L.A. Landmarks: Hiking to the Hollywood Sign

Hiking to the Hollywood Sign is on the bucket list of many, and there is so much you should know before you go. Some FAQ range from How close can you really get?” to “What is the best place to take photos of the Hollywood Sign?” And the most important question to ask in a town like Los Angeles, “Where can I park without getting ticketed?”

Here is everything you need to know about hiking up to the Hollywood Sign.

Most Common Questions (and Answers) about the Hollywood Sign Hike

What is the best hiking trail to the Hollywood Sign?
There are a few well-known Hollywood Sign hiking trails to consider depending on your expertise, but for this post we’re going to concentrate on the easy route. See these detailed turn-by-turn directions from the Hiking Guy.

The trail begins at 2927 Canyon Drive and offers sidewalks, trash cans, a parking lot, and facilities for visitors. Call (323) 913-4688 for park conditions.

Where can I take the best selfie with the Hollywood Sign?
Ahhhh…photo-ops. My favorite thing to discuss. At the end of the trail, not only will you have the most incredible views of the entire city at your feet, but you will get right behind the Hollywood Sign for an incredible photo opportunity. While everyone has the obligatory “Hollywood Sign in the background” shot. You? Nah, you’ll be on top of the world!

Hiking trail to hollywood sign, Hollywood sign hike
Following the hiking trail to the Hollywood sign will reward you with a view of Los Angeles like this.

How close can I get to the Hollywood Sign?
You will hike up right behind the sign, but there is a chain-link fence to keep hikers from getting near the sign. There are cameras surveying the surroundings and an on-duty police officer in the area as well.

If you would prefer to drive for your selfie, the closest you can get to the sign by car is: 3000 Canyon Lake Drive, Hollywood, CA. Park at the local dog park since this is a “No Stopping Anytime” neighborhood.

When is the best time to do the Hollywood Sign hike?
Rise and shine early because the hiking trails are open the same hours as Griffith Park (everyday, sunrise to sunset.) Open 365 days, the best time of the year to hike to the Hollywood Sign is late January/early-February or October/November when the views are the best.

The temps are also on your side during these months. Summer is very hot so make sure to bring water and proper footwear. On a clear day you can see the skyline of Downtown Los Angeles and the Pacific Ocean all the way to Catalina Island.

It’s wise to avoid weekends for obvious reasons (especially lack of parking), and the earlier you arrive, the better because it will get hot up there. Oh, and wear sunscreen!

Where should I park when hiking to the Hollywood Sign?
OK, I’m just going to say it: Uber. In L.A. we live and die by Uber, and when it comes to parking, you might have to hike twice a long just to get to your car! OK, so maybe not twice as long, but it can definitely take 15 to 30 minutes just to walk from your car to the entrance of the park gate. But if you have a thing against Uber, during the week you can park along Beachwood Drive on the street.

What should I not do when hiking to the Hollywood Sign?
For starters, smoking is so 1990. Not only do we take our health pretty seriously here in Southern California, but we take our safety pretty seriously as well. So please refrain from sparking up. The last thing we need is a wildfire. And trust me, you do not want to go down in history for starting the blaze. That would be so uncool.

Next, don’t even think about littering. I mean it. It’s rude, it’s disgusting, and live by the Girl Scout code and leave the area cleaner than when you arrived. Wait. Did the Girl Scouts even say that? Well, whoever did deserves a merit badge.

And finally, I shouldn’t even have to say this, but don’t feed the wildlife.

How long does it take to hike to the Hollywood Sign?
The trail is 3.3 miles and can take up to two hours.

What should I wear on the Hollywood Sign hike?
Wear layers and avoid flip flops or sandals at all costs. Remember, you are heading into snake country.

Is the Hollywood sign hiking trail pet-friendly?
Yes, pets are allowed if they are on a leash.

What type of wildlife can I expect to spot on the Hollywood Sign hike?
There is a chance you might run into P-22, resident mountain lion of the Cahuenga Peak Hike, as well as hawks, mule deer, bobcats, coyotes and yes, Virginia, there could be some rattlers. Ugh.

What should I know before I hike the Hollywood Sign trail?
Take care of business before you set off, because there are no public bathrooms available.

What are the closest hotels to the Hollywood Sign?
The closest Hilton hotel is Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City, also convenient to other fun L.A. attractions like Universal Studios. Or, search for all Los Angeles hotels in the Hilton family.

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Hollywood Sign backside photo by Oliver Dodd / CC By 2.0

This post was written by Hilton Suggests Team Member, Nicole S. Are you interested in traveling to Los Angeles? Let us know if we can help you with any other recommendations. Tweet us for more great local travel tips!

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