Mount Hollywood Loop

 10 votes

3.7 Miles 5.9 Kilometers


50%

Singletrack

889' 271 m

Ascent

-880' -268 m

Descent

1,602' 488 m

High

861' 262 m

Low

9%

Avg Grade (5°)

26%

Max Grade (14°)

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

Zander Göpfert

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.
Features: Views — Wildlife
Dogs: Leashed

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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Aug 30, 2017
J D
Jul 3, 2017
Nora Killian
Jun 27, 2017
Ernie Rivera
Awesome hike with beautiful views of LA, Burbank and Glendale. 3.7mi — 1h 30m
Jun 15, 2017
Mairead Sullivan
Mar 25, 2017
Christine S
Mar 24, 2017
Aileen Bi
Feb 26, 2017
Simon Chen
The west trail loop through Berlin forest before continuing up to summit of Mt Hollywood. Did the hard scrabble climb rather than following fire road 4.9mi

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