Hike To The Hollywood Sign

The Hollywood Sign is a must see.

Last Wednesday I fulfilled myself a long-sighted dream: My girls and I hiked up to the Hollywood Sign. To be precise, behind the Hollywood Sign. We stayed in LA for four days and after visiting Universal Studios on Tuesday, it was time for some nature and quietness.

And the closeup is even better.

There are several ways to get close to the sign and after doing some research I decided to do the following hike, explained very detailed from The Hiking Guy here. The hike is a 6-mile roundtrip, 3 miles uphill and 3 miles downhill. The earlier you can start in the morning, the better.

We drove up Canyon Drive and found a parking spot at the closest lot to the trailhead.

You hike uphill for the first mile until you get to a bench where you have beautiful views of the Griffith Observatory and Los Angeles.

Hollywood Sign

The second mile is rather flat with a few rolling hills in between and you get slowly closer to the sign.

Hollywood Sign

The last mile is a steep road up to Mt. Lee.

Hollywood Sign

Until you are finally right behind the sign. It’s beautiful!

Hollywood Sign

Hollywood Sign

Check out more photos on my Instagram account.

Being so close to the sign, you notice that the single letters are not set on the hill in a straight line. The “O” is actually set significantly lower than the “H” and that’s why I could take this shot on our way back down:

Hollywood Sign

We were making fun of “Ohllywood” and my 10-year old came up with the saying:

“Welcome to OHLLYWOOD”, the land of ‘oviestars and ‘elebrities.”


You can find more hikes to the sign on:





This hike is part of my series “My weekly ramble”, in which I haven’t posted for a while.

Check out Jo’s Monday Walk here. 



  1. restlessjo

    July 31, 2017 at 11:31 pm

    No gain without pain, they say, Kathryn 🙂 🙂 Great views and good for your girls! Be nice to have young legs again. Many thanks for the link. I’m off to check the other routes.

    1. bellamonte

      August 2, 2017 at 11:39 am

      Thanks for stopping by, Jo! If you’re ever in LA, I think the way up from Mulholland Drive is shorter and you don’t have to hike all the way up. I’m sure the views of the sign are already stunning on the first part of that trail.

  2. San

    August 1, 2017 at 10:26 am

    So cool! I attempted the hike a couple of years ago but didn’t make it very far because trails were closed off… might have to try again 😉 Great pics!

    1. bellamonte

      August 2, 2017 at 11:36 am

      Thanks, San! Yes, you should try it again. It was great fun and a pretty good exercise, even for a half marathon finisher 😉 I passed Sacramento last weekend again and was thinking of you. Let me know if you want to meet up sometime. Enjoy the endless California summer!

  3. BeckyB

    August 7, 2017 at 12:17 am

    What a view . . .and what a great walk

    1. bellamonte

      August 7, 2017 at 10:51 am

      Thank you, Becky! Thanks for stopping by!

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