Mt. Hollywood from the Griffith Park Observatory
ElevationAscent: 495' 151 m
Descent: -495' -151 m
High: 1,600' 488 m
Low: 1,133' 345 m
GradeAvg Grade: 6% (3°)
Max Grade: 15% (8°)
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“The most popular route to the summit of Mt. Hollywood.”— John McKinney
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.
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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