Information About Hiking to the Hollywood Sign
It was announced recently that the HollyRidge trail will be closed for six weeks and will reopen in June featuring a larger gate to deter trespassers from entering during off hours. Once open, the trail will be accessible from sunrise to sunset.
However the HollyRidge trail is not the only way to hike behind the Hollywood Sign. The Canyon Blvd trail is still open to the public and leads you to the same viewpoint as the HollyRidge trail, while also featuring a fun Hollywood landmark of the Bronson caves (also known as the Adam West Batman caves). Click here for more information on that trail. The Canyon Blvd trail is a part of Griffith Park and is open from sunrise to sunset.
The Cahuenga Peak hike is open to the more experienced hiker. The trail is more rugged and less defined than the Canyon Blvd trail but offers amazing views of the city, Burbank, and Lake Hollywood. The trail leads you to the same viewpoint as the HollyRidge trail. Click here for more information. Open from sunrise to sunset, please hike at your own risk.
For those looking for an excellent view of the Sign, we recommend the Griffith Observatory, Hollywood and Highland, Mulholland Drive and the Canyon Lake Viewpoint. Griffith Observatory provides excellent views of the city and the Sign and has free parking – this makes it a great spot to bring groups of people with different physical abilities. Hollywood and Highland mixes the Hollywood Sign with the glamour and fun of Hollywood itself; you can peek at the Hollywood Sign while also scanning the Walk of Fame for your favorite celebrity or see who’s handprint at the Grauman’s Chinese Theater matches yours. Mulholland Drive has an amazing view of the Hollywood Sign and Hollywood itself plus driving the curvy road is a Los Angeles experience itself. And the Canyon Lake Viewpoint offers a beautiful shot of the Sign and is close to the Lake Hollywood hike, which is one of the most enjoyable and easy hikes LA has to offer. Click here for more information on each location.
Please note that trespassing to and around the Sign is illegal, and the Sign is monitored by security cameras. There is also an LAPD officer stationed at the Sign 24 hours a day. The closest you can be to the Sign is from the trail behind the Sign on the other side of the fence.
And with all of these locations, please be aware that parking is limited and maintaining road and fire safety is our biggest concern. Carpool or take public transportation as much as possible, observe the rules of the road and do not stop along the curvy canyon roads. The entire area surrounding the Hollywood Sign is at risk for fires so please do not smoke while in the area.