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Hollywood Sign / Bronson/BATMAN Caves

The Hollywood Sign is the most famous sign in the world. It stretches four stories high and 450 feet long across the top of Mt. Lee in the Hollywood Hills.

Be prepared to have to put up with the 3 Hosts entertaining you again.

With all these people we may have to charge admission.

Built by Los Angeles Times publisher Harry Chandler as an epic $21,000 billboard for the upscale Hollywoodland real estate development, the “Hollywoodland” Sign quickly took on the role of giant marquee for a city that was constantly announcing its own gala premiere. Originally intended to last just a year and a half, the Sign has endured more than eight decades

Total Time: 4 Hours
Elevation: The Hollywood sign is approx 1700 ft. elevation.
Distance:
7 - 8 miles
Hike Level:
5 to 6 of 10 Intermediate and upper intermediate.  NOT a beginner hike. BUT it is STILL A FUN HIKE

We will meet at the parking lot in Bronson Canyon.  From Franklin, turn north on Canyon (at Gelson's Market) approx. 2 miles north of Franklin ...you will drive through an opened gate to the large dirt parking lot on your right.  If the lot gets full, you can park on the street south of the gate entrance.

 

See Map at top

We will start by visiting the famous Bronson Caves AKA the Batman Caves where they filmed many movies and the Batman TV series, and hundreds of B movies such as the ones shown here.

Wear good hiking shoes.  Bring water and snacks.

The first 1/2 mile after visiting the Batcaves will be up steep foot trails behind the caves.  You will get a good workout.  You must have good tread on your shoes. This will be the most difficult part and I rate it at level 7 or upper Intermediate-.  Then when we reach the road and the balance of the hike will be Intermediate or level 5... we will follow it as it winds around, going by Captain's Roost and on to the intersection at Mt. Hollywood Drive.  From there we take the trail traversing the mountain until we get to the paved road on up to the Hollywood Sign.  We will stop at the peak above the sign and take a break and eat snacks.

Coming back down we will take the dirt fireroads...not challenging.

My pace is slow or moderate.  I will take breaks along the way.

Dogs OK

Do not sign up if you do not intend coming.  Be courteous and make room for another if you change you mind by posting "no" on your RSVP.

There won't be any lingerie on this hike.

Lee Zebold / Hike Leader

Shannon and Scott - Co-Hosts

 

 

 

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  • Ken S.

    3 · July 1, 2013

    • Scott H.

      Don't recall that. Lol!

      July 3, 2013

    • sondra

      it was the ghost of alicew cooper

      July 3, 2013

  • Joyce H

    Ah the Bat Team video is so cool!

    1 · July 1, 2013

    • sondra

      awesome

      July 1, 2013

    • Larry T

      I arrived late - just in time to miss that grande performance.

      July 3, 2013

  • Ken S.

    Lee just to elaborate on what I was saying the other day, Alice Cooper led a campaign to restore the crumbling sign in 1978. Other donors included Hugh Hefner and Andy Williams.
    The Wiki description is actually pretty good!

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hollywood_Sign

    1 · July 1, 2013

  • Adam

    Nice hike with nice group , see you soon guys :)

    1 · June 30, 2013

  • Lee Z.

    Ha Ha....you folks who cancelled because of the weather missed out. It was not that hot....it was warm, but not so much as to regret the hiking trip. Some people didnt bring enough water, and learned a lesson on that score. By the time I got to my car it was a 5 hour event for me. Would do it again in a flash.

    5 · June 30, 2013

  • Ken S.

    GREAT!!!!

    1 · June 30, 2013

  • Linda W

    I really wanted to do this hike! But my guests cancelled on me due to the heat. And I'm worried since its already too hot at 7am. Sorry to back out. Please be safe and have plenty of cold drinks at hand!

    3 · June 29, 2013

    • Scott H.

      We missed u! See you next time!

      2 · June 29, 2013

    • Linda W

      Yes, looking forward to the next one.

      June 29, 2013

  • Larry T

    Great hike! Thanks Lee, Shannon, Scott !!

    1 · June 29, 2013

  • Larry T

    OMG! 08:30 AM? Really? It hurts getting up so early.

    Sent: 02:33 AM

    June 29, 2013

    • Lynda

      I signed up and 5 minutes later Unsigned... I don't know why I thought this hike was Sunday.... didn't have my contacts in!

      June 29, 2013

    • sondra

      ha ha Prius. Detective Samson: You were drag racing?
      Nick Hendricks: Mmm.
      Detective Samson: In a Prius?
      Nick Hendricks: I don't win a lot.

      June 29, 2013

  • Estellaleigh F.

    Top 10 things I learned on the way to the Hollywood sign. 1. I hate hiking in the heat. 2. Dehydrated people don't need to pee. 3. Lee is a hilarious. 4. I've made some really neat friends over the past few months. 5. Shannon is super dedicated to the welfare of the group. 6. Scott is a mensch. 7. 2 liters of water isn't enough. 8. I need ice packs. 9. This group can make even intolerable circumstances fun. 10. The Los Angeles Hiking Group is awesome!

    3 · June 29, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      The LA Hiking Group is the Best, and you're a big part of out family Ms. E, you're the BEST too ...

      2 · June 29, 2013

    • sondra

      funny thing is after 4 bottles of frozen water I still needed to pee at the end LOL.

      June 29, 2013

  • Shannon A.

    I hope everyone was able to rehydrate and rest afterwards!

    1 · June 29, 2013

    • Shannon A.

      You all did a fantastic job! Be proud of yourselves.

      June 29, 2013

    • sondra

      yep jumped in the pool

      1 · June 29, 2013

  • sondra

    loved the batman song can't wait to see the video!!!

    1 · June 29, 2013

  • Janet

    Thank you Batman, Robin, and Batgirl for organizing this hike!

    2 · June 29, 2013

  • BJORN

    Soooooooo Terrrrrific!!!!!!!!!!

    1 · June 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Im going to Open a spot for someone on the waiting list, OK ?

    June 25, 2013

    • Ken S.

      The NSA has already informed him, LOL!!!

      1 · June 27, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      lol

      1 · June 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    YOU GUYS ARE THE BEST of the BEST !!!!

    June 29, 2013

  • Magdalena

    Thank you so much for your time to organize such an awesome hike. Thank you SO MUCH SCOTT for waiting, staying with us and your patience.

    1 · June 29, 2013

  • Scott H.

    Holy fireballs Batman, it's smokin' hot!

    2 · June 29, 2013

  • Efrain

    That was just awesome!!! The leaders were damn ready with their batman shirts and their good spirit!!

    2 · June 29, 2013

  • Cheri

    Scott. Thsnk u for your help. See u soon.
    Cheri

    1 · June 29, 2013

  • Joyce H

    I'm here. I don't see people!

    June 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    On my way!

    June 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    On my way!

    June 29, 2013

  • Shannon A.

    I would've changed the time to come out earlier, but didn't know if a days notice would've enough time for everyone to realize.

    2 · June 29, 2013

  • Flora

    The temperature is going to be too much for me, so i need to cancel. But really want to do this hike some time.

    June 29, 2013

  • *V*ivien

    I am surely going to miss this hike! It sounds so much fun!

    June 29, 2013

  • caryn

    Sorry work came up dammit

    June 28, 2013

  • Karen

    Really look forward to doing this hike in cooler weather.

    June 28, 2013

  • Karen

    Won't be able to make this hike. Hope you will do it another time.

    June 28, 2013

  • david s.

    i'm gonna pass on this one due to the weather forecast, so someone can take my spot. Like to try it sometime when its a little cooler.

    June 28, 2013

    • Jay

      A good hat, and 99-Cent Store flexible Freez Paks stuffed in ya hotspots may do the trick! I'll let ya know how it goes!

      June 28, 2013

  • Jumana

    I live in Encino. carpool anyone?

    June 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is anybody coming from West la? I would love to carpool. Thanks

    June 12, 2013

    • Tim

      See e-mails (just sent out).

      June 27, 2013

    • Tim

      Hey -- haven't heard from either of you with where you want to meet. E-mail me at [masked] and I'll send you my cell phone number if you still want to carpool.

      June 28, 2013

  • Belen

    Change of plans, my guess has to work

    June 28, 2013

  • Jumana

    :)

    June 28, 2013

  • Larry T

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    June 25, 2013

    • sondra

      no wine on this hike!

      June 27, 2013

    • Scott H.

      lol, Sondra, you mean no whine on this hike?

      1 · June 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    2

    June 27, 2013

  • Cindyroy

    Oops! Two months ago, I committed to showing up and doing something else on Saturday, and I just got a reminder. Enjoy the shows, all!

    June 27, 2013

  • Margo P.

    my last class this sat, cant wait to join the next hike with you guys!

    1 · June 27, 2013

  • Larry T

    Hey, what's going on over here? My Norton Internet Security just gave me a warning about this website. Something about parental control and men wearing lingerie?

    1 · June 24, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      nothing wrong with men wearing lingerie .... if they look like a woman.

      1 · June 25, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I'm missin' my Larry ...

      1 · June 26, 2013

  • Rimona

    140 hikers??? That's a log! Not sure I wanna step on one another! LOL

    June 25, 2013

    • Shannon A.

      Or something better... hehe :-)

      June 26, 2013

    • Ken S.

      Ooooh, I could do that... If I knew about it of course... Shhhhhh.....
      I was gonna do it Thursday but maybe I'll wait for Friday...

      1 · June 26, 2013

  • Julie

    Any thoughts on the heat this weekend? I show 88 in Los Angeles, I've heard it's going to be humid too.

    June 26, 2013

    • Lee Z.

      Well, at least we won't have to cancel the hike due to rain

      1 · June 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    No lingerie- darn- lol! Don't u just love when Facebook "corrects" your words!

    June 12, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I think she's talking about auto-correct ....

      1 · June 25, 2013

    • Shannon A.

      Yeah, but she kept mentioning fb doing the autocorrect. Which fb has nothing to do with our meetups.

      June 26, 2013

  • David B.

    umm wait... why no lingerie ? Now what am I gonna hike in ?

    1 · June 12, 2013

    • Shannon A.

      Those would be perfect for the theme! We have socks to go as well...

      June 14, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      sexy ...

      1 · June 25, 2013

  • David B.

    Unless a gig comes up.. Im there...and..a gig has been booked....argh

    June 23, 2013

    • Lee Z.

      I hear that. Years ago I did part time work as an Extra. When you got the call, you were there from 7 to 7. A lot of sitting around. But they fed us good.

      June 25, 2013

    • David B.

      lol.. from what I have heard.. the food IS the only good part of that gig

      June 25, 2013

  • Andreas G.

    sorry, turns out I can't make it. Next time.

    June 25, 2013

  • Lee Z.

    Just in case some of you didn't read the description (oh, I know that never happens) this hike is rated 5 and 6 out of 10. The means part of the hike could be considered upper intermediate !! This is not a beginner hike.

    June 25, 2013

  • Scott H.

    Always good advice Larry! Our planned route is not the fire road up Bronson Canyon. Proper footwear is advised.
    Rimona, I'll try to keep my size 12s from stepping on anyone! ;)

    June 25, 2013

  • Shannon A.

    A majority of us all know, that up to 50% of everyone signed up, WON'T show. So if you know that you're not/unable to join us Sat, please update your RSVP! Others still on the wait list will appreciate it.

    June 24, 2013

  • Jay

    Driving from Hollywood if anyone interested in carpooling.

    June 24, 2013

  • Cynthia E.

    Getting my air conditioner installed (finally).

    1 · June 24, 2013

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