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The Easy Hollywood Sign Hike Guide

  • 6 miles - Moderate Effort
  • 3-4 Hours (Total)
  • Can Get Very Busy
  • 1,100 Total Feet of Climbing
  • Max Elevation of 1,709 feet
  • Leashed Dogs Allowed

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.

In this Guide:
  • Where to Park for the Hollywood Sign
  • Video and Hike Directions
  • Insider Tips for the Hike

There's a lot of conflicting information about hiking to the Hollywood Sign. This guide is verified and up to date as of June 2024.

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

Hollywood Sign Location Map
The hike to the Hollywood Sign starts in one of North America's largest urban parks, Griffith Park, located in Hollywood.

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.

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When you get to the trailhead address, you can park in the big lot (lot 1), or you can drive up to the second lot that’s closer to the trailhead (lot 2). Try for the closer one, and if it’s full, head back to the bigger first lot. People also park on the side of the road farther down.
Hollywood Hike Parking
The large lot (lot 1) has porta-potties.

Gear Recommendations

This isn't a technical hike that requires special gear, but it's also not something you do in jeans and flip-flops.

Gear That I Love Right Now

Nothing is sponsored or promoted, just the actual gear that I use.

Gear Inreach Mini 2
Garmin InReach Mini 2If you are out of cellphone range the Mini 2 will reliably allow you to hit SOS via satellite. You can also send non-emergency texts to just say that you're late, let friends and family follow along, and check the weather. You can see my review here.
Gear Topo Pursuit
Topo Pursuit 2The wide toe box means no blisters, an aggressive tread is great on the trail, it dries very quickly, and it has lots of cushion for long days. It combines everything I love about every other shoe into one.
Gear Epix Pro Up Ahead
Garmin Epix ProThese watches are pricey, but I use them 24/7 for sleep tracking, workouts, heart rate, and tracking my hike. It has preloaded hiking maps that help me navigate the trails and is a backup to my smartphone navigation. The Epix Pro has a great battery life, a screen similar to an Apple Watch Ultra, and works in harsh conditions when just using the buttons. See my review here.
Hikelite 26 Gear
Osprey Hikelite 26This updated version of the Hikelite 26 offers incredible value for the money. It's got a wide trampoline back, so your back doesn't get sweaty. It's under 2lbs, has deep side pockets, and is a great balance of what you need without what you don't.

Check out the complete list here. ( Updated June 2024)

Hollywood Sign Trail Maps

Hollywood Hike Trail Sign
The trails are well-marked with signs like this. We're going to the Mt Lee Summit.
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Use This Map:
View in CalTopo | PDF Map | GPX File

Hollywood Sign Hike Directions

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Hike through the gate at the end of Canyon Drive.
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Keep hiking uphill on Brush Canyon Trail for about 1 mile.
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When the Brush Canyon Trail dead ends, make the left onto Mulholland Trail.
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The Mulholland Trail winds its way around the mountain for about a mile.
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When the trail splits, stay right on the Mulholland Trail.
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The Mulholland Trail ends at the paved Mt Lee Road. Hike right and go uphill for about a mile.
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This last mile of hiking is the steepest.
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When you get to the radio towers, look for a hidden trail to the left.
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Hike up the small hidden trail to the summit.
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Here you are, the summit of Mt Lee!
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Enjoy the views and then hike back down the way you came up.

Need More Info?

  • Have a question about the guide or want to see what other people are saying/asking? View the Youtube comments for this video. Leave a comment and I will do my best to respond.
  • When planning, always check the park website and social media to make sure the trails are open. Similarly, check the weather and road conditions.

This Guide Was Written by Cris Hazzard

Cris Hazzard 4 Mile Trail Yosemite
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!). You can stay up to date with my new guides by following me on YouTube, Instagram, or by subscribing to my monthly newsletter.