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.
Downtown LA on zoom
There are several twisty and steep sections – once I got past one another came into view. These tight switchbacks are close to the top. Well engineered but nasty to climb.
The mountains across from this small range are enormous.
I rested under the pine trees and ate lunch.
Photo 1 – I was already tired and knew that I was going to have to climb back up every step I was now going down. I turned and slowly headed back uphill. I was exhausted by the time I reached the junction for Vital Link Trail. Photo 2 – On my way down, looking back at Verdugo Peak.