Hollywood Sign Hike/ best overall view of LA


Member Rating 3 out of 5 by compass on October 22, 2000

Begin your hike of Hollywood Hills with Mt. Lee Trail’s dusty fire trails around lush ravines. Enter at the unmarked trail head at on Hollyridge Drive. You’ll see a small power hut and a large metal gate whose purpose is to prevent regular vehicle access.

Although the steep beginning will leave you a little winded, the view at the first peak is breathtaking in its own right. On a clear day you can see for miles in three directions-- Griffith Observatory to the east, downtown Los Angeles and beyond southeast, and the Pacific Ocean to the west. The terrain quickly changes to rolling hills just as you pass bridle paths leading from a commercial stable.

At the first fork in the road, elect the backswitch to your left. Then work your way up winding elevated paths. You’ll encounter a paved path for the fire engines. Take a right here up the steeper incline. (Left leads you back to the neighborhood.) The paved road leads to views of Los Angeles’ Valley views and the Hollywood sign. (The sign is gated off. Climbing it is illegal.)

Should you choose to go left at the path’s you will shortly encounter another fork that offers the choice of a downhill path to lush ravines or the unmarked junction with Mulholland Trail. The Mullholland Trail junction leads to Griffith Park Observatory (12 miles later!).

I recommend the Mt. Lee hike for quiet morning hike that will leave you feeling your in nature’s backyard. Hiking boots not required. Bring water and expect higher temperatures in afternoon.

Hollywood Sign
6342 Mulholland Highway
Hollywood, California, 90068

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