Hikes in the Verdugo Mountains

Below is a collection of trails in the Verdugo Mountains. These hikes are listed from west to east, but the table may also be sorted alphabetically or by distance to help you pick your next hike. Each trail links to its own report complete with photos, GPS maps, directions, and all the other information needed to locate and enjoy these hikes. An interactive map is also included.

Highlights of the Verdugo Mountains

  • This 2.6-mile lollipop loop passes the ruins of an abandoned camp in the Verdugo Mountains with views across the San Fernando Valley.
  • This 6.15-mile loop climbs to the summit of Tongva Peak on the east end of the Verdugo Mountains.
  • This 6.1 to 6.6-mile hike ascends an abandoned fire road in the Verdugo Mountains with expansive views that include the skyline of downtown Los Angeles.
  • This out and back hike of 3 miles round trip or more provides a good workout on a steep ridge with satisfying views over Burbank.
  • This 7.5-mile hike starts from the north side of the Verdugo Mountains and ascends La Tuna Canyon to the range's highest summit.

Verdugo Mountains

The Verdugos are a small mountain range (with big views) located on the northeast end of the San Fernando Valley, separated from the larger San Gabriel Mountains by Tujunga Valley. Verdugo Peak is the highest point in the range at 3,126 feet. Trailheads at the base of the Verdugo Mountains in the cities of Burbank and Glenadale (and other points around the mountain range) offer convenient starting points for rewarding and challenging suburban hikes. Trails in the Verdugo Mountains are usually free, open to mountain bikers and leashed dogs.

Trail
Description
Distance
Location
La Tuna Canyon Park502La Tuna Canyon Trail
This out and back hike ascends a ridge and a pair of canyons in La Tuna Canyon Park on the northwest side of the Verdugo Mountains.
4.5 miles
975 feet
34.23314,
-118.31137
Hostetter Fire Road505Hostetter Fire Road to Verdugo Peak
This out and back hike on the north side of the Verdugo Mountains ascends from La Tuna Canyon to the highest summit in the range.
7.5 miles
1,400 feet
34.233954,
-118.291179
Stough Canyon Old Youth Camp Loop507Old Youth Camp Loop in Stough Canyon
This lollipop loop passes the ruins of an abandoned camp in the Verdugo Mountains with views across the San Fernando Valley.
2.6 miles
700 feet
34.213328,
-118.307049
Vital Link Trail Verdugo Mountains507Vital Link Trail
This out and back hike ascends a steep ridge on the south side of the Verdugo Mountains with satisfying views.
3 - 5 miles
1,275 - 1,800 feet
34.209427,
-118.291724
Skyline Motorway Verdugo Mountains508Skyline Motorway
This out and back hike ascends an abandoned fire road in the Verdugo Mountains with expansive views that include the skyline of downtown Los Angeles.
6.1 - 6.6 miles
1,625 - 1,825 feet
34.1953,
-118.293719
Beaudry Motorway Loop510Beaudry Motorway Loop to Tongva Peak
This loop climbs to the summit of Tongva Peak on the east end of the Verdugo Mountains.
6.15 miles
1,475 feet
34.193363,
-118.241163
Las Flores Motorway to Mount Thom512Las Flores Motorway to Mount Thom
This out and back hike follows a wide dirt road to the summit of Mount Thom, offering panoramic views from the southeast end of the Verdugo Mountains.
5.3 miles
1,260 feet
34.1766,
-118.2385

 

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Arroyo Sequit Park Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area Arroyo Sequit Nature Trail
Take a trip to Arroyo Sequit Park to hike a short loop through a tucked-away pocket of the Santa Monica Mountains, The park is situated along Mulholland Highway inland of Leo Carrillo State Park and below the range's most rugged peaks. The surroundings for this 2.05 miles hike are beautiful. Arroyo Sequit Nature Trail has 285 feet of elevation change, winding over and... Read more.
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Nicholas Flat Trail Willow Creek Trail Ocean Vista Hike Malibu Leo Carrillo State Park Scenic Loop hike Santa Monica Mountains
At the west end of Malibu where Mulholland Highway meets PCH, you'll find Leo Carrillo State Park. Well known for its beaches and surfing, this park has offerings for hikers too, like the trek up Nicholas Flat Trail to an oak-wrapped grassland with a small pond, which is 7 miles round trip or more. For a shorter hike, combine the bottom of Nicholas Flat Trail with Willow... Read more.
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Tagged with · California State Parks · Leo Carrillo State Park · Malibu · Ocean Views · Santa Monica Mountains
Distance: 2.05 miles · Elevation change: 620 feet
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Nicholas Flat Trail Hike Malibu Leo Carrillo State Park Nicholas Flat Natural Preserve Santa Monica Mountains California
Nicholas Flat Trail is a three-mile long 'ocean to mountains' trail beginning within Leo Carrillo State Park, just across PCH from a famous beach at the west end of Malibu. The single-track trail travels up a coastal ridge past two vista points (and lots of other ocean views) to reach Nicholas Flat, where grassy meadows are rimmed by oak trees. A small network of trails... Read more.
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Dixie Canyon Park Hike Sherman Oaks Santa Monica Mountains
Dixie Canyon Park preserves twenty tucked-away acres in the Santa Monica Mountains on the north side of the range west of Coldwater Canyon. The park can be accessed from Sherman Oaks for a micro hike that is 0.55 miles round trip with 175 feet of elevation change. This partial loop follows a dirt single track that is narrow and sometime overgrown, finding shade from walnut... Read more.
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Tagged with · Sherman Oaks · Dog-Friendly Trails · Santa Monica Mountains
Distance: 0.55 miles · Elevation change: 175 feet
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Glendale Peak Hike Griffith Park Riverside Trail East Ridge Trail Henry's Trail to Glendale Peak Trail Los Angeles California
Mount Hollywood and Mount Lee might get the bulk of the summit-bagging hikers in Griffith Park, but Glendale Peak is a fine target of its own, hosting grand views of downtown Los Angeles, the San Gabriel Valley, and the San Gabriel Mountains. The 1,190-foot peak pokes out above the southeast side of Griffith Park at the end of a ridge that runs down from Mount Hollywood. ... Read more.
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Tagged with · Free Trails · Hollywood · Summits · Dog-Friendly Trails · Griffith Park · Santa Monica Mountains
Distance: 3.3 miles · Elevation change: 330 - 405 feet
By: Published: Last updated: July 16, 2016