Griffith Park Community Groups Lose Legal Battle Over Pathway to View Hollywood Sign

Griffith Park groups lose legal battle over pathway to see Hollywood sign

Community groups lost a legal battle Thursday to reopen a pathway into Griffith Park that had been popular with hikers and tourists trekking to see the Hollywood sign.

A man walks through the Beachwood Drive entrance gate last in March 2017, weeks before the city of Los Angeles locked the entryway to pedestrians. (Credit: Myung J. Chun / Los Angeles Times)

A man walks through the Beachwood Drive entrance gate last in March 2017, weeks before the city of Los Angeles locked the entryway to pedestrians. (Credit: Myung J. Chun / Los Angeles Times)

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge James Chalfant ruled that the city had not broken the law when it locked the Beachwood Drive entrance gate to pedestrians last year.

The city locked the gate after being sued by Sunset Ranch Hollywood Stables, which argued that L.A. had blocked its business and put people at risk as thousands of hikers were funneled onto a winding access road leading to its facility. The ranch has long had a right-of-way agreement, or easement, that allows staff and customers to cross city property.

Shutting the entrance gate was applauded by some Beachwood Canyon homeowners who had complained about traffic, fire hazards and other dangers from the crowds of tourists hiking up their street to the Hollyridge Trail.

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