Hike the Hollywood Sign via Brush Canyon Trailhead

Hollywood Sign Day Hike 

Our second hike to the Hollywood Sign.  Last time we did the Charlie Turner Trailhead, but this time we're doing the Brush Canyon Trailhead.  This trail gave us a closer look at the Hollywood Sign from in front and behind.  We started this hike early in the morning together with my husband's coworkers.  The parking area had less than 10 cars parked so all our cars had ample space.  Let's go!

How to get there:
Location: Canyon Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90068
Entrance fee: Free
Parking: Free

Route: Brush Canyon Trailhead to the back of Hollywood Sign and see the front view of the sign.
Distance: From Brush Canyon Trailhead, 1.9 miles to the back of the Hollywood sign and  2.3 miles for the front
Elevation: 725 feet
Duration: 4 hours (back and forth, depending on pace)

This has more elevation compared to Charlie Turner Trail where it's flat. 

Hike early for parking space and to enjoy the cooler air in the morning.

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Hiking tip: Invest in a great pair of hiking boots. We love our Columbia boots and no regrets.

The trail is wide and well-maintained with signs that show how far you are from your destination.

Our first stop is the back of the Hollywood Sign.  This intersection will lead to two different viewpoints.  The right leads to the back view of the sign while turning left goes to the front.

We headed to the back view of the Hollywood sign first.  The view is great but the sign is fenced.  Someone tried to sit on the signs maybe and that's why it's all boxed out from intruders.  After a few minutes here and a quick water break, we went back down all the way to the intersection and walked straight to the other trail.

The front view of the Hollywood sign has a more satisfying view if you want the sign as clear as it can be in your pictures.  Our group didn't leave without taking a few jump shot pictures. 

The trails and the viewpoints got crowded as the sun showed up on the horizon.  As we headed back down to the parking area, all the parking spaces were filled as were the street parking.

Our friends decided to take us to Souplantation — a healthy way of replenishing our calories spent from the hike.  We devoured our salads and healthy desserts in just a few minutes.  It was a great way to end the journey.  Afterwards, hubby and I went to Costco for our groceries.  A very productive day on a sunny day indeed.

Need some nom noms? 

Try Saul's Easy Beef Zucchini Potato Recipe

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 Hike Los Liones Trailhead to Parker Mesa Overlook, California.

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