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Eaton Canyon Trail

Pasadena, CA

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Eaton Canyon Falls Trail is a 3.4 mile out and back trail located near Pasadena, California that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking & nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

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Vital Link Trail
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

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Vital Link Trail
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24 Completed 4 Reviews

Did this hike with a friend of mine and our dogs a few weeks ago. This trail does not mess around. It is a steep 3+ miler. Great workout. Excellent conditioning trail as I train for Mt. Whitney. There is no shade along the trail and minimal shade at the top. Be sure to bring enough water as it does get very hot. It's a fun, no-nonsense trail that I am definitely going back to. Great find in the local area.

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Chandler Bikeway
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3 Completed 1 Reviews

Great place right in middle of the valley to rollerblade or bike. Perfect for rollerblading as the flat surface is ideal.

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Stough Canyon
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2 Completed 2 Reviews

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.

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Vital Link Trail
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2 Completed 1 Reviews

Really good hike. Extremely steep which makes a great work out. Easy to follow and find. Good views of the city.

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Wildwood Canyon Park Trail
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8 Completed 7 Reviews

Up, up,up.... That's all I could think of!!
Be sure to bring water with you. Great views!! Almost makes me want to go up here at night and see the lights of the city.

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Vital Link Trail
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

Vital link trail is the best "work out" trial in the Verdugo Hills. It may not be as busy as Runyon Canyon and other city trails, but it gets busy, particularly on weekends. I hiked it most recently with my son and daughter. We started the hike at about 5:00 to catch the sunrise at the top, and on the way we passed lots of folks. One even had a mini boombox to blare some music, and most folks run down the trail. In short, the hike itself is much more "work out" than scenic. It's a great hike to get your legs in shape for longer hikes (if you start at the base of the canyon, I'm thinking it's about 2,000 ft. elevation gain in about 2 miles or so.)

That being said, it's a nice mini-summit and the hike takes you straight into the center of the Verdugo trail, so you can make a left to head towards La Tuna Canyon or you can turn right and head towards Glendale. On one occasion, I hiked up the Vital Link Trail and then cut east. I went straight down the trails into Montrose and then walked directly to Black Cow Cafe for breakfast.

Here's a couple of navigational notes: There are three trailheads in Wildwood Canyon to lead you to the Vital Link Trail. The first is at the main parking lot at the base of Wildwood Canyon. This will be your only option if you're hiking before sunrise or after sunset, because Wildwood Canyon is closed outside those hours. The other two trailheads are on the left-hand side as you drive up Wildwood Canyon. Taking the later trailheads will save you some time and energy, cause there's quite a bit of elevation gain right out of the gate on this hike.

And oh yeah - it can be brutally hot and there is NO shade. This hike is awesome early in the morning, but I never do it mid-day during the summer.

One more note: A lot of the pictures posted here are NOT the Vital Link Trail. They are of the trail the leads up from Stough Canyon and passes by the old Boy Scout camp. That trail is nice, but is much less strenuous than Vital Link and is much wider - that trail is more popular with mountain bikers and dog walkers.

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Vital Link Trail
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32 Completed 12 Reviews

Here's the thing. We haven't hiked in a while. Also the fact we went off someone's else's trail and we went off trail on theirs and ended up climbing the top of the mountains almost killed us as well. Mix in the fact that it was 100 degrees while hiking and you mixed a hard hiking day. It's not a 5 star hike because the scenery isn't the best. However if you follow our tracks today intensity wise it's a 5. The entire trail except for the last mile is up hill. Enjoy.

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Vital Link Trail
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5 Completed 1 Reviews

Great trail due to little minimal "traffic" especially if you want to get away from Runyon or other "city" hikes. If you are going to go, plan your timing wisely with how much water you will need. Don't go on empty stomach as the dryness, winds, heat can really bear their brunt on you. Great hike to burn some calories and there are some stretches where you can run. It can be brutal getting to the top but it totally worth it as the top view is amazing especailly early in the morning around 7'ish.

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Stough Canyon
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33 Completed 5 Reviews

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.

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