Things To Do #5 – The Hollywood sign

The Hollywood Sign!

It’s more than just nine white letters spelling out a city’s name; it’s one of the world’s most evocative symbol. The sign is a universal metaphor for ambition, success, glamour…for this dream we call H-O-L-L-Y-W-O-O-D

Hollywood Sign

Seeing The Sign

The Hollywood Sign has no address because it is located in the middle of Griffith Park. It’s not accessible by car or public transportation.

The Department of Recreation and Parks and Griffith Observatory, has created a convenient public shuttle. The shuttle takes you to the Hollywood Sign Viewing Area on Mount Hollywood Drive and to the Griffith Observatory. The program provides shuttle service every Saturday and Sunday (including holidays) from 9am-4pm.

The fee is $10.00 per person, excluding children two years of age and under who are free when riding on the lap of an adult.

Hike to the sign

The Mount Hollywood trail is easily accessible from the Griffith Observatory, which offers free parking although the lot can fill up on the weekends.  The mountain is the second tallest peak in the park and offers amazing views of the Hollywood Sign as well as downtown LA.  The hike is fairly easy and can be enjoyed by the entire family.Click here for more information.

The Canyon Boulevard trail features a fun Hollywood landmark, the Bronson Caves (also known as the Adam West Batman caves), as well as a small parking lot close to the trailhead. There is also an overflow dirt parking lot just down the road.  The trail offers amazing views of the city and ends behind the Hollywood Sign.  Sunset Ranch,  which offers horseback rides with a view of the Hollywood Sign, shares part of the trail.  The Canyon Boulevard trail is a part of Griffith Park and is open from sunrise to sunset. Click here for more information.

The Cahuenga Peak hike is open to the more experienced hiker, and visitors are advised to hike at their own risk. This trail is more rugged and less defined than the Canyon Blvd trail offering amazing views of the city, Burbank, and Lake Hollywood. The trail leads visitors to the same viewpoint as the HollyRidge trail and is open from sunrise to sunset. Click here for more information


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