Betty B. Dearing Cross Mountain Trail

8401 Mulholland Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90046
Best Of
The L.A. Weekly's 2012 winner for Best Running Trail is located in the Studio City/Laurel Canyon area. You have two options – a 3.3-mile loop (beginning at the Nancy Hoover Pohl Overlook off Mulholland Drive) or at 7-mile-plus round trip from TreePeople's site, via Iredell Street. In either case the narrow dirt track is a joy. As you fly through the native chaparral, hummingbirds and bumblebees feast on flowering shrubs by your side. If you choose the shorter loop, be warned that the descent at the beginning of the hike is a long, burly ascent on the return. Linger at the "rainforest" at the bottom, or even end your walk there. If you're looking to tear up the trail and burn serious calories, though, continue to Iredell Street, then turn back and hustle up all the hills that seemed much less sloped on the way down. Enjoy the water fountain and the view of the San Fernando Valley at the end of a rewarding workout.

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