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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  • Housam Elkouteini
    Denver, Colorado1,501 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Make sure to take the right path
    Checked on google maps a hike to reach the sign but we ended up in the back of the sign you can check the photos to know what I mean! Although we were literally next to the sign I mean closer that the path that takes you to the front. Anyway it was a nice and fun hike that took us 2 hours in total
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 25 May 2023
  • Wanderer303397
    2 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The hike to the Hollywood sign was great and exhausting
    We enjoyed our tour. We book the first walking tour of the day but we're unable to get to the tour on time but the tour company was very accommodating. They allowed us to join the next tour. The guide was great very funny and knowledgeable.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 4 June 2023
  • BobiTychynskiShimoda
    Oakville, Canada347 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    It’s a sig.n
    The sign was worth seeing for me just to say I saw it . It is what it is. The important things to know: there is some parking up toward the observatory — about $10. We drove in from San Diego on our way to San Simeon… the drive through Hollywood to the sign was absolutely lovely as was the drive back down and towards our next stop.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 4 June 2023
  • P&K USA
    Durham, North Carolina317 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
    1 contribution
    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
    7 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 Kingdom10,918 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    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 States1,512 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, Egypt520 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, California1,974 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
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Elise G
Hudson River Valley, NY1,124 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
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!
Written 8 April 2024
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Edward
Santa Rosa, CA1,974 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
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.
Written 14 February 2024
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ccarlson2022
Niles, MI95 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
Stopped around 2pm on my first visit to Hollywood. The drive to the public view point is through a residential area. Traffic was bumper to bumper and there is only street parking so be prepared for a walk if it is busy.

We parked down the hill so had a few block walk uphill. It is accessible with a chair but someone with a cane or Walker would probably have trouble with the walk unless you can get much closer.

Very safe area with police on-site. I did not notice any restrooms available. There were a few street vendors selling fresh fruit cups.

Worth the stop to see it once but I’m not sure it is something you need to return to see twice.
Written 21 January 2024
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AMohsen
Port Said, Egypt520 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Friends
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.
Written 15 January 2024
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myle tan
Romblon Island, Philippines275 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
You can take a very zoomed in picture at the griffith observatory if you want to. After the sign its nothing else
Written 28 December 2023
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Polaroids & Drinkin Stories
United States1,512 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Friends
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.
Written 20 December 2023
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Anu
Fremont, CA1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Friends
Fantastic hike to Hollywood sign; thanks to our tour guide-Noelle. I highly recommend her. Worth the time spent walking to the sign.
Written 30 November 2023
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Louise D
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
We did this through Bikes & Hikes. Mark was fantastic, really knowledgeable & an excellent guide. Great to get close to the sign for photos, Mark happy to take pics for people which was lovely.
Written 4 November 2023
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Dr Javed Rasheed
Dubai, United Arab Emirates2,698 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
Visited this place on the 17th of May 2023. The Hollywood Sign is an American landmark and cultural icon overlooking Hollywood, Los Angeles, California. Originally the Hollywoodland Sign, it is situated on Mount Lee, in the Beachwood Canyon area of the Santa Monica Mountains. Since its installation on a hill overlooking Los Angeles in 1923, the Hollywood sign has served as a billboard for a real estate development, a backdrop for countless films and television shows, and a decaying reminder of silver screen excess. We visited it in the evening before dusk and found a few people trying to take photos. There is a professional photographer too who helps you take if you want to be clicked. A few vendors selling their eatables and those couples who have come for hiking. A visit here was really worth it !
Dr. Javed Rasheed
Written 27 October 2023
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Craig D
Missouri City, MO614 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
We did the 3 mile trail starting at 3200 Canyon Dr where there's free parking. It's a quick elevation so you can get out of breath at the start. It levels out about halfway then elevates again the last mile. The back of sign surrounded by a chain link fence is interesting. On the way down we took the detour which yields a good view of the front of the sign. That adds about 1/2 mile. The reason for 4 instead of 5 stars was because of horse manure on manyh parts of the trail.
Written 15 October 2023
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