Hike the Hollywood Sign

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Reach the Stars hiking one of LA’s most iconic letters: the Hollywood Sign. This hike offers panoramic views over Los Angeles (including Downtown), the Griffith Observatory, the Pacific ocean, and Burbank (Studios Disney and Mont Sinai Memorial).


Information:

– Distance: 3,9 miles

– Difficulty: Moderate

– Time: 2:00 hours


I hiked and ran to the Hollywood Sign a few times since I moved to LA using different trails. For the first time though, I followed this paved road starting after Lake Hollywood Park. It is the Mt Hollywood Trail.

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Mulholland Drive

I started at Lake Hollywood Park walking up Mulholland Drive until Ledgewood Drive and Mulholland Drive intersection (be cautious: the street is narrow and with a lot of traffic on weekends).

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Ledgewood Drive and Mulholland Drive intersection
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Last houses on Mulholland Drive

Continue on the left, pass the last houses, and start the sandy trail.

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The beginning is flat and you will continue to see houses below. At the end of this first section, there is a gate. There is a narrow passage on the left to enter the park.

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narrow passage on the left of the gate

The left path is leading to a large area next to the Tyrolian Tank (this is a large water tank). It’s a good spot for pictures.

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Take the right path to start Mount Lee summit ascension.

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The road on the right is leading to Muholland Trail and the Griffith Observatory

The scenic will change as you are going up: Los Angeles, Griffith Observatory, and Burbank.

Griffith Observatory and DTLA
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You’re almost there when you can easily see the antenna. Only a few more meters uphills before reaching the Sign.

A fence is protecting the 12 letters but you can take pics through it. The best shot will be atop the hill tough.

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Hollywood Sign’s fence

The top of the hill is a small area with a tiny sort of bench.

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Top of Mount Lee

You made it atop of Mount Lee! Enjoy this 360° panoramic view.

9AM at the Hollywood Sign, the cloudy Los Angeles is waking up.

Downtown Los Angeles
Lake Hollywood
San Fernando Valley
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Burbank
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Finally, I went back using the same path. If you’re looking for additional adventure, explore additional trails like the Cahuenga Peak or Burbank Peak.

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Hollywood Reservoir
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Parking next Lake Hollywood Park

Article based on my hike in August 2020.



*COVID-19 update as of February 2021*

  • Please wear a mask and practice a physical distance of 6 feet between yourself and others
  • Please check L.A County’s health and safety protocols before your walk


Address: Hollywood Sign, Los Angeles, CA 90068

Tips:

– Park open from sunrise to sunset

– Parking: street parking at Lake Hollywood Park, otherwise it’s a permit parking residential area.

– Grab water, hiking or tennis shoes, and sun cream.

– Limited shade and no water station atop Mount Lee.

– More information https://hollywoodsign.org/hiking-to-the-sign/


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