Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Mount Lee- Hollywood Sign

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Date:
January 16, 3012

Nearest City:
Hollywood, CA

Driving Directions:
From the 101 Freeway Exit Gower St. Make a right on North Beachwood Drive and then a right onto Franklin Ave. In 0.2 mile turn Left onto Canyon Drive. Follow this road through a neighborhood and into the Griffith Park Park at the last parking lot before the locked gate. Trail starts at gate.

Hours:
Sunrise to sunset

Difficulty:
Easy- Moderate

Why?
This trail is very easy as the trail is a fire road, however there is a steady incline for most of the trail.

Elevation:
1098 ft. Gain

Seasons:
Year around, This trail is also very exposed to the sun so make sure to check weather conditions before leaving the house and in the hotter months of the year always carry enough water and a hat.

Parking/ Entrance Fee:
None

Cell Service:
T-Mobile- I had good to spotty service for all of the trail.

Trails:
Hollywood Sign Trail- 6.5 miles round trip

Trail Conditions:
The trails to the Hollywood sign are in great shape, very easy to follow. I was sad to see trash in bushes along the trail. Please carry out what you take in with you, including picking up your dogs waist.

Trail Directions:
From the parking area head past the gate and follow the fire road as it climbs up and out of the canyon. Make sure to stay on the main fire road all the way to the paved road. Take a left to get below the Hollywood Sign and head right up above the sign. Once done head back the way you came.

Other Activities:
Mountain Bike
Horse Back Riding
Trail Running
Walking
Hiking

Links:
Griffith Park
Weather.com
Facebook
YouTube
Knot the Ordinary (Store)

Jessie's Thoughts:
This is a great hike for families with young children. I was born and raised in southern California, an hours drive away from Hollywood and have never been to see the sign. There are tons of trails and access points so you are able to choose how long or short you want the trail to be. The trail is a fire road for most of it then turns into an old paved road leading up to the top and down to the bottom of the sign.

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