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.