Hollywood Sign and Bronson Caves
ElevationAscent: 1,095' 334 m
Descent: -1,089' -332 m
High: 1,659' 506 m
Low: 635' 194 m
GradeAvg Grade: 6% (4°)
Max Grade: 22% (12°)
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“A popular route to the Hollywood Sign that offers plenty of great views along the way.”— John McKinney
Once you've had your fill of the caves, you can loop around to return northward along the Bronson Caves Access Road. Once you reach the intersection with Canyon Drive, you'll continue to the northeast on the Brush Canyon Trail.
At first, the climb along the trail is gradual, but after 4/10 of a mile the trail becomes significantly steeper. At this point, you'll start to become surrounded by chaparral flora, characteristic of the region.
The trail will then start to bend toward the west and after 1.2 miles and will come to an end as it hits the Mulholland Trail. Turn left here to join the Mulholland Trail. At this point, the trail will level out slightly and go up a series of very gradual switchbacks while also passing a juncture with the Hollyridge Trail. Running another 3/10 of a mile past this juncture you'll reach Mt. Lee Drive. Turn left here to follow Mt. Lee Drive.
Mt. Lee Drive, a paved path, brings you further up the hillside before wrapping around the ridgeline that sits above the Hollywood Sign. You'll be able to enjoy views of L.A. from 100 feet above the sign itself. Once you've enjoyed your time above the sign you can turn around and follow the same route back to the trailhead at the end of Canyon Drive.
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Land Manager: City of Los Angeles - Department of Recreation and Park