Griffith Park is full of Los Angeles landmarks like the Hollywood Sign, the Griffith Observatory, and the Greek Theater. The park includes other less-known prizes like an abandoned zoo and tropical gardens along Ferndell Trail. For those who want to hike up to the Hollywood Sign, there are three obvious routes to choose from:
Hiking to the Hollywood Sign
- Brush Canyon Trail – 6.4 miles round trip with 1,050 feet of elevation gain
- Hollyridge Trail – 3.5 miles round trip with 750 feet of elevation gain
- Wonder View Trail – 3 miles round trip with 875 feet of elevation gain
Each route to the Hollywood Sign offers a satisfying hike through Griffith Park. For those who prefer not to hike, the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks sometimes offers a shuttle through the park to views of the Hollywood Sign.
What is each trail to the Hollywood Sign like?
The shortest, most challenging route takes Wonder View Trail and Aileen Getty Ridge Trail to the top of Cahuenga Peak and then crosses a ridge to the Hollywood Sign on Mount Lee. This is usually the least crowded route, but the trail is rough and packs a good workout on the way to Mount Lee.
The next shortest option, and the easiest way to the Hollywood Sign, is to start on Hollyridge Trail, which departs from the top of Beachwood Drive. Unfortunately, parking restrictions can make this outing longer than the trail length would suggest, particularly on weekends.
For a good day hike, take the longest route, beginning up Brush Canyon Trail from the end of Canyon Drive. Parking here is fairly ample and adding a side trip to Bronson Cave (a.k.a the Batcave) is easy to do.
Both Hollyridge Trail and Brush Canyon Trail link up with Mulholland Fire Road, taking that trail to Mount Lee Road to ascend to the the viewing area behind the Hollywood Sign. When you reach the top, stand behind a chain-link fence and look down on the Hollywood Sign and out over the cityscape of Los Angeles.
Looking for another route? It is also possible to hike from Griffith Observatory to the Hollywood Sign. This route is long at 8.8 miles round trip and crosses over Mount Hollywood along the way for extra climbing. By starting at the bottom of Mount Hollywood Drive from the intersection below the Griffith Observatory, the distance can be shortened to 7 miles round trip, bypassing Mount Hollywood.
The Hollywood sign isn’t the only hiking destination in Griffith Park, so check out more great Griffith Park Hikes.