Hollywood Sign via Canyon Drive

MODERATE 376 reviews
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Hollywood Sign via Canyon Drive is a 5.7 mile lightly trafficked out and back 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
5.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,161 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

stroller friendly

hiking

nature trips

road biking

trail running

walking

bird watching

paved

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

rocky

washed out

Visitors should use the Brush Canyon Trail from Canyon Drive, 2 blocks to the east of Beachwood Drive off Franklin, or Griffith Observatory. Canyon has a parking lot, sidewalks, trash cans, and facilities for visitors. This is a great hike if you are visiting or new in town with excellent views of the Hollywood sign. At the top is a 360 degree view behind the famous sign.

5 hours ago

Loved that trail, you get to see some amazing scenery and breathtaking panoramic views. It can be slightly slippery when on your way back so you have to watch your steps. The horse riders might join you at the top of the claim, so you have also to look out for those "mines" they are occasionally leaving behind. Bring water and snacks, takes about 3 hours or more.

hiking
2 days ago

Really enjoyed this hike! The trails are very wide. This is definitely a tougher hike, a lot of up hill, long, and little shade. Plan to go early so the heat doesn't wear you down and bring plenty of water, sunscreen, and some snacks. The views at the top are beautiful, so it is definitely worth it. Most of the trails are just dirt, some are paved. I would definitely do this again!

hiking
bugs
no shade
13 days ago

cons lets start off by saying if you are headed to this trail . the first. mile is uphill ☝ n its brutal on the legs. second the first mile has alot of water. stuck in different places so you have soooo many mosquitos trying to eat you. The next miles have horse poop all over the trail so it smells funky . no shade n the

15 days ago

Had a cool encounter with rattlesnake after we hiked in about half mile.

A misconception is that The Hollywood sign is gated and there's no way to get behind it without fences in between.

16 days ago

lots of people parking sucks but still worth it. cool views. hardest part was at first

hiking
19 days ago

This was a great challenging trail with almost 3 miles of straight up hill. At the summit you are rewarded with fantastic views of LA. Get there before 8 am to find parking on the weekend because it gets very crowded!

hiking
20 days ago

4/1/19 - as a hiking snob, there was much more reward than I anticipated. The back side give glimpses into mountains I didn’t anticipate. Dog friendly and worthwhile.

22 days ago

Fun hike, wide trail and great views.

hiking
no shade
29 days ago

Great hike. I would recommend doing the hike in the morning, since the way is exposed to the sun. If you want to see the Hollywood sign from the back you have to plan more time since it is another 30 Minute walk from a junction in the hills.

hiking
29 days ago

It was a good hike and a wonderful view.

hiking
no shade
1 month ago

I arrived at 6:30 before sunrise which was great. I started on the trail while still dark and watched the sunrise on my way up. I was the 3rd person up there when I got to the top. Not too difficult of a hike just bring water and go early! On my way back down there were literally herds of people walking up. Hundreds!

It’s a very easy scenic hike (apart from the somewhat tedious last hill wrap up) but has a great ending on top of the Hollywood sign! Great for dogs and families ☀️

hiking
1 month ago

Good hike, good work out and amazing views! However, wear sunblock, sun glasses and a hat! It can get real hot! Also, bring enough water!

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike! Great trail! Great views! Great workout!

hiking
3 months ago

Actually did this by the means of doing the Hollywood trail at the start of Canyon Drive. Went through the usual path and went under the Hollywood for some nice photos, then all the way back up to pass through Cahuenga Peak, then ended up at the Wisdom Tree/Burbank Peak which was pretty awesome. Then on my way back I stopped by the back of the Hollywood Sign for some nice scenic views as the sun was setting before I made my way back to Canyon Drive. Overall great spots to visit for some epic views, nice photos, and great for meeting people from around the world.

3 months ago

This hike was pretty neat. I was able to see some awesome breed of dogs.... it’s funny because we came on this hike by mistake trying to see the caves on the Bronson hike (something like that).

I recommend WORKOUT gear. I saw a lot of people that might have missed that memo and ended up sliding and falling. Be sure to have a shoe that has a grip to it! Take water...don’t make the mistake I made. There is horse poop everywhere (lol) soooo look where you are going.

Great little places to take photos. But this trail is connected to many other trails that will take you to the Hollywood sign.

Oh! PARKING! Keep DRIVING ALL THE WAY UP. There is parking all the way at the beginning of the trails so do not stop at the first gate!

Enjoy folks!

hiking
3 months ago

Great hike! It was a beautiful day in LA. Started early to beat the crowds and to get a good parking spot. Took my uncle visiting from Minnesota. A must for out of town guests.

hiking
4 months ago

We have been doing Runyon Canyon because we live on an easy access block. Every once in a while we need change the scenery so we drive 15 minutes and do something touristy and easy for us to get off the bucket. This hike is everything that is described in the description as far as we are concerned as locals. Very enjoyable.

Great hike. Come early!!

5 months ago

It was a nice trail. I set out at 7:30 a.m and finished it in 2 hours. Carry water and sunscreen!

6 months ago

This was a relatively easy trail to the Hollywood sign. The hardest part about this trail is that it is straight up to get to the Hollywood sign. I started from the Canyon Road parking lot and went to the back of the sign first and then the front of the sign. In total that was 7.5 miles. If you only go to the front of the sign it is 5.7 miles. Listen to what everyone else says -go out super early, there is no shade. You’ll need sunblock, a hat, water and sturdy footwear. The ground is not technical at all, it’s a flat hard pack and actually at the very top its asphalt to the front of the sign.

hiking
7 months ago

Loved the hike! The views were amazing and I got great shots of the sign. It is dry and open trail but if done in the early morning it's not bad at all. Definitely bring apply sunscreen and wear hats and sunglasses. We didn't go all the way up behind the hike, but it isn't much further up the trail (maybe like another mile) if you decide to go further up.

hiking
7 months ago

Great hike - and easy for kids.

hiking
7 months ago

This was a fairly easy trail. Gradual incline. It’s really open so hats, sun screens, and at least a liter of water or more if you start late as it will get hotter in the afternoon. We spent about three hours total because we stopped at the Hollywood viewpoint ( front view of the sign) and Mt Lee ( back of the sign) to take in the breathtaking views and for lots of pictures.
There is no trail that will bring you right to the sign as it’s gated and in a protected area, however if you get onto Mt. Lee trail it’ll get you to Mt. Lee just behind the Hollywood sign and it’s as close to it as you could get to the sign. Hope this help, have fun!!!

8 months ago

This is a great adventure.. you need to have good shoes lots of dust and water. We saw rattle snakes so no flip flops...

9 months ago

Great moderate hike to bring out of town guests. However, if out of shape, it may be difficult. It’s up hill at beginning and end.

9 months ago

Great views. Would be great at sunset or early morning.

10 months ago

It’s a nice hike but nothing spectacular. The smell of horse poop and pee can be a little overwhelming from sunset ranch. There is no shade so avoid on hot days.

The view at the top is fantastic however. Amazing views of the Hollywood Reservoir and the view of the back of the Hollywood sign is certainly unique!

hiking
10 months ago

Great hike just watch out for the horse poop. minimal shade.

10 months ago

This trail is filled with horse crap and is absolutely disgusting. Horse tour companies should be responsible and pick up the horse crap. Dog owners must so why cant a paid business giving tours do it. I would never recommend this trail to anyone, unless you want to fight flies, nat, and dodge horsecrap the whole time. the smell is not enjoyable either. hike at your own risk!!! only giving 1 star because I have to. the city needs to make these horse tourist responsible.

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