3 ways to hike behind the Hollywood Sign with various difficulty and lengths.
Griffith Park, the home to LA's largest park hosts a variety of hiking trails and options including the Hollywood Sign. The closest you can get to the Hollywood sign is located on Mt. Lee Road, keep in mind all options hiking to the sign will require linking up with this road.
An Unfortunate Event, Closure of Beachwood entrance: Hiking from Beachwood Drive used to be the easiest and most accessible way to get to the Hollywood sign. But In summer 2017 the city permanently closed this entrance. It was closed because the company Sunset Ranch successfully sued the city to close the Beachwood entrance. They claimed the use of the Beachwood trailhead disrupted their horseback riding business. As of New Years day 2018, newly installed NO PARKING signs are all over Beachwood and the gate to access the trail is closed indefinitely.
With a little background, here are three ways to hike to the Hollywood Sign:
1. Wonder View Trail-head (Wisdom Tree Hike) - 3 miles round trip with 875 feet of elevation change
Parking: 3699 Wonder View Dr, Los Angeles, CA 900689
Trail Directions: Take the Tree of Life Trail to Mt. Lee Rd.
Directions, courtesy of google maps. I inserted the directions from Wonder View Trail Head to Hollywood Sign and got this. They track the hike at 37 minutes, 1 way with 1.2 miles. But they probably do not account for elevation gain.
Total Hike Distance: Approximately 3 miles
Elevation Gain: 875 feet
Time: 2.5 hours
2. Bronson Caves Trail-head - 6.4 miles round trip with 1,050 feet of elevation change
Parking: 3200 Canyon Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90068
Trail Directions: Walk up Canyon Drive, Take the Brush Canyon Trail to Hollyridge Trail. Take Mullholland Trail from Hollyridge Trail which meets with Mt. Lee Road. Hike Mt. Lee road to the top.
Directions from Google Maps. Imputed Bronson Canyon Trail head with Hollywood sign. Google maps lists 2.2 miles one-way, but they are not completely accurate, also does not account for elevation gain.
Total Hike Distance: 6.4 miles
Elevation Gain: 1050 ft.
Time: 3 - 4 hours
3. Innsdale Drive - 4.6 miles round trip with 750 feet of elevation change
Parking: 6301 Innsdale Drive, Los Angeles, CA
Trail Directions: Walk Innsdale Drive to Innsdale Trail. Connect Innsdale Trail to Mullholland Hwy. Take a left on Mullholland Hwy and connect this street to Ledgewood Drive. Walk Ledgewood drive south to Rockcliff Drive and Rockcliff Drive to Deronda Drive. Deronda Drive connects with Mt. Lee Road, which leads all the way to the Hollywood Sign.
Seems like a lot to remember, but if you read the street names as you hike, it will be intuitive to find the way.
Map courtesy of Google Map Directions. Imputed Innsdale Drive to Hollywood Sign.
Total Hike Distance: 4.6 miles
Elevation Gain: 750 feet
Time: 3 hours or less