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4 Ways to Hike to the Hollywood Sign!

hollywood hike, hollywood sign, touch the hollywood sign, hike to the hollywood sign, where to park to hike to hollywood sign, la hikes, los angeles hikes, best la hikes, so cal hikes, hiking in la (This post was updated May 2017) Before moving to LA I had always dreamed of hiking up to the famed HOLLYWOOD sign and sit in the giant letter “O.” So, I started researching the footsteps of others who had gone before me, soon realizing how totally illegal it was to do this, unless you’re on The Bachelor(ette) of course! I decided to settle for hiking as close as we could possibly get without being arrested. A good compromise I think.

hollywood sign hike, hollyridge trail, hollyridge trail closed, hollywood hike closed, hike to hollywood sign from griffith observatory, hike to hollywood sign from canyon driveOriginally this post explained how to hike via the Hollyridge Trail at the end of Beachwood, but on April 18, 2017, to comply with a court order, the city didn’t just lock the gate to this trail, they welded it shut 🙁  This was probably the most popular and well-known way to get to the Hollywood Sign before the closure. Not only did it offer stunning views of the sign the entire way, but it was also the shortest and by far the easiest way to get there. Now some residents are trying to have ALL the trails to the Hollywood Sign closed off, so be sure to hike one of these 4 alternate routes while you still can!hollywood sign hike, hollyridge trail, hollyridge trail closed, hollywood hike closed, hike to hollywood sign from griffith observatory, hike to hollywood sign from canyon drive1.Canyon Drive (park here). This is now the best hiking option. 6.5 miles round trip (7.5 miles total if you add a side trip to the Bronson Caves, the famous entrance to the Batcave). Elevation gain is just over 1,000 feet. Total hike time: 3-4 hours.

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And the sign isn’t the only site you’ll see up there; on a clear day you can see the entire city, from Santa Monica all the way East to Downtown LA. It’s breathtaking.

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2.Wisdom Tree + Cahuenga Peak + The Hollywood Sign (park here and the trailhead starts here). This option is half as long as the hike via Canyon Drive, with about the same amount of elevation, making it a bit more strenuous. 3.2 miles roundtrip. Total Hike Time: 2-3 hours.

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3.Griffith Observatory. Park here if you want to avoid the 1-hour hike up to Griffith (beware of traffic – COME EARLY) or park here and enjoy a much easier parking experience + hike along the enchanted Ferndell Trail + get a bit more miles and cardio in. Distance and elevation will depend on where you park, but count on this experience taking 4-5 hours. You can start by hiking up to or parking at Griffith Observatory, then follow the trail that juts straight across to the sign. You’ll want to bring plenty of water and maybe some snacks. You can also grab a bite to eat at The Trails Cafe or The Cafe at the End of the Universe.

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lake hollywood dog park, lake hollywood hike to hollywood signRegardless of which hike you choose, the way back down will offer sweeping views of the city with the Hollywood Sign in the backdrop the entire way.

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Fun Idea: Bring a costume/ dress up! It was the perfect spot for Mr and Mrs Adventure to get their superhero on and have that perfect Hollywood moment.

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WARNING: The rattle snake pictured below isn’t from the movies and those rattle snake signs along the trail aren’t there just for fun… I actually almost stepped on this guy on our hike back down from the sign! Please wear your hiking boots and take necessary precautions, after all we are in THEIR Hollywood home.

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HIKE BEHIND THE HOLLYWOOD SIGN, closest hike to the hollywood sign, hike to the top of the hollywood signThis jaunt adds an extra 1-1.5 hours to the total hike time, but man oh man is it WORTH IT. Just continue by hiking up the steep trail that ascends towards the right hand side of the Hollywood Sign (when you are facing it). If you can make it to the top for sunset, you’ll be in for a view worthy of an Oscar.

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18 Comments

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    hodi

    May 27, 2015

    wow so beautiful pics 🙂

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    Lauren

    August 4, 2014

    Hi, we are planning on doing this and I was curious if the 2nd, the paved path, is visible and easy to find?

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      mrandmrsadventure

      August 4, 2014

      You will love it! It is easy to find, once you get there it will all make sense 🙂

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    Raenette and Michael White

    October 16, 2013

    You two have inspired my husband and I to be more adventurous. We are planning on hiking up to the Hollywood sign in a few weeks, so thanks!

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      mrandmrsadventure

      October 17, 2013

      We are so glad to hear! Thank you for taking the time to share, we know you’ll have a wonderful experience!

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    Sally Chua

    July 27, 2013

    I would like to learn the technique on how you take that amazing “eating” the Hollywood sign picture. what kind of camera and lens you used, Great job !!!

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      mrandmrsadventure

      August 1, 2013

      Of course Sally!! We used a Canon T3 Rebel with the standard 18-55 mm zoom lens. Basically Drew and I got on either end of the Hollywood Sign and our very skilled friend told us if we needed to move up or down or farther apart/closer together. And voila! Please email us your photo once you have mastered the technique! Have fun 🙂

      • Sally Chua

        August 1, 2013

        What time of day when that picture was taken and if you can still remember what was the setting. I try to drill on the picture properties but its block

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    Rachel Kish

    June 6, 2013

    My family and I are currently planning a trip to the LA area, and we really want to go see the sign. If you could tell us exactly how to get there, like what streets to follow and where do we turn on the paths on our up to the front of the sign, that would wonderful! We want to take just as good pictures as you guys! Thank you!

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      mrandmrsadventure

      June 6, 2013

      Hi there! Thank you for the nice post 🙂 If you just follow the directions we have thoroughly described here in our posts you will find yourself at the spot where we took our photos! Or, better yet, you can click on the map link provided in the post and type in the exact location you will be coming from in order to get there. Have a great time!

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    Denise

    March 10, 2013

    Thanks for the info….sounds like you all had a blast.

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      mrandmrsadventure

      March 11, 2013

      I love that hike 🙂 I hope it helps you have a great time too!

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    takeya

    February 25, 2013

    awesome! very informative! thanks!

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      mrandmrsadventure

      February 25, 2013

      You are so welcome! I hope you have a wonderful time. Let me know if you have any other questions, I would be happy to help!

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    Teryn O'Brien

    February 23, 2013

    Thanks for the like on my post! Sounds like you guys are having some great adventures. 🙂

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      mrandmrsadventure

      February 23, 2013

      Back at you my friend!

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    André Visser

    February 22, 2013

    Nice read!

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      mrandmrsadventure

      February 22, 2013

      Thank you goodhikes! Stay tuned, we’ll be posting more of our favorite hikes in the LA area 🙂

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