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Hollywood Sign via Lake Hollywood Drive

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  • Roadside parking on Lake Hollywood Drive.- Hollywood Sign via Lake Hollywood Drive
  • Paved road to the trailhead.- Hollywood Sign via Lake Hollywood Drive
  • The road proceeds past beautiful landscaping.- Hollywood Sign via Lake Hollywood Drive
  • On to the dirt road.- Hollywood Sign via Lake Hollywood Drive
  • Head to the trail on the right.- Hollywood Sign via Lake Hollywood Drive
  • Looking back to the starting point.- Hollywood Sign via Lake Hollywood Drive
  • Ascending Burbank Peak.- Hollywood Sign via Lake Hollywood Drive
  • View to the southwest.- Hollywood Sign via Lake Hollywood Drive
  • View to the summit of Burbank Peak.- Hollywood Sign via Lake Hollywood Drive
  • Summit of Burbank Peak.- Hollywood Sign via Lake Hollywood Drive
  • The Hollywood Reservoir and Los Angeles suburbs.- Hollywood Sign via Lake Hollywood Drive
  • The city of Los Angeles.- Hollywood Sign via Lake Hollywood Drive
  • View to the north from the Wisdom Tree.- Hollywood Sign via Lake Hollywood Drive
  • Warner Brothers Studio.- Hollywood Sign via Lake Hollywood Drive
  • Continuing east to Cahuenga Peak.- Hollywood Sign via Lake Hollywood Drive
  • Looking back at Lake Hollywood Drive.- Hollywood Sign via Lake Hollywood Drive
  • The Hollywood sign from the west.- Hollywood Sign via Lake Hollywood Drive
  • Across the land to the north.- Hollywood Sign via Lake Hollywood Drive
  • Mount Lee Drive to the top.- Hollywood Sign via Lake Hollywood Drive
  • View from the summit of Mount Lee.- Hollywood Sign via Lake Hollywood Drive
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Big open views in all directions.
Cons: 
Crowds at the summit. Metro area.
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Region:
Los Angeles Metro Area, CA
Congestion: 
High
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Net Elevation Gain: 
855.00 ft (260.60 m)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
3.00 mi (4.83 km)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
960.00 ft (292.61 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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The Hollywood sign is an internationally recognized icon that emerged during the Golden Age of Hollywood and the rise of American cinema.  By hiking up the Tree of Life Trail, you will have the opportunity to gaze over the surrounding lands in all directions and enjoy more of the region’s topography with fewer pedestrians.

Parking for the trail is along Lake Hollywood Drive. From here, walk uphill to the intersection and continue east on Wonder View Drive. After passing several houses and manicured flower gardens, the road changes to dirt and crosses under the power lines to the Tree of Life Trail. Take the right path to ascend Burbank Peak and reach the Tree of Wisdom.  From here, you can see Warner Bros Studios down the mountain to the north and Hollywood Reservoir to the south.

Continue east to Cahuenga Peak, which is the highest in the Hollywood area at 1,820 feet. On your way, look south to the skyscrapers that form the city skyline and southwest to the Pacific Ocean. Continue east on the trail and you will see the Hollywood sign emerge in front of you along with the City of Los Angeles Central Communications Facility.

Near the top you will intersect the paved Mount Lee Drive and finish your final elevation gain with the tourists.

The Hollywood sign was erected in 1923 to advertise the new housing development and originally read Hollywoodland. Around 4,000 light bulbs studded the letters, and it would flash the “Holly,” “wood,” and “land” portions in sequence throughout the night as moving search lights lit the sky. While the original sign was only intended to last a year and a half, it continued to mark Mount Lee until it was replaced and scaled back to its current form in 1978. The modification was intended to reflect the land rather than the housing development, and it was purchased by the Public Land Trust in 2009.

An alternate approach to the sign leaves from east near Hollyridge Drive. On your visit, be sure to remain in the tourist area behind the fencing; those who breach the fence will trigger surveillance systems, local police, and risk a $1000 fine.

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