Hollywood Sign
Hollywood Sign
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Perched atop Mount Lee, this global symbol of Hollywood glamour measures 450 feet in length with mammoth white letters, each standing 45 feet high, spelling out the name of the city. There is no access to The Hollywood Sign as it sits on restricted property however; there are several scenic view points which provide great photo opportunities . 1) Hollywood and Highland. Farther away but easy , especially if you are already in Hollywood. 2) The Griffith Observatory. Take the Metro Red Line at Hollywood and Highland to the Griffith Observatory stop. From here board the DASH Observatory shuttle operating 7 days a week ( beginning 3/21/17) to the front lawn of The Griffith Observatory for views of The Hollywood Sign. 3) The Sign is best viewed from the interior of Griffith Park. Trail signs will guide you to these sites. Please stay on the designated trails and enjoy the great views of The Hollywood Sign !
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  • P&K USA
    Durham, North Carolina965 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Hooray for Hollywood
    2023 marked the 100th anniversary of the famous HOLLYWOOD sign, so we couldn’t not visit on such a special occasion while we were in town. An early morning Uber from our hotel cost only $9 and we tucked in to our breakfast burritos at Lake Hollywood Park with the sign looking down on us from up high. We knew to arrive early to give us a head start on the summer heat. In fact, we’d diligently researched the hike route to Mount Lee online before arriving to ensure we didn’t encroach on the residents’ private property and we knew to lower our voices when in the vicinity of the plush houses on the hill. We encountered only one resident, an older gent, who was out for a walk up to the sign. We had a quick chat and he told us he hiked 10 miles routes several times a week. When asked if he enjoyed living in Hollywood he advised that he’d been here 25 years and the cheapest houses were $1.5 million. We told him we could dream and he encouraged us to keep going to the top. Shortly later, we reached the Mount Lee peak at 1,708 feet at 9.34 a.m., just over 90 mins since we left our starting point. We leisurely took in the incredible views of Downtown LA and Burbank and we were up there for nearly an hour. Thankfully there was a lovely breeze to cool us down, as the hike up made us hot and sweaty (in fact we had sizzled in the sun). The Hollywood Reservoir looked impressive, but the highlight of course was seeing the rear of the Hollywood sign! The journey down was a lot easier, as expected; we were buoyed by the brilliant time we’d had and strutted down with a spring in our steps. We encountered more people on the way down than on the way up, and we smiled at them all knowing they were in for a treat at the top of Mt. Lee! 👣 Distance walked = 4.81 miles 💦 Water consumed = 1 litre each 🥵 Temperature = 73 degrees Fahrenheit 📸 Photos taken = 294+
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 31 July 2023
  • Patricia R
    6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Visit to Hollywood sign tour trail
    We went on this tour at 9am with a wonderful, physically fit tour guide named Noelle. She was very thorough in giving us all the background about the houses & the history behind the famous Hollywood sign. She made sure that everyone on the tour got as many lovely photographs as they wanted once we got to the top. She advised us of many other things we could do while visiting the Los Angeles & Hollywood area. All in all the tour was enjoyable but be sure to wear comfortable shoes and it will challenge you a bit with the uphill areas. Loved it
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 10 August 2023
  • Vanessa
    15 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Iconic!
    You don’t need to hike up to it if you don’t want to. Plenty of places to park outside of Lake Hollywood Park on the road (if you get there early). It’s pretty obvious where to stand because the grass has gone in that patch, however go for a little stroll around the park as there are some other vantage points which I found slightly better. Most people go into the park and head to the left but if you go straight on, there’s also a good place to stand as well. We went to Griffith Observatory afterwards and went on quite the winding route which was awesome but not if you’re not an experienced driver as it can be a little dicey.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 26 August 2023
  • Waddler
    York, United Kingdom12,143 contributions
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    Iconic
    For such an iconic sight, it isn't easy to see. A lot of the tours on the Boulevard promise Hollywood Sign views, but this is a very distant view from Mulholland Drive on the other side of the freeway. If you want to take a tour you need to do one specifically going to the sign at Lake Hollywood Park or else slightly further up the hill. Driving, there are parking spots at Lake Hollywood Park and this is the easiest way to get a relatively close view, though parking may be full. We had an uber drop us here and also further up the hill whilst we did a 5 minute walk to a viewpoint and the uber waited for us (you need to be dropped at the junction of Mulholland Hwy and Ledgewood Drive and then walk up Mulholland Hwy which turns unpaved and scrubby for 5 minutes). The latter is a much closer and up-front view of the sign, although the foreground is a bit scrubby and indeed had construction works whilst we were there. The foreground in the Lake Hollywood Park is more pleasant and you can still see the sign reasonably closely.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 6 September 2023
  • Polaroids & Drinkin Stories
    United States2,210 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing hike
    We hiked the Brush Canyon trail that takes you up past the Hollywood sign and behind it. It's not too strenuous but there are a few spots that are a little steep. Not a ton of shade so bring sun block and water. No facilities along the way. You share the trail with people on horses too. The hike takes about 90 minutes to get behind the sign. Amazing views. We had a really perfect day for it. Clear blue skies. No smog. Parking wasn't as bad as I thought it'd be. It was a Saturday afternoon and I expected it to be packed. There are two lots at the trailhead. You can also park along the street. We found a spot in the first lot with no problem. There are porta-johns in the lot to use before or after you hike. They do close the gates I think after sunset so be warned.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 20 December 2023
  • AMohsen
    Port Said, Egypt544 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Iconic Sign is not easy to reach
    It is a must-do there and the most popular picture as well. Despite going by car, It was hard to reach it and it was like a maze in addition to losing the internet signal. Some places offer a good view for pictures like Lake Hollywood Park.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 15 January 2024
  • Edward
    Santa Rosa, California2,512 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Iconic Sign
    The Hollywood Sign is, of course, just that. It is, however, iconic and one can see it not only from in Hollywood, but also by getting up close to it by hiking through Griffith Park, where the sign is located. This huge park covers much of the hills between Hollywood proper and the San Fernando Valley to the north. Hiking trails like along Mulholland Trail and Mt. Hollywood Drive, or other trails and Mt. Lee Drive, can bring one close to the sign, either below and in front of it, or above and behind it. Some start from the Mt. Hollywood Drive stop for the DASH Observatory bus which makes a circuit between the Vermont and Sunset Metro stop and the Griffith Observatory. Other trails lead from elsewhere. One can find maps from of the Griffith Park trails online.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 14 February 2024
  • Elise G
    Hudson River Valley, New York1,277 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Loved the hike up, up, up!
    If you like hiking, and especially like portions of steep inclines, this visit will fill your cup! We started by Mulholland. When going up, up, up, our first stop was the hill with the Memory Tree and American flag. After a rest, we journeyed over to the spot behind the Hollywood sign. We gained a total of over 1000 feet of elevation and the hike took us just over an hour (not including rests). I am so glad to have visited this iconic sign! I'm not sure that I'd do it again, but I'm so glad I did get a chance to see it up close and personal!
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 7 April 2024
  • Grover R
    Pensacola, Florida21,813 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Symbol for the City
    This sign, that originated as an advertisement for a housing development Hollywoodland, is world recognized symbol for the city and can be seen from all over the city. I will say we tried to reach a park just under the sign for pictures, but roadwork closed access from the east side. We did get to see the original office for the Hollywoodland development. As for the sign you can also get great pictures from Griffith Observatory and Griffith Park on the hike to the top of Mount Hollywood. Please note the sign is not on Mount Hollywood but rather Mount Lee. Just on the west side of Griffith Observatory, there is a viewing platform for the sign. There is also a pair of angel's wings that is perfect for pictures with the sign between the wings. It is an amazing sign to see from all over the city.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 27 April 2024
  • Manda SM
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must see sight
    A must see for anyone visiting Los Angeles. We visited Lake Hollywood Park and took lots and lots of photos! Can park at side of road for free. Refreshments were available from a few stalls which seemed reasonably priced.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 18 May 2024
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P&K USA
Durham, NC965 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
2023 marked the 100th anniversary of the famous HOLLYWOOD sign, so we couldn’t not visit on such a special occasion while we were in town.

An early morning Uber from our hotel cost only $9 and we tucked in to our breakfast burritos at Lake Hollywood Park with the sign looking down on us from up high.

We knew to arrive early to give us a head start on the summer heat. In fact, we’d diligently researched the hike route to Mount Lee online before arriving to ensure we didn’t encroach on the residents’ private property and we knew to lower our voices when in the vicinity of the plush houses on the hill.

We encountered only one resident, an older gent, who was out for a walk up to the sign. We had a quick chat and he told us he hiked 10 miles routes several times a week. When asked if he enjoyed living in Hollywood he advised that he’d been here 25 years and the cheapest houses were $1.5 million. We told him we could dream and he encouraged us to keep going to the top.

Shortly later, we reached the Mount Lee peak at 1,708 feet at 9.34 a.m., just over 90 mins since we left our starting point.

We leisurely took in the incredible views of Downtown LA and Burbank and we were up there for nearly an hour. Thankfully there was a lovely breeze to cool us down, as the hike up made us hot and sweaty (in fact we had sizzled in the sun). The Hollywood Reservoir looked impressive, but the highlight of course was seeing the rear of the Hollywood sign!

The journey down was a lot easier, as expected; we were buoyed by the brilliant time we’d had and strutted down with a spring in our steps. We encountered more people on the way down than on the way up, and we smiled at them all knowing they were in for a treat at the top of Mt. Lee!

👣 Distance walked = 4.81 miles
💦 Water consumed = 1 litre each
🥵 Temperature = 73 degrees Fahrenheit
📸 Photos taken = 294+
Written 31 July 2023
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Lucky L
Acapulco, Mexico294 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
There is not much to do in the area except to see the famous Hollywood Sign and take in the nice views of the city from the hills. The Hollywood Sign is fenced off so that you can't get right up to it but you will be able to get some great photos from there. If you are driving, take N. Beechwood Drive for some great views of the area. It is worth seeing and it feels good to know that you have been there.
Written 6 January 2020
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1naturalist
Boulder, CO307 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
We used our phone for directions and it sent us to a closed road with no view and no parking. SOOOO .
This is my suggestion. Do your search to get to Canyon Lake Drive or Lake Hollywood Park as shown on my attached map. Lots of parking at the park and open space for lots of shots of all types. You can also go a bit down Canyon Lake Dr and catch a dirt trail for about 1/2 mile to get a more special view. You will see people on the top of trail and can decide if you want to do that or not. Please like my post if you found this helpful. Cheers.
Written 14 February 2020
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Char J
Indianapolis, IN228 contributions
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Jan 2020 • Friends
Park along the street (where it’s legal- they WILL ticket if you park where it says no parking and LA tickets are very expensive (over 100 in some cases). Park where you can then hike up to one of the clearings. Great photo op and a pleasant hike but use the trail beside the road cars were moving fairly quick. It’s uphill but not terrible and worth the effort. Nice view (but the views are better from other places like Griffith observatory). Great keepsake photos! It’s only takes about an hour- tops -but it is worth doing! Don’t pay for a tour unless they will drop you off at a great vantage point. You can do it self guided. It’s a quick stop no visit to la should skip! Free parking along the road but spots are hard to find on weekends. If you can go during the week it will be easier. There are several places where the green fencing is not blocking the view and these are great for photos. You really can’t touch the sign but it feels pretty close from the neighborhood below the sign.
Written 2 January 2020
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wdl
Sunnyvale, CA540 contributions
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Dec 2019
There are a couple of places in LA to get a good view of the Hollywood sign but I found the hiking through the Lake Hollywood park an awesome, rewarding one. Access is a bit tricky - it's almost at the end of the road going to Hollywoodland, and parking can be a bit restricted (you park along the road near the trail entrance).

Our hike to the bridge with a view to the lake took about 40 minutes, but it really depends on your pace. The hike is nice, not too strenuous, and the view of the sign is as good as it gets. I definitely recommend, if you can find the place (and parking).
Written 11 October 2020
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WellDeservedVac... T
37 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
One of the most world wide famous signs and icons of all time!

The hike to the top where the sign is challenging. You should be in decent shape and prepared to do a real legit difficult hike. If you guy in the summer you need to have sunblock, water, stay hydrated and all.

If you make it to the top the view is incredible and you feel all of the history of Hollywood and LA looking down at the city. Definitely get a selfie up top it is worth it!

Most people only stop 1/2 way or even less and give up once they realize how difficult it is.
Written 21 November 2020
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davidn0209
Lodi, WI102 contributions
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Jan 2020
Great view from Griffith observatory- also overlooks the entire L.A. area.
Many people go there, and take pictures from the overlook. Parking will cost you, and we should have paid, but we went there on January 2nd, at about 8am.
We drove up, and only planned to stay 15-20 minutes for pictures.
Nobody was collecting for parking, so we got our pictures and left.
Definitely suggest to anyone visiting the area for a few days to go here.
Written 28 February 2020
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william g
Los Angeles, CA51 contributions
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Aug 2019 • Solo
I took the almost 2 hour hike, but stopped short of the Hollywood sign, instead turned where the trail led to the Observatory.
Then circled around and the vistas opened up revealing the wonders of the various skylines: Burbank, Glendale, Downtown, Century City, Wilshire District and Hollywood. It is a faultless hike, perfumed by the fauna and flora of the environment , and having made oft treks there, developed my own secret garden there.

I can not wait for the spring so that I can immerse myself in the timeless beauty of my past experiences.

Especially now, when the virus rages, I can't wait to find my piece of paradise.

Written 22 March 2020
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VaughnONeal
Houston, TX137 contributions
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May 2021
It's a big sign...in Hollywood. It reads "Hollywood." People flock from all over in order to read this sign or be photographed standing near it or with it in the distance. We didn't do that. Rather, it was one of many sights on our open bus tour of celebrity homes and sights. Cool...
Written 11 June 2021
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Joey52871
Chicago, IL61 contributions
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Aug 2022
I got some pics of the Hollywood Sign from the Griffith Observatory, but I got closer shots of the sign from Lake Hollywood Park. Sammy, my tour guide from the Hollywood City Bus Tours, said that there was a spot that you can go to if you wanted to take closer pics of the sign. He said that tour buses were not allowed to go to this spot, only smaller vehicles like cars, vans, etc. He never mentioned by name where this spot was, but I'm guessing that Lake Hollywood Park had to be the area he was talking about. It's a great place to go if you want to get the closest shots of the Hollywood Sign. Fantastic!
Written 26 August 2022
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