Singer Diane Lawrence and her two dogs, Princess Pushy Piggy Peggy and Queen Crystal, have been walking in the park almost daily for three years. "Even though it's right in the middle of the city, it's overgrown and wild, and I like that," she says.
For hikers and climbers, there are a couple of trails that present formidable challenges. Aspiring screen writer Dan Poynter runs up the steep western ridge at least three times a week, tossing off brisk greetings as he passes those of us climbing at a more leisurely pace.
"It helps me vent," Poynter says. "It's a way of getting out of the whole Hollywood mess for a while each day." Picking up speed, and leaving me in the dust, he adds over his shoulder, "I don't even bring my cellular phone with me anymore."
If you just can't get enough of the biz, the park is also a great place to spot celebrities. Among those I have recently clocked: Jeff Goldblum with dog and neighbors, Paul Reiser with attractive woman and dog, Rupert Everett with no shirt and no dog.