Lake Hollywood Reservoir Hike
|In This Guide|
|Distance||3.5 miles (5.6 km)|
|Hike Time||1:30-2 Hours (Total)|
|Total Ascent (?)||150 feet (46m)|
|Highest Elevation||790 feet (241m)|
|Fees & Permits||Free|
|Park Website (?)||Lake Hollywood Park|
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The Lake Hollywood Reservoir hike feels more like a stroll around a mountain lake than a hike in the middle of Hollywood. Just minutes away from the hustle and bustle of the city, this quiet lakeside hike is easy, serene, full of wildlife, and of course, offers great views of the iconic Hollywood Sign. It’s a great hike for beginners, those wanting to see the Hollywood Sign, or anyone wanting some peace and quiet from the city.
How to Get to Lake Hollywood
The hike starts on the north side of Lake Hollywood where there is easy and ample parking. You can also easily hit the trailhead with ride-sharing services.
Use this trailhead address:
Lake Hollywood Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90068
Gear for the Hike
This is an easy, flat trail that’s paved for most of the way. You are best off with fitness clothing, but you can get away with jeans and a t-shirt too. I use trail runners and light hiking gear. Bring 0.5L of water with you, there are no water fountains or refill points outside of the start of the hike.
The La Sportiva Spire boots feel like comfortable sneakers but offer the protection of hiking boots. They’re great on everything from short hikes to longer hikes of 10+ miles. You don’t want to skimp on your feet.
Reviews & Lowest Prices: Women – Men
I test a lot of gear, and for short to medium day hikes, travel, and everyday use, the Osprey Stratos (men) and Osprey Sirrus (women) are consistently the best. They’re lightweight, hold a hydration bladder to make drinking water easy, have lots of pockets to organize gear, and most importantly, are incredibly comfortable. Check out the reviews; they are impressive.
Reviews & Colors Here: Osprey Stratos (men) and Osprey Sirrus (women)
If you’re not familiar with the Garmin InReach technology, it allows you to send and receive text messages where you don’t have cell phone signals. You can also get weather reports and trigger an SOS to emergency responders. Even if you don’t have an emergency, sending a quick message telling a loved one that you’re okay or are running late is well worth the cost. The Mini fits in your palm and weighs next to nothing. Read my review and see the lowest prices and reviews at REI (or Amazon).
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Lake Hollywood Trail Maps
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- Lake Hollywood and the Hollywood Reservoir are the same body of water.
- The reservoir was built in 1924 and holds 2.5 billion gallons of water.
- There’s a Ray Donovan episode titled “Lake Hollywood,” and the lake has been in a few movies and TV shows.
- The houses you see around Lake Hollywood rarely come on the market and, as you would imagine, cost millions of dollars.
- The trail is paved for about 75% of the hike and you will share it with runners and bikers.
- There is a fence between you and the reservoir for most of the way. Don’t let that put you off; it’s still a great hike.
Lake Hollywood Hike Directions
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And for a laugh, here’s Hollywood Reservoir and Mulholland Dam in the 1974 film “Earthquake” with Charlton Heston. In this scene, the lake is the villain and kills one of the water workers. It’s a cheesy 70s film with a bunch of cameos.
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