It looks like the Hollywood Sign is on track to get a brand new trail to a viewpoint — one that avoids the nearby residential neighborhoods and has potential for good transit connectivity for solid front-facing Sign views for all your selfie needs.

The Los Angeles Board of Supervisors just approved $250,000 in funding from AB 1290 and L.A. City Councilmember David Ryu (CD4) for the John Anson Ford Theatre Trail project. These funds will be added to the existing $1.25 million in County and State funds for community projects, which were secured by Supervisor Sheila Kuehl.

Some of the inspirations for the future trail

The proposed trail would — as you may have guessed from its name — circle the John Anson Ford Theatre on the east side of Cahuenga Pass. The trail will be about a one mile long loop with restrooms, ADA-compliant segments, pedestrian bridges, interpretive signs, and – most importantly – views of the Hollywood Sign and Hollywood Reservoir. The trail should also have excellent views of the southern foothills of Griffith Park, the Hollywood Bowl, and downtown Los Angeles, and appears to be gated to prevent nighttime access.

Any new trail in Los Angeles is a reason for celebration but a trail in the crowded Cahuenga Pass that — unlike the flurry of ill-conceived gondola proposals — could actually alleviate foot and automobile traffic pressure on the Lake Hollywood and Beachwood Canyon neighborhoods and trails looks like a win-win to us.

Earlier this year, we hiked nearly 14 miles in a day to 16 different viewpoints of the Hollywood Sign to highlight exactly how many different places there are to see that big ol’ sign — and how those routes could be greatly improved with a bit of transit connectivity. Currently, Metro Bus lines 222 and 237 stop at the John Anson Ford Theatres … perhaps this new trailhead could serve as the first stop on a route that would also connect the Hollywood Reservoir and Lake Hollywood Parks to take even more cars off the roads?

There is no timeline yet as to when this new trail would be open to the public. A press release sent on October 30, 2018 notes this project is now about 50% funded.

Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Modern Hiker, Author of "Day Hiking Los Angeles," Walking Meditator, Native Plant Enthusiast.





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A New Trail for the Hollywood Sign – M'Online Nov 15, 2018 16:11

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Mark Roulley Nov 11, 2018 13:11

I agree with Victoria..I absolutely love Griffith and just wandering all over from trail to trail..I normally park just outside the gate at Bronson and work my way up to the sign and then try to keep going til dark, one time I had to try to get down the hill at the top of Bronson at dusk it was kinda scary but cool..I guess in a nutshell the thing I like about hiking in that area is if you get lost, you can just walk to the bottom of wherever you are and Uber back to your car..But I have always wondered why there was no way to access the Hollywood Sign from the Forest Lawn area..I mean I am sure you CAN do it, just looks like you are on your own as far as finding your way down..

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Victoria Conway Nov 3, 2018 19:11

Building a new trail to the sign is a great idea, but the location they are proposing is terrible. Cahuenga traffic is already awful and very dangerous when you try turning onto Cahuenga East from any Lake Hollywood neighborhood. Plus those few houses that are going to be surrounded by tourists looking down onto their properties? Terrible. What about making the trail from Forest Lawn? A switch back trail above the cemetaries that can take visitors to a newly built and beautifully engineered viewing deck IN FRONT OF THE SIGN? Warner's already has parking structures on Forest Lawn...so it shouldn't be difficult to add a few more. I'm confident alot of money can be raised just by selling donor plaques, tribute bricks, named garden areas etc...If its designed right, horses could be allowed to get up there.

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letsallbefriends Nov 3, 2018 08:11

what does the view look like of the sign?

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Stephen Nov 1, 2018 18:11In reply to: Stephen

your*
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Stephen Nov 1, 2018 18:11In reply to: Fran

Hi Fran,
Thanks for drawing my attention to this in your newsletter. I appreciate you're even-handed coverage but would like to know more about the opposition you reference in this comment. Specifically, I'd love to know more about why neighborhood leaders don't see this as one of the best solutions for viewing the sign without adding to traffic in the neighborhoods (I live on Beachwood and it seems to make a lot more sense to me to have folks over on the already crowded and built out Cahuenga/Highland corridors than on our street) and what specifically the ecology-minded folks have identified as the flaws with this plan. I'd love to be a part of forming a strategy if that gets going. Thanks! Stephen

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Fran Oct 31, 2018 16:10

You may have been given some optimistic data about this. Most neighborhood leaders in the area as well as ecology minded folks are not in favor of this plan. Perhaps it's time for our groups and the various community watch dogs will have to start taking this seriously and form their strategy now before the bulldozers get moving.

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Regina Oct 30, 2018 21:10

What about the traffic on Cahuenga?!! It's already a mess!

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Lori Oct 30, 2018 16:10

Wow. Cautiously optimistic in Beachwood.

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