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Hollywood Sign Hike

The Easy Hollywood Sign Hike

The Hollywood Sign hike is one of those iconic hikes that you need to do at least once. Not only will you hike to the Hollywood Sign, but you'll get some spectacular views of LA along the way.

Rating:
5 / 5
Distance:
3.3 miles (5.3 km)
Time:
2 hours
Difficulty:
Easy
Climbing:
790 ft (241 m)
Trail Condition:
Unmarked trails
Challenges:
Crowds
People:
Crowded
Known For:
Hollywood Sign views, views of LA
Best Time:
Early morning
Dogs:
Leashed
Bathrooms:
No
Parking:
Free
Park Site:

Hollywood Sign Hike Trail Maps

Use this address in Google Maps to get to the trailhead:
3000 N Beachwood Dr, Los Angeles, CA, 90068, USA

Hollywood Sign Hike location

The Hollywood Sign hike is in the Hollywood hills, and about 30 minutes from downtown LA.

Hollywood Sign Hike 3d map

The Hollywood Sign trail winds it way back and forth to the summit of Mt Lee, putting you right behind the sign.

Hollywood Sign Hike elevation

There's no getting around it, to hike to the Hollywood sign, you have to go up. The trail is pretty easy, and there are views of the sign and LA for most of the way up, so take your time and soak in the views when you need a break.

Interactive Map

Hollywood Sign Hike Map Downloads

hiking map on garmin fenix 3

If you have GPS device (I use this one by Garmin and I love it) for your hike, load the GPX file below into your device to navigate the hike. For help on loading the GPX file, read this article on converting and transferring to a Garmin GPS.

Also, don’t rely on electronics as your sole means of navigation. There’s a basic printable PDF map below, and I strongly picking up a good topo map too.

View a Printable PDF Hike MapDownload the Hike GPX File

Hollywood Sign Hike Directions

Hollywood Sign Hike

What to Expect

There’s a lot of conflicting information about parking for the Hollywood Sign hike out there because of the recent road closures. Here’s the real deal.

Weekdays, you can park for this hike. Residents erected a gate so that you can’t park in the lot right next to the trailhead. You now how to park down on Beachwood Drive, on the street. Set your GPS for the address on this post (3000 N Beachwood Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90068), and try and get as close as you can. If you come early, you’ll be able to park towards the 3000 address. Otherwise you’ll be parking more towards 2000. It’s legal and safe to park on the street, just be respectful of the people who live here and their property.

After you park, just walk your way up Beachwood Drive. It should take between 15-30 minutes depending on how close you park. When you get to the gate, they’re used to seeing hikers, simply walk by. When you get to Sunset Ranch, you’ll be at the Hollywood Sign hike trailhead and can start the hike directions below.

There’s no parking for the Hollywood Sign hike on the weekends. If you want to do this hike on the weekend, I would recommend parking in Hollywood where there are many options. From there, take an UberX to Sunset Ranch and start the hike. They might have to drop you off at the gate, but you will be close enough. The ride is less than $10.

Okay, now onto the hike details.

Turn by Turn Directions

Hollywood Sign hike trailhead
When you get to the hike parking area, the Hollywood Sign hike trailhead is in the middle of the parking lot.
Hollywood Sign hike smokey sign
Look for the big Smokey the Bear sign – you hike up the path there.
Hollywood Sign hike trail
After 0.04 miles, you’ll come to a little trail junction, hike to the left.
Hollywood Sign hike trail passes sunset ranch
Hike up the sandy path, which is like a dirt road. There will be a turnoff to the left (about 0.2 miles) that goes down to the horse farm, keep hiking straight.
Hollywood Sign hike trail junction
This turn is crucial, otherwise you will be hiking somewhere else. After about 0.4 miles, there’s a sharp turn back to the left that climbs. Make this left.
Hollywood Sign hike trail
You’ll hike around the side of the mountain with great views. After 0.75 miles the trail dead ends into a old paved road. Hike to the right here.
Hollywood Sign hike trail passes radio towers
Now just keep hiking up the trail. There will be great views of the valley to your right as you hike up the back side of Mt. Lee. At the top, you dead end into a fence with a bunch of security equipment. Go to the fence and hike to the left.
Hollywood Sign hike trail to summit
There’s a little dirt trail that leads you to the real summit.
back of hollywood sign
Congrats, you just did the Hollywood Sign hike. From here you will have awesome 360 degree views of LA. On a clear day you’ll be able to see Catalina Island out in the Pacific. Turn around and hike back down the way you came up.

A quick note. These directions are meant as a guide for the hike, and not a definitive source. Conditions change, and the information here can be different based on time of day, weather, season, etc. There can be small side trails that you might see but I missed. I have made every effort to include all the information you need to complete the hike successfully. I recommend using this guide in conjunction with a map, GPX file, common sense, and call to the ranger station or park office. If you do the hike and notice something has changed, please contact me and I will update the guide.

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