Hollywood Sign Hike

Hollywood Sign Hike | Beachwood Drive to Hollywood Sign

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.

Difficult:

Easy

Mileage:

4 miles
Time:

1.5-2 hours

Parking:

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.

Notable Features:
  • 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!
Directions:

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.

The Hike:

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.

Sunset-Ranch

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.

Hollywood-Hike-Sign

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!

Burbank-Hollywood-Sign-Hike DTLA-Hollywood-Hike Hollywood-Hike-Selfie

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/

 

Back Bay Hike Newport Beach

Back Bay Loop Trail | Back Bay Lookout to Muth Interpretive Center

Situated between Newport Harbor and the 73 Freeway, Back Bay provides runners, walkers, cyclists, hikers and many others trails to enjoy beautiful, scenic views at the heart of Newport Beach. 10.5 miles of trail wrap around the bay creating a wide range of possibilities for the frequent visitor. In this post, I highlight the Back Bay Lookout to Muth Interpretive Center trail.

Difficulty:

Easy

Mileage:

3

Time:

1-1.5 hour(s)

Parking:

Good. Plenty of street parking on Eastbluff Drive near Back Bay Lookout. Crowded on weekends, particularly in the morning.

Notable Features:
  • Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center features estuary history exhibits and interactive displays (open Tuesday-Sunday, 10 A.M. to 4 P.M.).
  • Cyclists galore! Keep eyes and ears open for speedy (and friendly) cyclists.
  • A diverse selection of fauna and flora. A beautiful and well-preserved wilderness area.
Directions:

From the 73 freeway, take Jamboree Road (Exit 15). Continue on Jamboree Road for 1 mile and make a right onto Eastbluff Drive. Park along Eastbluff Drive near Back Bay Lookout. From P.C.H., take Jamboree Road for 3.2 miles to Eastbluff Drive. Make a left on Eastbluff Drive and find parking near Back Bay Lookout.

The Hike

Begin trekking slightly uphill to the Back Bay Lookout. From here, enjoy an expansive view of the Bay (truly an inland delta). After grasping the scale of the area, as well as its distinct odor, head down Eastbluff Drive to Jamboree Road and make a left while continuing on paved trail paths.

Cross the overpass which connects one side of Jamboree Road to the other and then make another left while enjoying a brief shady section of gravel trails. This section widens into an unprotected trail followed by a narrow wooden bridge. Give cyclists the concrete path while taking the wooden section of the bridge for yourself and your hiking companions.

Head slightly uphill after the rolling bridge and gaze upon the Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center. This center not only marks the turnaround location for your hike but also gives a different yet still expansive view of the Back Bay!

Check out the interactive displays and educational estuary historic exhibits located within the center. All are quite entertaining! Restrooms and water fountains are located within the center for public use. When done, simply hop back onto your path and return back to Back Bay Lookout to conclude the hike.

Hiker’s Hint #01:

Invite a friend and use F.O.I.L. to catch up from time apart.

Family, Occupation, Interests, Love. F.O.I.L.

Pacific Ridge Trailhead

Pacific Ridge Trailhead|Bommer Ridge to Moro Ridge Lookout

Situated between the Pacific Ocean and the 73 freeway, the Pacific Ridge Trailhead sits high above its surrounding cities of Newport Beach and Laguna Beach. Officially located within Crystal Cove State Park and Laguna Coast Wilderness Park (both subsets of the larger South Coast Wilderness Area), the Pacific Ridge Trailhead offers hikers as many amazing views as it does hiking trails. In this post, I highlight what I call the Bommer Ridge to Moro Ridge Lookout trail.

Difficulty:

Easy

Mileage:

3

Time:

1-1.5 hour(s)

Parking:

Good. Plenty of street parking near Coastal Peak Park as well as a parking lot. Crowded on weekends, particularly in the morning.

Notable Features:
  • 360 ° view – Santa Ana Mountain Range, Pacific Ocean, Catalina and San Clemente Islands, cities, and more all to be seen on a clear day.
  • Mountain bikers galore. Keep eyes and hears open for speedy (and friendly!) mountain bikers.
  • A diverse selection of fauna and flora. A beautiful and well-preserved wilderness area.

Directions: From the 73 freeway, take the MacArthur exit (last exit before toll road).  Merge onto MacArthur, go 2.3 miles and turn left on San Joaquin Hills Road.  Go 2.5 miles, turn right onto Newport Coast Drive, take a left on Ridge Park Road and drive 1.8 miles to the end, and access the trail from Coastal Peak Park.  From P.C.H., take Newport Coast Drive north for 2.4 miles, turn right on Ridge Park Road, and drive 1.5 miles to Coastal Peak Park.

The Hike:

Pass the gate at the beginning of the trailhead. Take the left path indicated by the Bommer Ridge Post 9 (plenty more of these posts for guidance along Bommer Ridge). Cacti everywhere!

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Continue down Bommer Ridge for a mile until reaching Bommer Ridge Post 8. Check the map and keep hiking along Bommer Ridge.  Pass Bommer Ridge Post 66 and the turn off to Lizard Trail.

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After hiking for a few minutes, a junction will appear. Take the left route and continue on Bommer Ridge. Pass Bommer Ridge Post 7. Another junction will appear. Stick to the same drill – take the left route.

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Keep trekking along Bommer Ridge. Look left to see amazing views of the Santa Ana Mountain Range. View right to witness rolling ridges, small valleys, the beautiful ocean, and power lines running through the wilderness area! Pass Bommer Ridge Post 6 and continue on the now slightly uphill route. Here, a first glimpse of the Moro Ridge Lookout appears.

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After a few more minutes of hiking, another junction will appear alongside Bommer Ridge Post 5. Take the route behind the gate to begin the Moro Ridge path. Another right up the hill and the Moro Ridge Lookout will be a in sight. Enjoy the 360° view and relax! Head back via the entrance route or a bike path down the side of Moro Ridge Lookout. The bike path will offer a slightly more strenuous hike back and different vantage points. It eventually connects back with the Bommer Ridge route.

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