Pets allowed
Allowed with Restrictions
Elevation Gain
2,837.00 ft (864.72 m)
Trail type
9.50 mi (15.29 km)
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The Bronson Caves to Wisdom Tree Loop is an invigorating 9.5-mile journey nestled within the vast expanse of Griffith Park, near the bustling city of Los Angeles, California. This route is a nice blend of singletrack and doubletrack paths that guide adventurers through the park's diverse landscapes, featuring steep, chaparral-covered hillsides and rugged ridgelines that offer sweeping panoramic views. The loop not only includes a visit to the iconic Bronson Caves but also ascends to the summits of Cahuenga Peak and Burbank Peak, weaves behind the illustrious Hollywood Sign, and passes by the iconic Wisdom Tree—a solitary sentinel overseeing the city.

Despite its proximity to urban life, this trail presents a series of significant ascents and descents, providing a workout that is both accessible and challenging to runners and hikers alike. The route offers breathtaking overlooks of Universal Studios, the Los Angeles Basin, and beyond. The vista views extend across the Verdugo Mountains, San Gabriel Mountains, and Santa Monica Mountains, with glimpses of the Hollywood Reservoir and the distant Pacific Ocean. While the trail enjoys popularity among both locals and tourists for its scenic beauty and historical significance, it boasts stretches of tranquility away from the crowds.


This landmark is located on Burbank Peak, the westernmost point of Griffith Park. Miraculously surviving a fire in 2007, the Wisdom Tree stands as a beacon of resilience and has captivated the hearts of many hikers.


A famed filming location within Griffith Park, the Bronson Caves have featured in countless movies and TV shows, from classic Westerns to sci-fi adventures, earning their place in Hollywood lore.


  • Water: The trail offers little respite from the sun, with minimal shade available. It is crucial to carry ample water to stay hydrated, especially during the hotter months.

  • Terrain: Be prepared for steep and rocky sections that will test your footing and stamina.

  • Parking: Available at Bronson Canyon, this area serves as a convenient starting point for your adventure. Pay attention to parking regulations to avoid any inconveniences.

For more information about Griffith Park and its trails, including the Bronson Caves to Wisdom Tree Loop, visit LA Parks - Griffith Park. This trail is a testament to the natural beauty and historic richness that Griffith Park has to offer, providing an escape into nature without leaving the city's vicinity. Whether you're seeking a vigorous workout or a peaceful hike with stunning views, this loop promises an unforgettable experience amidst the natural and cultural wonders of Los Angeles.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)




Parking Pass


Open Year-round



Scenic Vistas. Peak Bagging. Historical significance.


Minimal Shade. Can be crowded on weekends.

Trailhead Elevation

567.00 ft (172.82 m)

Highest point

1,814.00 ft (552.91 m)


Big vistas
Geologically significant
Bird watching

Typically multi-day


Permit required



Nearby Lodging + Camping


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