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

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nature trips

trail running

bird watching

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

hiking
no shade
4 days ago

This hike was very fun. It was nice challenge and the views were great. I could see the ocean from the top! I would definitely do this hike again. It was mostly all uphill and it was pretty tiring, but very worth it. It was a VERY sunny day when I did it so there was no shade, that made it a bit harder, but still fun. This hike wasn’t anything spectacular, but definitely a good one Verdugo Mountains wise.

hiking
no shade
5 days ago

A short but very challenging hike, as the trail is basically one steep incline. There are those who will claim it's not difficult, but for the average hiker, it will be difficult, though completely doable. There's no shade on the trail, and the descent can be hairy due to loose gravel, so be aware of that. It's a heavily traveled trail, especially on the weekend, as it's a great workout, though most people stop at the trail marker. The views are fantastic along the entire trail.

hiking
18 days ago

All uphill, decent views

hiking
20 days ago

A great experience and very safe the way

hiking
no shade
22 days ago

Great cardio workout. Beware- there is hardly any shade on the trail. The views are gorgeous!

hiking
bugs
over grown
1 month ago

hiking
no shade
2 months ago

2 months ago

I wouldn't rate it as hard. An avid hiker should have no difficulty. It was a very beautiful hike with trails that go as far as the naked eye can see. It is definitely worth the climb once you get to the top.

hiking
3 months ago

Great elevation gain and cardio

hiking
scramble
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Highly recommended trail. Beautiful and well marked! Also, don’t get frightening if you hear some gun shots (I did), there is a police station considerably close to the trail :)

3 months ago

dig this place.

3 months ago

Very beautiful trail, no doubt. The view is gorgeous at nearly every single spot on that trail. I even told my brother that the views along the trail were even more impressive than the view at the very peak. I thought, " Oh, the trail is rated hard? Whatever. It's steep." Oh boy, I didn't realize how steep it would be. Going up the hills for 3 miles was a challenge, but it was completely tolerable. You would have grab on some rocks, master your balance, and really watch where youre going. But overall, it was tolerable. Don't think it's just some incline that would be hard for old people. No, no, no. It can get very steep. I'm a teenager that exercises 4 times a week at the gym. It's not about fitness, but more so the grip your shoes have on the path. It can get scary, man. The real challenge was going downhill. Going downhill made going uphill seem like a piece of cake. Imagine you're going downhill on a tremendously steep incline, like maybe those V shaped house roofs or slides at playgrounds (minus anything to hold onto to balance). You can slip, your foot can slip if there's not much traction. I genuinely thought I might die today. You can watch where you're going all you want, but if your shoe slips because a lack of traction or the gravel beneath your shoes decides to slide, you will fall on the path. The paths aren't too narrow, but it is still frightening to think you might fall off the mountain. I have gone to a bunch of hiking trails. This one was very gorgeous, but I don't think I'd ever want to come back here. And I would never consider taking anyone here, period. I give it five stars because it did say it was a hard trail. People know what they're getting into. Also, it's beautiful.

hiking
4 months ago

Great workout, rewarding 360 views on top. On a clear summer day you can see the ocean. Best time to go is in the spring when the wildflowers are in full bloom. Have seen a few rattle snakes. The Burbank police academy is tucked in between these mountains so don’t be alarmed if you randomly hear gun shots. Wilderness firefighters in training occasionally train here in hot summer days with all their heavy gear.

hiking
5 months ago

Stough Canyon was closed due to mudslides, so I opted for its neighbor, Vital Link Trail. 3.2 mi doesn’t seem like a lot, until you’re a half mile in and realize the entire trail is basically a vertical climb (1,699 ft gain). The views make it totally worth the climb and you can bag a mini “peak” in under 2 hrs. There is a bit of erosion on the trail and definitely some sketchy spots due to rain. But a great little, quick butt-kicker of a hike!

hiking
5 months ago

Excellent Hike. Difficult. Great views the whole way. Good parking.

5 months ago

Great hike, great workout and a amazing view.

5 months ago

Beautiful and a good workout. Also parking was easy. You can even see the Pacific from the trail on a clear day.

hiking
6 months ago

Great and tough hike. Get there early, started hiking at 6:30am on a Sunday and the parking lot was almost full. Steep inclines and beautiful views at the top.

hiking
6 months ago

New rules, park hours are sunrise to sunset. Railings are added to a large portion of the parking lot. I am sad I can no longer hike this in the winter.

hiking
6 months ago

It’s my favorite trail La

7 months ago

this is a tough hike the toughest we've done yet but the view from the top is breathtaking

hiking
7 months ago

Great trail! Beautiful views of the mountains and canyons. Great alternative to Griffith Park to avoid the crowds.

hiking
8 months ago

This is my go-to hike when I want a quick but tough workout. It takes me between 50min-1 hour to get from parking lot to the peak (summer heat + doggies wanting breaks makes it take an hour). There is no shade along the way so plan accordingly. In the summer, it can get brutally hot so pack extra (cold) water and leave the dogs at home if it's really hot because it's too much for their paws. You can go back down from where you came OR you can go down Stough Canyon to avoid the steep steps down. Ouch for the knees! Yes, it does take quite a bit longer to go down Stough (and then along the golf course back to parking lot) but it's worth it for the gradual descent, in my opinion.

8 months ago

Booty blast for sure. Cool views. Fun to run down.

hiking
8 months ago

Difficult, yet approachable. Steep, but manageable. Great view! Will definitely be back.

hiking
10 months 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.

10 months ago

Step

hiking
10 months ago

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

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

amazing views on top and steep climb.

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