I’ve always wanted to make it to Hollywood — whether it be through my superb writing skills or my amazing acting skills that I’ve yet to discover, it’s always been on my Bucket List … OK, well I mean, I’ve always wanted to hike to the Hollywood sign.
And that’s what I did on my most recent trip to L.A.
Granted, this trip was totally spontaneous and probably the most last-minute thing I’ve ever done, it was amazing. Rewind to the night before my hike to the great Los Angeles landmark: It was Friday night and I was set to fly to Portland. I usually fly on standby and the flights were completely booked. So instead of staying home and doing something lame like my taxes, I added my name to the standby list for the flight headed to L.A. Fast forward to Saturday morning after brunch, and I’m hiking up the Wisdom Tree Trail, located on top of Burbank Peak.
Wisdom Tree or Lone Tree can be found at the end of a steep inclined trail. With a 740’ elevation gain in just about ¾ of a mile up to the top of the peak, this hike can get hot as it’s not shaded so lather up some sunscreen and bring plenty of water. (We were fortunate to have perfect 73° weather and a cool breeze.)
Another thing to note is to bring a notepad and pen to leave a note in the tree or within the rock formations around the tree! I didn’t know this beforehand and wish I did because I read some really beautiful messages there about love, happiness and heartbreak.
From the tree, if you continue to scale the mountaintop’s trail, you’ll find yourself headed in the direction of the famous Hollywood sign. Follow the pretty easy-peasy trail and WOO! you end up at the back of the Hollywood Sign.
We thought about hopping the fence and hanging out on the letters of the great landmark, but there were signs and cameras, and even helicopters flying around. All I could think of was that scene in Friends With Benefits and Justin Timberlake gets rescued (almost arrested?) from sitting on one of the Os of the sign, and how I didn’t want that to happen to me. Or did I?
After enjoying the view and snacking on some trail mix, we continued down the paved trail in the opposite direction that we came. Since we were already there, we thought we’d go see the front of the Hollywood sign — You’re Only Here Once. (Even though we all had to pee super bad.) Keep walking down the trail and both the scenery and scent will change… You see you can also blaze the trail on horseback, which means horse manure everywhere.
It’s OK though, the view was worth it.
When we finally made it to the bottom of the trail, we realized that we were miles (and I mean, get back on the I-5) away from our car. So we called an Uber. Our driver was an interesting woman, and her car smelled like she just hotboxed. Can we get three cheers for L.A. or???