Mount Lee

Los Angeles, California 90068

Mount Lee

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"Mount Lee is recognizable around the world for the iconic Hollywood sign. This trip draws a steady stream of hikers to see the sign up close. Located at the western end of Griffith Park, Mount Lee also provides a stupendous view of Los Angeles and out to the Pacific Ocean. Don’t mix up this summit with nearby Mount Hollywood, which is not the site of the eponymous sign. 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."

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Afoot & Afield Los Angeles County (Wilderness Press)
Jerry Schad
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"At 1680 feet above sea level, the summit of Mount Lee perches high above the Los Angeles Basin on the western edge of Griffith Park. In addition to hosting the iconic HOLLYWOOD sign, the summit area offers one of the most stupendous views of the Southland’s real estate—carpets of houses, shopping centers, industrial buildings, and office towers that roll out miles and miles toward distant snow-flecked peaks and the blue Pacific Ocean." Read more

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2/28/2010
The trailhead is no longer off of Hollyridge drive. For the driving directions, once you reach the intersection at Hollyridge and Beachwood, continue on Beachwood about 1/10 of a mile, and you'll find parking at the trailhead on the right hand side. It's an excellent short hike, fairly crowded on a Sunday, with LOTS of horse and dog poop laying about (why is horse poop OK but dog poop isn't? I don't get this...) Anyway: don't miss the quick left turn switchback at 0.5 miles, otherwise you'll completely miss the Hollywood sign. Great short hike to get the blood pumping.
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9/20/2009
This trail was fantastic. Providing a great view of all of LA, and the famous HOLLYWOOD sign, this is one scenic route. Not that crowed, and minimal steep inclines, this was a work out still, but rewarding because of the views! A nice way to jump start your morning.
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7/31/2006
This hike was a nice little day trip. long enough to be satisfied and short enough not to poop out! There are definately some pretty spots to stop and rest, and i love how it makes you feel very "away" from L.A.
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7/29/2001
I can't say much for the Trail Canyon Falls, as there was little or no water going over it in late July. What was impressive about this hike was the trees. Plenty of big old oak trees, alders and some nice sycamores. I must also report that poison oak is alive and well in Trail Canyon. Forests of it. Be prepared to tiptoe sideways through it or suffer the consequences.
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Trail Information

Los Angeles
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
3.2
Distance
750 feet
Elevation Gain
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
1½ hours
Duration
All year
Season
Griffith Park
Local Contacts
USGS 7.5-minute Burbank
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Dec 2018