Take a shot from the end of the deer trail. To get this wonderful shot of the Hollywood Sign, you’ll have to hike for a few minutes on a deer trail. Not all can do this and large groups of people might not want to chance it. Those who cannot hike, should choose the Bronson Caves up in Bronson Park for their best shot of the Hollywood Sign.
You’re looking up Western Ave from Franklin Ave. Turn left up Western and stay in the left lane. You’re about to turn left up Ferndell into the park.
Turn Left up Ferndell into the park.
This is such a sweet drive. This is a perfect place to take your family for a picnic or a stimulating walk next to the little brook that runs along this road. Park and check it all out before going for your photo opportunity hike on the Deer Trail. Take your time driving up through Ferndell Park
Hungry? Before or after a hike in Griffith Park, Trails is a great stop. This just might be the best idea you’ve had all day. Stop in for a light snack or beverage. There’s a picnic area across the street and a tot lot where the kiddies can play. This could be the beginning or the ending of a perfect day in Hollywood. Welcome to paradise.
There’s even more parking up Ferndell on the left
Check out the numerous picnic spots in Ferndell Park. There are many more as you venture throughout Griffith Park. Enjoy and remember, no smoking, no fire, okay? If you’re traveling with children, Ferndell Park and Griffith Park should be high on your list of things to do while in Hollywood.
On your right, near the picnic grounds is a great tot lot. There are many of these in Ferndell and Griffith Park.
If you pull over on your way to Mt. Hollywood Drive, you can get shots of the Griffith Park Observatory.
Park here before you actually reach Mt. Hollywood Road. At Mt. Hollywood Road, you will only have two choices: to the left and through the tunnel takes you to the Greek Theater, to the right up the hill takes you to the Griffith Park Observatory with its parking, bathrooms and view spots.
This is a view of where Ferndell stops. The road at the top going to the left is Mt. Hollywood Dr. No cars permitted but it’s wide, paved and ready for the beginning of your hike.
Looking up Mt. Hollywood Drive, you’re ready to begin your short hike to the Deer Trail. Remember, no smoking or cooking. This is a short, sweet hike past the water tower and out to the end of the Deer Trail which overlooks Bronson Caves.
The roadway to the trailhead is wide and pleasant. From the fire gate to the trail head is a very short walk.
Keep walking on Mt. Hollywood Drive but don’t miss some of the great scenery on your way.
Here’s a photo from Mt. Hollywood Drive. You can see how many trails there are in these wonderful hills. People that live here for years are still discovering deer trails for the very first time. Don’t forget to bring water, sun block, a few munchies and a cell phone.
You’re almost to the trailhead. There’s a trash can on the left so please don’t liter.
You’re getting close when you can see the sign peaking out between the trees. While hiking to get this shot, I heard a gasp of delight come from one of the tourists as the sign became visible to her. Delight is the same in any language.
You’re approaching the trailhead on the left. Remember to use that trash can for any liter you have. Never hike alone. If you must, just let them know you’re taking the Mt. Hollywood Deer trail and give them the link to this website.
Standing on Mt. Hollywood Dr. at the trailhead, you are in full view of the sign. It gets even better.
If you’re like many tourists, you’ll want to start taking shots of the Hollywood Sign right away:
This is the trailhead. But you knew that because there’s the trashcan on the left and the Hollywood Sign on your right.
Walk towards the water tower. It’s at the end of this wide trail.
Other trails can be seen while hiking. Griffith Park is a hiker’s dream.
Stay on this trail until you get to the water tower.
These hikers have just taken the hike you’re taking.
You’re almost to the water tower. You’ll be looking for a small deer trail on the right as you pass that water tower.
Pass the water tower on the right and look for the little deer trail.
You’re at the actual deer trail. Follow this carefully stopping once in a while to take a shot of the surroundings.
That’s the deer trail. It continues for a while but take your time. Be careful and please, don’t leave this trail. The hillsides are very soft and slippery
Stay on this narrow trail. You’re almost there. While on this narrow trail, take a moment to catch a shot of the Hollywood Sign.
Using your zoom feature, get a close up of that sign. Getting good, right?
Okay, this trail is so fun, some like to jog on it.
You’re approaching the very end of the trail.