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Too many mountain bikers flying through narrow trail areas! Not great! The first mile is paved & wide but the deeper u go the more crazy it gets, especially when mountain bikers come at u without warning. Not all of them. Some have bells which I appreciate but some just come down around a blind curve & it’s up to u to get out of the way or else! There are curvy narrow parts of the trail that seem extremely dangerous with all of that going on. I saw some people with kids & I thought... “No Way!”

Great trail! Awesome view at the top and many different areas with scenic views as you make your way up. Different routes can make this hike shorter or as long as you want. Good trail for beginners.

5 days ago


Go super early and during a weekday otherwise it's a tourist hangout unless you like being around a bunch of other people that lack trail etiquette.

Otherwise great butt workout via Burbank trail!

Short but intense uphill climb, beautiful view of the city and the valley all at once. Gets pretty crowded, and beware parking cops.

Sucks there is no parking beautiful scenery but you have to park really far to even get close don’t know why they don’t do parking spaces up there.

Overcrowded. Overrated. And relatively boring most of the hike. A nice workout and a gorgeous wait in line at the top. This hike wouldn’t be so bad if not as many unprepared and rude people hiked it. Go extremely early if you want to enjoy yourself and the nature around you.

Great hike, steady up-hill the entire way up, back down was very easy. Beautiful views the entire way. Will definitely go again.

Good hard hike for a nice workout. Did this during summer so I Started at 6 am with my dog and ended at 9/10 am. Start and end with a walk near the lake. Potato chip was a little disappointing and you have to climb up on to get to but still a nice fun hike.

Try to go early in the morning. You’ll bit the sun and the line to take a photo at the famous potato chip rock.

This is my second time on this hike and is fun and challenging as always. I went with a ton of my family so we kept stopping to take pictures. This trail is definitely a leg killer but if you push yourself you will make it! People need to pick up their dogs crap and throw the bags away! I’m trying to enjoy a nice hike without worrying about stepping in dog crap! It’s also very crowded, but really fun!

Very crowded, kind of boring

Trail itself was great. People hiking not so much. Unleashed dogs. Poop bags left on trailside everywhere. Way to crowded. Worst of all was the amplified music, seriously invest in some headphones if you really need the tunes. And the mountain bikers, why even try on a weekend?

This trail was so much fun and it has some amazing views! As a first timer, i give it a 5 star. For a Saturday morning, it wasn’t packed. If you’re looking for a moderate workout or just a spot to enjoy a nice walk, this is definitely the place. It’s super chill, has some steep hills as well as some the regular cool walk trails. Our dogs loved it! & there’s also a little gated dog park across the street for when you’re done with the “workout” the dogs can run around safely and play.

we loved this hike. Alot of people was on the trail and at the "chip". Rain made it a lil slippery coming back down but overall it was amazing.

13 days ago

Very good

Excellent views and great workout!

This is a really nice hike. It is a difficult one though. There is alot of elevation change over a short period. Start early, understand it will be cold at the top. It had rained the day before and the puddles further up this hike were all ice.

The trail itself is extremely well marked. Just keep following towards Mt Woodson. The first few miles are about 10 feet wide, well maintained and as the trail progresses it slowly gets narrower but never much below about 3 feet wide. The very steep parts all have rock stairs on the trail.

As you're hiking you might be wondering where the peak is. Look for all the anteneas. They are just above potato chip rock.

If you don't want to pay for parking, you can park across the street from the entrance, but it adds about 1.5 miles round trip to your hike and a bit of elevation.

Beautiful and scary at top!

Very nice hike but it gets packed with people.

This Hike was challenging for me cause of the 3 miles uphill but I made it and it was totally worth it. Beautiful views.

Overpopulated thanks to IG but only to the flag. I would recommend starting on the left side of the gate it will grant you a more solace steady climb to the top.

First of all follow the signs and stay on the trails. I got stranded before entering parking and took an alternate route which lead through non existing paths. Finally made my entry through a different point than Poway lake.

It took me around 5 hours to complete this trail
One of the best experience , saw people of all ages making with enthusiasm. At halfway I almost got exhausted due to the climb but got encouraged by fellow climbers.
Potato chip rick was crowded as usual. I made it back to the Poway lake by sunset.
Will recommend for all who want to take the challenge of completing this difficult trial.

I do this hike up to the wisdom tree several times a week before work. It’s a fast intense hike. You can be up and down in 45 minutes, including a short stop at the top to enjoy the gorgeous views of the Pacific on one side and Burbank on the other. Many people leave notes of hope at the top in a big trunk under the famous (fire surviving) wisdom tree. The flag is planted by an amazing guy who’s been raising it there in honor of 9/11 for years.

When I have time, I continue on to the Hollywood sign, which will take you as long if not longer as it took to get to wisdom tree. And, yes, you can only see the back of the sign. This is NOT where to get your shot of yourself in front of the sign for Instagram. Year after year, I see tourist attempting this hike in everything from flip flops to designer heels. They don’t make it very far.

Lately, I’ve been going down the Burbank side of the trail that meets up with the fire road below. It adds a good 45 minutes to an hour to your hike. Accessing it from the main trail is a challenge because it’s difficult to find. This is very steep and sheer rock at points. I like it because it’s usually empty so my dog can be off leash.

NOTE: You can not park at trailhead. Park down below and walk up through neighborhood.

tough hike ...I got sore knees and hips FOR 10 DAYS !

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