Griffith Observatory, Hollywood Sign and Cahuenga Peak

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Griffith Park

Griffith Observatory, Hollywood Sign and Cahuenga Peak is a 17.4 kilometer moderately trafficked loop trail located near Los Angeles, California that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 17.4 km Elevation Gain: 787 m Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash


nature trips


bird watching

partially paved


Griffith Park Observatory to Hollywood Sign to Cahuenga Peak to Wisdom Tree Around Loop and Back

16 days ago

Very fun hike and will definitely work your legs. pretty easy hike in my opinion.

Only had time for part of this trail due to late start, but I would definitely do it again/suggest to others. Gorgeous views of the sunset and Hollywood sign. The trail was very well mapped out.

Beautiful dream-like view on that day I hiked up there. Gorgeous!

no shade
6 months ago

Overall pretty easy hike i would recommend hiking shoes with some good grip because this trail is rocky & the dirt is slippery in some parts. There is parking going up & on top there is a lot but it's $10 an hour. Wear sunscreen & bugspray!

8 months ago

Starting at the parking lot in front of the observatory bcuz of the restroom are nearby. I like to start early bcuz it can get very HOT and parking is free til 12pm or its $10 per hour til 10pm. IG: the.sophia.gonzalez

no shade
over grown
9 months ago

Really fun trail! Started it just before 7am and finished at about 10:30 and we included a detour to a view of the front of the sign. We would have been able to start closer to 6 but the parking at the Griffith is currently $10 per hour starting at 10am so we parked down the hill in the free lot by the Greek Theatre. Start early to beat the crowds and the heat.

The loop past the Cahuenga Peak is closed so we had to backtrack the steep path up the Burbank peak. But overall it was good hike.

10 months ago

with Justin and Carlos

no shade
10 months ago

This is a solid hike with some great views. I started down at the Fern Dell entrance and hiked up to the Observatory. Took the Mt. Hollywood trail to the Mt. Chapel trail to Mt. Lee Drive-in and back. 9 miles total with 1194 feet of total climb. There are much easier ways to get to the sign, but I wanted a long hike. Most of the trails are wide and well marked. The only exception is the mile or so across Chapel Mountain. The turn off isn’t obvious and is kind of overgrown. The Mt. Chapel trail section is pretty brushy and overgrown in some places. I was extra cautious here for snakes another wildlife. Other than that section, it was pretty enjoyable. Great views all around. I drank 3 liters of water, and there was almost no shade. Realize that this route ascends and descends 3 mountains-Mt. Hollywood, Mt. Chapel, and Mt. Lee. Wear sturdy shoes with good ankle support. Walking stick isn’t necessary and gets in the way. It took me 4 hours und trip including a 20 minute stop at the sign.

Fri Dec 21 2018

Great hike if starting early or overcast and have minimal 3 liters water. 1 liter per hour, even in December!. This is LA, a desert, and it was 80 deg F today. The water ignorance force is high here. Lecture: People get tired, struggle, turn around after 1 mi and have no clue as to why. Water evaporates off your skin and you can loose up to 1 liter of water per hour. I have young adults rolling eyes at me and then I hear how they had to be saved! Don’t these youngsters google how to do this hike??? Water evaporates off skin creates cooling . But if no water to evaporate, then no cooling, system melt down. Started 10:30am, Friday, 21 December 2018, counter clockwise. Views of everything- 360 LA county to Mt Baldy, ocean, Catalina Island. Parked at Griffith Observatory. $6 an hour. Great hike . Fire roads mixed in with trails to sign. I skipped The loop at end , the new trail for Cohuenga Peak. This requires some scrambling, has steep sections, and exposure to heights.

Sun Jul 01 2018

there is more than one way to get to the Hollywood sign if you come in from Griffith Park it is much easier than coming in from the Wisdom Tree Trail and be sure to have trekking poles cuz it's Steep and Rocky and dusty but the view from the top is pretty special

Sat Jun 30 2018

The walk was decent. We parked at the Greek Theater, free parking. we walked up to Griffith Observatory and started in the direction of sign. Luckily there are signs to show the way. it was very warm out and we packed 50 ounces of water each, plus Gatorade. Also, we packed power bars, fruit, and granola bars. the sign and hike was a bit anti-climatic. However, it was something to check off the bucket list. My boys enjoyed climbing up hills and exploring. No shade so prepare yourself with sinscreen etc.

Tue Jun 12 2018

Can get pretty confusing if it is your first time here, there are many different options to reach the sign. Just remember that the sign is on Mt. Lee. cover up because there is no shade on this hike.

Sun May 27 2018

Mostly on paved road. Nice views. Very populated with people and dogs.

Sat Sep 16 2017

Hiked from Hollywood blvd to the observatory. Then from the observatory to the Hollywood sign and back to hollywood blvd. Began at 7:30 and ended at 1430, walking at a slow pace as well as stopping for snack breaks multiple times. Spent 20 minutes at the back of the Hollywood sign. On the way back, we went through the observatory for a quick little peek. Trail is highly crowded. Overall, great for the amateur hiker along with great views of lala land.

mountain biking
23 days ago

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