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If you’ve attempted to visit the iconic Hollywood Sign on Mount Lee, you’ll know that access points are limited. What starts as a fun hike down cinematic memory lane can result in parking headaches, few restrooms and limited drinkable water stations.
High traffic in the nearby communities of Beachwood Canyon and Lake Hollywood Estates has residents concerned for visitor’s safety as the roads are not built to handle excessive pedestrians & cyclists and the more than 40 tour companies passing through the neighborhoods daily.
To reduce traffic in surrounding neighborhoods, the Hollyridge Trail at Beachwood Drive was closed off by the city, forcing Hollywood Sign sightseers and hiking enthusiasts to the northern parts of Beachwood Canyon where parking remains limited.
The Hollywood Trust recommends Hollywood Sign enthusiasts visit two viewing platforms at the Hollywood and Highland Center, as well as the Griffith Observatory. For closest access to the Hollywood Sign, the Bronson Canyon entrance is preferred.
If you’re heading to the historic Hollywood Sign — which originally read HOLLYWOODLAND and for a brief moment in 1976 and again in 2017, ‘HOLLYWeeD’ — be sure to preplan your parking arrangements and entry point. Keep an eye out for the more than 200 species of birds, 50 species of butterflies and 40 species of mammals, including a lone male mountain lion known as ‘P-22’.
If hiking Griffith Park and Mount Lee sounds debilitating, Warner Bros recently proposed a tramway that would run from their Burbank Studios lot, bringing spectators up close to the Hollywood Sign. The proposal was not submitted with a timeline so construction of the 6-minute tram ride may be delayed by several years, if approved.