Thanks to tips from great friends, our hike up to the Hollywood sign in the Spring of 2013 was amazing. Getting there can be tricky. Parking can be tricky. The path can be tricky! Parking... be careful, not much and private property abound. The path, follow up until it forks... take the path that curves to the LEFT! Then when the road comes to a 'T' take a RIGHT! Once up to the top of the sign, one will see 'WARNING' signs everywhere and a controlled fenced in area, if you look to your left, you will see a little path... take it! THAT'S THE TOP! We saw a lot of people just stop at the secured gated area and turn around... miss the most amazing view by not going up what looks like just a little tiny dirt path! No signs saying this way or that way! Not for elderly or people with bad knees, shortness of breath, smokers, children under the age of 10 years old I would say, unless they are good with nature, hiking, just walking up a fairly long path, up hill, can pay attention... it's a long fall down in any given area! Take WATER, at least 2 per person! There are no water stations and no toilets! Look for the Hummingbirds that are plentiful... and hope you don't see a mountain lion! ;-) It took my husband and I about an hour and a half for both ways, down is breeze of course! Try to make it on clear, low smog day for L.A., in order to see all the great points, beautiful... enjoyed it, would do it all the time if I lived there!
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