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Vital Link Trail

Burbank, California

based on 1 reviews



3.72 miles

Elevation Gain

1775 ft

Route Type



Added by Jared Orlando

The Vital Link Trail in Wildwood Canyon Park is nested above the DeBell Golf Course in Burbank, CA, and provides a rigorous hike with sweeping views that's close to civilization.

From I-5, take the Burbank Blvd exit. Drive north on Burbank Blvd. and take a right on N 3rd. Left on E Harvard. Right on Wildwood Canyon after 1.5 miles.

There are a few ways you can begin your hike: from the parking lot, the entrance will be to the left past the gate. Here you were have a steep climb for a half mile that will then connect to the Vital Link Trail. Another is driving through the gate on Wildwood Canyon Road where you can park and start the hike with a wide service road.

The Vital Link Trail at Wildwood Canyon Park is an athletic one. In a mile and a half, you will have ascended 1,275ft. For this reason, it may not be exactly the go-to spot for families, but it is perfect for a nature-seeker who also wants to get a workout in. Roundtrip the hike can be completed in 2 hours. During this hike you will be treated to panoramic views of the San Fernando Valley, with downtown Los Angeles peaking out in the distance. Be prepared for a no-shade hike with plenty of water and sunblock, perhaps a hat. The only seating I found was midway up. There is a picnic table and beautiful views. Suggestion: bring a book, sit here and soak it all in.

There is no permit needed, and no payment to park, which is great and it's a steep trail, so do some stretches before hand. 

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Vital Link Trail Reviews

One of my favorite trails right in my backyard. It’s not a long hike but it’s a steady to intense elevation gain in the short miles. Perfect for that leg and booty workout. There’s a nice relaxing bench at the top to relax on and enjoy the serenity of the top. The trail has no shade and trekking poles will be helpful coming back down.

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