Cahuenga Peak Loop

#17 of 194 trails in Angeles National Forest

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A 3.1 mile loop with a stop at the Cahuenga Wisdom Tree.

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Cecilia Martinez (489)

59 Completed4 Reviews

Challenging & amazing hike! We followed the entire loop trail (3 hrs with frequent water stops for the dogs) and loved the steep inclines and the incredible views. I recommend starting really early in morning (due the lack of shade), and bring lots of water and sunscreen.

Miranda Parham (192)

5 Completed3 Reviews

There is abundant parking on Lake Hollywood Drive, then a bit of a walk on Wonder View Drive to get up to the trailhead.

My strong advice is DO NOT attempt to follow the trail that is outlined on the map here. Certainly you should start at the trailhead and follow it up to the Wisdom Tree, where the 360 views are amazing!!! But stop following the map there because it is not worth your time and effort to then hike the other side of the mountain down and back. You might want to instead hike East to the Hollywood Sign, which is a clear and popular trail from the Wisdom Tree. Again, the "loop trail" that is outlined so appealingly on this map is actually no good.

Overall the hike up to the Wisdom Tree is a short but steep and challenging one! Bring water, sunscreen, and strong legs.

Shant Kojababian (174)

8 Completed2 Reviews

Top class trail.

Valerie Martin (72)

2 Completed2 Reviews

Descent moderate hike. Pretty steep incline, but short distance to the top. The vistas near the "wisdom tree" at the top are pretty nice, especially on a clear day. The optional additional walk over to the Hollywood sign is ok--not a must do.

Jessica Potter (65)

8 Completed1 Reviews

It's a great hike with amazing scenic views of both dtla and the valley. Quite steep in several areas. My friend and I completed this hike in about 3 hours, actually sticking to the zig zagging map they have here. Steep drop offs but I'll definitely return

Eliseo Angulo (57)

1 Completed1 Reviews

awsome hike..first time at this location...it's a bit steep so good shoes is a must other than that it was great. sky high view ..

Donna Wilson (995)

45 Completed26 Reviews

Wonderful hike with fantastic views. The trail is rather steep, so watch your footing on the loose rock and soil; soak in the views. Start early to avoid the crowds; plenty of photo ops with The Wisdom Tree.

Stephen Bing (114)

14 Completed2 Reviews

Awesome! The Wisdom Tree was very peaceful and calm. The way down from the tree was a little steep and rocky but it was fun :-)

Silvio Zappasodi (487)

17 Completed9 Reviews

Steep climb to the top. It only took me about 25 minutes. The wisdom tree is beautiful, and an automatic awesome photo. The best part was the box full of wishes :)

I took the one L. (547)

Would say this is a better hike than the holyridge trail. Initial hike from the parking spot to the top is somewhat steep. Word of precaution to those who might do this during the evening and at night time- bring a flashlight, since you can easily slip off the side of the trail. Once you get to the top, awesome views of the L.A. and the valley area. Also fun reading some the stories that people leave behind up there. Happy hiking

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