The Tree of Life Trail is tucked away in the Hollywood Hills, and sits on a ridge smack dab between the Valley and LA Basin. The whole trail loops and also connects to other paths near the Hollywood sign, but I opted for a quick night hike to the Wisdom Tree and back.
Don’t be fooled by the short distance, however, cause the trail is steep with a 600+ foot elevation gain. As my buddy describes it, “it’s like walking up the Culver City stairs 3 times.” Update: they’re actually about the same distance, but the uneven rocky terrain makes it feel much harder.
Bring a flashlight if you decide to hike in the evening, or at the very least your use phone’s light, and leave enough time to get back to your car before the 9pm parking curfew.
SCREENSHOT THESE DIRECTIONS: Hike to the Wisdom Tree