Los Angeles Hikes: Getting to the Hollywood Sign Hike - The easiest and quickest hiking route
These routes are legal, open and up to date as of Sept 2017
When I visited Los Angeles for the first time three years ago, I planned to get as close to the Hollywood sign as possible and thought that the Runyon Canyon hike was the best way to do so. Although it was a great hike, the route I took brought me nowhere close to the Hollywood sign. I was definitely more determined this time around to get to this iconic sight.
The easiest and quickest route to the Hollywood Sign Hike used to be Hollyridge Trail at the end of North Beachwood Drive by Sunset Ranch but it was closed to the public right before we got to Los Angeles so Henry and I went searching for an alternative option.
There are a few routes to hike to the Hollywood Sign but this was the shortest, easiest route (with free street parking). All of the other routes seemed to take 2 - 3 hours but we were able to find a route that brought us to two scenic points (one in front of the sign and one behind the sign) and only took us 45 minutes up, including stopping for lots of photos! (quicker than the route mentioned above).
Hollywood Sign trail - Starting point
Park on Deronda Dr (you can park here after 6 pm) - see map below of where we parked
The city has enacted an ordinance that forbids street parking by non-residents on weekends and holidays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Walk towards Mt Lee trail - you’ll hit a gated house in front of you but just to the right, there is a blue door you can enter to get to the start of the hiking trail
How to get to the Front of the Hollywood Sign (Blue Trail)
Estimated hiking time: 15 minute from starting point
Once you get past the blue door, you’ll come across two trails. One that goes left and upwards (blue trail) and one that goes slightly to the right (red trail)
Take the trail upwards to left (blue trail) and you will end up at the front of the Hollywood Sign
Back of the Hollywood Sign (Red Trail)
Estimated hiking time: 30 minute from Front of Hollywood Sign
Remember when you took the trail going upwards and to the left to get to the front of the Hollywood Sign?
Retrace your steps and now take the other trail (red trail) all the way up to get to the back of the Hollywood Sign! It should be around 30 minutes to get the this viewpoint:
I recommend doing the trek 1 hour before sunset - weather is cooler, you can park on the streets and get as close as possible to the start of Mt Lee trail and you can catch the sunset!
Interesting Facts about the Hollywood Sign
The sign read HOLLYWOODLAND from 1923 to 1949
The sign wasn’t originally meant to be an icon for the film industry but instead was to advertise a housing development called “Hollywoodland”
The original Hollywood Sign was bigger than the current sign and stood as high as 50 feet
4,000 lit up the original Hollywoodland Sign so it would flash “Holly”, “Wood” and “Land” consecutively, followed by the entire word
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