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Hike To Hollywood Sign – How To Choose The Best Trail

Hollywood sign

Possibly one of America’s most iconic landmarks, hiking to the Hollywood sign in LA, California is an adventure you won’t forget in a hurry.

You can’t actually go right up to the sign, as it’s protected by a high tech alarm system, however, the diversity of hikes in the area can allow you to see the iconic landmark from a variety of angles as you walk.

Choosing the best hike is really down to your preference. However, to make things easier we have put together four of these fantastic hikes, with helpful advice on each one.

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How To Choose The Best Hike To The Hollywood Sign

1. The Most Challenging – Burbank Peak Trail

Hollywood LA

Formally known as the Wonder View Trail, the Burbank Peak Trail is ideal for those looking for a little adventure while on the way to Hollywood sign.

Although the most challenging, the route is also the shortest, being only 3 miles round trip with 875 elevation change.

This hike winds along single track, providing slightly more adventure than the gravel roads offered by the easier hikes. Additionally, the steep elevation gain makes the hike more challenging.

Burban Peak LA

Photo by Mike Hume

Adding to the excitement of the hike is the fact that it extends to the ‘Wisdom Tree’, a tree standing over Burbank Peak. As this hike is more difficult it is the least crowded option.

2. The Easiest – Hollyridge Trail

One of the easier hikes to the Hollywood sign is the Hollyridge Trail. Taking roughly 2 hours, the trail covers about 3.5 miles with an elevation gain of about 750 feet.

At this point in time this trail is currently closed, but information will be provided for when it is reopened.

Views of the iconic sign come early, about one tenth of a mile in. You will be able to see the sign in its entirety and this is probably the best view of the sign that you will get on the hike.

The hike ends in the summit of Cahuenga Peak, where you will be directly behind the Hollywood ‘H’. You will have a spectacular view of the city below the sign.

3. The Best Views – Griffith Observatory to the Hollywood Sign

If you want to hike between the Griffith park’s two biggest landmarks, this is the route for you. Taking roughly 4 hours, the hike is 8.8 miles round trip, with 575 feet elevation change.

Griffith Observatory LA

Photo by Chris Roman

You will cross Mount Hollywood between the two, but if you are looking for an easy option you can bypass the mountain and start the hike at the base of Mount Hollywood Drive.

Picked as the hike with the best views, you will be able to explore and see both the observatory and the iconic sign along your journey.

4. The Best Day Hike – Brush Canyon Trail

If you are looking for a hike that is a little longer we recommend the Brush Canyon Trail. The trail is roughly 6.4 miles there and back, with an elevation change of 1050 feet.

The trail winds through Griffith Park, summiting Mount Lee directly behind the iconic sign.

Brush Canyon LA

Photo by James Gubera

The hike is moderately difficult and follows the wide fire roads, with the last little bit of the hike being paved.

5. Pack The Right Gear

Now that you have decided on which route to take to the iconic sign, the last thing you need to do is pack your gear.

The Hollywood hikes are day hikes and aren’t too strenuous, so you won’t need to latest or most hi-tech apparel, but it can never hurt to be well equipped.

Firstly, regardless of the hike that you choose, you can never go wrong with a good pair of hiking boots and good sun protection.

If you are doing one of the longer, more strenuous hikes, you can choose to take a trekking pole or GPS unit along on your journey.

Lastly, it is important to take sufficient water with on your hike, especially if you plan on being out in the sun for a couple of hours.

About the Author Mark Whitman

Mark has trekked extensively in Asia, Europe, South America and Africa. He founded Mountain IQ in 2014 with the sole aim to be the best online information portal to some of the most popular mountain destinations around the world. When not writing for Mountain IQ, Mark is out exploring the outdoors with his wife!

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