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“'HOLLYWOOD' Sign” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Hollywood Sign

Hollywood Sign
3204 Canyon Lake Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90068 (Central L.A)
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Ranked #48 of 310 Attractions in Los Angeles
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Landmarks
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Owner description: Perched atop Mount Lee, this global symbol of Hollywood glamour measures 450 feet in length with mammoth white letters, each standing 45 feet high, spelling out the name of the city.
Flowery Branch, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

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!

Visited May 2013
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Columbia, Missouri
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“Hiked to the top. Awesome views.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013 via mobile

My boyfriend and i hiked to the top. The views were INCREDIBLE. Wear comfortable shoes and bring water and your camera.

Visited July 2013
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

Seeing the Hollywood sign makes you feel at "home" when visiting Hollywood! One can observe it from various angels. Either when walking the city or running in the hills.

Visited July 2013
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“Just a sign”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2013 via mobile

That's just a sign + good views, so can't expect a lot. Fun to go all way up there. We drove, and it was no place to park, and we couldn't even stop, which was pretty lame, especially to take pictures through the window. There were some people standing outside and it was tight. It's not a must see to me, but hey, that's one of the things that L.A. is famous for.

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“Hike from Bronson Caves Park”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013

We used the trail from the Bronson Caves in Griffith Park to get up behind the Hollywood sign and used this address in our GPS to get there: 3200 Canyon Drive, Griffith Park, Los Angeles, CA 90068
If yo have any questions you can call (323) 666-5046 to talk to the Park Maintenance Supervisor.

There is a large parking lot on the right, but you can drive up a little ways and there is a smaller parking lot on the left that is at the start of the trailhead. There is no fee to park.

5 am to dusk. We were coming down from the Caves right at dusk, there was a park ranger in a truck blaring a siren, and announced that the park was closing. They are serious about closing at dusk, and will close the gate even if your car is still there. You better hustle down that mountain when you hear the siren.

The trail on the right leads to the Bronson Caves (where the original Batman TV series was filmed) very cool to see, and seriously is only a 10 minute walk roundtrip. (2/3 of a mile with a 50 ft elevation gain) Very easy hike, your little ones will be able to do it. Dogs must be on a leash, and no bikes are allowed.

It took us 3 hours roundtrip to do this hike. We got there at 5pm (we specifically went later in the day since there is NO shade on this hike). The 3 hours included us spending some time up top on the sign, and we also took a lot of stops going up the mountain as we had a friend with a gimpy foot (sprained ankle w/ a possible hairline fracture). Although I don't recommend doing that as her foot was the size of Jay Leno's face at the end of this hike and even Baskin Robbins couldn't bring her out of her bad mood... But my point is, if she can do it, you most certainly can do this hike too.
From the parking lot just go straight....there is a barrier to keep cars out that you'll have to go around. The first fork in the trail, go left. Going right will take you to the Observatory. The second split in the trail, keep right. Going down on the left leads to the Ranch where you can find a very nice looking cowboy guide with a southern drawl. It may be worth it for you check that out. The third and final fork you will go right, it seems like you are almost there but you still have a little bit of ways to go and this is probably the steepest part of the hike. Don't forget to sign the fence on your way up (No worries, you'll know what I'm talking about when you see it)

It is fenced off, and you can't actually touch the sign, there are a bazillion cameras, and warning signs, and barbed wire. There is a tiny trail to the tippy top of the mountain and I recommend you go up that as you can be on top of the sign and the view is absolutely stunning of LA. There were quite a few other people there too, so you'll be able to ask others to take a picture of your group. There was a lot of litter up there too, don't be an arrogant donkey face, take care of your trash, there are some sporadically placed trash cans along the trail.

Water....bring water bottles! I brought a small hiking backpack, and put 2 water bottles in and went through both of them. Bring your camera. Bring a pen/marker to sign the fence. There are no restrooms and it is a highly populated trail, go to the bathroom before you start. We saw a tarantula (maybe not but the spider was ginormous) rabbits, and lizards. We also came upon another group of hikers yelling at the top of there lungs and what sounded like a river flowing... it was actually a rattlesnake and it was not very happy. Please be aware of your surroundings and keep your dogs on a leash. Accidents do happen, stay on the trail, and don't go over the barriers that line the cliff's edge.

Visited August 2013
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