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Hollywood Sign via Canyon Drive

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Hollywood Sign via Canyon Drive is a 5.7 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Universal City, 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.

Length 5.7 mi Elevation gain 1,161 ft Route type Out & Back
Dogs on leash Kid friendly Hiking Horseback riding Nature trips Walking Bird watching Running Paved Views Wild flowers Wildlife Bugs Rocky Washed out No shade
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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. Parking is limited and fills up quickly at Griffith Park so using the DASH Observatory shuttle is recommended. This shuttle runs every 15 to 20 minutes between 10 AM to 10 PM and is wheelchair accessible. Due to multiple portions of the trail having a steep grade above 12%, this trail is not considered wheelchair or stroller friendly, although it may be for some users. 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.

Park along N Beachwood Dr.

To get to the hike, drive up Beachwood Drive all the way until it ends and you'll see a dirt parking area at the bottom of the hike with a path leading up. You'll follow it up to the left. Make sure to follow posted signs to not end up at the Sunset Ranch - unless you want to take a guided horseback ride ;). Also note when you reach the old paved road you can go down to the left and around to get a close view of the front of the sign (you'll see a locked gate at the end). Then backtrack to then go up (earlier to the right) to follow the road up to the top to get a view from behind the sign. At the top you'll find yourself behind a gate with the sign just feet in front of you, around to the left off the road is a small dirt trail to the very top where you'll get the full 360 degree view. Shorts and short sleeves are fine as the trail is fairly open and free of plants and shrubs. Even though I've seen people do this hike in flip flops I suggest athletic or hiking shoes as it's a dirt trail and can be a bit steep in some areas. There's not a lot of shade so sunglasses and/or a hat are nice.

Head northward on Hwy 101, right on N Beachwood Dr. When you see Ledgewood Dr the next intersection will be Belden Dr and from there is around 250 feet away on the right side.

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Edson Palucha
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Nice easy uphill.

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Miriam Salgado
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Hollywood baby!

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Xaví Chav
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Tracy Taylor
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Abby Asuncion
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Great for morning hike

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Julio Sandoval
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Marco Avila
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Joseff Nava
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Good Trail To Get A Good Hike

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Richard Rios
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busy as expected but nice trail to behind the sign

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Francesca K
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Alex Madrid
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Amie Woeber
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Did this today for the second time, and a rattlesnake crawled right in front of us across our path on the way back down! A trail runner almost stepped on him! The snake didn’t seem agitated or deterred, but this was in a shaded area at 3:30/4 so it was fairly busy. Be alert and smart out there!

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Julia Kwan Partridge
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Logistics: This trail is part of Griffith Park, which opens from sunrise to sunset. This morning we got there at 6:30 (sunrise was at 6:45), and there were already a bunch of people there at the gate. The gate was closed, however, and there was a lot of confusion. Someone came to open the gate around 7am. Some people were saying that the park may be understaffed during covid so the gates are not opening right at sunrise. Take that into account when you go, especially if you are driving in from somewhere else. There are a couple of parking lot inside the park, and people also parked along the street. The hike: When we started at 7, it was cool and foggy, which is normally what I would call amazing hiking conditions. The first part of the trail was all uphill, so it was nice to have that cool fog. That said, the fog obscured a lot of the cool views of LA in the distance, and also the Hollywood sign. This trail takes you to the top of Mount Lee, where you can see the back of the Hollywood sign. The fog meant that we didn’t get a very good view of the sign at all. Before heading up Mt. Lee, there is another small trail you can take to get a view of the front of the Hollywood sign. We did that before we went up to Mt. Lee, but again was foiled by fog. On our way down we noticed that the fog was starting to burn off. We took the other trail again, and lo and behold, the sign was there! Long story short on the hike: check the weather. if you go on a day that is supposed to be foggy and cloudy, probably get a little later in the morning (8am rather than 7am?) to give the marine layer the chance to burn off so you can actually see the sign. If you don’t care about the sign, and you’re just there for the workout, ignore what I said. It was a great workout. I’m glad I went!

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Anakaren Maldonado
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First incline hits hard but still a really good workout

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Desiree Murillo
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Christy Chanley-Martinez
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I’m out of shape with a cracked vertebrae so that made it a little hard at times, but it was definitely worth the trek.

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Yin Lin C.
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We started at 7am and the trail was quiet, just a few morning runners ans cyclists. Great trail, there is hardly shade.

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angelica aragon
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esta super bien se los recomiendo es un lugar muy tramquilo.

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Brandon Marconet
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Jon Dough
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Grzegorz Walukanis
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Betty Estrada
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109° heat. we barely made it with 5L of ice cold water.

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Grace Gonzalez
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Day 1

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Jim Marshall
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It's the Hollywood sign definitely worth doing

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Rancy Shiny Reyes
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Grace Figueroa
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Such a gorgeous trail! We hiked to the front and back of the sign! The view is amazing

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Jaimi Patel
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Did this hike on August 29 with my friend. We are both fit and active and in our early 30s. Lots of other people on this trail as well as some horses. People were pretty good about wearing masks. Pretty much on constant incline, with some nice views. Took us 2:15 to go all the way to the top and back for a total of 6 miles. Nice views from behind the Hollywood sign with the city in the background.

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Marcello Alvarez
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All done

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Betty Estrada
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Vignesh Patel
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