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Wisdom Tree, Cahuenga Peak and Mount Lee Summit Loop [CLOSED]

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Wisdom Tree, Cahuenga Peak and Mount Lee Summit Loop [CLOSED] is a 3.9 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Los Angeles, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 3.9 mi Elevation gain 1,407 ft Route type Loop
Dogs on leash Hiking Views Wild flowers Over grown Rocky Scramble Closed No shade
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NOTE: Users have reported that this area is closed indefinitely. Please check with the park. This is a loop trail that goes to Wisdom Tree and continues to Cahuenga Peak and Mount Lee. From there the trail will continue straight where it will end behind the Hollywood sign. You will backtrack to Cahuenga Peak were you will take a side trail (on your right) to loop back to where you have started.

Free street parking is available on Lake Hollywood Dr. as it descends to the reservoir.

From the 134 E, exit W. Olive Ave. Continue on Barham Blvd., then turn left on Lake Hollywood Dr. Turn left on La Suvida Dr. and reconnect with Lake Hollywood Dr. Continue climbing until you reach Wonder View Dr. heading east. The trailhead is at the gate at the end of Wonder View Dr.

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Rona Nguyen
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Rock climbing
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Blaze Walker
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HikingClosed

Closed, park ranger at top of hill to enforce. She said there was another hike that could get you to wisdom tree from the holly wood sign but can’t get there from the neighborhood.

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Auma Ogutu
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Hiking

It's closed

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Karla Arevalo
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HikingClosed

Trail was closed. Park Ranger sitting right outside telling people to turn back!! No explanations given but “closed, turn back”

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Bethany Tramposh
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closed today

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Sadie Newman
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Hiking

THE TRAIL IS CLOSED FOR GOOD!! Police are citing anyone who decides to persist up the hill anyways. This is NOT a temporary closure, this is forever. Too many people disregarded the rules and now our beloved trail is closed:(

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Ivy Calderon
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Rock climbing

Wisdom tree is closed!!!

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manuel lopez
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"closed" but you can just walk around the fence. I did see a rattle snake be safe & pick your trash

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Tina Reilly
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Hike was closed on 5/23 and 5/24 due to overcrowded, people in groups and not wearing masks.

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Brenda Briones
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HikingRockyScramble

5.17.20 Sunday around 5pm Super crowded going up and at the wisdom tree. Some people wore mask, most didn’t so keep that in mind if you’re worried. Ppl were nice and kept their distance. Views were beautiful

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Carolina Groppa
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As of Sunday 5/24, the trail is still closed.

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Chelsea File
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Hiking

We loved this hike! It’s busy up to the Wisdom Tree, but post Wisdom Tree much less trafficked. Keep your eyes peeled as the turnoff for the loop back is not obvious.

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Jelena Gruica
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Kirat Singh Kular
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Michelle Mendoza
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It was a great workout we got to the top in 30 min but it was an intense work out

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Bay Bell
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This is a tough hike. My husband and I weren’t prepared— we didn’t realize it was in the “hard” category. We will do this hike again someday and when we do I will make sure to: 1. Wear a hat (there are no shady spots to rest) 2. Bring water 3.Wear long sleeves. Some parts of the trail are overgrown with brush and by the end of the hike my arms were itching like crazy. 4. Bring light snacks. I burned through my light breakfast pretty quickly and felt a little light-headed by the end of the hike 5. Take a Claritin or other allergy medicine beforehand. I was sneezing a lot and my nose was running like crazy. Lastly, Do not do this hike on “leg day”. Give your leg muscles a rest before doing this hike.

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Shaun Hara
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Josh M
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HikingOver grownRocky

Short hike to wisdom tree but it’s strenuous pretty much all the way up. Great work out. Watch your step, it’s rocky. Stay safe!

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Kirat Singh Kular
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Kelly Hutt
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If I could do this trail again, I’d go clockwise (make a left turn behind the fence instead of heading up the marked trailhead) because of how steep it was coming down going counterclockwise. Yes, you will be coming down the steep, rocky portion that more tourists are on, but most people I’ve found just go up the 0.6ish miles to wisdom tree and head back down the way they came. I didn’t pass anyone when I did the loop section, and it is a bit overgrown, but worth it! As I mentioned, I would start with the loop and head up to the summit that way because of how rocky the descent was coming down the loop (if you head up to wisdom tree first). If you take the loop up to the Tree, you won’t have to deal with as much of a rocky descent! I highly recommend taking the trail at the summit to the back of the Hollywood sign too. Not much more than a mile out of your way (if that) and totally worth it. **I hiked the whole loop weeks ago, but I’ve hiked up the main trail just to Wisdom tree many times since then, including earlier this week. ***Also note that if you do hike up the main route from the trailhead, the loop portion will be hard to find (entrance on your left hand side if you’re walking away from the Tree and in the direction of the Hollywood sign - I had to follow AllTrails App but had cell service almost the whole time). Hope this helps! Enjoy!

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Daniel Kim
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Tina Spencer
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Karen Zaide
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