Sometimes you can live in a city for four years and still not see some of its most famous landmarks. I don’t think there’s anyone on this planet who isn’t familiar with the Hollywood sign, and whenever I see it in the distance (on the off chance the smog has cleared), it’s always a bit surreal. I mean, this landmark is synonymous with movie magic, and on days I see it up close, I’m reminded how lucky I am to live here and to be following my dreams.
I’ve honestly shied away from visiting the sign because not only is it a huge tourist destination, but you’re not actually allowed to hike up to the sign itself – and instead are relegated to viewing it from behind. Regardless, as we’re trying to get outdoors each weekend, I thought it was about time we made the trek.
There are a few different hikes you can take to the sign, and we opted for the most “challenging” of the three, Aileen Getty Ridge Trail. Sure, there were still other hikers, but it was much less crowded than the other routes, and we even had periods of peace by ourselves. We got a bit of a workout hiking through the different elevations and terrains, and the views were absolutely breathtaking. I’d suggest even novice hikers try their hand at this trail, as it’s definitely do-able and provides (what I can only assume) a much more enjoyable experience getting to the sign. We’re already storing this hike in our arsenal to take out-of-town guests.
I won’t spoil the hike with my words, so you’ll have to watch the video to see for yourself. If you’re planning on making a visit, check out this guide on where to park and what to expect.