Griffith Park Hollywood Sign Trail

MODERATE 289 reviews
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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.

DISTANCE
8.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1906 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

horseback riding

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

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!

hiking
12 days ago

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

hiking
1 month ago

Loved this hike!!

hiking
1 month 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.

hiking
2 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.

2 months ago

what a hike

2 months ago

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

hiking
2 months ago

So beautiful. I like it.

2 months ago

nice

3 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!

hiking
3 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!

3 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

4 months ago

Just sorry I didn't take pictures

5 months ago

Excelent cardio

6 months ago

Good cardio !!

hiking
7 months ago

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

hiking
7 months ago

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.

hiking
8 months ago

Wonderful view at top. Crowded all year long.

8 months ago

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

hiking
9 months ago

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

hiking
9 months ago

hiking
10 months ago

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

hiking
10 months ago

A interesting mix of paved and dirt paths.

hiking
10 months ago

This is a hike you need to do early in the morning to avoid the heat. There is hardly any shady areas. Don't wear black, wear shorts, sneakers with tread, loose shirt, hat and bring lots of sunscreen to avoid getting burnt.

This is all uphill, take your time, bring lots of water & snacks.

Not suitable for kids or the elderly.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Love the trails and views... wish we didn't have so much pollution so we can see the city line

hiking
Sunday, February 05, 2017

Loved this trail and such a nice view of the city

hiking
Thursday, February 02, 2017

Outstanding views with good elevation-80/100

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

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Sunday, January 08, 2017

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.

hiking
Thursday, January 05, 2017

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.

Sunday, December 04, 2016

Great change of intensity and awesome views!!

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