When landmark signs are cited, HOLLYWOOD is up there with Abbey Road and Route 66. Erected in 1923 to last just 18 months, 45-foot-tall plywood letters illuinated by 4,000 light bulbs touted Hollywoodland, a real estate development. In 1949, the word “land” was removed, and a spruced up chain of metal letters, redolent of movie myth (and protected by a security system), beckons today from the Hollywood Hills. Though off limits to those who want to touch (or deface) it, the sign lives large in the rolling chapparal of the Santa Monica Mountains, and you can almost-but-not-quite hike to it.
Loved the hike more than anything. Didn't find a way to the front of the sign so just a bit disappointed on that end but will get it next time. Definitely worth the experience.
Sorry but I went to go visit this at night with my friend, and it was lit up. I was only visiting, so I'm not sure but I wanted the pic of the sign at night, thought it'd be cool. But why wasn't it lit up? I asked a few of the residents and they said that wasn't normal. Which is why I'm giving this a one star. I mean dang I wasn't even going to hike it I just wanted to see the dang thing!!
Had an awesome hike up to the top! Great view, and awesome cardio. Definitely worth it if you love fresh air and beautiful sights.
Unplanned Hike. took us 2 hrs to reach(Unplanned). Make sure you read the map correctly. A really serene place. City of angels from the top.
A challenging hike with lots of uphill parts of the path if you’re a rookie like me. The view from the top is amazing and worth the time it took to get there.
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