The Hollywood Sign is one of LA’s most iconic landmarks. Visible throughout much of Hollywood, Los Angelians are used to seeing the sign on a daily basis; I see it almost daily on my route to work.
After five years of viewing the sign from afar, I decided it was finally time to see what it looked like up close.
There are several trails that take you to the Hollywood Sign. Eric and I decided to start at the end of Canyon Drive — we had heard that there was significantly more parking available here than at other trailheads. Even so, parking was already becoming scarce when we arrived a little before 9 AM.
The mornings leading up to our hike were hazy and cool, but luckily the morning of our hike was bright and sunny. We were able to witness some amazing views of Los Angeles from the mountain.
There is very little shade on the trail, so be sure to wear sunscreen and bring water. We each drank a liter of water over the course of our hike.
Overall, the trail is not very difficult. There are a few short segments where the route gets a little steep. Part of the trail intersects with a horseback riding path, so be sure to keep an eye out for oncoming horse traffic (and an eye on the ground for horse poop!)
The path forks in a few places, but there were so many others following the same route as us that we had very little difficulty knowing where to go. At the very end of the trek, the path meets up with a paved service road which circles around the back of the mountain, leading you to the antenna array behind the sign.
From here, you’ll get the closest possible view of the sign from behind a chain-link fence. Because of the precarious nature of the cliff face on which the sign stands, you’re not allowed to go right up to the sign itself.
We continued past the sign up to the very peak of Mount Lee, which afforded us a great view of the Hollywood Sign over Los Angeles.
This was a wonderful opportunity to get to see my city from a fun and unique perspective. If you spend any time in Los Angeles, I highly recommend this trek!