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Wildwood Canyon Park


This park is home to hundreds of species of wildlife and native plants as well as miles of hiking trails.

A man bike riding in Wildwood Canyon Park
Dirt path at Wildwood Canyon Park
2 people horseback riding in Wildwood Canyon Park

Overview


Located in the eastern foothills of the majestic San Bernardino Mountains, Wildwood Canyon Park feels like a step back in time due to the well-preserved, protected and impressively diverse plant and animal life. It’s home to hundreds of species of wildlife and native plants as well as miles of hiking trails for visitors to explore. Hikers who trek up to the radio tower at the top of the hill on a clear day can even see all of Burbank -- and as far as downtown Los Angeles. 

Since the park sits at an elevation at 3,000 feet, it receives more rainfall than the surrounding valleys and cities which means there’s a greater assortment of plants and a more unique combination of animals than urban LA. Some of these species are native only to California, and the constant cycle of extreme conditions from the cool wet (and sometimes snowy) winters turn into hot, dry summers.

Visitors can learn about the local wildlife, such as the three main plant communities which include Oak Woodlands, Chaparral, and Sage Scrub. There’s also an impressive amount of diversity of animals in the park, from rattlesnakes to red-tailed hawks, mountain lions, and black bears.

In addition to hiking, visitors can also enjoy a picnic at one of the many picnic tables on-site, or embark on active adventures horseback riding, hiking, and biking.

The California State Parks system offers the following guidelines for those considering a trip to a California State Park or open space:

  • Stay Local: Stay close to home. Do not travel if you are sick or if someone in your household has had COVID-19 in the last two weeks.
  • Plan Ahead: Prior to leaving home, check the webpage of the your local outdoor destination to find out if it is open, if parking is available, if there are camping opportunities and what new visitor guidelines are in effect.
  • Stay Safer at 6 Feet: No matter the recreational activity, maintain a physical distance of 6 feet or more. Group gatherings and parties are not allowed. Visitors are being asked to leave if there are too many people to allow for the required physical distance.
  • Stay Covered: The state requires you to wear a face covering when you cannot maintain physical distancing of six feet or more. For details, please visit covid19.ca.gov.
  • Stay Clean: Be prepared. Bring soap/sanitizer and pack out all trash. Restrooms will be temporarily closed in order to keep up with cleaning schedules.

How to Get There


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Molly O'Brien, Writer

Molly O'Brien is a writer and content creator currently residing in Los Angeles, California with a professional background working in travel, hospitality and tourism PR. In her role supporting content creation and media relations at Metrolink, Molly writes about activities Metrolink riders can enjoy in the surrounding Greater LA area and works with the Metrolink communications team on ideating and implementing media relations strategies. 

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Location

Wildwood Canyon Road
Burbank, CA 91501
Wildwood Canyon Park