Hike To The Hollywood Sign Without Fear Of Prosecution

I’ve just learned from Griffith Park Wayist that two ranger-led hikes to the Hollywood Sign are planned for Thanksgiving weekend, and if I wasn’t going to be in Death Valley climbing sand dunes and biking some bad roads between craters and playas then I most certainly wouldn’t miss such a rare opportunity to do something I did tons of times as a punk growing up in the shadow of the landmark.

Seriously, the last time was maybe 25 years ago, long before they fenced everything in and made it a felony to do so. I’d scramble up from Mulholland Highway with some snacks and perhaps Pink Floyd or some Dvorak on my walkman, and I’d just chill beneath a 50-foot letter of my choosing, marveling at the spectacular views and working out all sorts of bullshit up there on Mt. Lee.

Led by Park Ranger Ernie Ybarra, the four- to six-mile intermediate hikes are scheduled for November 27 and 28, from 8 – 11 a.m. Meet at the Griffith Park Visitor Center next to the Ranger Station at 4730 Crystal Springs Drive (map).

Additional information: 323/644-6661 x1549; [email protected]

3 Replies to “Hike To The Hollywood Sign Without Fear Of Prosecution”

  1. I don’t see anything about hiking to the letters themselves. You can hike legally up the paved road to nearly right behind (above) the sign. That’s probably where they are hiking to.

  2. That would be a let down if Mt. Lee Road is the destination and not the actual sign, Ben. That’s probably the route, but hopefully the ranger will let his hikers go down from there and get up close with the sign itself.

  3. Will, we went this morning and the hike destination was as @benh57 guessed – right behind the sign outside the chain link fence.

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