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GRIFFITH OBSERVATORY HIKE

The Best LA Tour - Featuring the Griffith Observatory!

Quick Details

  • Tour Description: This LA tour features the best views of the Los Angeles sprawl (including the Hollywood Sign!) and an exclusive, skip-the-line, insider’s Griffith Observatory museum tour
  • Departure Time: 10 AM / 365 days a year. Limited availability. Book Now
  • Private Tour: Make your Griffith Observatory tour private for a one-time fee of $125 per group at checkout
  • Standard Length: 2.5 hours
  • Distance: 3.5 miles round-trip (5.6 km)
  • Meeting PlaceGreek Theatre Box Office, Griffith Park
  • Parking: Free parking available, pay attention to posted signs. Public transit available
  • Fitness Level: Easy to Moderate. Great for families. (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)

For answers to frequently asked questions, click here.

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VOTED #1 TOUR IN LOS ANGELES 5 YEARS IN A ROW!

“I promise it will be your favourite LA experience.” – Claudia Winkleman (The Times UK, host, Strictly Come Dancing.)

 

SoCalPulse Magazine named our Sunset Hike the #1 tour for hiking in LA and a must-do! See the story here: SoCalPulse.

How to do West Hollywood like a celebrityES Insider

Los Angeles Itinerary How to spend 3 days in LA  – Passports Stamps

Hike up to the famous Hollywood Sign in Los Angeles – Bob Vila

Hollywood, Los Angeles: Where you’ll find the world’s most entertaining tour guide – Traveller

Griffith Observatory Hike Highlights

  • Hollywood Sign
  • Griffith Park Observatory VIP Insider Museum Tour
  • Chance to catch a glimpse of LA celebrities hiking with their dogs on this Hollywood Hills Hike!
  • Visit Famous Film Locations, including:
    • La La Land
    • Rebel Without a Cause
    • Batman
    • Terminator
    • Who Framed Roger Rabbit
    • Friends With Benefits
    • Yes Man
    • Back to the Future
    • Adele’s Comeback Concert!
  • Hands down the best views of the LA metropolis
  • Hollywood History
  • Hollywood Sign Viewpoint
  • Hollywood Sign Photo Opportunity
  • Los Angeles History
  • Greek Theatre
  • Mount Hollywood
  • Views of:
    • Downtown LA
    • Netflix
    • Paramount
    • Beverly Hills
    • West Hollywood
    • Forest Lawn Mausoleum
    • LA River
    • Century City
    • Silver Lake
    • Los Feliz
    • Hollywood studios
    • Santa Monica
    • Venice
    • Griffith Park Observatory

What We’ll Do on this Los Angeles Tour

Your expert Los Angeles tour guide will lead you on a 3.5 mile (5.6 km) Griffith Park hike to the highest peak in the park. This LA sightseeing tour features the best views of LA you will ever get.

As you take in those jaw-dropping views of Los Angeles, your Hollywood tour will feature fascinating tales of Hollywood History, up-close and personal sightseeing visits to famous filming locations, multiple stops for Instagram photos and bathroom breaks, and for the grand finale, we’ll take you inside the world-famous Griffith Observatory museum for a VIP Los Angeles tour.

Once you’ve snagged some beautiful panoramic views from the summit, you’ll walk over to an overlook where you’ll get the picture-perfect shot of the Hollywood Sign, bound to fill your Instagram followers with envy. (Our guides rock at taking photos, too, so you’re in great hands.) Finally, you’ll head over to the Griffith Observatory and wrap up your Los Angeles tour with a grand finale of (literal) stars, unforgettable views, and memories to last a lifetime. Feel free to stay at the Griffith Observatory as long as you’d like!

What is Provided on this Los Angeles Tour

  • Expert Los Angeles Tour Guide – CPR/First Aid Certified
  • Exclusive “Cut the Line” Griffith Observatory tour
  • Best photo opportunities of the Los Angeles sprawl
  • Free parking near the Griffith Observatory
  • Photo opportunities with the Hollywood Sign
  • Historic Los Angeles tour
  • Expert advice for your stay in Los Angeles

What to Expect on this Los Angeles Tour

  • 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
  • Guests joining this tour should be in good health, with a beginner to intermediate fitness expectation on this Los Angeles tour
  • 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!

What to Bring on this Los Angeles Tour

  • All guests must bring water on our LA tours. We recommend 24 oz or more
  • Comfortable shirt and shorts/pants
  • Jacket, windbreaker, or sweatshirt (check the weather)
  • Closed-toe shoes with good tread
  • Sunglasses/hat
  • Sunblock
  • Don’t forget your camera! You’ll get the best view of the Hollywood Sign and the Griffith Observatory, so be sure to tag us on Instagram @bikesandhikesla

Private Los Angeles Tour Option

All of our Los Angeles tours can be made private for an additional one time fee of $125 per group. When booking a private Hollywood Hills tour, please include your desired start time in the “notes” section. Our Griffith Observatory tour is also an excellent option for corporate group tours in Los Angeles.

Keep in Mind

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking your Los Angeles tour
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off, and on site storage area not included on this LA tour
  • Gratuities for guide are not included in the booking cost. 15-20% is recommended for this Los Angeles tour
  • Guests must confirm their tour 24 hours in advance of this Hollywood Hills tour

Parking for this Los Angeles Tour

Free public parking available in the lot next to the Greek Theatre. for the Hollywood Sign Tour. No car? No problem! Click here for LA Metro’s Trip Planner

Cancellation Policy for this Hollywood Tour

Just book it! You can cancel or make changes no later than 24 hours in advance of your booking, for a full refund or to reschedule your Hollywood Hills Hike tour! If you happen to miss the 24-hour mark, you’re guaranteed credit to use at a more convenient time. You’ll also have the opportunity to transfer your tour to someone you like (or to whom you owe a favor).

We also offer 2 daily HIKING TOURS

THE OFFICIAL HOLLYWOOD SIGN HIKE – Go in front and behind the sign on this 4 mile (6.4 km) hike tour

THE OFFICIAL HOLLYWOOD SIGN TOUR – An EXPRESS version of The Original Hollywood Sign Hike. Go directly below the Hollywood sign on this 90 minute leisurely walk

For answers to frequently asked questions, click here.

WE HAVE GIFT CARDS!

Give a gift card to any of our Los Angeles tours! Find the best gifts for your family, friends, and loved ones at Bikes and Hikes LA! We wish you safe travels and we’ll see you in LA!

Our Griffith Observatory Tour is Great for Kids!

Our Griffith Park Observatory Tour is an incredible LA hike tour for kids of all ages! This family friendly Los Angeles Hollywood Hills Hike is an activity that your children will love. Kids ages 7-97 will enjoy exploring Griffith Park, hiking to the top of Mount Hollywood, snagging the best views of the Hollywood Sign, and exploring the famous Griffith Observatory on this LA tour. This Hollywood tour is available in the morning and features the best views in Los Angeles! Take your family on our Hollywood Hills Hike tour- the top kid-friendly activity on your next trip to Los Angeles!

The Grand Finale: The Griffith Observatory!

Our Hollywood Hills Hike tour culminates in an insider tour of the famed Griffith Observatory, the most famous place to visit in LA, and one of Hollywood’s top filming locations.
After your 2.5 hour Los Angeles tour, guests have the option to take a tour of the Griffith Observatory with your guide. Your guide will point out some of the Observatory highlights and share the rich history of the Griffith Observatory with you.
You will then have the option of spending as much time as you’d like to spend at the Observatory! We highly recommend taking a few hours to take in all of the exhibits at the Griffith Observatory, see a show at the planetarium, and enjoy the spectacular views offered from the Observatory’s hillside perch. Following the Los Angeles tour, the afternoon is yours; spend as much time at the Observatory as you’d like.

After your Los Angeles Tour: Pickup at the Griffith Observatory

Uber/Rideshare
Once guests reach the Griffith Observatory, guests have the options to be picked up via Uber/Lyft/Taxi/ride share in front of the Griffith Observatory. Simply connect to the WiFi at the Observatory, and request a ride home from your Hollywood Hills hike tour.
DASH Bus
Guests touring Los Angeles may also ride the DASH bus from the Griffith Observatory to the Greek Theatre and connect to subsequent Metro stations. The DASH bus picks guests up in front of the Observatory every 5-10 minutes, and costs 50 cents (cash only) to ride. It takes approximately 5 minutes to ride the DASH bus back to the Greek Theatre parking lot.
Walking back to the Greek Theatre
Guests wishing to finish strong and who are physically able may walk from the Griffith Observatory back down to the Greek Theatre parking lot. The walk to the Greek Theatre takes approximately 15 minutes, and there are a pedestrian sidewalk and street lamps.
Parking
We strongly recommend taking either a ride-share or public transit to both the Greek Theatre and the Griffith Observatory for this Hollywood Hills hike, as parking is limited in both venues.
Note:
*Our Griffith Observatory hike tour lasts 2.5 hours. Following the Hollywood Hills hike tour, guides will bring guests into the Griffith Observatory for an insider highlights tour. Guests may spend as long as they’d like at the Observatory following the hike tour and insider tour. We know you’ll love exploring the Griffith Observatory!

*Note: The Griffith Observatory is closed on Mondays. Hours vary due to COVID-19.

For guests who would like to take a private Los Angeles tour, fill out our custom LA tour form here.

Our daily Griffith Observatory/Hollywood Sign hike tour introduces you to the most famous Instagram photo in Los Angeles – the best viewpoint of the Hollywood Sign in famed Griffith Park!

With stunning panoramic vistas, famously sunny weather, and year-round warm temperatures, Los Angeles is perfect for hiking tours. Our daily Hollywood Sign hikes deliver a unique and memorable sightseeing experience that highlight some of LA’s many outdoor and natural attractions, as well as hidden gems that most other LA tours overlook.

This LA tour begins at the Greek Theater in Griffith Park, which is one of the largest urban parks in the United States. Covering over 4,300 acres in central Los Angeles, Griffith Park is a natural oasis in the heart of the city, with elevated summits that provide stunning views of the iconic cityscape. Griffith Park is also one of the top Los Angeles tourist destinations and filming locations in the world. You’ll learn all of its secrets, take the best Hollywood Sign photos, and make unforgettable memories on our Hollywood Hills hike!

As we hike up to vantage points that offer sweeping 360-degree views, we’ll visit a long list of Los Angeles sightseeing attractions and destinations including a front-of-line, insider’s tour of the Griffith Observatory, prominently featured in the classic movie Rebel Without a Cause, and of course, the world-famous Hollywood Sign on this Hollywood Hills Hike tour.

This Hollywood Hike Tour also travels through the Griffith Park’s beautiful bird sanctuary, peaking on Mount Hollywood for an Instagram-worthy photo opportunity. Our family-friendly Los Angeles tours are ideal for guests of all skill levels, and deliver a great workout without being too challenging.

All in all, you’ll enjoy a two-and-a-half hour Hollywood Hills Hike tour, filled with beautiful sunshine and fascinating insights delivered by our expert tour guides.

You can join our Hollywood Sign Tours 365 days a year!

Come see why media outlets and major travel publications including National Geographic, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, Forbes Travel Guide, Lonely Planet, and many others are raving about our unique brand of Los Angeles Hike tours and experiences. Book your Hollywood hills hike tours online today!

Our #1 LA Hike Tour was recently listed in the Top 15 Walking Tours in the USA!

“I promise it will be your favourite LA experience.” – Claudia Winkleman (The Times UK, host, Strictly Come Dancing.)

 

SoCalPulse Magazine named our Sunset Hike the #1 tour for hiking in LA and a must-do! See the story here: SoCalPulse.

How to do West Hollywood like a celebrityES Insider

Los Angeles Itinerary How to spend 3 days in LA  – Passports Stamps

Hike up to the famous Hollywood Sign in Los Angeles – Bob Vila

Hollywood, Los Angeles: Where you’ll find the world’s most entertaining tour guide – Traveller

Voted #1 tour in Los Angeles 5 years in a row.

What is a Hollywood Hills Hike Tour?

The Griffith Observatory tour at Bikes and Hikes LA commences when you meet your Hollywood hiking tour guide at the Greek Theater box office, and concludes after you climb to the summit of Mount Hollywood, the second-highest peak in Griffith Park. Along this Los Angeles tour, your LA tour guide will regale you with tales of famous films shot in Griffith Park, explain the illustrious only-in-the-movies history of the park, and point out famous Hollywood locations from multiple panoramic viewpoints on this Hollywood Hills hike. You’ll hike out to an overlook where you’ll get incredible Instagram pictures of the Hollywood Sign, and then culminate your guided Hollywood Sign hike tour with an insider’s tour of the iconic Griffith Observatory– skip the line at this famed LA sightseeing attraction and enjoy the celestial wonders and rich history presented to you by your guide. Griffith Park is also an Instagrammer’s paradise– and your guide will make sure to take countless photos of you with the Hollywood Sign and throughout your Los Angeles tour.

Who Can Take our Hollywood Hills Hike Tour?

We welcome hikers of all ages (from 6-96!) who are up for a challenge and in good physical shape to join us on any of our Los Angeles hike tours! We also offer private hiking tours of Los Angeles, and our Hollywood Hills Hike is a popular option for groups looking for team building tours of Los Angeles. Give us a call today to coordinate your Hollywood Sign tour.

Why Take a Los Angeles tour?

Our Hollywood Hills tours are a wonderful way for guests to get a rigorous workout with a healthy side helping of trivia, fun facts, filmography, and photographic paradise. When you book a Hollywood Sign tour, you’re able to simultaneously hike while receiving a guided narrative of the 25+ mile panoramic vista surrounding you on all sides of Mount Hollywood. With the help of a dynamic LA tour guide, guests are able to situate themselves within the massive urban sprawl of LA, and take in infinite sites, top attractions, and filming locations within Los Angeles on our Hollywood Sign tours. Our LA tour guides are seasoned professionals in all things Los Angeles and spirited performers, who love nothing more than to give you countless recommendations to make your Hollywood Sign Tours truly unforgettable.

When are your Hollywood Hills tours held?

We are open 24/7, 365 days per year, evenings, weekends, holidays, you name it. Book an LA sightseeing hike tour ANY TIME.

Where can I take your LA hike tour?

Our Hollywood hike tours are launched from the famous Greek Theater in Griffith Park. You’ll receive directions with your confirmation– allow for extra time, thanks to that iconic LA traffic:) Your LA tour guide will be waiting for you at the Greek Theater Box Office with a bottle of water for you to hydrate during the Hollywood Hills Hike tour. On our Los Angeles tours, you’re able to modify your meeting place and end point to suit your group’s needs. Once everyone has checked in, we begin our climb!

Who will my Los Angeles tour guide be?

Our LA hike tour guides hail from all over the planet- from New York, to Estonia, to right here in Los Angeles! All of our LA hiking guides bring a treasure trove of knowledge, a flair for storytelling, a passion for sharing our fair city with you, and endless amounts of positive energy. We also *rock* at cell phone photography; let us capture you holding, blowing a kiss, or eating the Hollywood Sign for the perfect Instagram shot on your Los Angeles tour!

This tour sounds right up my alley! Can I book my guided LA tour right now?

You sure can, right here. Catch you on the trails!