Are the Trails Currently Open?
The trails are currently open. For more information, head to the LA Parks website.
Can I touch the Hollywood Sign?
Unfortunately, for your safety, the safety of the plants and wildlife of Griffith Park, and for the safety of the Sign, you cannot. The closest you can get to the Hollywood Sign is up and above it and that location is accessible by several hikes within Griffith Park. The overlook of the Sign offers a unique view of the Sign and incredible views of Los Angeles that can span from the ocean to downtown LA and beyond on a clear day.
The Sign has over 13 cameras including motion sensors, infrared cameras, and loudspeakers protecting it and is monitored 24/7 by the LAPD. Trespassers will face consequences.
How long is the hike to the Hollywood Sign?
Check out the hikes listed on our Hiking to the Sign page. The hikes listed are about 3 hours round trip and have limited shade cover. Please be aware of the weather especially in the summer as hiking during the heat of the day can cause sun stroke. At the start of the Brush Canyon Trail and at the Griffith Observatory, there are bathroom facilities and water fountains available. The other hikes do not have water or facilities.
Please pack plenty of water, use sunscreen, and wear sneakers for the hike.
Do you offer tours to the Hollywood Sign?
We do not offer any tours to the Sign and are not affiliated with any advertised tours. If you see any advertised, be sure they go to the legal viewpoints and locations listed on our website to avoid any complications.
Is there a cost associated with visiting the Hollywood Sign?
There is no cost to visit the Hollywood Sign. But please be aware that parking at the Griffith Observatory is now metered parking and parking illegally will get you a parking ticket. To avoid parking at the Sign, please take the DASH bus.
Can I have a photo shoot or film shoot at the Sign?
You can find more information about filming or photographing the Sign here. Any commercial project requires both a filming permit and a licensing fee. Or if you are with a news organization, please contact us directly.
Can I see the Sign via public transportation?
You can see the Sign via the DASH Observatory bus service, which runs to viewpoints in Griffith Park every 20 minutes, seven days a week. You can board the bus at the Metro Red Line Vermont/Sunset Station or at stops along Hillhurst Avenue in Los Feliz Village. Click here for more information.
Is parking provided at the Vermont Sunset Metro Stop?
Unfortunately, no official metro parking is available at the Vermont Sunset metro stop. There is bicycle parking and bike lockers at the stop. For metro red line parking information, click here.
What are your hours?
The Sign sits within Griffith Park and operates with the same hours. Griffith Park is open from sunrise to sunset.
I lost something while hiking, do you have a lost and found?
We do not but you can check at the Griffith Park information center. Their phone number is listed here.
Are dogs allowed on hiking trails?
Dogs are allowed but must be kept on a leash. Please be sure to pick up any dog waste and dispose of it properly.
The road sign says no stopping but is it OK to grab a quick picture?
Please avoid getting out of your car in the middle of these mountain roads. The roads are narrow and stopping your car causes congestion or, worse, accidents. Please follow posted road signs even if you are just snapping a quick picture.
Is smoking allowed near the Sign?
No! California is a very dry place and Griffith Park is almost always at a high risk for fire. Please do not smoke or light any flame while inside the park.
I noticed the Sign wasn’t lit tonight, why?
The Sign hasn’t been lit since the 2000 New Years Eve celebration and that was only for one night. Before that, the Sign hadn’t been lit since the 1940’s. If you ever drive by and see the Sign seemingly lit up, that’s because the Sign is large and white and often reflects the light coming from Hollywood below.
I love the Sign! Can I support it?
The Hollywood Sign is protected by the Hollywood Sign Trust, which is a 501c3 non-profit. You can make a tax-deductible donation here. All proceeds go towards protecting and maintaining our historic Sign.
Are drones allowed at the Sign?
Drones are not allowed at the Sign, nor in all of Griffith Park as per Los Angeles Rec & Parks Ordinance No. 176,929. Click here to read it.
Can I horseback ride at the Sign?
Equestrian trails run throughout Griffith Park with many offering views of the Sign. Click here for a map of the popular trails for horses.
For horse rentals and guided trail rides, check out Sunset Ranch Hollywood.
Why isn't there a visitor center or official parking lot for the Sign?
The Sign was originally built to be a billboard for a housing development and has evolved into the landmark you see today. Because of this, it does not have the official facilities a traditional landmark like, for instance, Mount Rushmore might have. We ask that you please be respectful of the Sign's neighbors when trying to visit the Sign.
Why can't I drive up to the Sign?
The Hollywood Sign has a private road that is accessible only by city approved vehicles like the LAPD and Park Rangers. The road is open for hikers. If you want a viewpoint that you can drive directly to, please head to the Griffith Observatory, which offers a great view of the Sign and the surrounding city.
We're lost and need directions to the Sign. Can you help?