"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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