At least once in his or her life, a hiker is required to make a pilgrimage to the Hollywood Sign on Mt. Lee, so why not do it the first Saturday of the New Year?
We'll start on out the Hollyridge Trail until it soon meets up with the Mulholland fire road, which in turn connects to Mt. Lee Drive, which we'll take to the top. While there is a fence preventing people from actually reaching (and vandalizing) the sign itself, the hike will take us just above the gigantic sign.
I recently read that the sign will soon be undergoing some renovation, so it may or may not be covered with scaffolding. No doubt there will be numerous others making the same trek as us, as it's a popular destination.
While I have hiked this route once before, I do not know the exact distance or elevation gain. It is certainly several miles and does involve climbing, so bring plenty of water and sunscreen. But if you pace yourself, this hike should be doable by all, including your pups on a leash.
Does anyone know of a cool place we could go and hang out at afterwards that is nearby? It has to be willing to accept people potentially covered with dust.
Known Dangers: While snakes are possible, they are highly unlikely at this time of year. In any case, by attending this hike you accept responsibility for your own safety.
RAIN CANCELS THIS HIKE.
Here are a few pictures I took while on this hike in 2011. The destination is immediately above the letters of the sign where the road ends.
This rather amusing 'No Hiking' sign is by the Sunset Hollywood Ranch, which takes tourists for horsie rides in the area. Hence, be on the lookout for unpleasant reminders of the horses as you hike.
This was taken from immediately behind the sign, and that is one of the huge letters in the left side of the picture. It will be interesting to see if the other ' welcome sign' down below is still there.
I think it's dorks like this that they are trying to discourage.