Pets allowed
Allowed with Restrictions
Elevation Gain
844.00 ft (257.25 m)
Trail type
2.20 mi (3.54 km)
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The Burbank Peak Trail to Cahuenga Peak is a 2.2-mile out-and-back hike near Los Angeles, California. There are several ways to get to Cahuenga Peak, including the Burbank Peak Trail, which is located off of Wonder View Drive. It is a short, but steep climb that is popular with locals and tourists alike. The hike offers scenic views, cultural attractions, and a good workout within a relatively short distance.  

Cahuenga Peak (1,820’) is the 12th highest named peak in the Santa Monica Mountains and is located on the west side of Griffith Park. The trail to the peak travels steeply over rocky terrain and across exposed hillsides lined with California chaparral such as shrubs and toyon. The hike features scenic views of the Hollywood Reservoir, the famous Hollywood Sign, and the Wisdom Tree, the only tree left standing on top of Burbank Peak after a devastating fire in 2007.  


Walk up Wonder View Drive and ascend the Burbank Peak Trail. Once you reach the top of the climb, make a right onto Aileen Getty Ridge Trail / Wonder View Trail and continue for about half a mile to reach Cahuenga Peak. Return to the starting point by retracing your steps from Cahuenga Peak.


The trail is dry and exposed. Prepare for warm conditions, especially in the summer months and make sure to bring plenty of water and carry it with you.


There is street parking available around Lake Hollywood Drive. Read signs carefully as certain restrictions and regulations may apply. 


LA Parks - Griffith Park

Logistics + Planning



Parking Pass


Open Year-round



Mountain views. Cultural attractions. Peak bagging.


No water. Crowds.

Trailhead Elevation

972.00 ft (296.27 m)

Highest point

1,816.00 ft (553.52 m)


Near lake or river
Big vistas

Typically multi-day


Permit required



Nearby Lodging + Camping


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