Hollywood Sign
Hollywood Sign
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Perched atop Mount Lee, this global symbol of Hollywood glamour measures 450 feet in length with mammoth white letters, each standing 45 feet high, spelling out the name of the city. There is no access to The Hollywood Sign as it sits on restricted property however; there are several scenic view points which provide great photo opportunities . 1) Hollywood and Highland. Farther away but easy , especially if you are already in Hollywood. 2) The Griffith Observatory. Take the Metro Red Line at Hollywood and Highland to the Griffith Observatory stop. From here board the DASH Observatory shuttle operating 7 days a week ( beginning 3/21/17) to the front lawn of The Griffith Observatory for views of The Hollywood Sign. 3) The Sign is best viewed from the interior of Griffith Park. Trail signs will guide you to these sites. Please stay on the designated trails and enjoy the great views of The Hollywood Sign !
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  • P&K USA
    Durham, North Carolina965 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Hooray for Hollywood
    2023 marked the 100th anniversary of the famous HOLLYWOOD sign, so we couldn’t not visit on such a special occasion while we were in town. An early morning Uber from our hotel cost only $9 and we tucked in to our breakfast burritos at Lake Hollywood Park with the sign looking down on us from up high. We knew to arrive early to give us a head start on the summer heat. In fact, we’d diligently researched the hike route to Mount Lee online before arriving to ensure we didn’t encroach on the residents’ private property and we knew to lower our voices when in the vicinity of the plush houses on the hill. We encountered only one resident, an older gent, who was out for a walk up to the sign. We had a quick chat and he told us he hiked 10 miles routes several times a week. When asked if he enjoyed living in Hollywood he advised that he’d been here 25 years and the cheapest houses were $1.5 million. We told him we could dream and he encouraged us to keep going to the top. Shortly later, we reached the Mount Lee peak at 1,708 feet at 9.34 a.m., just over 90 mins since we left our starting point. We leisurely took in the incredible views of Downtown LA and Burbank and we were up there for nearly an hour. Thankfully there was a lovely breeze to cool us down, as the hike up made us hot and sweaty (in fact we had sizzled in the sun). The Hollywood Reservoir looked impressive, but the highlight of course was seeing the rear of the Hollywood sign! The journey down was a lot easier, as expected; we were buoyed by the brilliant time we’d had and strutted down with a spring in our steps. We encountered more people on the way down than on the way up, and we smiled at them all knowing they were in for a treat at the top of Mt. Lee! 👣 Distance walked = 4.81 miles 💦 Water consumed = 1 litre each 🥵 Temperature = 73 degrees Fahrenheit 📸 Photos taken = 294+
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 31, 2023
  • Patricia R
    6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Visit to Hollywood sign tour trail
    We went on this tour at 9am with a wonderful, physically fit tour guide named Noelle. She was very thorough in giving us all the background about the houses & the history behind the famous Hollywood sign. She made sure that everyone on the tour got as many lovely photographs as they wanted once we got to the top. She advised us of many other things we could do while visiting the Los Angeles & Hollywood area. All in all the tour was enjoyable but be sure to wear comfortable shoes and it will challenge you a bit with the uphill areas. Loved it
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written August 10, 2023
  • Vanessa
    15 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Iconic!
    You don’t need to hike up to it if you don’t want to. Plenty of places to park outside of Lake Hollywood Park on the road (if you get there early). It’s pretty obvious where to stand because the grass has gone in that patch, however go for a little stroll around the park as there are some other vantage points which I found slightly better. Most people go into the park and head to the left but if you go straight on, there’s also a good place to stand as well. We went to Griffith Observatory afterwards and went on quite the winding route which was awesome but not if you’re not an experienced driver as it can be a little dicey.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 26, 2023
  • Waddler
    York, United Kingdom11,602 contributions
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    Iconic
    For such an iconic sight, it isn't easy to see. A lot of the tours on the Boulevard promise Hollywood Sign views, but this is a very distant view from Mulholland Drive on the other side of the freeway. If you want to take a tour you need to do one specifically going to the sign at Lake Hollywood Park or else slightly further up the hill. Driving, there are parking spots at Lake Hollywood Park and this is the easiest way to get a relatively close view, though parking may be full. We had an uber drop us here and also further up the hill whilst we did a 5 minute walk to a viewpoint and the uber waited for us (you need to be dropped at the junction of Mulholland Hwy and Ledgewood Drive and then walk up Mulholland Hwy which turns unpaved and scrubby for 5 minutes). The latter is a much closer and up-front view of the sign, although the foreground is a bit scrubby and indeed had construction works whilst we were there. The foreground in the Lake Hollywood Park is more pleasant and you can still see the sign reasonably closely.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 6, 2023
  • Polaroids & Drinkin Stories
    United States2,112 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing hike
    We hiked the Brush Canyon trail that takes you up past the Hollywood sign and behind it. It's not too strenuous but there are a few spots that are a little steep. Not a ton of shade so bring sun block and water. No facilities along the way. You share the trail with people on horses too. The hike takes about 90 minutes to get behind the sign. Amazing views. We had a really perfect day for it. Clear blue skies. No smog. Parking wasn't as bad as I thought it'd be. It was a Saturday afternoon and I expected it to be packed. There are two lots at the trailhead. You can also park along the street. We found a spot in the first lot with no problem. There are porta-johns in the lot to use before or after you hike. They do close the gates I think after sunset so be warned.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written December 20, 2023
  • AMohsen
    Port Said, Egypt515 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Iconic Sign is not easy to reach
    It is a must-do there and the most popular picture as well. Despite going by car, It was hard to reach it and it was like a maze in addition to losing the internet signal. Some places offer a good view for pictures like Lake Hollywood Park.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written January 15, 2024
  • Edward
    Santa Rosa, California2,484 contributions
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    Iconic Sign
    The Hollywood Sign is, of course, just that. It is, however, iconic and one can see it not only from in Hollywood, but also by getting up close to it by hiking through Griffith Park, where the sign is located. This huge park covers much of the hills between Hollywood proper and the San Fernando Valley to the north. Hiking trails like along Mulholland Trail and Mt. Hollywood Drive, or other trails and Mt. Lee Drive, can bring one close to the sign, either below and in front of it, or above and behind it. Some start from the Mt. Hollywood Drive stop for the DASH Observatory bus which makes a circuit between the Vermont and Sunset Metro stop and the Griffith Observatory. Other trails lead from elsewhere. One can find maps from of the Griffith Park trails online.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 14, 2024
  • Elise G
    Hudson River Valley, New York1,277 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Loved the hike up, up, up!
    If you like hiking, and especially like portions of steep inclines, this visit will fill your cup! We started by Mulholland. When going up, up, up, our first stop was the hill with the Memory Tree and American flag. After a rest, we journeyed over to the spot behind the Hollywood sign. We gained a total of over 1000 feet of elevation and the hike took us just over an hour (not including rests). I am so glad to have visited this iconic sign! I'm not sure that I'd do it again, but I'm so glad I did get a chance to see it up close and personal!
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 7, 2024
  • Grover R
    Pensacola, Florida21,804 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Symbol for the City
    This sign, that originated as an advertisement for a housing development Hollywoodland, is world recognized symbol for the city and can be seen from all over the city. I will say we tried to reach a park just under the sign for pictures, but roadwork closed access from the east side. We did get to see the original office for the Hollywoodland development. As for the sign you can also get great pictures from Griffith Observatory and Griffith Park on the hike to the top of Mount Hollywood. Please note the sign is not on Mount Hollywood but rather Mount Lee. Just on the west side of Griffith Observatory, there is a viewing platform for the sign. There is also a pair of angel's wings that is perfect for pictures with the sign between the wings. It is an amazing sign to see from all over the city.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 27, 2024
  • Manda SM
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must see sight
    A must see for anyone visiting Los Angeles. We visited Lake Hollywood Park and took lots and lots of photos! Can park at side of road for free. Refreshments were available from a few stalls which seemed reasonably priced.
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written May 18, 2024
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SwonQonDoi
Boston, MA405 contributions
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Aug 2023 • Couples
When we traveled to Los Angeles, California, a must-visit spot on our list was the Hollywood Sign, one of the most recognizable landmarks in the world.

Located on the southern slope of Mount Lee in the Santa Monica Mountains, this iconic symbol of the entertainment industry represents the glitz and glamour of Hollywood and has a rich history that reflects the evolution of Los Angeles itself.

The Hollywood Sign is synonymous with the global entertainment industry. It signifies the hopes and dreams of countless individuals who come to Hollywood seeking fame and fortune. Each year, millions of tourists flock to Los Angeles to catch a glimpse of the Hollywood Sign. It is a must-see destination for visitors looking to experience a piece of cinematic history, and we were among those.

We got lost on the roads of the hill, trying to find a spot for a nice photograph that would prove we had visited the Hollywood Sign. After an hour, we found it! A nice hill with an incredible view of the Hollywood Sign as a background, within walking distance from Lake Hollywood Park.

We highly recommend this spot to anyone traveling to this landmark. Snap a shot here, and you will not be disappointed.
Written June 17, 2024
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Jonathan A
Seattle, WA6 contributions
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Apr 2024 • Family
The hike up is a round 10 miles from the parking (10 buck an hour). There is no visible sign to tell which way to go up so we get lost and have to track back But the view is worth it.
Written June 9, 2024
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Kodajace
Shepparton, Australia7 contributions
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Jun 2024 • Couples
The only nice thing to see in Hollywood. That way you can look up to the sky instead of at all of the litter and homeless on the ground.

It's pretty iconic and majestic and you can get perfect views from Hollywood Highland, North Beachwood Drive and Lake Hollywood Park. I definitely suggest Lake Hollywood Park if you want a perfect shot up close where you can fit all of the letters in without them looking so far away in the distance. You'll get a bit of a view on Sunset Blvd but it may be obstructed by buildings
Written June 9, 2024
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dave f
Hastings, UK54 contributions
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Apr 2024 • Couples
You can’t come to LA without a visit to Hollywood and trip up into the hills to see and have pictures taken in front of the famous sign can be seen from various places in and around Hollywood but best views at Lake Hollywood park
Written June 2, 2024
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Ang B
Brisbane, Australia282 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Great to visit
So busy we were glad we were on a tour as parking is a real issue
Shame you can’t drive up closer
You can walk but it’s a fair distance up hill
Great views of LA
Written June 2, 2024
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Manda SM
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May 2024 • Family
A must see for anyone visiting Los Angeles. We visited Lake Hollywood Park and took lots and lots of photos! Can park at side of road for free.
Refreshments were available from a few stalls which seemed reasonably priced.
Written May 18, 2024
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Hike W
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May 2024 • Friends
We visited in May on our own and for free and went the way all the Hollywood Sign tours go. Starts at Innsdale Trailhead, 6100 Innsdale Dr. LA CA 90068. (Open 5AM to 10:30PM) Free legal curbside street parking was on all the streets next to Innsdale Trailhead. (its seems most of LA is residential and you can hike from/in and park curbside in residential areas as per LA city code. Do not park on red or yellow curbs, if parking hours are posted pay attention) There were views of Hollywood Sign all the way as my friend wanted to take it easy. Directions: Free legal curbside park right next to Innsdale trailhead on Innsdale Drive, Tahoe, Canyon Lake or Lake Hollywood Drive. Start by taking Innsdale dirt path, turn left on paved Mulholland, then take another immediate left through auto barriers to end of Mulholland (Last House on Mulholland View Point) From there, Turn right onto small dirt path that goes around to Mt Lee Drive and large green gate. From here use the chain link door to left of Green Gate. After that hike up Mt Lee paved road all the way to back view or Tyrolian Tank Road to front view. Be careful google app will send you to the Observatory! If you are visiting the Hollywood Sign then you are "local traffic". You can also use a hiking app for "Hollywood Sign via Innsdale and Mt Lee." take water, don't smoke, too hot for dogs midday in summer. LA parking patrols take their lunch here and patrol this legal curbside parking area to make sure people are not loud.
Written May 2, 2024
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Y7541CZjaneb
Melbourne, Australia6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Definitely worth it!
You can uber most of the trip and you then only need a 20 minute easy walk to get some great pics
very easy to call an Uber home
Written May 2, 2024
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Grover R
Pensacola, FL21,804 contributions
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Mar 2024 • Couples
This sign, that originated as an advertisement for a housing development Hollywoodland, is world recognized symbol for the city and can be seen from all over the city. I will say we tried to reach a park just under the sign for pictures, but roadwork closed access from the east side. We did get to see the original office for the Hollywoodland development.

As for the sign you can also get great pictures from Griffith Observatory and Griffith Park on the hike to the top of Mount Hollywood. Please note the sign is not on Mount Hollywood but rather Mount Lee. Just on the west side of Griffith Observatory, there is a viewing platform for the sign. There is also a pair of angel's wings that is perfect for pictures with the sign between the wings. It is an amazing sign to see from all over the city.
Written April 27, 2024
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Elise G
Hudson River Valley, NY1,277 contributions
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Apr 2024 • Couples
If you like hiking, and especially like portions of steep inclines, this visit will fill your cup! We started by Mulholland. When going up, up, up, our first stop was the hill with the Memory Tree and American flag. After a rest, we journeyed over to the spot behind the Hollywood sign. We gained a total of over 1000 feet of elevation and the hike took us just over an hour (not including rests). I am so glad to have visited this iconic sign! I'm not sure that I'd do it again, but I'm so glad I did get a chance to see it up close and personal!
Written April 8, 2024
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