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Cahuenga Peak

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Length


3.0 Miles 4.8 Kilometers


924' 282 m

Ascent

-925' -282 m

Descent

12%

Avg Grade (7°)

34%

Max Grade (19°)

1,775' 541 m

High

959' 292 m

Low

Shared By Zander Göpfert

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All Clear 41 days ago
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A terrific, short-and-steep option to get to the Wisdom Tree and then Hollywood Sign from the west.

Zander Göpfert

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Overview

This out-and-back hike is a bit of a two-faced beast. Hundreds of thousands of visitors can attest to the popular route up to the Wisdom Tree and the iconic view out over the city. However, the second half of this route past Cahuenga Peak is tough. The singletrack has sections of scrambling and can be loose. That said, for those who are willing to make the climb and take their time with the more difficult sections, this can be a great two-for-one option, adding on the Hollywood Sign at the end.

Need to Know

Parking is strictly enforced on Wonder View Drive. There is no potable water on this route. Trespassing at the Hollywood Sign is also strictly enforced with guards and cameras, though it's possible to find a way around the fences, it is illegal.

Description

To access this route, head to Wonder View Drive via Barham Boulevard to Lake Hollywood Drive. There isn't any public parking on this street, but Lake Hollywood Drive should have ample areas to park for free. Head east up Wonder View Drive past the gate to the trailhead.

Continue up the dirt road, looking toward a powerline tower. Around this time, look for the singletrack Tree of Life Trail to branch off to the right side of the road. Though this trail is rated as extremely difficult, the section up to the Wisdom Tree is very manageable, just a short, uphill grind.

Head up this singletrack into the hills. This stretch of trail is hot and dry, like much of the hiking in this area, but it's worth preparing with sufficient water, sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses. From the turn onto the singletrack, this climb is ~0.5 miles to the Wisdom Tree, which marks the end of the steepest climb and provides a great spot to take a break, eat a snack, and snap some shots of the gorgeous view.

From the Wisdom Tree, continue northeast/east along the Aileen Getty Ridge Trail toward Cahuenga Peak and the Hollywood Sign. This is a beautiful, remote-seeming stretch of trail that feels out of place so close to downtown. After a few hundred yards, you'll come to the high point of this hike at Cahuenga Peak. Other than the USGS marker that denotes the top, there isn't anything special about this summit.

After the summit, the trail begins to dive down toward Mt. Lee. Some sections can be loose, so take your time and be sure of your footing. Along this final stretch, there is a clearing with a couple plaques commemorating the private donors who helped conserve this land as part of Griffith Park.

Push on for the last couple hundred yards connecting to Mt. Lee Drive and the view from behind the Hollywood Sign to take in the well-earned views. From here, return the way you came knowing everything you climbed up to get here is all downhill heading back.

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Nov 11, 2018
Chris Seaman
3.3mi
Oct 21, 2018
Kurt Mana-ay
Oct 12, 2018
Laura Grenot Jones
Beautiful weather conditions, no snakes sighted, no one else on the trail this morning. 3.3mi — 1h 30m
Jul 19, 2018
Brianna Fish
Steep, and rough in the heat, but quick and sooo worth it at the top! 2mi
May 20, 2018
Jason F.
Good trail conditions today. Ground was packed/hard packed with some sandy areas. Hiking boots recommend. Poles will help with the tricky areas if… 3.4mi
May 15, 2018
Aldo Rosas
Feb 15, 2018
Joseph Torrance
Time includes going to the Hollywood Sign. — 2h 00m
Feb 13, 2018
Whitney Parsons
Great Hike! Amazing views!

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  4.2 from 14 votes

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