Trails to the Hollywood Sign Griffith Park Los Angeles California Hollywood Sign Hiking

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 four obvious routes to choose from:

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Each route to the Hollywood Sign offers a satisfying hike into 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.

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Routes to the Hollywood Sign

What is each trail to the Hollywood Sign like?

The shortest, most challenging route takes Burbank Peak Trail (formerly known as 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 – and a recent closure has made the trailhead for Hollyridge Trail inaccessible.

While slightly longer than the Hollyridge Trail route, the hike up Innsdale Drive, Mulholland Highway, and Mount Lee Drive delivers the greatest head-on views of the Hollywood Sign.

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 Drive to ascend to the the viewing area behind the Hollywood Sign at the top of Mount Lee. Stand at the summit and look down on the Hollywood Sign and out over the cityscape of Los Angeles.

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The Hollywood Sign on Mount Lee

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 route starting from Innsdale Drive can also be expanded to cross Cahuenga Peak and Burbank Peak, and wrap along the shore of Lake Hollywood Reservoir for an all inclusive 7.4-mile outing on Hollywood Sign – Hollywood Reservoir Loop.

The Hollywood sign isn’t the only hiking destination in Griffith Park, so check out more great Griffith Park Hikes.

What is the history of the Hollywood Sign?

The iconic letters on Mount Lee, which number 9 today, where four letters longer when the sign was erected in 1923. Spelling Hollywoodland, the large white letters advertised a neighborhood developing below the sign along Beachwood Drive and surrounding ridges. The original letters were fifty feet tall and lit by thousands of bulbs. When the letters went up, they were intended to be temporary. However, the Hollywood Sign has endured for nearly 100 years later.

Inevitably, the letters on the sign deteriorated over the years and became an eyesore. The sign was restored in 1949, when ‘land’ was dropped from the lettering to better represent all of Hollywood. The sign needed to be revitalized again by 1979, when the current 45-foot tall letters were installed. What started as a souped-up billboard advertisement is now one of the world’s most iconic landmarks (but lacks national landmark designation).

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55 Comments on Trails to the Hollywood Sign in Griffith Park

  1. Eileen O'Connor says:

    Hi,

    I was hoping you could tell me approximately how long the hike takes (i’m hiking with a friend and we’re hoping to do the hike at sunrise and I have a 3:45 flight back to Chicago). Looking for thoughts as to whether this is realistic???

    thank you,

    • hikespeak says:

      Griffith Park closes from sunset to sunrise, so keep that in mind. Set aside a couple hours if you’re hiking Hollyridge Trail or Wonder View Trail and extra time if you’re trying Brush Canyon Trail.

  2. Esther says:

    Hello are all trails open for Hollywood sign hike? Where do we park? Heard paking can be a problem. Thank you!

    • hikespeak says:

      All the trails are open, so check the directions for the route that interests you. Parking definitely can be limited/restricted.

      **Update: The trailhead for Hollyridge Trail was closed to the public in April 2017

  3. Breana says:

    Can you please tell me which trails we can take strollers with us?

  4. Nikki says:

    Are dogs allowed on the trails?

  5. Ginny says:

    Is 2 hours for the Hollyridge Trail or Burbank Peak Trail & Aileen Getty Ridge Trail a fast pace, or slow walk?
    Also, where is the trailhead/parking for each hike?
    Thank you

  6. Berenice says:

    I was wondering which trail would be good to get a good city view and Hollywood sign view ?

  7. alonzo hudson says:

    IS THERE A WAY U CAN DRIVE A CERTAIN AMOUNT OF THE WAY TO GET CLOSE TO THE HOLLYWOOD SIGN..

  8. kellyann says:

    i always wanted to go to hollywood

  9. zoe says:

    how long will it take to hike for each trail

    • hikespeak says:

      Your time may vary, but Burbank Peak Trail & Aillen Getty Ridge Trail usually take under 2 hours, Hollyridge Trail takes about 2 hours, Brush Canyon Trail takes 3 hours or more, and the route starting on Innsdale Drive should take about 2.5 hours.

  10. Kathy says:

    Hi! I am interested in hiking the Canyon Blvd. trail but from what I have been reading a lot f the cutoff’s and so forth are not marked along the trail. I have been trying to find a detailed map of the tail online but no luck. Any idea’s where I can get one?

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  13. haig says:

    Can we hike later at night*?* if so untill what time are we allowed to* thank you***

  14. Floyd says:

    Is the Griffith Park trail the best way to get to the Sign?

  15. Maria says:

    Are these hikes physical for a 260 pound man in his 70’s. Always wanted to see the signs up close

    • Michael Travis says:

      I’m a 56 y.o. Cardiomyopathy patient with heart failure and an ejection fraction of 24%. I just made the hike, this past weekend, with no trouble. It did take me a bit over 7 hours, round trip; however, I also did the Cahuenga Peak climb. Without that, it would have taken me probably ~5 hours. I also saw some relatively obese individuals making the climb. Get there early (around 6 or 7) and take your time. You’ll do great and have an experience you’ll cherish!

  16. Adam Zwibel says:

    Do all these trails offer a view of the front of the Hollywood sign? If not, which trail offers a view of the front of the sign?

  17. AnnaMarie says:

    Are the park open on Thanksgiving day 2016

  18. katy says:

    Is their a limit for dog sizes when your walking up to the hollywood sign or can you just bring any sized dog, because I have a German shepherd and she is pretty big and I would love to bring her with me to see the sign.

  19. audrey says:

    does it cost anything?

  20. A P says:

    Is there a good route to hike to the Hollywood sign and then over to the observatory?

    • hikespeak says:

      That would be possible, but impractical.
      You could start by hiking up Hollyridge Trail to Mulholland Drive. Turn left to hike up to the Hollywood Sign and then return to that junction to hike the other way. Look at the directions to Mount Chapel, Mount Bell, and Mount Hollywood from there (you may decide to skip the first two peaks). From Mount Hollywood Descend the trails on Mount Hollywood to Griffith Observatory. To get back to Hollyridge Trail, the best thing to do from there is probably walk down West Observatory Road and hike up Mount Hollywood Drive back to Mulholland Drive. Have a great hike of you try all this!

  21. Oh Hikespeak, my route is the best. Legal yet unpublicized. You should add it. Just sayin…
    https://youtu.be/U0MwmDx_X4w

  22. Rachel says:

    Hi where is there parking nearby?

  23. P says:

    Hollyridge Trail is closed since April 18th 2017

  24. Jay says:

    Hello, I am curious if there are any trails leading up to the back of the sign that are stroller friendly.

  25. Sarah says:

    Hi there- do you know if the trailhead for Hollyridge Trail will be open to the public by September 2017? Is this trail stroller friendly?

    • hikespeak says:

      Expect the trail to be closed until further notice. This route to the Hollywood Sign is wide enough for a stroller, but you do have to deal with the elevation.

  26. RACha says:

    Hello, which is the shortest and easiest trail for kids to hike with parents to the Hollywood sign

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  28. You know I came to Los Angeles last April 2016. It was a wonderful. However, we didn’t see the sign from this view. We always regret it. We will definitely follow this post next time. Thank you!

  29. Greg Taylor says:

    Can you get to any of trails by public transport?
    We will be staying in West Hollywood

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