Hiking to the Hollywood Sign not only gets you to the iconic sign but also provides a fun and safe hike away from the hustle of LA. I'm a professional hiking guide; I'll show you the best (and confusion-free) way to do the hike everyone enjoys. Thousands of people of all shapes and sizes hike to the Hollywood Sign, and so can you.
- Where to Park for the Hollywood Sign
- Video and Hike Directions
- Insider Tips for the Hike
When planning, always check the park website and social media to make sure the trails are open. Similarly, check the weather and road conditions.
There's a lot of conflicting information about hiking to the Hollywood Sign. This guide is verified and up to date as of December 2023.
Want a shorter hike to the sign? You can visit the sign from the Wisdom Tree, but it's a more rugged trail that isn't beginner-friendly. Want to just go on a hike without any climbing or dirt but that has good views of the sign? Try the Lake Hollywood hike.
Getting to the Hollywood Sign Hike
Unlike other hikes, you don't have to park in a residential neighborhood or walk through a gated community. The hike starts inside Griffith Park, and has an official parking lot. Be aware the the park hours are sunrise to sunset. Use this trailhead address: 3200 Canyon Dr, Los Angeles, CA, 90068, USA.
When you’re planning your Hollywood Sign hike, I’d recommend doing it as early as possible to beat the heat and crowds.
This isn't a technical hike that requires special gear, but it's also not something you do in jeans and flip-flops.
- Fitness or light hiking clothing works best
- Trail runners or sneakers are great for these dirt trails
- It can get brutally hot here in the summer; bring at least 1L of water
- A small backpack is great for your water, a snack, etc.
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Hollywood Sign Trail Maps
Hollywood Sign Hike Directions
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This Guide Was Written by Cris Hazzard
Hi, I'm Cris Hazzard, aka Hiking Guy, a professional outdoors guide, hiking expert, and author based in Southern California. I created this website to share all the great hikes I do with everyone else out there. This site is different because it gives detailed directions that even the beginning hiker can follow. I also share what hiking gear works and doesn't so you don't waste money. I don't do sponsored or promoted content; I share only the gear recommendations, hikes, and tips that I would with my family and friends. If you like the website and YouTube channel, please support these free guides (I couldn't do it without folks like you!).
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