The Hollyridge Trail was probably the most popular and well-known hiking trail to the Hollywood Sign. Not only did it offer decent views of the sign along the way, it was also the shortest and easiest way to get to the Hollywood Sign.
So why the past tense? Because the City is planning to block access to the trail from the Beachwood Drive entry point (the Beachwood Gate) to comply with a court order. Which effectively closes the trail for hikers and tourists. This could happen at any time. Even within days.
The City is looking into alternate options, but for now, just consider the Hollyridge Trail closed. However, all is not lost. You can still hike to the Hollywood Sign from the Canyon Drive Trail. Or, if you’re in the mood for a real hike, from the Wisdom Tree and Cahuenga Peak.
Pedestrian access through the Beachwood Gate to be locked down
It’s possible that the City could at some point in the future figure out a way to comply with the court order without locking down the Beachwood Gate. But that doesn’t seem very likely or practical. Besides, that would do nothing to alleviate the parking issues on Beachwood Drive.
It appears that the City is just going to redirect hikers and tourists to the Canyon Drive Trail and call it a day. Which, is actually understandable in light of the circumstances.
Goodbye Hollyridge Trail
It’s always sad to lose a hiking trail. But you knew it was coming. Rather than fret about it, just use the Canyon Drive Trail. And if you don’t absolutely need to be that close to the Sign, you can always head out to the Griffith Observatory for distant views of the Sign and a few other hiking trails.
If you are so inclined, here’s the address:
Griffith Observatory (and official Hollywood Sign address)
2800 East Observatory Rd
Los Angeles, CA 90027
To wrap this up, the Hollyridge Trail used to be a nice way to hike the Hollywood Sign. But for now, you will have to use alternate trails. Two of which are covered here in the Day Hiking Trails blog. Cheers!