How to Hike To The Hollywood Sign in Los Angeles

October 15, 2017
Category: Los Angeles Attractions

The 45-foot tall aluminum letters that spell out ‘Hollywood’ are located at an elevation of 1708 feet near the summit Mt. Lee in Los Angeles.  It is one of the most recognizable cultural icons of the world and as a visitor, you must schedule some time to hit the hiking trails to look over LA and The Pacific Ocean in the distance with DOOWYLLOH spelled out from behind!

It is believed that the name ‘Hollywood’ came from a man who was carrying wood one fine day! When someone asked him what he was doing, he said ‘hauling wood’ and the name ‘Hollywood’ stuck. There was a new housing development project that sprouted up in 1923 with a name of HOLLYWOODLAND, which originated the sign as a billboard for its promotional ad campaign.  In 1949, the city of Los Angeles repaired the sign and removed the letter LAND so that it would read as just HOLLYWOOD. Since then, this sign has gained cultural importance and become a landmark symbolizing LA and Tinseltown, which is why tourists from all around the globe visit this place!

Hiking to The Hollywood Sign

There are three independent hiking trails which ascend to the Hollywood sign: These Hollywood sign hiking trails are: Mt Hollywood Trail, Cahuenga Peak trail, and the Canyon Drive. The authorized hiking trails on these routes stay open 365 days a year and the sign is protected by a fence and 24-hour security. There are serious transportation challenges and the hikes can be grueling at some points. For those, who do not prefer hiking, there are shuttles that run through Griffith Park to view Hollywood signs but they run on an occasional basis only.

Mt. Hollywood Trail is the easiest trail as it begins from the Griffith Observatory parking lot and extends three miles towards the sign. Canyon Drive is the moderate trail extending up to 7.5 miles but the heat can beat you down and it is advised you carry plenty of water. You may enjoy the sensational views of The City from this trail along but be aware of deer, bobcats, coyotes, and rattlesnakes. The most difficult trail is Cahuenga Peak Hike, which begins with Aileen Getty Ridge and is open from sunrise to sunset. If you have ever heard of Wisdom tree in LA, then you will find this symbolic attraction while traversing this trail.

There are several private urban hiking tours offered by many agencies that cost around $40 to $50 per person. You will want to reach Griffith Observatory to embark on the trailheads.  Accessibility to Griffith Park is from sunrise to sunset and is possible by automobile, bike, or public transportation.

Learn more about the Hollywood Sign at its official website here:

Where to stay in Los Angeles

Rodeway Inn Convention Center is located at a distance of fewer than 7 miles from the Hollywood sign. This top-ranked affordable hotel provides free Wi-Fi and complimentary continental breakfast and round-the-clock service. The Rodeway Inn offers convenient access to Downtown LA and the Convention Center, Staples Center, and Hollywood. Book your stay today at