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360 views over San Fernando Valley and Los Angeles. The Wildwood Canyon Trail offers steep inclines – 918 feet elevation gain – for workout and nature-seekers. Let’s climb!
– Distance: 2.3 miles loop
– Difficulty: Moderate
– Time: 1:30
There are four starting trails according to the difficulty and distance you are looking for. I opted for the challenging ascension starting a few feet from the main gate.
The first portion of this hike is steep. The path is narrow, sometimes rocky with wooden stairs. As you go up, the view reveals the DeBell golf course, Castaway restaurant, then an extended view of Burbank and beyond.
Stop along the way to take pictures (and catch your breath!)
When you reach the top of the ridge trail, the path will be flat. The scenery will vary between nature and the city. Look at the beautiful Verdugo Mountains and catch L.A. skyscrapers on the horizon.
To enjoy this peaceful and beautiful landscape, relax on this colorful bench located atop this hillock.
To shorten your hike, engage on the descendant trail below leading to Wildwood Canyon Road. If you continue (~0.8 miles), you will reach the antenna while completing the loop.
After a fast descent, you will reach Wildwood Canyon Road. It is ending your hike but not your walk. Indeed, if you park at the entrance as I did, you’ll be lucky for an extra walk.
Article based on my hike in February 2021.
*COVID-19 update as of April 2021*
- Please wear a mask and practice a physical distance of 6 feet between yourself and others
- Please check L.A County’s health and safety protocols before your walk
Address: Wildwood Canyon Park, 1701 Wildwood Canyon, Burbank, CA, 91501.
– I recommend hiking early morning to avoid heat
– Park open daily from 8 AM to 9 PM
– Parking: Free on-site
– Grab water, hiking or tennis shoes, and sun cream
– Neither shade nor water station on the trail. Water station available at the bottom.
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