Hike the Wisdom Tree

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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.

Lake Hollywood
San Fernando Valley
Los Angeles

Did you know?

The Wisdom Three was the only survivor of the 2007 Hollywood Hill fire.

Next to the Wisdom Tree, you will see a box. Feel free to leave a wisdom note, a poem, or a wish.

Did you know?

The Wisdom Tree is also named the Magic Tree, the Tree of life, or the Giving Tree.

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.

The antenna is located next the Hollywood Sign, atop Mount Lee

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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