Length: 7-8 miles
Elevation Gain: 1700ft (a guess)
Dogs: On Leash (if they can handle steep inclines)
Bathroom at Trailhead: Yes
Difficulty: Moderate (7/10)
What to Bring: Shoes with Good Tread, Water, Snacks, Flashlight and Sweater/Jacket if you get cold easy.
The first 1/2 mile of this hike will be visiting the Bronson Caves (aka Batman Caves). This is the location where they have filmed many movies and TV shows, including the old Batman TV series.
After visiting the caves, we will continue up a very steep foot trail where we will all get sweaty. This is the most difficult part of the hike. The trail will end at a road where we will make a left and follow it up to the Hollywood Sign. We will stop at the peak above the sign to take pictures and have a break.
On the way down, we will take the dirt fire roads which are not very challenging.
Beginners are discouraged to attend this hike due to the steep trail up to the Hollywood Sign.
From Los Angeles: Take the 101 freeway to Gower Street (exit 8C), take the Beachwood Drive ramp, stay straight and go right on Franklin. After half a mile, take a left on Canyon Drive, follow it to the end and park.
From the Valley: Take the Vine exit off highway 101 and keep left at the fork to get to Franklin.
Park on the large dirt lot on the right after driving through the opened gate. If the lot gets full, you can park on the street south of the gate entrance. Please allow sufficient time to park as this area is busy during the day.
Rain will postpone this hike.
Bronson Canyon, or Bronson Caves, is a section of Griffith Park in Los Angeles, California that has become famous as a filming location for a large number of movies and TV shows, especially westerns and science fiction, from the early days of motion pictures to the present. Its craggy and remote-looking setting, but easily accessible location, has made it a prime choice for filmmakers, particularly of low-budget films, who want to place scenes in a lonely wilderness.
Source: Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bronson_Canyon)
The Hollywood Sign (formerly the "Hollywoodland" sign) is a landmark and American cultural icon located in Los Angeles, California. It is situated on Mount Lee in the Hollywood Hills area of the Santa Monica Mountains. The sign overlooks the Hollywood district of Los Angeles, the historical center of American cinema.
Source: Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hollywood_sign)
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