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 is primarily used for walking, trail running, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

8.7 miles
1,906 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly


nature trips

trail running


partially paved


wild flowers


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. Be aware of hot weather as there is little to no shade on this hike. Bring water, and hike early or late in the day, if possible. The views are worth it!

9 days ago

Fantastic view over LA.

20 days ago

We followed the 8.7 mile trail loop exactly as per map. The description is a little misleading in that there are a number of off-fire road excursions onto narrow, rough and brushy tracks. You have to keep a very close eye on the map because these tracks are often kind of hidden or just not obvious. Had to backtrack a couple of times.

That said, it was a nice hike across Griffith Park, especially at the start when you climb up to the top ridge. The trail ends up behind the Hollywood sign, which is a little anticlimactic, before you turn back and take a slightly different route back.

2 months ago

Great hike.My Wife and I are in pretty good shape and got in a seriously good work out. Saw Hollywood sign from top and bottom.Both incredible views. Bring plenty of water.The water spouts along the way were not working,they look like old pipes that are probably unreliable. There are an incredible amount of intersections on this trail.There is even a 5 point intersection.I used my all trails pro gps app and just tracked ourselves and checked at various points along the way.Its a good thing I did because some trails do not reconnect with each other and you will end up in a different area of the park! No shade but amazing breeze.Plenty of free parking.

best hike ever

horseback riding
3 months ago

re: the wording "future Los Angeles River Bike Path" is incorrect. That is an equestrian trail and bicycles are not allowed in any manner, way or form - riding, pushing, carrying: NO BIKES ALLOWED. Please fix your map.

4 months ago

My first time on this trail. Was able to go to the front of the a Hollywood sign and then took the trail to behind the sign 1 additional mile loop.Could see the Hollywood reservoir. Nice views of the Griffith observatory . Great city skyline views.

4 months ago

Really good walk. Take some water.

5 months ago

Took a wrong turn along the way and came there after dark but a fun trail overall

6 months ago

love it! been hiking the Griffith park trails since I was a baby.

7 months ago

Loved this hike!!

7 months ago

Amazing view! Parking fee is a bit outrageous, but worth the hike once you get to see the Hollywood sign up close. Watch out for horse poop.

8 months ago

Great hike with great views, obviously very popular so there are always a lot of people especially on the weekends. Definitely worth trying.

8 months ago

what a hike

8 months ago

It is a good place to hike, normally we start at 5:30 am, this year january and february are not cold.

8 months ago

So beautiful. I like it.

8 months ago


9 months ago

Hiked 11 miles here ! We started by the merry go round on the Glendale side. Went to the back and front of the sign. Did get a little lost on the way back but we followed the paved roads back to the Glendale side of Griffith park. Where we parked by LA zoo. I suggest parking on the opposite end of the park if you don’t want to hike over 8 miles lol. Please bring food. There are lots of water fountains but still bring your own. We hiked up the difficult way that isn’t really marked but it was kind of like rock climbing and it was fun! This is an ALL DAY hike. Clear your day. We were there from 11am-sundown at 5:30pm. Bring battery packs for your phone, there’s a lot of cell service on this mountain which was cool. We saw a lot of dummies tho. People starting this hike at 4pm and 5pm with small children. It was just stupid, really really reallyyy stupid. This IS NOT and easy hike , no joke this was intense, please don’t make your small children endure this, especially at night ! Like WTF!

9 months ago

Great hike to the Hollywood sign. Definitely will get a great work out as most of the trail is uphill. Since the park is very large with many small trials, I advise to keeping your map open as much as possible. We took many detours and was mostly guided by local hikers who knew the park. The views are incredible, from Burbank, Glendale, Santa Monica, and LA. Great hike!

9 months ago

Great view points, including both valleys.(If not foggy or smoggy) this trails makes you work and earn them, especially if coming from more difficult Hollywood Lake side! about 10 miles to Griffith observatory and back, including amazing Memorial Flag post after Hollywood sign. Great sense of accomplishment. #hikershigh

10 months ago

Just sorry I didn't take pictures

11 months ago

Excelent cardio

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Good cardio !!

Wednesday, September 06, 2017

Great hike to the top behind the Hollywood sign. Rewarding views for the hike just bring water and sun protection.

Monday, September 04, 2017

Definitely do this hike in the morning to avoid crowd and heat. Definitely ask people for the correct route because it's definitely easy to get sidetracked. What I do like about this hike is that I can turn back any time if I have time constraints and I still get great views and a great workout. takes me 2-3 hours round trip if I go at leisurely pace.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Wonderful view at top. Crowded all year long.

Friday, August 04, 2017

Wonderful long hike with lots to see and not too crowded.

Saturday, July 08, 2017

It took us 10 miles to get to the front of the Hollywood sign. Great photos taking opportunity. But there are a couple of turning points you really meed to ask the locals to avoid getting side tracked. Some of the trails lead to Griffith observatory and some loop around to somewhere else. In addition this map actually leads to the back side of Hollywood sign unless you know at the last stretch- one or two miles also- to turn left so that you get to the front of the Hollywood sign and take a great photo. We started at the Merry go round trail head at 7:20 am and finished it at 11am

Sunday, July 02, 2017

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Crazy hot! Super long. Extremely steep. Definitely gotta be prepared for an intense hike to complete the trail.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

A interesting mix of paved and dirt paths.

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