|The back of the HOLLYWOOD sign as seen from the summit of Mt. Lee.
|Wonder View Trail
There are multiple ascents to the famous landmark. The sign sits on the side of Mt. Lee, one of multiple
peaks in the expansive Griffith Park. The most well known and traveled is to take the paved Mt. Lee Drive (no cars). Here, you can trudge up hill on a graded and wide paved road. This wasn't "natury" enough for this Granite Stater - so we chose to take the more challenging trail that is a narrow and steep hike through dusty red chaparral. It was perfection.
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|Lone Pine Peak
Getting there: The hike starts in the middle of a Hollywood hills neighborhood at the corner of Lake Hollywood Drive and Wonder View Drive. We got there by taking Highway 101 to the Barham Blvd exit and traveling north on Bartham Blvd for 0.3 miles before turning right on Lake Hollywood Drive. After about a half mile, you will reach Wonder View Drive. There is plenty of parking along the road leading down to the reservoir. There was no charge for parking.
Trail: The hike starts by walking up the neighborhood road of Wonder View Drive. This will turn into a
|Leanne hikes the ridgeline to Mt. Lee
Difficulty: Moderate (some steep parts but no difficult scrambles)
Distance: 3 miles round trip. 925 foot elevation gain.
|Yucca Plant and Los Angeles in the distance
- It's hot! Get there early in the day and bring 2 L of water. Although short, the hike is completely exposed and the steep climb will get you dripping sweat. Don't forget sunscreen, hiking shoes (no sandals), and a snack.
- Try for a clear day - Sometimes L.A. smog or a marine layer can get in the way of a fantastic view. We were able to see the ocean, the city, the surrounding mountains and the Griffith Observatory.
|Approaching the back of the Hollywood Sign
I can't wait to go back and explore some more hiking in Los Angeles!
Check out more about our 2014 Girls Trip at Girls Trip 2013 - LA to Colorado
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