Summary: This is a nice walk in "the park." Griffith is the largest urban wilderness area in the US. It is a good size chunk of land, and the view from Mt. Hollywood is spectacular on a clear day. It is best to make it to the top early in the morning on a day after it has rained. The blue sky is glorious on such days, and even the city can appear beautiful.
This is a great hike for children, it is short, you reach a peak with 360' visibility. You can see the entire stretch of the San Gabriels, which are even more beautiful when covered with snow. You get to see the famous Hollywood sign on Mt. Lee, the pacific, the two valleys, and a great overhead view of the observatory.
This is a great So Cal stroll just to enjoy, regardless of how many other people are around.
Fewer people take the road, most come from the Observatory.
Trailhead: From the 101 in Los Angeles, take the Vermont exit and head North until you reach the end of the road in Griffith Park. Pass under the tunnels, then park.
There are a couple of different places to pick up this trail. You can start from the Observatory and end up there, or you can take the back way up and follow the access road (paved) for a mile until you reach an offshoot of the trail, and then follow it and its offshoots until you get back down off the trail.
There are quite a few choices, but to make it to the top, just keep going up, it is obvious. (Lat:34.1281 Lon:-118.30093)
Trail Guides for Mt. Hollywood:
Best Hikes With Dogs - Southern California
by Allen Riedel (Mountaineers books)
by Tom Sinestra and Ann Marie Brown (Avalon Travel)
Best Seasons: Year-Round
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs, Horses,
Ranger Contact: LA Department of Parks and Recreation (213) 485-5501 or (323) 913 4688
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Allen Riedel, who has posted 123 other hikes on this site. To visit this reporters web site, click here.
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Reviewed by HikingGuy.com on 10/28/2015
The hike to the Hollywood Sign is pretty iconic. There are some road closures and tricks to do it - just check out my blog for full hike directions and hike details.
Reviewed by Jrico on 1/12/2012
Good hike but not to dog friendly in regards to water. Other than that make sure u have water for ur dog as well.
Reviewed by Mike on 6/18/2011
This was a nice walk up from Fern Dell. Be sure to use good shoes for grip and avoid off trails as they can be steep and slippery!! OVERALL: Nice view, good exercise!
Reviewed by mj on 1/17/2011
Hiked on Jan-15-2011, started around 4:30pm, too late for perfect sunset, but hiked up fast to catch a glimpse of it. Amazing views of the Pacific and the island! A bit worried coming back down, my head lamp wasn't bright enough, but the moon was in 3/4 full so plenty of natural light. Saw backpacker hiking up at 6pm, in the darkness, w/o light. Now that must have been a great hike in the darkness! Till later Verdugo's!
Reviewed by Guillermo on 11/2/2010
this is one of my personal favorites due to the 360 view the 2 picnick points dantes view and berling forest right in front of the observatory even it doesn't have much altitude gain it can be strenuos depending where you start and where you finish if you want a detail topo map of this trail go to http://www.mapmyhike.com/walk/United-States/CA/Los-Angeles/758128837841944136
Reviewed by KPS on 10/7/2010
I just did this Hollywood Sign Hike and it is a really fun Los Angeles hike.
Reviewed by KPS on 9/22/2010
I hiked up to the front and the back of the Hollywood sign about two weeks ago. Incredibly I found a video online that is a step by step instructional on how exactly to get up there. I highly recommend this short concise video. http://www.losangeleshikingguide.hikesyoucando.com
Reviewed by Guillermo on 9/3/2010
I hike this trail from the bird sanctuary at the bottom of the rod on Vermont it is very interesting breath taking 360 views of los Angeles san Gabriel mountains San Fernando valley and santa Monica, there are to wonderful places to have a pick-nick wile watching the view Berlin forest nest to the observatory and Dantes view bring plenty water and enjoy
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