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Mt. Hollywood from the Griffith Park Observatory

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3.1 mile 5.1 kilometer out and back
90% Runnable
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 495' 151 m
Descent: -495' -151 m
High: 1,600' 488 m
Low: 1,133' 345 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 6% (3°)
Max Grade: 15% (8°)

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Trail shared by John McKinney

The most popular route to the summit of Mt. Hollywood.

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Overview

This run uses the Charlie Turner Trail, Lower Mount Hollywood Trail, East Ridge (Hogback) Trail, and Mt. Hollywood Trail to take you to the top of Mt. Hollywood, which sits at 1,625 ft.

While there are numerous routes in Griffith Park that lead to the summit of Mt. Hollywood, this route from the Griffith Park Observatory is by far the most popular among L.A. locals and visitors alike.

Description

This run begins with the Charlie Turner Trail at the north end of the Griffith Park Observatory parking area. From here, the trail heads to the north on a dirt path that eventually goes over the top of the Vermont Canyon Rd. tunnel. The trail then makes its way to the northwest while gradually climbing up the hillside before wrapping around a 180-degree bend. After a little over 3/10 of a mile, the trail will then come to an end at a four-way junction just south of the Mt. Hollywood summit.

From here, go straight to link up with the Lower Mount Hollywood Trail and briefly run to the northeast until you reach Dante's View, which hosts a water fountain and picnic tables. The Lower Mount Hollywood Trail ends here and you can turn left at Dante's View on the East Ridge (Hogback) Trail.

Stay on the East Ridge (Hogback) Trail for a couple of hundred feet before making another left turn to join the Mt. Hollywood Trail. After running for a little over 1/10 of a mile, you'll reach the Mt. Hollywood summit. From here, you'll have fantastic views of the entire L.A. Basin and on particularly clear days you might be able to see Mount San Gorgonio, Baldy, and San Jacinto. Once you've enjoyed the views you can return to the Griffith Park Observatory along the same route.

Thanks to John McKinney, The Trailmaster, for sharing this trail description. To learn more about trails in California, check out his guides at The Trailmaster Store.

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View of the Observatory with Down Town Los Angeles in the distance.
Apr 22, 2019 near Hollywo…, CA
From the summit of Mount Hollywood in Griffith Park.
Sep 29, 2016 near Hollywood, CA
The Los Angeles Foothills get lost in the late-afternoon haze.
Jul 1, 2017 near Hollywood, CA
Griffith Observatory and downtown Los Angeles grace the view on a clear day.
Jul 1, 2017 near Hollywood, CA
Mount Hollywood summit.
Oct 25, 2018 near Hollywood, CA
LA is quite beautiful from Dante's View.
Jun 28, 2017 near Glendale, CA

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