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Lake Hollywood Park, Los Angeles, California - Mountain Matron

Posted on October 28, 2017 at 12:20 AM

Lake Hollywood Park, Los Angeles, California - Mountain Matron


Have a picnic, walk the dog, take the kids to the park or simply sit in your own silence, but this article lets you do it all while getting a real life close up of the globally recognized Hollywood sign.


Situated more than 1,000ft. above the city on Mount Lee in the Santa Monica Mountains of Los Angeles, California is the iconic American Landmark. The sign was established in 1923 as an extreme real estate advertisement for an upscale neighborhood using mule trains to get the supplies up the massive Mount Lee. When first built it was only meant to be used for a very short period. Overlooking the city the sign stretches 45ft. high and 350ft. long. Those numbers may not surprise you but, it may surprise you to know the Hollywood sign we see today is a reduced visual of the original illuminated sign spelling the word “HollyWoodLand”.

The sign has a long history of acknowledgment, some not so glamorous. Well-known entertainers such as Gloria Swanson, Gene Autry, Alice Cooper, and Hugh Hefner stood with the sign when the sign was at its worst making sure to restore, preserve and protect it. Many others agreed, even Panasonic is responsible for the first-rate security system used to monitor the sign. In 1923 the original price tag of $21,000 was unprecedented. Needless to say the sign has also had a tough road to success. After the discovery of a death in 1932, expected deterioration of time, termites, automobile accident, and an arsonist during the late 70’s the sign found itself under massive construction, but it’s only after many efforts of fundraising the sign was rebuilt and beautifully resurrected in Fall 1978. That price tag was a whopping $250,000. The largely viewed sign is truly a beloved Historic Landmark and it has its own trust fund. Today, though not originally built for it, and after 75 years, it is still a globally recognized billboard symbolizing glamour, success, fame, and the magic of movie making.

Lake Hollywood Park

3160 Canyon Lake Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90068

  • No Parking 8PM - 6AM (Tow Signs Are Posted)
  • No Fees
  • Dogs Welcome
  • Picnic Tables
  • Play Structure
  • Moderate Size Grass Field

Once in the residential area simply follow the road all the way until you can see the park. It seems long, but really it’s just a narrow, winding roadway to the upper half of a hillside. Don’t forget your camera!

Find another amazing view of the Hollywood sign outside of Lake Hollywood Park from Griffith Park Observatory, 2800 E Observatory Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90027.

** Please understand due to the tremendous and increasing number of visitors it’s very important you adhere to all laws and restrictions while visiting Lake Hollywood Park, ultimately respecting the homeowners in this neighborhood. The Hollywood sign is restricted and monitored 24/7 behind secure gates by Park Rangers, cameras, and LAPD. It is unlawful to attempt any further viewing beyond those perimeters.


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