The Hollywood Sign hike is in the Hollywood hills, and about 30 minutes from downtown LA.
The Hollywood Sign trail winds it way back and forth to the summit of Mt Lee, putting you right behind the sign.
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.
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.
You actually hike up behind the Hollywood Sign. You get great views of most of LA and the big mountains to the east that separate LA from Palm Springs and the desert.
In the 1970s the Hollywood Sign fell into disrepair, being torched by arsonists and ravaged by termites. At one point the ‘O’ fell over. Hugh Hefner had a fundraiser to save the sign at the Playboy Mansion and the sign was saved. Contributors included Alice Cooper, Andy Williams, and Gene Autry.
The Hollywood Sign is on Mt Lee, which you’ll climb to see it.
Turn by Turn Directions
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.