By far the most popular hiking trail in all of Griffith Park. The climb is very rewarding with an incredible view of Los Angeles, the Pacific Ocean and the San Fernando Valley. The trail starts in Fern Dell at the entrance to Griffith park. The more popular and much shorter trail begins at the north end of the Griffith Observatory parking lot at the Charlie Turner trailhead.
While you're there, you might as well check out the observatory. "The Griffith Observatory has been a major Los Angeles landmark since 1935. It was visited by nearly two million people each year and ranked as one of the top tourist attractions of Southern California. It sits on the southern slope of Mount Hollywood where it commands a stunning view of the Los Angeles basin below." Special Thanks to http://www.griffithobs.org
While in Griffith Park you can also do a number of activities including: Golf, Horseback Riding, Jogging, Tennis, Swimming and Soccer.
To reach the trailhead take the Hollywood Freeway/101 and exit in Hollywood at Sunset Blvd. Take Sunset east to Western Avenue turning north (left) and follow Western where it turns right becoming Loz Feliz Blvd. Turn left at the first traffic light Ferndell Drive into Griffith Park and head north parking near the Ferndell Nature Museum. Or, you can park up at the famous Griffith Observatory and use the Charlie Turner Trailhead instead (which is at the mouth of the parking lot). This shortens the climb significantly.
No permits or special passes requiered. ABSOLUTELY NO SMOKING OR FIRE LIGHTING ON THE TRAIL. The area is a high risk spot for fires. Last time I checked, there was no fee for parking. No camping allowed. Their is a warning for rattlesnakes at the trailhead, but it is VERY unlikely you will actually encounter one, due to the fact that the trail is so busy.
When To Climb
Any time of year, but you might want to arrive in the morning before the crowds. Currently, the Griffith Observatory is under construction and parking space is limited. There is a water fountain half way up, but you should bring water in case it is very hot.
NO CAMPING on the mountain, although there is camping in Griffith Park
Trail is in great condition. It is as wide as a road and i believe it is maintained by the City Of Los Angeles.