If you and your pup aren't afraid of adventure and challenge, then the Burbank Peak Trail is for you! Formerly known as the Wonder View Trail, this 0.8-mile path is one of the many puptastic trails located in pawpular Griffith Park. Though relatively short, the Burbank Peak Trail gets pretty steep, so you might want to choose an easier route if you and Fido are new to hiking. More experienced hikers will find this trail a lot of fun, though, as it offers pawsome views of Los Angeles and leads to a very special tree.
The trailhead is on Wonder View Drive, but free street parking is only available along Lake Hollywood Drive about a quarter of a mile away. As you and Fido get to the end of Wonder View Drive, you'll see a dirt road next to a holding tank. Turn right here and get ready to work those leg muscles! The trail starts climbing up the side of the mountain immediately, and you and your pooch will definitely get a good workout from this hike. But don't forget to enjoy the pawmazing views of Griffith Park while you're ascending. On clear days, you'll get to see downtown LA, too.
At the 0.8-mile mark, the trail makes a sharp turn to the east, where it connects to the Aileen Getty Ridge Trail, and also extends a bit to the west, where you'll find a lone tree overlooking Burbank and Hollywood. The Wisdom Tree, as it is called, is the only tree that survived the Hollywood Hills Fire in 2007. Take a break under the shade of the Wisdom Tree and be sure to check out the ammo box/summit register at its base to see what other visitors have left behind. Once you're done taking photos and leaving your name in the register, you and your pup can head back to the trailhead or continue on to the Aileen Getty Ridge Trail, which will take you to the world-famous Hollywood sign.
Remember to bring doggie waste bags and plenty of water. Always keep your pooch on a leash as you both tackle the fun and challenging Burbank Peak Trail!
There's hardly any shade on this trail, so slather on sunscreen! Visiting early in the morning when the sun isn't as harsh is recommended.