Saturday, January 18, 2014

Hiking in Burbank

After WWI, the British government encouraged good health in its citizens by advertising hill walking. Eventually, someone shortened this to hiking and a new sport was initiated.

Burbank has wonderful "hill walking" trails minutes from your door.

Stough Canyon Nature Center is located at the top of Walnut Dr. just above De Bell Golf Course and the Castaways restaurant. The trail starts as a wide fire road and branches off to smaller trails as you ascend. It is a bit steep as you begin but don't be discouraged - the incline tapers off as you continue. If you are keeping track of time, hike up a bit longer than half your time. It is faster going down. For example, if you have an hour to hike, go up for 40 minutes and down for 20. Each time you go, try a new side trail and enjoy great views of Burbank from above. On a clear day, you can see ships on the ocean and Catalina Island!

Wildwood Canyon Trail is located at the top of Harvard Rd just below the Castaway parking lot. This trail is a bit more difficult. It is narrow and steep, offering more of a challenge. It is possible to take a trail that branches off to the left as you ascend. You can identify it by the large stone marker at the trail intersection. This will take you all the way up to the radio towers. I have hiked up this trail with an athletic friend in a bit less than an hour. I did feel it in my quads the next day! Add some push ups and tricep dips off the picnic benches at the bottom and you will have a good workout for your day.

Invite a friend to go with you or take your kids up the hill and enjoy the wonderful hiking in Burbank.

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