Mt Hollywood Trail

Griffith Park, California

Distance1.2mi
Elevation Gain954ft
Trailhead Elevation542ft
Top1,294ft
Elevation Min/Max542/1294ft
Elevation Start/End542/542ft

Mt Hollywood Trail

Mt. Hollywood Trail is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Los Angeles, California. It is within Griffith Park. It is 1.2 miles long and begins at 542 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 2.5 miles with a total elevation gain of 954 feet. The Amir's Garden Picnic Site and Mineral Wells Picnic Area picnic sites can be seen along the trail. There is also drinking water along the trail.

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Los Angeles County: A Day Hiker's Guide (The Trailmaster)
John McKinney
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"Griffith Park’s most popular trail is the path from Griffith Observatory to the top of 1,625-foot Mt. Hollywood, the park’s second highest peak. Mt. Hollywood is not the mountain crowned by the historic Hollywood sign; you can, however, see the sign quite well as you near the summit. On clear days the entire basin is spread out before you from the San Gabriel Mountains to the Pacific Ocean. Sometimes mounts San Gorgonio, Baldy and San Jacinto can be seen. Viewed from the peak, sunsets are terrific." Read more
Day Hiking Los Angeles (The Mountaineers Books)
Casey Schreiner
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"An accessible highlight loop to the fourth-highest peak in Griffith Park, this trail passes two historic volunteer gardens, a pine forest gift from Berlin, Germany, L.A.’s sister city, and the gorgeous art deco Griffith Observatory and Greek Theatre." Read more
Afoot & Afield Los Angeles County (Wilderness Press)
Jerry Schad
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"The bald, flattish summit of Mount Hollywood would scarcely be something to write home about except for its strategic location overlooking just about everything. Hikers approach from all directions, but the most popular starting point is the observatory parking lot." Read more
Best Hikes with Dogs: Southern California (The Mountaineers Books)
Allen Riedel
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"Mount Hollywood is not the residence of Los Angeles’ most famous landmark - that sits on top of Mount Lee. Nor is it the highest peak in Griffith Park - that title goes to Cahuenga Peak. This is simply the summit that offers the best wide-eyed views of the Hollywood sign and the Los Angeles Basin. On clear winter and spring days, the San Gabriels sparkle with snow to the north and east, while the ocean reflects glimmering sunlight to the south and west. This hike typifies all that is great about Southern California. The dream of stardom symbolized by the world’s most famous sign intertwines with the natural beauty of one of the world’s most heavily populated urban areas. From summit to sea, Griffith Park is the eastern terminus of the Santa Monica Mountains, and a beautiful place to recreate and get away from it all right in the middle of the city. The park belongs to the city and is not affiliated with the section of the mountain chain administered by the National Park Service. Entry is free." Read more
Los Angeles County: A Day Hiker's Guide (The Trailmaster)
John McKinney
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"PLEASE NOTE: As of 4/18/2017, the Beachwood gate is closed, so the Hollyridge Trail is no longer accessible from Beachwood. Fortunately, the Hollyridge Trail is still accessible from Canyon Drive (3200 Canyon Drive), Bronson Canyon / Brush Canyon Trail or from Griffith Observatory. To make sure everyone knew about the new Beachwood Canyon real estate development, the developers, including Los Angeles Times publisher Harry Chandler, ordered a huge wooden sign built atop Mt. Lee. HOLLYWOODLAND read the sign. The Beachwood Canyon residence were advertised as “above the traffic, congestion, smoke, fog, and poisonous gas fumes of the lowlands.” Looking back now, it’s hard to believe Angelenos were worried about pollution in the early 1920s." Read more
Best Dog Hikes Southern California (Falcon Guides)
Linda and David Mullally
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"Is there anything that says Southern California more than “Hollywood”? Your four- legged star may not get discovered, but he’ll love all the smells on the way up to the summit of Mount Hollywood. The views of the Los Angeles Basin from this trail don’t get any better and there’s a great vista point to snap a photo of your favorite pooch with the famous Hollywood sign as the backdrop." Read more

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2/12/2010
This trail is steep with very little shade so plan accordingly. Once at the top it's amazing and sunset's is beautiful, bring a flashlight for the way down. really cool hike to do on a full moon night ith friends. Dogs allowed on leash.
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3/1/2009
The trail is minimally challenging for a beginner hiker like myself and my puppy. I was able to see downtown, the ocean (in a haze), some smog, the Greek Theater, tennis courts, a golf course, and the Griffith Observatory. In the warm weather, it was the perfect hike - cool but not too cold. I would definitely do this one again.
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3/1/2009
A nice introductory hike for a beginner - a few steep spots and mostly dirt or asphalt path. The weather is nice and cool in the shade despite the normal Southern California heat. The views are pretty awesome - Griffith Observatory, the Hollywood Hills, the ocean (on a good non-hazy day), the Greek Theater, and downtown LA. You also get a look at some great homes unique to the Hollywood Hills. Dogs are allowed on the trails and all the ones we cam across were well-behaved, mellow, and fun.
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Trail Information

Griffith Park
Nearby City
Griffith Park
Parks
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
Moderate
Skill Level
City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks, Griffith Park
Local Contacts
USGS Hollywood
Local Maps

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