Vital Link Trail

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Vital Link Trail is a 3.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Burbank, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
3.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,699 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

hiking
5 days ago

Parking is easy and free. Light traffic. No shade, so be smarter than I was and go hiking as early as possible during the scorching heat months. Super steep climb the entire time until you get to the top.

11 days ago

Step

hiking
13 days ago

This is a great trail. Challenging but the perfect amount of time.

2 months ago

amazing views on top and steep climb.

2 months ago

This hike is short and steep. We hiked this morning around 10 am and were completely submerged in fog at the top 5/19/18. It was pretty cool. If you go around this time of year there are plenty of wildflowers in bloom. Parking is plenty and free.

hiking
3 months ago

First timer at this trail today and it was awesome. Definitely coming back here at least 3 times a week!

hiking
3 months ago

If you like hard trail, that’s what you need.

3 months ago

Love it. I’m on this trail several times a week.

3 months ago

Very hard. But view from the top is amazing!!!!!

hiking
4 months ago

This was a challenging hike the trail is very steep and often very exposed. The day we hiked there were unusually sting winds that made it difficult and kicked up a lot of dust.

hiking
4 months ago

Difficult trail if you go up to the pole at the top. Very steep. I would recommend going in the morning since the trail is mostly in direct sunlight. Very pleased! Great views at the top and along the trail!

trail running
4 months ago

Great leg/lung buster hike. I come here to sprint up and down. Lookout for wildlife. I literally bumped into a doe who came fast from the side, buck and little ones followed. This trail connects to a lot of side trails once you get to the top, all the way to sunland, Glendale.

4 months ago

Did a great hike and made it to the chair. When you come down from the chair be careful and walk down sideways and wear good hiking shoes and you will be fine

hiking
4 months ago

The most challenging hike I have done by far. And also the most amazing views I have ever experienced.

4 months ago

Great view with one chair at the top

walking
4 months ago

It’s a pretty hard trail. Make sure you have a pair of shoes/hiking boots that can grip onto the sandy ground well. My shoes were super slippery so I had to take them off on my way down.

hiking
6 months ago

Echo the heat especially with a pup. Go early or later overall decent hike and great inclines.

hiking
6 months ago

If you want a good cardiovascular workout this is definitely the hike to do! It's open so there's hardly any shade. I recommend early morning start or later afternoon when the sun is not so hot . I did not see any snakes was told there are some rattlesnakes around so keep an eye out .

If you're lucky and catch the summitit and sunset on a day that there's less pollution you'll get a great view of downtown Los Angeles. This is definitely more of a moderate or tough hike. Not for beginners. Do not ever try to break in your new hiking boots on this Trail

hiking
6 months ago

Awesome trail, pretty brutal hike but totally worth it!! Keep pushing!

6 months ago

Killer hike. Felt like it was never going to end... worth it in the end though!!

hiking
6 months ago

The trail is kick ass right from the start. The trail-head is easy to miss but it isn't long after entering Wildwood Canyon until coming across it. It'll be on your left-hand side. You'll see an arch like stoned frame; a old, stone rock stairway leads the way to Vital Link. Take a good amount of water to remain hydrated. And remember, DON'T GIVE UP! You're almost there.

-Gallivant Wanders (Youtube)

hiking
6 months ago

Great hike and pretty tough incline!

trail running
6 months ago

Great challenge for running.

hiking
7 months ago

Great hike loved it. There is a part that is pretty steep though about halfway through. Very enjoyable as a whole. We hiked to the final satellite tower and if you hiked there, the end is very enjoyable and there are some funny signs!

hiking
8 months ago

8 months ago

Steady incline to a tower up top. The path zigzags a lot and has a lot of little short cuts. At the too awaits a nice chair with the best view

8 months ago

my 11 year old son did it but im not going to lie we almost gave up alot of times its a Hard steep hike good luck you will need it but it's so worthy on top

9 months ago

Grandmas beware, because this hike is a toughie. I'm talkin climbing, I'm talking dirt, I'm talking that thing where you just cut back and forth going straight up as you wonder if there ever truly was a top to begin with. Everything was charred from the recent fire, so it was very gram-able, if your audience is into burnt things. Overall great hike, and a great place to just find yourself.

hiking
9 months ago

Short and steep! Fun stuff

hiking
9 months ago

Steep!

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