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360 views over the Greater Los Angeles. The Wisdom Tree is a short and strenuous hike offering panoramic sights over Los Angeles, Burbank, Glendale, and Hollywood lake. The cherry on the cake, the Hollywood Sign is only a few feet away!
– Distance: 1.6 miles out-and-back
– Difficulty: Moderate
– Time: 1:15 hours
The first time I hiked the Wisdom Tree, I ascended it with a heavy sandbag with my Bootcamp crew to prepare a Spartan race. Our coach Scottie challenged us pushing to run/walk. What a hell!
My next hikes felt easier but don’t fool yourself. It’s still a great workout without weights! Indeed, the climb is steep, the path narrow and rocky.
The trail starts at the end of Wonder View Drive [Engage on the paved path below; the trail will start a few meters after the last house (approximately 0.4 miles)].
Start the ascent to this rugged trail and stop along the way to take pictures (and catch your breath!)
You reach the top of Burbank Peak when you can see a lonely tree.
Atop, the panorama is stunning: Griffith Park, Lake Hollywood, Los Angeles, Burbank, San Fernando Valley, and more.
Next to the Wisdom Tree, you will see a box. Feel free to leave a wisdom note, a poem, or a wish.
Once you reach the Wisdom Tree, I recommend continuing to the Hollywood Sign (an additional 0.8 miles one way). You can also come back using the same path.
Article based on my run/hikes between 2017 and 2019.
*COVID-19 update as of July 2021*
- The Wisdom Tree trail is currently closed
- Please wear a mask and practice a physical distance of 6 feet
- Please check L.A County’s health and safety protocols before your walk
Address: Hollywood Sign, Los Angeles, CA 90068
– I recommend hiking early morning to avoid both heat and people
– Park open from sunrise to sunset
– Parking: free street parking by Lake Hollywood Drive
– Grab water, hiking or tennis shoes, and sun cream.
– Limited shade and no water station atop Burbank Peak.
– More information https://www.laparks.org/griffithpark/
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