The easiest way to hike to the Hollywood sign is to walk up Beachwood road to the top and walk through the gate.
There has been a long legal battle with the local residents who were concerned about safety. Tourists and hikers would park on the once quiet streets and sometimes knock on doors to use the bathroom.
Sunset Ranch Hollywood Stables at the end of Beachwood drive filed a lawsuit that claimed pedestrian use of their road/gate was interfering with their ability to do business. A judge agreed.