outside an average apartment in the middle of Hollywood. Your oh-so-time-sensitive mission? To break into the apartment and find a bomb alongside your fellow special agents. What?! That's crazy! After all, the apartment belongs to a middle aged jeweler with a clean criminal record! The U.S. Department of CyberSecurity, however, has tracked the purchase of a bio-chemical bomb on the Darknet... to this apartment. Apartment 205. You must waste no time. You must make no mistakes. Do you have what it takes to save the city of Los Angeles?
    Apartment 205 Escape Room

    7805 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles

    • Escape a locked room in under 60 minutes using nothing but your wits and teamworking
    • Push yourself to see beyond the obvious in order to gather clues and solve puzzles
    • Feed off of the adrenaline rush of a real-life adventure
    • Make memories with friends and make new friends during this exhilarating interactive activity
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    21 positive reviews
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    Haunted Recording Studio

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    The year? 1915. The place? Los Angeles, California. Young immigrant singer, Natalie Granoff is invited to a recording studio by A-list Producer, Misha Glen. Glen harbors romantic desires for the singer, though the feeling is not reciprocated. When Granoff falls for a young musician at the studio, she disappears, never to be heard from again. Fowl play is suspected, though nothing can be proven. A century later, the studio reopens. In walks YOU. Only to be trapped. Use your wits and resourcefulness to escape, lest your spirit be trapped inside with the studio's other ghostly inhabitants.
    Haunted Recording Studio

    3611 Cahuenga Blvd W, Los Angeles

    • Enter into a recording studio that's been abandoned for a hundred years and holds a bloodcurdling secret
    • Use your wits to escape before the studio's ghostly inhabitants take you with them
    • Build camaraderie with your fellow captives, by working together to emerge victorious
    • Embark on a unique, chilling adventure you won't soon forget
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    21 positive reviews
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    Day Tour by Horseback (1 Hr)

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    Saddle up for a one of a kind guided tour through the rolling hills of Griffith Park. This 5,000 acre park sits in the heart of downtown Los Angeles, and contains ample trails for you to wander through. On horseback, you will get amazing views of the famous Hollywood Sign, Griffith Observatory, and surrounding downtown Los Angeles. You'll see more of the park than you ever could on foot, get incredible looks at some of the most famous locations in LA, and, of course, spend time with a truly wonderful horse. Besides, who knows when else you'll be able to ride a horse through the city?
    Day Tour by Horseback (1 Hr)

    3400 N Beachwood Dr, Los Angeles

    • Experience a horseback riding tour through gorgeous Griffith Park
    • Uncover sights of all 5,000 acres of this beautiful area, located in the heart of LA
    • Admire stunning views of the Hollywood Sign and Griffith Observatory
    • Enjoy a ride on a gentle, well-trained horse
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    19 positive reviews
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    LA River Kayaking (Glendale Narrows Recreation Zone, near Downtown LA)

    Join us in paddling the Los Angeles River and participate in this one-of-a-kind Los Angeles experience! These guided kayak tours in the Glendale Narrows section run through a sporty 2 ½-mile stretch within an official river Recreation Zone. These trips pass through the Frogtown neighborhood, which is just over the hill, east of Dodger Stadium and close to Atwater Village, Echo Park, Silverlake and Mt. Washington. Unlike our trips in the Sepulveda Basin, these trips include moderate Class-I rapids mixed with some flatwater stretches — adventurous and fun, but not dangerous. You will observe numerous bird species and usually see fisherman and other city denizens doing their thing along the river. You’ll pick up safety and paddling skills, all while having fun and getting some great exercise along the way. While in Frogtown, stop in for lunch or breakfast at Spoke Bicycle Café before or after your trip. www.spokebicyclecafe.com. Be part of this culturally and recreationally vibrant portion of the LA River. LA River Expeditions is the original boating outfit on the river and the only one leading tours in both Recreational Zones. We are the group that, in 2008, paddled the 51-miles of the river to help win environmental protections for the river under the Clean Water Act.  We’re proud of our contributions to our city’s education, recreation and activism. We do all this because we are avid kayakers and all-around river enthusiasts. We love rivers and we love sharing the river experience with others. Our guides have decades of collective experience running rivers worldwide. They are professionally trained and certified in both river safety and first aid/CPR.  You’ll be in good hands!
    LA River Kayaking (Glendale Narrows Recreation Zone, near Downtown LA)

    Rattlesnake Park, Los Angeles

    • Paddle in your single kayak for approximately 2 ¼ hours over roughly 3 miles flatwater. All basic equipment provided. Experienced and certified river guides teach paddling & river safety skills. Beginner through advanced skills welcome.
    • Our Educators provide environmental education along the way, teaching all about the LA River: Watershed, wildlife, history and the politics of your hometown river.
    • This summer is your chance to paddle the river and participate in a one-of-a-kind experience. This river section is the most natural area with soft-bottom and tree-lined banks offering a serene experience with fish, flora and fauna. This is truly an eye-opening unforgettable event that should be on the bucket list of any Angeleno.
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    LA River Kayaking (Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Reserve, near Encino)

    Join us in paddling the Los Angeles River and participate in this one-of-a-kind Los Angeles experience! These guided kayak tours are in the Sepulveda Basin which is the most natural, wonderfully green part of the river which passes through one of two official Recreational Zones. It is a leisurely, 3-mile flatwater paddle which is manageable for beginners and fun for other skill levels, too. You will observe numerous bird species as you paddle along, and spot locals as they fish from the banks. You’ll pick up safety and paddling skills, all while having fun and getting some great exercise along the way. We run this trip as a loop to avoid any hassles of portaging around hazards or barriers, or waiting to be transported back to your vehicle. All in all, after this trip you won’t be able to look at Los Angeles in quite the same way again.  LA River Expeditions is the original boating outfit on the river and the only one leading tours in both Recreational Zones. We are the group that, in 2008, paddled the 51-miles of the river to help win environmental protections for the river under the Clean Water Act.  We’re proud of our contributions to our city’s education, recreation and activism. We do all this because we are avid kayakers and all-around river enthusiasts. We love rivers and we love sharing the river experience with others. Our guides have decades of collective experience running rivers worldwide. They are professionally trained and certified in both river safety and first aid/CPR.  You’ll be in good hands!
    LA River Kayaking (Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Reserve, near Encino)

    Woodley Ave & Burbank Blvd, Encino

    • Paddle in your single kayak for approximately 2 ¼ hours over roughly 3 miles flatwater. All basic equipment provided. Experienced and certified river guides teach paddling & river safety skills. Beginner through advanced skills welcome.
    • Our Educators provide environmental education along the way, teaching all about the LA River: Watershed, wildlife, history and the politics of your hometown river.
    • This summer is your chance to paddle the river and participate in a one-of-a-kind experience. This river section is the most natural area with soft-bottom and tree-lined banks offering a serene experience with fish, flora and fauna. This is truly an eye-opening unforgettable event that should be on the bucket list of any Angelo.
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    Malibu Scenic Paragliding Lesson

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    Are you an extreme sports lover looking for something new? Paragliding is a triumphant experience that will leave you awed and inspired long after the ride is over. In this lesson, you'll fly tandem with a professional instructor, sitting in a cradle attached to an inflatable horizontal sail designed to catch the wind and carry you along with it. Flights start from high on a mountainside, flying at a gradual descent until softly landing on a pristine Malibu beach. Along the way, your instructor will give you lessons in maneuvering the craft, so you can feel the thrill of controlling this awesome experience for yourself. All told, the trip will last 3-5 times longer than a skydiving jump, making for an extreme thrill ride you can savor. Fly away now, little birdie!
    Malibu Scenic Paragliding Lesson

    22132 Hwy 1, Malibu

    • Embark on a tandem paragliding adventure over the scenic Malibu area
    • Descend gradually from a mountain top to an easy beach landing
    • Learn to manipulate the craft yourself for a hands-on experience
    • Experience the rush of coasting with the wind in a low altitude flight
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    12 positive reviews

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