This is a nice moderate hike, with a fair amount of shade compared to other trails in the area. I hiked at 8am on a Saturday and there was light to moderate foot traffic toward the bottom, and almost zero traffic towards the top. There were several mountain bikers, and a few trail runners.
Ran this trail from the parking area up to about 1/3 of a mile from the radio tower. I estimate it was about a 3 3/4 round trip. Very scenic and pretty. Also very hot with little to no shade. There is water only at the trail head. Arrive hydrated. We saw a coyote along the trail so I advise dog owners to keep their dogs on a leash. If you are a distance runner this is some nice hill training. Or if you're simply a hiker, great exercise and views
Very nice trail.. A little steep in the first half.. Very nice view you can see 134 fwy on the other side and the other side will be the city view.. Parking is ok there is a restroom as well.. Plenty of rest points.. Bring a lot of water.. We only hike up to radio tower but still there are more trail that you can walk to..
It was good hike. About 6 mi round trip. I started at the nature center and walked all the way up to the radio tower. I went in the afternoon which was a bit of mistake, there is hardly and shade on the hike. It's all uphill to the radio tower. Beautiful views. You can see all of Burbank and Hollywood and part of DTLA. I recommend bringing lots of water.
Mark P. on Stough Canyon Trail
This is a great trail for younger kids and grown-ups. It has great views at the top and you can also hike up to an old Boy Scout camp. Great for kids and you can hike down the backside so you get some different views.
Lance D. on Stough Canyon Trail
Steady uphill but great views all around. A little sandy which made it like running uphill on a beach at times, but overall a nice run.
Not sure why it took me four years of living in Burbank to hike this for the first time, but it's certainly better than never. Hike is longer but less steep than nearby Vital Link Trail. Started about 7:30 am on a Saturday. Trail was not too crowded and everyone was friendly. Lots of dogs on the trail. First mile or so is a little steeper than the next second mile. Go early enough and there is a good bit of shade as you go around the back of the mountain. I'm definitely overweight so for me this was real good exercise and I got quite sweaty, but for the more fit crowd this wouldn't be too difficult. Look forward to doing again soon.
I go here all the time because I live in Burbank. If you'd like a quick hike in the city with excellent views and not many people, then go for it. The hike splits in two a couple of times. The first split (second bench): you go left and you'll either go left again to a flat that over looks the city or right and see an old building (like the photo). If you go right at the first split, then your going towards another split. The second split: you go left and meet up with old building trail... and then it takes you to a picnic table with a beautiful view. If you go right, then you see "one" chair... keep going and you'll see two chairs. Keep going, and you'll go to the radio towers. I haven't been further than that yet. I love this trail because at night, you can see a beautiful view of city, and the fire road is wide enough that there isn't any worry when trekking.
Stough Canyon Park trail is the complementary trail to the Wildwood Canyon Park trail in the Burbank Mountains. They both actually meet or converge at a common point which is the peak or summit of Vital Link Trail and where the radio towers are at. With a little bit of exploring and wandering, I had over 7 miles logged in. The trail is a nice one filled with dedicated park benches and lounge chairs from the Rotary Club and the city of Burbank. The trail starts at the Stough Canyon Nature Center. As you ascend up on the trail, the first worthwhile spot to stop or rest would be "Vista Point" which has a scenic view of the city and Bob Hope Airport with a bench. You can then continue up the path to the abandoned Youth Campground Trail. The rest of the 2.5 miles of the trail will take you up to the radio towers. I had a blast on this trail and would recommend it to anyone. Lots of beautiful views of Verdugo Mountain and San Gabriel Mountains, the 210 Freeway, and the high rises of downtown Los Angeles and its neighboring cities.
This trail is great for hiking, not so much for mountain biking. The uphill is pretty grueling and the downhill doesn't make up for the amount of effort it take to get up here. Too many hikers and dogs will prevent you from getting decent downhill speeds. It will probably be better to start at La Tuna Canyon and finish here.