Hike the Hollywood Reservoir

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Lake Hollywood and scenic views. The Hollywood Reservoir is a short and flat walk offering panoramic sights over the artificial lake, the Hollywood Sign, and Los Angeles.


– Distance: 3,3 miles for the loop

– Difficulty: Easy

– Time: 1:00

There are 3 entrances: The North Gate, the East Gate, and the Weidlake Gate. I usually start the trail at either the North Gate or the East Gate.

Pass the gates to engage on a paved road [only the connection between the North gate & the East gate is a dirt sidewalk, hence be cautious with the traffic].

You will be surrounded by the blue lake, lush vegetation, pine trees, and the hills as you are marching toward the Mulholland dam.

The reservoir is protected by a fence, but it won’t spoil the view. On the dam, you will capture beautiful pics of the lake with the Hollywood Sign in the background. 

Hollywood Reservoir and Hollywood Sign

Did you know?

Built-in 1924, the Hollywood Reservoir is a water emergency supply for the city.

Once you reach the dam, I recommend continuing the loop to vary scenery (you can also come back using the same path).

Did you know?

The Hollywood Reservoir is named after his designer, William Mulholland.
Walking from the dam to the East Gate

Keep your eyes open to observe animals – birds, snakes, and deer – either behind the fence or on the hills.

Sunset over the Reservoir
Los Angeles (Hollywood)
Map of the Hollywood Rerservoir

Article based on my walks from 2019 to 2021.

*COVID-19 update as of May 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 Reservoir, Los Angeles, CA 90068


– Park open from sunset to sundown

– Parking: free street parking

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

– Limited shade and no water station

– More information at https://waterandpower.org/museum/Mulholland_Dam_and_Hollywood_Reservoir.html

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