Hiking to the Hollywood Sign

Make your own picture postcard of Hollywood.

I’ve been living in California for over 20 years and have never hiked to the Hollywood sign. I’ve seen it from a distance many times, but recently, Audrey and I got it in our heads that we really ought to take a hike up close to the sign, maybe so we could burn off the calories we gained attending Cookie Con and all the fudge we ate.

Luckily, it was in the low 70’s and a little on the breezy side when we started our hike. On a Sunday afternoon, it was relatively easy to find parking on Canyon Dr. at the entrance to Griffith Park. I imagine it gets more busy during the spring and summer months, although it’s not a hike I’d want to do in the heat and sun.

I wanted to see Bronson Caves (the site of where they shot the Bat cave from the original Batman television series), but we opted to go straight up to the Hollywood sign and by the time we were done, we were too lazy to hike to the cave.

It was a long hike. Well, maybe not for you avid hikers who do miles and miles at a time, but for us, it was a hot and dusty walk uphill. We saw some skateboarders doing stunts at the foot of the hill.

It started out nice and shady, I was so excited that the path was green and had trees!

That did not last too long, and soon we were climbing up a dry and dusty hill with hardly any shade.

Halfway up, you could see how far you’ve gone. I kept thinking to myself, “I’m going to have to go back down the same distance and I can’t Uber it back to the car.”

I was really happy when we reached the point where we could see most of the sign.

We opted to go out on a narrow path to get pictures of the front of the sign when we were almost there, rather than walking all the way up and standing behind the sign. After all, who really wants to see the back of the Hollywood sign?

Surprisingly, Audrey made it down hill twice as fast as she did up hill. I think she must’ve stopped for a break every 15 minutes or so on the way up, but I could barely keep up with her going down. I think it was the lure of an ice cold boba milk tea drink that we had promised her we’d stop for on the way home that made her move so fast. The view from different points of the hike was nice, but a bit smoggy that day. Luckily, we could still see the Griffith Observatory in the distance. That’s another destination I highly recommend visiting.


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