Griffith Park Hollywood Sign Trail is a 8.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Los Angeles, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
This trail begins at the Griffith Park Visitor Center and heads up a gravel fire road and follows a wide single track that climb and drop down a number of steep ridges. The trail intersects and follows an asphalt road that leads to the very top of Griffith Park, right above the Hollywood sign.
This parking area is for the merry go round which is also known where Walt Disney use to bring his daughters and came up with the idea of Disneyland. The park bench he used is now at Disneyland. The trail takes you close to the old zoo which closed in the 60s but you can still see parts of cages and paths. You also past mt. Glendale mt Hollywood and get a pretty good view of cities on either side. Some parts of the trail are narrow. Come on the weekends expect to cross paths with quite a few people. But it's a hike that shows you quite a bit of the park.
Its awesome! The only downside to this park is the parking. You have to park on the street and walk up to it. But if your hiking its all part of the experience. A must do in the Hollywood area.
Great change of intensity and awesome views!!
The trail is not marked very well so make sure your phone is fully charged and use the trail app. We got somewhat lost. We took the trail up to Mmt Hollywood and then to the Observatory. Out total trek was 8.6.
Great hike! I'd say upper moderate range. This map of the trail is outdated and leads you to fenced off trails under construction and shortcuts that take you off the trail and are unnecessary. Please update the map.
Those that say this is easy must not have done the full 8.7 mile trail. This was one of the most difficult hikes- very steep inclines. Took us about 4 hours to complete, and you get right behind the sign. Awesome views the entire way. Very little shade so bring a good sun hat. I was proud of myself for finishing the whole thing- my apple watch registered 22,000 steps!
Great trail to hike for all ages. The inclines will get you but the views are totally worth it. Bring lots of water and note that there are not many places to go to the bathroom along the trail. There is not much shade so bring sunscreen. This trail is heavily trafficked so it is best to do on a weekday. The views are amazing. Make sure to do the Bronson trail first - check out the bat caves!