I hiked up Mount Lee for the first time a couple weekends ago. As a resident of an iconic place, you’ve got to be sort of cool about the sights and stars, but I took unchecked pleasure in this adventure. If you’re in LA, it’s worth the easy 3 mile trek from Sunset Ranch (of Mulholland Drive fame, natch).
The Hollywood Sign is undergoing a major new paint job and facelift for the first time in 35 years.
The sign was first hauled up to the top of Mount Lee as an advertisement for a new land development called “Hollywoodland.” In 1949, the “land” portion of the sign was taken down, leaving the shorter, more generic and now more famous nine-letter sign: “Hollywood.”
Now a crew is working on scraping off all the graffiti and old paint jobs that have built up over the years.
See more photos by KPCC photographer Mae Ryan and read about the project here.