High up on Cahuenga Peak, about a 15-minute walk west of the Hollywood sign, stands a lone pine tree. The otherwise treeless hilltop offers a breathtaking view of L.A. — in fact, there's hardly a spot in the city where you can't look up and see the weather-beaten, solitary tree, though you may need binoculars. Under the tree sits a green ammo box filled with journals, where visitors write their thoughts, feelings and bad poetry.
The pine is known by many names, most of them obvious monikers such as the Wishing Tree, the Tree of Life, the Magic Tree and the Giving Tree. Whatever you call it, the Wisdom Tree is becoming a popular hiking and selfie destination, leading some to worry that fame and popularity might be too much for the gnarled old pine.