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Griffith Observatory Hike: An LA Tour through the Hollywood Hills

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  • 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English
  • Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Experience panoramic views of the Los Angeles skyline as you embark on a 3.5 mile (5.6 km) hike to one of the highest peaks in Griffith Park. Follow your expert guide as they share captivating tales of Hollywood history. Snap some shots of the iconic Hollywood Sign before finishing your tour at the world-famous, iconic Griffith Observatory. Daily departures at 10am and one hour before sunset.
  • Hike through the Hollywood Hills and Griffith Park
  • Take in amazing panoramic views of Los Angeles, Hollywood, the San Fernando Valley and more!
  • Choose between morning or sunset departures
  • Amazing views of the Los Angeles basin

What's Included

  • 2.5-hour Hollywood Hills Hike Tour
  • Unlimited Instagram photo opportunities on this Hollywood Hills Tour
  • Expert First Aid and CPR certified professional local Los Angeles tour guide
  • TikTok filming opportunities on this LA Tour
  • Free Parking at the Greek Theater for this Los Angeles Tour. See posted signs.
  • Expert advice for your stay in LA from your Los Angeles tour guide!
  • Discounts on our other LA sightseeing tours offered by Bikes and Hikes LA Tours
  • Photo guidance and direction for epic photos with the Hollywood Sign on this LA sightseeing tour
  • Historic Los Angeles tour
  • Free Wifi Hotspot on this Los Angeles Tour
  • Insider, Skip-The-Line Access to the Griffith Observatory!
  • Gratuities
  • Bottled water

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • 2700 N Vermont Canyon Rd
    2700 N Vermont Canyon Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90027, USA

    Meet your LA tour guide IN FRONT OF the GREEK THEATER BOX OFFICE in Griffith Park (Box Office has a giant LED screen on top promoting events). Please meet your LA tour guide 15 minutes prior to departure for check in. We are unable to wait for latecomers. Please allow time for LA traffic.

Start time

10:00 AM

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please arrive 15 minutes early to check in with your guide. There are other guests on the LA tour and we can not wait for latecomers.
  • We’ll be walking 3.5 miles (5.6 km) along what is widely considered to be an easy to moderate Hollywood Sign hiking trail
  • Closed-toe shoes are required and layers are recommended
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Young children welcome but should be able to hike on their own.
  • Guests must provide their own water on this tour.
  • Guests joining this tour should be in good health, with a beginner to intermediate fitness expectation on this Los Angeles tour
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Guests should not have a fear of heights, and should not be afraid to break a sweat on this Hollywood Hills Tour
  • Children under 2 years old are free. For this hike tour, children should be 5+ years of age, and able to hike. For guests traveling with younger children/strollers, we recommend our express Hollywood Sign Tour
  • Guests must provide their own water for this Hollywood Hills tour. We recommend that guests bring 2 bottles of water, and to hydrate before, during, and after the Griffith Observatory Hollywood Sign Hike, especially important in the warm summer months!
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 100 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Traveler Tips


I do not recommend that route if you are also afraid of heights.
This hike is advertised as being “easy to moderate.” I would definitely say it is more like moderate to difficult, so be prepared for that.
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Lauris_K, Jan 2023
We were lucky enough to be guided by Katie. Top class, dropped so much knowledge about LA, historical landmarks, secrets and tales! I even boosted to my local friend afterwards and she did not know any of this even though she was born and raised in Manhattan beach.
Great day hiking to Griffith Observatory
Cathy_M, Nov 2022
Our guide Christopher was very kind and knowledgeable. He shared some interesting facts about LA. He brought water and sunscreen for us and was a great photographer.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Best hike in Hollywood!!
Charles_D, Nov 2022
Emily our guide was awesome, fun and so informative! The entire hike was so amazing! The sights you could see from all vantage points was also incredible! Highly recommend, take water!!
A must do for LA newbies
Stephanie_B, Oct 2022
We had a fantastic time on our hike with our guide Emily. She was delightful, had super interesting facts about LA and the landscape, and went at a nice pace for the people in our group who needed more breaks. The hike itself was not that difficult. Definitely had some parts that got your heart rate up but it mostly was more leisurely. 10/10 would recommend!
Our guide Emily made the experience!
Denver_T, Oct 2022
As we were unsure the best route to take for a hike we decided we would go for a guide. And it was the best decision we could of made. Our guides name was Emily, and she was amazing. From filling us in with great information about LA, from making us laugh and making the the hike a lot more enjoyable, she really made the experience. The hike itself was breathtaking and easily the coolest thing we done in our time in LA. I highly recommend doing this.
Emily was the best!!!...
Pamela_P, Sep 2022
Emily was the best!!! She shared her knowledge of LA history with anecdotes of different movie stars the Hollywood sign She made sure we all got the best pictures!! It was not only a great hike but Emily made it better with her fun commentary And her love of what she does!
Great tour!
Jennifer_N, Sep 2022
It was a really beautiful hiking tour. Chris our guide was great, he knew some secret spots for an fantastic view over Los Angeles he also told us a lot about the city. He always took care of us, I really recommend this tour, it was really beautiful.
Hike .. be prepared!
Michelle_L, Aug 2022
This is a real hike not a stroll.. it’s steep & it’s hot in August so be prepared.. we loved it! Good number in the group, Chris set a good pace… & you got a good orientation to LA..
Eric M was a great guide...
Peter_A, Aug 2022
Eric M was a great guide and really added value to the experience. Knowledgable, articulate and helpful at all times, he makes a great story teller...even helped us out with a lift to thecstation at the end. The only reason I gave the visit 4 and not 5 stars is because the expectation for vacine evidence was not made clear, nothing to with Eric but UK kids only have paper evidence which we did not take. Apart from that fantastic.
Take the Hike
Torri_P, Jul 2022
First let me say this... If! you are second guessing if you should take the tour, let me assure you it is worth every penny. Myriam was such a treat as a tour guide, she made the tour exciting while providing a little history lesson. She was attentive and provided snacks as my group trekked up the mountain. I hope Myriam makes it on the big screen and it is everything that she hopes and dreams. Until next time!!!
1 traveler found this review helpful
Awesome Guide!
Joseph_M, Jul 2022
Miriam was amazing - so knowledgeable and kind. She made the trip incredibly memorable. Miriam made sure that everyone was physically well during the hike and she allowed us to provide direction on what we wanted from the day. I would highly recommend Miriam.
Great experience on the Hollywood tour with Noel.
Nydia_E, Jul 2022
My family and I had a great time with our guide Noel. She told us interesting facts and information not only about Mountain Hollywood but of the Los Angeles area. She was also very motivating to keep on going up the mountain which was difficult at time.
Fun Hike!
Wesley_P, Jul 2022
Erick Martinez was the best guide! Funny and interesting historical stories filled our morning hike. The observatory was educationally cool. We also took Erick’s recommendation for a nearby restaurant after (Stamp) and it was super yummy. Great introduction to LA for me and the kiddos.
Response from Host, Jul 2022
Learning about the observatory and the park is a must for a proper LA City tour, it's like not mentioning Central Park in NYC! Erick M. always has great recommendations, whether for food, or what else to see around the Hollywood Hills. Thanks for the great review, we are are happy both you and your kiddos had an amazing time!
Amazing Experience
Gerardo_M, Jun 2022
Our tour guide Katy was great she told us many stories on the history of Griffith Park & Hollywood it was a great hiking trail and would recommend it to anyone interested in trying, it was an overall amazing experience.
Response from Host, Jun 2022
Griffith Park & the Hollywood Hills are pretty magically places and we're glad Katy was able to share them with you! We are greatly appreciative of your review of your Hollywood sightseeing tour and we hope you enjoyed your time LA sightseeing!
Does what it says on the tin
Charlotte_C, Jun 2022
Tour as described and delivered above expectations thanks to a brilliant guide Katie who was knowledgeable and told some amazing stories of Hollywood whilst on the hike; keeping us entertained throughout! Amazing views of all the best locations. Recommend this!
Response from Host, Jun 2022
Keeping our guests engaged is what we like to hear! We are happy Katie was able to give you a great Hollywood Hills tour! We appreciate the stellar review!
Excellent Tour Guide Emily!
Tim_S, Jun 2022
Emily did an incredible job leading us through the Hollywood Hills! Her kindness, consideration and attentiveness to our group was off the charts good!
Great, but challenging, hike
Glenn_C, Jun 2022
This was a slightly more challenging hike than we anticipated, but the 2 mile hike up was worth it for the views. Miriam was a great guide; she was friendly, knowledgable and took care of everyone in the group. If you're happy to hike up 2 miles of Hills then you'll enjoy this tour!
Amazing Hike!
Geralyn_S, Jun 2022
Our tour guide, Myriam, provided a wonderful tour!! She was professional, knowledgeable, and caring. She was very informative about the history of the area. She was very personable, and she continuously asked about our well-being. I would definitely recommend this tour.
A+ Experience
Allie_H, May 2022
Erik Martinez gave a wonderful tour filled with lots history about the Hollywood Sign and Griffith Observatory and plenty of opportunities to take pictures and take in the view along the way! He also gave tips and tricks about staying in LA and provided many safety instructions to the group. I was nervous to hike alone, but the tour was friendly and engaging and I had a great time meeting new people! This was a 10/10 experience and I would definitely do it again!
Super Tour
Cheray_B, May 2022
The hike was super cool and exciting, we saw a couple of coyotes and Mariam was a great tour guide to lead us through this hike 😍
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