The Chandler Bikeway is a jewel tucked nicely into a Burbank neighborhood. The bikeway begins as a well-maintained corridor that runs in the median between the lanes of traffic on Chandler Boulevard. The trail sits on top of the old Burbank Branch of the Southern Pacific Transportation Company Railroad. While this section of the trail is uniquely situated in between traffic lanes, it is surprisingly beautiful, with extensive landscaping including a wide array of trees, shrubs and flower beds dotting the grounds surrounding the trail. A varied group of users make use of the bikeway and the trail is well-marked with separate bicycle and pedestrian lanes painted on the pavement.
The first two miles are defined by the quaint and tidy neighborhood that it passes through. The area is made up of unique homes, some with very bright and vibrant paint jobs that remind you that you are in sunny Southern California. The abundance of orange and lemon trees in residents yards also make for a wonderful sight in the winter. Another treat along this section are the two sculptures that appear along the trail.
Upon crossing Clybourn Avenue via crosswalk, you have left the city limits of Burbank and entered North Hollywood. The trail now shifts to the side of the road and out of the middle median. The surrounding cityscape changes as well from residential neighborhoods to light industrial and retail development. The public art on display along this final mile of trail is second to none along any rail-trail. A collection of murals adorn the sides of the buildings between Clybourn Avenue and the trails end at Vineland Avenue. The murals were commissioned by Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan's Targeted Neighborhood Initiative Program and were created by 19 local artists. The artworks honor subjects from the movie industry to music, nature, railroads and the bountiful harvest from the lush farm fields of California. The trail ends at Vineland Avenue after about 2.8 miles of wonderful riding and is an excellent example of land use and community development at its finest.
Parking and Trail Access
To reach the eastern trailhead from Interstate 5, take the West Burbank Boulevard exit and take a left onto West Burbank Blvd. After just three-tenths of a mile take a left onto Victory Boulevard. Another short quarter-mile and you take a right onto West Chandler Boulevard. The trailhead is again a quarter-mile up Chandler Blvd. with on-street parking.
Too reach the western trailhead from I-5, take the West Burbank Boulevard exit and take a left onto West Burbank Blvd. After 3.2 miles, take a left onto Vineland Avenue. The trailhead is just a quarter-mile away on the left at the intersection with Chandler Boulevard. Parking is on street.