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Mount Hollywood Loop

Intermediate
 4.2 (18) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A hilly loop with great views of Griffith Park while summiting Glendale Peak and Mount Hollywood.


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3.7

Miles

5.9

KM

Loop

1,602' 488 m

High

861' 262 m

Low

889' 271 m

Up

880' 268 m

Down

9%

Avg Grade (5°)

26%

Max Grade (14°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Views · Wildlife

Overview

This moderate loop provides great views in Griffith Park as it climbs to the top of Glendale Peak and then the higher, Mount Hollywood summit. The total distance isn't overwhelming so depending on pace and level of fitness, this could be a relaxed day trip with a picnic from a beautiful overlook or a strenuous, non-stop, loop-hike.

Need to Know

There are several turns that have multiple options, so it's important to know which turns to take. Bring a copy of the Griffith Park Map or use the Hiking Project mobile app.

Description

Griffith Park features a number of different trails to explore and this loop has become one of the most popular to experience the park and its terrain.

Start from the Glendale Peak Trailhead and parking area off Vermont Canyon Rd. and head east on the Riverside Trail. This trail is a gradual start to the climb up to Glendale Peak and Mount Hollywood. It ends after ~1 mile.

Take a sharp left onto the East Ridge (Hogback) Trail and head around Glendale Peak looking for Henry's Trail off to the right. Head out on this singletrack until it tops out on the highpoint of Glendale Peak. Return the way you came to the East Ridge (Hogback) Trail and continue north and west along the ridgeline with beautiful views on either side.

Toward the end of this trail look for the left turn onto the Lower Mount Hollywood Trail to check out Dante's View. This featured hike doesn't include this out-and-back option but it is worth the short trip.

From the west end of East Ridge (Hogback) Trail, turn left onto the Mount Hollywood Summit Trail as it gradually ascends the final pitch to the top of Mount Hollywood. Enjoy the breathtaking 360° views and look out over all you've accomplished up until this point.

From the top, head south on the Mount Hollywood Summit Trail as it dives steeply toward the Bird Sanctuary Trail. Be careful on this section as it is very steep and loose. There are alternate routes if this seems unfeasible. From the Bird Sanctuary Trail, it's a half mile back to Vermont Canyon Road and then a hundred yards on the road back to your vehicle.

Flora & Fauna

Coyotes, rabbits, and a few rattlesnakes. Occasional mule deer as well.

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Shared By:

Zander Göpfert

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  4.2 from 18 votes

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Photos

From the summit of Mount Hollywood in Griffith Park.
Sep 29, 2016 near Hollywood, CA
The Los Angeles Foothills get lost in the late-afternoon haze.
Jul 1, 2017 near Hollywood, CA
Griffith Observatory and downtown Los Angeles grace the view on a clear day.
Jul 1, 2017 near Hollywood, CA
Mount Hollywood summit.
Oct 25, 2018 near Hollywood, CA
LA is quite beautiful from Dante's View.
Jun 28, 2017 near Glendale, CA
From the intersection of Mount Hollywood Summit Trail and the Bird Sanctuary Trail at Griffith Park.
Sep 29, 2016 near Hollywood, CA

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Jul 19, 2020
Marcella W
Wide trail - Like most Griffith trails Did counterclockwise. Lots of trails so got off trail a few times. Good for sora 4.5mi — 1h 45m
Sep 30, 2019
Jenny Kampmeier
Sep 19, 2019
Jon Mooney
Make sure to have a map. There are a few intersections where I needed to check which trail to take. 3.5mi — 1h 10m
Jun 22, 2019
David Chang
Jun 12, 2019
Paul Lombardi
May 27, 2019
Jennifer Tzi
3.9mi — 1h 20m
Jan 5, 2019
Alex Curran
Chilly day - morning hike 10-11:30A - Bon Iver is great hiking music 4mi
Jan 5, 2019
Shingo Kasahara