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Best Places For A Morning Run In Los Angeles

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When it's time to get up and go for a run, where are some of the best spots in Los Angeles to get your exercise on? Many great running trails are available throughout the Southland, offering great views, lovely lakes, and plenty of shade.

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Echo Park Lake
751 Echo Park Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90026

In Echo Park, runners are in for an urban treat. Beautifully restored water lilies bloom on the lake, while a fountain sends plumes of water skyward. Trees, ducks, paddle boats, and an easy loop to run all make this recently renovated park and lake the perfect eastside spot for a morning run.

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Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area
4100 S La Cienega Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90056
(323) 298-3660

At the Kenneth Hahn State Recreation area in Ladera Heights, a popular loop running path and several walking trails provide commanding city views of DTLA, Griffith Observatory, and to the west, Marina Del Rey. Located just east of Culver City, this park is not only convenient, it's got awe-inspiring views, plenty of shade, and it allows dogs, too.

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Griffith Park
4730 Crystal Springs Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 913-4688

With over 4300 acres of beautiful land, Griffith Park contains plenty of spots for a morning run, such as the iconic Zoo Drive path to the Travel Town Museum, or the stellar views on the trail from the Observatory parking lot to Mount Hollywood. This beautiful, large park has so many jogging paths to enjoy that running here may just mean you can choose a different trail for every day of the week.

Lake Balboa
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Anthony C. Beilenson Park
6300 Balboa Blvd
Van Nuys, CA 91406
(818) 756-9743

Anthony C. Beilenson Park is a great San Fernando Valley spot for a morning run. This 80-acre pastoral enclave includes Lake Balboa and a well-known Japanese garden. In the spring, some 2000 cherry blossom trees lend fragrance and beauty to any jog.

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Palisades Park
Ocean Ave and Washington Ave
Santa Monica, CA 90401

Located on the cliff that overlooks the Pacific Ocean, Palisades Park offers expansive coastal views for morning runners. Bonus views include the Santa Monica pier and the Alaskan Totem Pole sculpture. The three mile loop trail includes yet another unusual landmark, the Camera Obscura, dating from the 19th Century.

The Strand
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The Strand
Hermosa Beach Waterfront
Hermosa Beach, CA 90254

Hermosa Beach Pier to Manhattan Beach Pier is one of the top lengths for a morning jog along this seaside pedestrian walkway. The Strand itself stretches from the Pacific Palisades to Torrance County Beach. But the Hermosa to Manhattan Pier section is one of the most popular on this path. Add extra distance looping around either or both piers for killer views of the wide open sea. Watch out for dolphins!

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Rose Bowl Loop Track
500 Seco
Pasadena, CA 91103
(626) 744-4000

The Rose Bowl Loop is among the most popular trails in Pasadena's Arroyo Seco. Featuring great views, including a nice long look at the iconic Rose Bowl Stadium itself, the trail features cleverly colored paving to clearly define the paths for pedestrians from those for cyclists and drivers.

Genie Davis is a multi-published journalist, novelist, and screenwriter. She lives near the beach in Los Angeles. See more on: CBSLA | | | DiversionsLA | Twitter.
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