Constructed in the 1920s, the Hollywood Sign is one of the most famous landmarks in Los Angeles. Each letter in HOLLYWOOD is 45 feet tall and painted white. The Hollywood Sign truly stands out from the surroundings on the top of Mount Lee in Griffith Park. Preserving over 4,200 acres of parkland in Los Angeles, Griffith Park is home to many famous spots other than the Hollywood Sign, including the Griffith Observatory, Greek Theater, Los Angeles Zoo, and Travel Town. Griffith Park is also full of hiking trails, including three common routes to the summit of Mount Lee above the Hollywood Sign.
Each of these hikes take visitors to a viewing area on Mount Lee behind the Hollywood Sign. Stand behind a chain-link fence and look out over the top of the Hollywood Sign toward the Los Angeles cityscape.
Take this hike up and across Griffith Park from Canyon Drive in Hollywood. The hike joins Mulholland Fire Road and wraps around the north side of Mount Lee to reach the mountaintop behind the Hollywood Sign. This is the most popular route to the Hollywood Sign and makes a rewarding day hike. 6.4 miles round trip with 1,050 feet of elevation change.
Take this hike from the top of Beachwood Drive and get great views of the big letters right from the start. Connect with Mulholland Fire Road to summit Mount Lee behind the Hollywood Sign. Parking restrictions can lengthen this hike. This can be the easiest hike to the Hollywood Sign. 3.5 miles round trip with 750 feet of elevation change.
Take this off-the-beathen-path single track to the "Wisdom Tree" and the summit of Cahuenga Peak before crossing a ridge between the peaks. As you approach Mount Lee, Aileen Getty Ridge Trail passes Hugh Hefner Overlook, which offers a nice side view of the Hollywood Sign. This is the least crowded route, but the trail is rough and will give you a good workout. This is the steepest hike to the Hollywood Sign. 3 miles round trip with 875 feet of elevation change.