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Griffith Observatory Hike: An LA Tour through the Hollywood Hills

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Griffith Observatory Hike: An LA Tour through the Hollywood Hills

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icon2 hours 30 minutes  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
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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
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2.5-hour Hollywood Hills Hike Tour
Unlimited Instagram photo opportunities on this Hollywood Hills Tour
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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
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Insider, Skip-The-Line Access to the Griffith Observatory!
Gratuities
Bottled water
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.

10:00 AM
This activity will end right where it started.
  • 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
  • OPERATED BY Bikes and Hikes LA Tours
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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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Griffith Observatory Hike: An LA Tour through the Hollywood Hills?
A:The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Griffith Observatory Hike: An LA Tour through the Hollywood Hills.
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What is the policy on sanitization during Griffith Observatory Hike: An LA Tour through the Hollywood Hills?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
See all safety measures taken by Griffith Observatory Hike: An LA Tour through the Hollywood Hills.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Griffith Observatory Hike: An LA Tour through the Hollywood Hills?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Griffith Observatory Hike: An LA Tour through the Hollywood Hills.
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Griffith Observatory Hike: An LA Tour through the Hollywood Hills?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Griffith Observatory Hike: An LA Tour through the Hollywood Hills.

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  • "I do not recommend that route if you are also afraid of heights." See review
  • "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." See review

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star-4
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.
star-5
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!!!
star-5
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.
star-5
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.
star-5
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.
icon 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!
star-5
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.
icon 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!
star-5
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!
icon 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!
star-5
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!
star-5
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!
star-5
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.
star-5
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!
star-5
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 😍
star-5
A nice hike with a nice guide
A_J
, May 2022
Miriam was great. The hike was nice, definitely a bit challenging on the way up… but it was my first real hike in a while so if you are in better shape you’ll be fine. If you have a fear of heights just be aware that the walking path on the way up the mountain is very narrow and close to the edge. I just didn’t look to my left at all lol… it was nerve racking for sure… but a worthwhile experience for those brave enough. You do not get close to the Hollywood sign at all, but you will still be able to take nice photos. The observatory was crowded and I didn’t stay long, so I can’t comment much on that part.
star-5
Great way to start the day!
Karen_A
, May 2022
This tour sounded fun so I signed up. Who wouldn't want to see the Hollywood sign and learn more about the area? Others said it was a moderate hike, and I would agree. Not too challenging at all. Best of all, our guide, Myriam, was personable, funny, and shared interesting stories about the area. At various lookout points, Myriam took multiple photos of all members of the group and even brought along extra water and snacks for us just in case. I'm so glad I took advantage of this excursion and highly recommend it.
star-5
Very nice experience! The...
Adle_L
, May 2022
Very nice experience! The guide Emily was great! We saw some pretty impressive views of the city, the Hollywood Sign and the Griffith Observatory! I really recommend it!
star-5
Whoops, we missed it but ...
Ellen_M
, May 2022
The views. Definitely the views. We actually missed the tour because of poor planning with driving times, but it was still worth it. My husband has a fear of heights. I had totally missed that when I booked. We had a marvelous tour on our own and the views from the Observatory were priceless!
star-5
Great way to start my LA...
Connor_M
, Apr 2022
Great way to start my LA trip. Hike is moderate with the elevation climb, but worth it for the views. Guide was very fun and informative.
star-5
Great way to see LA from amazing hike!
Benjamin_L
, Apr 2022
Amazing hike with my 9 year old son. Liz was awesome - super knowledgeable and fun with a great personality. Would highly recommend to anyone who wants a classic LA experience and to have a wonderful morning of good exercise and fun!
star-5
Totally worth it!
Victoria_L
, Apr 2022
Emily is the best tour guide we’ve ever had! She is local and know so much about LA and Griffith Park. She is funny and warm and made the experience fantastic. She takes great photos too. Griffith Park is a treasure!
star-5
Griffith Observatory Hike
Ruth_M
, Apr 2022
My sister and I had a great hike, it was a awesome experience. Our guide Eric Martinez was really nice, he was knowledge about the area, history and was very patient, he led the hike at a good steady pace so everyone could keep up, which I really appreciated! :)
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