How to get to the Hollywood Sign, California

Day Hike in Los Angeles 

I remember as a kid seeing the iconic Hollywood sign in movies. I've always wondered how it would be to see it in person.  No more just wondering as this time around we are hiking to the oh-so-famous Hollywood Sign of Los Angeles, California.  Let's go!

How to get there:

Location: 2840 W Observatory Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90027
Parking: Griffith Observatory $3 for every hour

From Vermont/Sunset Metro Red Line station take the DASH Observatory Bus operated by LADOT (Los Angeles Department of Transportation) to Griffith Observatory.

There are two routes: Charlie Turner Trail or Brush Canyon Trailhead

Easy Route: Charlie Turner Trail or aka Mount Hollywood Trail to see the Hollywood Sign 
Starting and Endpoint: Griffith Observatory
Distance: 3 miles (4.83 km, back and forth)
Elevation: 800 feet
Duration: 2-3 hours (back and forth) 

On a fine, sunny morning we started our hike at Griffith Observatory starting from the Charlie Turner Trail.  Well-paved and easy to follow, it begins nearby the parking area with a sign so you won't get lost.  Try to get there early as it gets crowded parking availability can become an issue (since there are also a museum- / observatory-goers). 

The trail is clean and clear — a great place for beginner hikers. There are not many trees to provide shade along the way; it's very open and the heat of the sun can be excruciating in summer days.  Make sure to bring a bottle of water, apply sunblock and bring some snacks.

From Charlie Turner Trail we saw the Hollywood sign on top of Mount Lee.  It wasn't clear on my camera but it's right there in all its glory.

Afterward, walking further ahead we stopped by Captain's Roost which overlooks Glendale and the San Gabriel Mountains.  We had our water break here as we admired the beauty of Los Angeles.

The next stop is Dante's view.  There are a few benches here to relax; however, if you're looking for something more private, hike a few minutes away to get to a much more concealed spot. 

This pit stop right after Dante's view hides behind some trees and bushes.  It's a nice, concealed spot to have a snack and enjoy the view.  We ate our sandwiches, eggs, and fruits before heading back down to the Griffith Observatory.

This was one easy hike.  I saw a few couples who brought along their kids.  Just make sure to bring some water and hike early to avoid the crowd. 

My partner and I have been enjoying California outdoors for months now.  There's so much to see out here in Los Angeles and the weather is just right.  We've been thinking of moving to another state, but maybe we'll stay in California as it's nearby the beach.

Need some nom noms? 

Have fun and be safe ^__^

Itinerary Reminders:

1. Flight Details
Make sure to write down your booking reference number, be at the airport two hours before your flight, and allocate time for your travel to the airport.

2. Accommodation Details
Write down your hotel/motel/resort/BnB booking number. Contact your place to inform them around when you'll be arriving — it really does help.  Also, ask if your accommodation has any discounted activities.  You'd be surprised!

3a. Transportation
List possible times your bus/train/boat arrives and leaves so you don't miss an activity.  Always give yourself an extra 30-45 minutes in case you get lost, get stuck in traffic, or are looking for parking.  Better early than late.  Of utmost importance: check for the last trip and fares!  So you still have time and money to get back.

3b. Car Rentals
Take note of your pick-up address and time allotted.  Our last car rental told us to bring the car back by a certain time with a certain amount of gas.  Allot money for fuel and parking.

4. Budgeting
Set aside a minimum and maximum spending amount for meals, transportation, entrance fees, activities, souvenirs, and emergencies.  3 meals a day + snacks add up quickly, so keep track!  As well as tips for restaurants and activities.

5. Activities
Call to confirm your booking(s) a day or so beforehand.  Set alarms and/or calendar reminders for things you plan to do (i.e- bungee-jumping, river-rafting, or even city/food tours).

Do you want more adventure?
If you still have one more day to spare why not go to Eaton Canyon Falls and hike with Mother Nature, California.

Where am I going next?

My next adventure is Camping at Chilao Campgrounds, Los Angeles, California.