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Wisdom Tree and Hollywood Sign Loop

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 4.5 (2) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

Great hike with lots of great views.


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5.4

Miles

8.7

KM

Loop

1,763' 537 m

High

780' 238 m

Low

1,042' 318 m

Up

1,063' 324 m

Down

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

31%

Max Grade (17°)

Dogs Unknown

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Overview

Hike is a combination of Wonder view trail , Aileen Getty Ridge Trail, Innsdale Trail and Hollywood Reservoir Loop. Great Views of Burbank, Universal Studios, Warner Brothers, Downtown, Hollywood Reservoir and, of course, the Hollywood Sign.

Description

To access this route, head to Wonder View Drive via Barham Boulevard to Lake Hollywood Drive and Park at the street of Lake Hollywood drive. 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 Wonder View Trail and branch off to the right side of the road. This climb has some intermediate parts, but the section up to the Wisdom Tree is very manageable.

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.

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. Now you've finished the hardest part of the hike.

After taking pictures and another snack, continue going down Mt. Lee Drive. Before you reach Mulholland Hwy, take advantage of another nice Hollywood Sign Photo-Spot. Continue right of the gate onto Mulholland Hwy - There is a Sign "Trail" pointing to the right, otherwise you are entering a private driveway, so check twice. Follow the street until you can turn right onto a dirtroad, the Innsdale Trail. Here you'll have another nice view of the hollywood sign.. Continue until you reach Canyon Lake Drive. Follow the street, turn right onto Tahoe Drive and right again onto Lake Hollywood Drive. Follow the road until you reach the starting point.

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Ted Kaufmann

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Photos

View from behind the sign overlooking Hollywood Reservoir.
Jul 25, 2019 near Hollywo…, CA
Top of Mount Lee and the iconic landmark of the Hollywood Sign.
Sep 29, 2016 near Univers…, CA
Spine of the ridge on the Tree of Life Trail.
Oct 11, 2016 near Univers…, CA
Cahuenga Peak view.
Oct 11, 2016 near Univers…, CA
Heading up the Tree of Life Trail.
Oct 11, 2016 near Univers…, CA
The Wisdom Tree.
Oct 11, 2016 near Univers…, CA

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Aug 15, 2021
Ted Kaufmann
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