Vital Link Trail

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Vital Link Trail is a 3.8 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
3.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1660 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

hiking
14 days ago

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

hiking
14 days 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
16 days ago

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

21 days ago

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

hiking
25 days 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
28 days ago

Great hike and pretty tough incline!

trail running
1 month ago

Great challenge for running.

hiking
1 month 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
2 months ago

2 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

3 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

3 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
3 months ago

Short and steep! Fun stuff

hiking
4 months ago

Steep!

hiking
4 months ago

Great Hike for a cool morn!

hiking
5 months ago

A nice trail for a good workout. Will not break your spirit to make it to the top, reaching the pole. Once you get there, nice view. Take a minute to relax and then hit it back down. It's a nice cardio workout but not one if your looking for a long trecking event I've done this hike once, and haven't been back yet. Definitely glad I have this under my belt.

5 months ago

Half way point to the benches is a bit difficult, but nothing compares with continuing the hike up to the radio towers. But also my 5 year olds niece with abs completed it.

hiking
6 months ago

I drive out to this trail from Sherman Oaks because it is the best one hour up, one hour down mountain around for an arduous hike. Whenever I want to quickly challenge myself, I go here!!

Some sights:
Some picnic tables, you pass by a firearm training area down below, and once you hit the Vital Link, get ready for the uphill and switchbacks. Don't worry, the radio tower at the top is almost always in sight. Reach the tower fence, sit on the curved bench. I see trail bikers up there sometimes

Overall great trail, a challenge, but no biggie. I've seen people do it barefoot. Located near the golf course with an open paved parking lot, this is a great LA community hike. Let's keep it A1

hiking
7 months ago

This trail is awesome just make sure u eat good and have plenty of water to drink and the scenery is peaceful

hiking
7 months ago

There are some amazing views of the valley and downtown from this hike. You can clearly make out the gigantic blue IKEA warehouse, Bob Hope Airport, and a silhouette of downtown through the chewy LA air. I'm out of shape and didn't make it all the way to the top, but will be back when in better shape to make it all the way. Bring water for this one.

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