Hollywood is full of fun activities for all ages. One of the most popular thing to do in Hollywood is to hike up to the Hollywood sign. Of course we cannot experience the whole Hollywood sign like in the movie Friends with Benefits starring Mila Kunis and Justin Timberlake, but we are allowed to get a little close to the sign.
The Hollywood sign trail is short and takes about 40 minutes to 1 hour, depending on you pace. It does have its inclines, but I would rate this trail easy to moderate. It is about 3.5 miles round trip. The Hollywood sign is breathtaking when you get up close.
An interesting fact is that the sign is not really in Hollywood, it is in Los Angeles, but it is located on the Santa Monica Mountains on Mount Lee in Griffith Park.
The hike is using Hollyridge trail. You may enter “Hollyridge trail” on your navigation system and it will take you directly to the parking spaces. You are going the right way if you pass a Sunset Ranch Horse Rental sign. Once you have reached the Hollyridge trail sign, you will see parking on the right side of the road. Parking spaces are limited, so I highly recommend that you arrive early. I suggest bringing plenty of water, sunblock, and a sweatband especially during the Summer, since it gets very hot.
When you are hiking the Hollyridge trail, the trail will slit in two. If you go left, it will take you to a shorter trail where you can view the Hollywood sign from the front, but you will not get close to it. If you go right, it will take you all the way up to the actual Hollywood sign. You will be above and slightly behind the sign.
You may chose which trail to take. They both give out beautiful views of the sign, just with different vantage points.
Location: 3400 N. Beachwood Drive, Griffith Park, Los Angeles, CA 90068
*If you do not want to hike up to the Hollywood sign, you may see it from the Griffith Park Observatory or the Hollywood & Highland shopping mall.