I’ve lived in Los Angeles for more than 12 years now, and have always admired the Hollywood Sign. But it’s not until I became a Tour Guide that my interest in this historic billboard really piqued. I research its history, I talk about it on my tour, I photograph it every chance I get. And now, I can finally say that I have seen it up close and personal. To get started, I went online and found this website with clear, accurate directions and helpful advice. And then I managed to talk Matt into joining me. Hiking is more fun with someone AND I needed his expert photography skills.
We followed Beachwood Canyon Drive to the very end and sure enough there was the dirt lot to start our adventure. Two hours later and mission accomplished! We did disagree on one thing. Matt didn’t feel that it was a hike, more of a walk. I’m here to tell you that the path was almost entirely uphill and I was out of breath practically the entire two hours, so I’m calling it a hike. So…to help you plan your first hike to the Hollywood sign, I’ve put together my top 7 tips for maximum enjoyment.
1. Start your day early. We were parked by 10:45am and got lucky to find exactly one parking space.
2. Wear comfortable, breathable clothes and sturdy shoes that you don’t mind getting dirty.
3. Watch out for the horse poop as you partially hike alongside horses from the Sunset Ranch riding stables.
4. Give yourself a minimum of two hours so that you can take two different trails; you’ll want to take pictures from the back and in front of the sign.
5. It goes without saying, but don’t forget to wear sunscreen and carry a bottle of water.
6. Take lots of pictures. Don’t be afraid to ask other hikers to take pictures of you and your partner. Everyone we encountered was very friendly.
7. Allow enough time after your hike to have lunch at The Beachwood Café.