NOTE: Hiking to the Hollywood Sign from Beachwood Drive is no longer possible.
Situated on Mount Lee in the Hollywood Hills area of the Santa Monica Mountains, the Hollywood Sign rests high above Los Angeles. Both a landmark of American culture and an icon associated with the City of Angels, the Hollywood Sign offers casual hikers magnificent views and an opportunity to cement their place alongside a globally recognized symbol of American cinema. In this post, I highlight the Beachwood Drive to Hollywood Sign hike.
Fair. During the week, parking in the residential area near the trail head is easy and legal. On weekends, be prepared to walk a distance of anywhere between .5 and 1.5 miles depending on how many cars arrive early in the morning.
- Hollywood Sign. Perhaps the most famous gem associated with Los Angeles.
- Panoramic views of distinct Los Angeles regions: DTLA, LA coastline, Burbank, and many others.
- A diverse selection of fauna and flora. Horses at Sunset Ranch!
3000 N Beachwood Dr, Los Angeles, CA, 90068, USA. Use this address to navigate toward the trail head. If on weekends, be prepared to do some backpedaling to find parking along Beachwood Drive.
Begin trekking up the fire trail. After a short distance, Sunset Ranch will appear. More likely than not, its charming smell will reach noses before coming into sight.
After stopping to admire horses within the ranch, continue right and up along a dirt path. This dirt path will provide multiple chances to overlook Los Angeles. Eventually, a fork in the road will steer hikers along a left or a right path. Take the left path which will wrap up and around. A clearing to the left will appear after a brief ascent. This location enables hikers to view the Hollywood Sign from a close vantage point.
After stopping for a quick water/picture break at this clearing, hike onward and upward towards the tower pictured on the right. This path will take hikers above and behind the Hollywood Sign to an open hilltop near the tower. From here, enjoy a 360° view of Los Angeles! Take a beautiful landscape shot of Burbank (left), DTLA (right), or (below) a fun picture of strangers taking a selfie with LA as the backdrop!
Hiker’s Hint #02:
Invite a coworker, chat, and seal friendship over delicious food.
Thanks Mita for the hike, photo, and brunch! Follow her amazing adventures, discoveries, and insights on all things LA at https://meetla.wordpress.com/author/meetla/