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Hollyridge Trail to the Hollywood Sign

Los Angeles, California

4.1/5
based on 10 reviews

Details

Distance

3.5 miles

Elevation Gain

383 ft

Route Type

Out-and-Back

Description

Added by Kelly Dickinson

This trail is closed as is the Beachwood Gate which is used to access the Hollyridge Trail will be permanently closed on April 18th, 2017 due to a court order.

This trail is closed as is the Beachwood Gate which is used to access the Hollyridge Trail will be permanently closed on April 18th, 2017 due to a court order. Check out Hollywood Sign via Brush Canyon Trail for an available option. 

There are three ways to get to the Hollywood Sign. This route has the best views of the city and the sign on your way up.

The trailhead is at the end of Beachwood Drive and was closed for quite some time due to construction, but reopened January 2015. When driving up Beachwood, you will encounter signs that say "no access to Hollywood sign", but pay them no mind. They've constructed a big fence blocking parking at the trailhead trying to detour hikers to minimize neighborhood traffic, but street parking is allowed Monday-Friday (weekends and holidays require a permit after 8am).

Once you've parked, proceed to gate and enter through the unlocked door to the left. You might encounter a security guard. There are rumors that they have tried to turn hikers away, but I've never had any problems with them.

Once through gate, take the first right following the sign that says "Hikers". From there, it's best to use GPS to follow the trail to the top (you'll encounter a few turns and it's best to stay on the route).

The sign is behind a fence, forcing you to get creative with your photos, but the view is worth it. Be sure to keep looking back for views of downtown, the ocean, and Griffith Observatory on your way up.

The trail is pretty crowded on weekends. The best time for the hike is early. Wake up for a beautiful sunrise hike, you're likely to have the whole place to yourself. Be cautious of early morning coyotes, maybe leave the little dogs and dog snacks at home.

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Reviews

The hike is nice, but more often than not, the parking deters a lot of people from coming. Recently, homeowners in the area petitioned for strict parking rules in the area, especially on Saturdays and Sundays. Just be warned, add another mile or two onto the hike since the parking is so far away!

The trail was pretty easy but parking was difficult, but thats anywhere you go in LA. The views are worth the parking struggles and having an epic photo op in front of the sign is priceless.

All along the trail there are great views of downtown, Santa Monica, and the Griffith Observatory. The hike is not too steep and isn't that far either. Definitely worth going. I would suggest going on a day that is sunny and clear though.

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