Griffith Park Hollywood Sign Trail

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Griffith Park

Griffith Park Hollywood Sign Trail is a 8.7 mile heavily 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: 1,906 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

partially paved

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
no shade
6 days ago

Nice hike! Very hot in the sun without much shade. So many different trails that it was hard to stick to this map, but still found my way to the Hollywood sign without problem. I probably won’t be doing it again any time soon.

hiking
no shade
17 days ago

hiking
no shade
17 days ago

Get here early lots of people small parking lot. Parking is free

hiking
2 months ago

Did the hike on October 2019, nice and easy place to do a hike, there are many trails that can take you up but they all meet close to the top to take you to the Hollywood sign, so you better choose which way is better for you, on our way back it got dark and got a little lost, but finally found our right way down. It can be a little crowded because of tourists but overall nice and easy hike.

walking
no shade
2 months ago

my boys and I did this hike in July 2018. we parked just below the conservatory and it was free parking. Which is not often found these days. The paths were clear and well maintained. They were less 'hiking' trails and more like 'roads', but never the less it was a memorable day. We made it up to the sign and the views were amazing. The trail is very easy. there is no shade on the trails so depending on when you do go, pack water, sunscreen, and be pepared.

3 months ago

Pretty amazing trail. Easy and free to park which as you know about in LA is rare. Keep your eye on Alltrails it's not hard to go down wrong path or miss difficult to see ones. I went off course few times

hiking
4 months ago

I do this hike once or twice a month, very moderate but you’ll need tons of water! I prefer it at sunset time. But be aware pretty hard to walk downhill in the dark.

hiking
4 months ago

Great trail- going for the first time it was an amazing experience getting to see the Hollywood sign up close. During my hike I also got to see 2 dear and the view on top was stunning. I would recommend going early since many people start to come just to take pictures with the sign on the back and that can cause a struggle to find parking.

hiking
rocky
4 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

Would recommend to any hiker visiting LA. Super cool and surreal atop the mountain behind the sign.

hiking
5 months ago

Great trail. Took a few wrong turns and ended up hiking close to 10 miles. Great view of the city and the back of the Hollywood sign. This is what makes Los Angeles special!

hiking
off trail
7 months ago

hiking
no shade
over grown
rocky
scramble
9 months ago

Less a trail and more a network of coyote game trails intersecting dry fire roads. Great views of the San Fernando Valley, Burbank, and on the other side Downtown L.A. and Hollywood. The extended path to the Wisdom Tree from the Hollywood sign has a significant bouldering section that you have to crawl up and down. Watch out for coyotes. They’re the size of German Shepherds and they don’t run away when you yell at them. I had to pick up a rock and backtrack and one point because two turned on me and started coming back up the trail. It’s a crowded hike however, so you’ll never be far from other people.

hiking
no shade
11 months ago

Don’t do this hike!!!! Not worth it!!

Mon May 20 2019

Great place for recovery run. Love to come back sometime.

hiking
off trail
Mon Apr 22 2019

hiking
Wed Feb 13 2019

This trail is one of my favorite ones. I normally go every other weekend , for almost two years I went hiking this trail every weekend.

Mon Jan 28 2019

Very nice hike. Did 17 miles in one day.

Mon Jan 14 2019

Great trail! Awesome view at the top and many different areas with scenic views as you make your way up. Different routes can make this hike shorter or as long as you want. Good trail for beginners.

Wed Oct 10 2018

Fantastic view over LA.

Sat Sep 29 2018

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.

hiking
Sun Aug 12 2018

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.

Thu Jul 12 2018

best hike ever

horseback riding
Wed Jun 27 2018

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.

Sun Jun 10 2018

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.

Mon May 21 2018

Really good walk. Take some water.

Fri May 04 2018

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

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