Take a Hike: Burbank's Wildwood Canyon
Who wants to spend hundreds of dollars a year on a gym membership when Mother Nature gave us California's glorious and varied landscape to explore for free, right? Some of the spots get talked about more than others, while others just sit quietly, doing their thing, and possibly remain unexplored. Up above Burbank are some lovely hills—you may have driven up there to have a meal with a view at Castaways, or you may have stuck to the lowlands—and they boast Wildwood Canyon park. There are a couple of miles worth of trails (described as "moderately strenuous") open inside the park, so grab your shoes and some water, and head on over.
You can "choose your own adventure" here, so to speak, and cobble together a route to explore; head up one of three ways, and down which ever one you'd like. They are all joined by a central trail up at the top, and each segment is about 1/4 to 1/3 of a mile long. It's blissfully quiet there, save for the occasional cawing of a crow, scampering of a lizard on the rock face, and the breeze. You will see the aforementioned birds and lizards, along with beautiful wildflowers, a view of Burbank and the east Valley (depending on the smog), and, a snake or two. Park along the main roadway, spots are plentiful. Be ready for sandy, narrow, and often very steep paths--some of the segments are a bit precarious and require sure footing. There's not a lot of places to sit once you're up and away, but if you pause to catch your breath your reward is a lovely vista. At the bottom there are public restrooms and drinking fountains.
1701 Wildwood Canyon Drive, Burbank (818) 238-5440
Open from sunrise to sunset daily. Parking is free.
Other hikes previously on LAist:
King Gillette Ranch: An Easy Hike With Great Views
A Neighborhood Hike: Limekiln Canyon
Fitness for the Easily Bored: Eaton Canyon Waterfalls
A Truly Neighborhood Hike: Dixie Canyon Park
Workout Wednesday: Coldwater Canyon Park
Wilacre park: The Neighborhood Hike
A Great Volunteer Opportunity: Lead Nature Hikes With Inner City Kids