Outdoors >The Hollywood Sign Hike
Mount Lee in Griffith Park, Los Angeles, CA | Directions 9002734.132290 -118.293589
Yes, when the air is clear you can see this from all around, but everyone who lives here should take the short hike up to see these giant letters in person. It's hard to get an impression of how big they are without standing near them.
We were there late afternoon and it was HOT. Maybe that's why we heard the rattle of a snake. We high tailed it out, quick. I didn't see it, but my brother swears he did, but for sure I heard it. Up until that moment it was nice, but not worth the sweat and the possibility of a face-to-face encounter with a rattler!
Take Beachwood Canyon ONLY; Avoid Barham/Lake Hollywwod – Don't let your nav take you up Barham to Lake Hollywood Drive to get to the sign--you will be led around a reservoir with an ugly fence into a 60s/70s community and will miss the splendor of HOLLYWOODLAND. TAKE THE TIME TO GO UP BEACHWOOD CANYON (from Franklin Ave, or the Gower Exit off the 101 N.) in Hollywood, You will get a true flavor of the 20s steets and Spanish homes, and the closest views of the sign. My drive around the chain link fence gets one star.
Surprising – I have not had the opportunity to hike to the Hollywood sign yet but hope to do it this weekend. I came upon this site, along with many others, when researching the best way to hike to the sign. I was surprised to find a site that goes into great detail about the security set up to protect the sign www hollywoodsign_org/signsecurity.html
check it out, maybe JaneTunks isn't so crazy after all! Guess I will have to see for myself when I make it up there this weekend, I won't be venturing over the wired fence, that's for sure!
A side of the Hollywood Sign that most people never see! – Hiking up to the top of Mount Lee, just above the Hollywood Sign letters, is one of my favorite things to do in Los Angeles. In fact, I just did it again last weekend. The trailhead for the shortest route that I know is on North Beachwood Drive near Sunset Ranch. It's a moderately strenous hike, but the views of Hollywood, Downtown Los Angeles, Griffith Observatory, Burbank, Forest Lawn cemetery, Walt Disney Studios, and NBC Studios will entertain you on the way up. I just posted a review of the Hollywood Sign Hike along with beautiful photos from the trail and a map that you can print and take along on your hike at mydreamcametrue dot com/hollywoodsign
Loved It – my sister and i did the hike today. we went right behind the sign. there is a fence, you can only get within 20 feet of the sign. We found a nice spot, set up a picnic and ate lunch! JaneTunks, maybe you should actually take the hike before you comment on it!
trecherous – me and 3 friends hiked up the face of the mountain to try and touch the letters. little did we know that there is a paved trail that leads up the back... they do enforce the no hiking zones with helicopters as i have learned from experience. never got caught but we were circled about 3 times with a search light. i recommend taking the specified trail to the sign. hiking the face is quite a task.
it is a worthwhile gorgeous view.
hollywood sign – i love cruising up and seeing this sign! i know you can't get very close, but theres a dog park ill park at and walk up the hill a bit, its just such a pretty view of the sign and the city!
Hollywood Sign Directions – The hike is much easier than it looks. It can get fairly hot if you go during the summer.
Check out step by step directions including pictures: hollywoodsigntrip (dot) com
Go early...it can get hot! – We drove up the 101 from downtown and took the Gower St exit which shoots you straight onto Beachwood. Go to the end of Beachwood as far as you can and park in the dirt outside the ranch. Bring some water with you and start up the dirt trail to the right which will wind around above and past the ranch. Just when you've had enough of the horse manure, take the foot trail that cuts back and up to your LEFT. This will wind around and end in a T at a paved road. Go right on the paved road and follow this up as it winds counter-clockwise around Mt. Lee until it dead ends at the radio tower. We saw lots of hummingbirds along the paved road and there is a nice view of the Hollywood Reservoir from the top. We also saw 2 patrol cars drive the paved route so think twice before scrambling down to the letters from the top. The entire hike took about 2 hours. Not bad for an urban hike when you have a few hours but can't escape the city. Wear light breathable clothing and shoes that you don't mind getting dusty. If you are looking to get a close photo of the hollywood sign, save yourself the hassle of a dusty hike around horse manure and just snap a photo from Beachwood Drive! The hike itself doesn't provide many good photo opps of the sign.
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