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Best LA Hikes For Seeing The Hollywood Sign

By Danielle Dorsey

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The Hollywood sign is the gift that keeps on giving — especially when it comes to Instagram-worthy shots. Whether you’re a local or a tourist, it never gets old seeing the city’s signature sign. You never know, you might look up one day and see it famously defamed, like when one vandal altered the sign to say “Hollyweed” in 2017.

Whether you’re looking to get up close and personal with the sign or a star-studded view, these hikes offer a chance to explore LA’s famous scenery:

1. Brush Canyon Trail

If you’re looking for a challenging, all-day hike, Brush Canyon Trail is the perfect option. This 6.4-mile roundtrip trail takes you behind the Hollywood sign and after gaining 1,050 feet of elevation, you’ll be treated to expansive views of the city. If you want to add on another Hollywood sight to your hike, take a trip to the nearby Bronson Cave, which is famous for being the entrance to the Batcave on the Batman TV series. 

2. Hollyridge Trail

At 5.1 miles roundtrip, the Hollyridge Trail is a moderate trail for the active hiker. It’s a popular pick, so skip this one if you prefer a solitary trek. The hike offers scenic views of the Hollywood sign and is accessible year-round. 

3. Burbank Peak Trail 

Along with a gorgeous view of the Hollywood sign and a trail that takes you directly behind the giant lettering, Burbank Peak Trail features an array of wildflowers that bloom throughout spring and summer. It’s only 3 miles round trip and less crowded than the longer trails.

4. Innsdale Trail

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This 4-mile round trip hike is great for all skill levels and gives you an intimate view of the Hollywood sign. Depending on the time of day and year, it’s a fairly secluded hike in Griffith Park that winds through residential neighborhoods.

5. The Wonder View Trail

This hike is best suited for adventurous hikers, as you’ll have to park or get dropped off on Lake Hollywood Drive and hike up a steep ridgeline to access the trail. The actual sign isn’t far and you’ll find yourself directly it, so this option is ideal for those who want to cross visiting the Hollywood sign off their bucket lists but don’t care as much about seeing it on the hike.

6. Walk from Lake Hollywood Park

If you prefer to skip the hike, you can snag an incomparable view the Hollywood Sign by walking from Lake Hollywood Park. 

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