My first hike in the Verdugo Mountains was very tough. The first part, a two mile climb up Wildwood Canyon Trail and Vital Link Trail, wasted me. I had read online about how steep these trails were and found this to be accurate. I explored and hiked around once I got to the top and the whole hike ended up being just under 10 miles. I got lost on the drive home. Thank you to the kind souls who put me on the right path.