Hollywood Sign

The LA Trail Hikers on National Trails Day 2015

TRAIL NAME: Griffith Observatory to Mt. Hollywood to Mt. Lee at Griffith Park.

 *** HIKE CANCELLED DUE TO RAIN – Jan 7, 6:45am ***
It seems Mother Nature intends on watering Los Angeles as scheduled this morning. So, we’ll have to cancel today’s hike to the Hollywood Sign and hope for better weather tomorrow morning for our hike at Switzer Falls. Thanks for your patience and we hope we see you tomorrow!

HIKE DATE:  Saturday, January 07, 2017

MEETING TIME: 8:00 am – 8:20 am
(We’ll wait about 20 mins, and we’ll leave the trail head at 8:20 am)
Return Approx: 12:00 pm

HIKE LEAD: Multiple LATH Hike Leads

HIKE LEVEL: Level 5 – (Moderate Uphill with some Rolling Hills)

Find out more about hiking levels here:


: 3 Hours (approx)

HIKE DISTANCE: 6.2 Miles Roundtrip (3.1 Miles one-way)

MEETING LOCATION:mapgriffithparkmeetingpoint
Griffith Observatory Top Parking Lot
(Area next to Blue Mt. Hollywood Hiking Trail sign by George Harrison Tree; Farthest from the actual Observatory near Parking Lot entrance at the top)

2800 E Observatory Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90027
[Click on the address above or scroll down for Meeting Point Map]

PARKING: There is currently no charge for parking at the Observatory Parking Lot. Parking gets full quick, so get there early as you may have to park down along the road and walk back up if you don’t find a parking lot spot.

TRAIL WALKTHROUGH: We start at the Griffith Observatory Parking lot as our meeting point and go up a slight incline around Mt. Hollywood (aka Dante’s Peak) (to save some energy for the rest of the walk). Then we head over to the north side of the hill to go on to the semi-leveled trail which will take us to the last hill.  Upon the arrival to the last hill, we will go up Mt. Lee until we get to the top where you’ll have an incredible view of the (backside of the) Hollywood Sign letters, Hollywood reservoir, and the surrounding cities.  You won’t be able to touch the letters as they are fenced off and under surveillance 24/7, but you will be close enough for some great pictures.  We return on a slightly similar path, but it’s usually a bit easier once we get around the Dante’s peak area, where we will take an easier path down back to the trail head.

2014-08-09 09.33.26WATER REQUIRED. WATER CHECK WILL BE PERFORMED. If you do not take enough water or are not appropriately equipped for this hike, you will be turned away from doing this hike with us even if you show up. Please note, that we have expectations for Level 5 hikers.

REQUIRED: 2 to 3 Liters of water, sunscreen, a good small lunch/snack for the midway point. Must have a light breakfast bite to prior to the hike.

RECOMMENDED: Comfortable walking shoes (Distance is a factor). Long Wind Breaker Pants (so dry brush doesn’t hit your legs). Double the water you usually take (usually a backpack or camelbak/hyrdation pack are good to carry your water).  Small Snack to eat when we get to the Hollywood Sign (You’ll want a snack!). Use the restroom prior to meeting time as there are none along the way.

DOG-FRIENDLY?: Yes. However, it must be on a leash, have hiking experience, and must be friendly with other dogs and hikers. Must bring water and a container for it to drink from. And must pick up after your pet.

The Hollywood Sign Hike is quite a demanding trail distance wise, but quite fun! Try to pack as light as possible.  Please plan accordingly.

1. Read the Hike’s Details we link at the very top of this page.
2. Make sure that the Hike Level accommodates your hiking experience.
3. If, and only if it suits you, then RSVP for this event and show up the day of the hike with all necessary gear and water (we mention everything you need on the details page for this hike).

We take your safety quite seriously, and would not like for you to attend a hike you’re not ready for.  You know your body and hiking experience better than your friends. Whether you are a first-timer or an experienced hiker, please read our hike details page as the hike may not suite your experience level. We have a better experience if every hike has hikers of the intended level.

DISCLAIMER: LA Trail Hikers and its Leads/Organizers/Participants do not take responsibility for any harm,bodily injury, accidents, or damage to personal property. By clicking “Attending,” or attending the hike, you confirming that you understand that all outdoor activity such as hiking, backpacking, and trekking have an associated danger, and will not hold any hike lead/organizer, participant, LA Trail Hikers, or any group associated pet responsible for any hazard to your well being. Additionally, you will not be allowed to participate with the group if you are not adequately prepared with enough water and the right gear/equipment/nutrition essential to complete the hike. You are fully responsible for yourself.


The LA Trail Hikers, a Los Angeles hiking group, explore and visit many beautiful local hiking trails in and around Los Angeles County. Rediscover Los Angeles!