Verdugo Mountains hike Burbank La Tuna Canyon Hostetter Fire Road Verdugo Peak Trail Los Angeles California mountain biking trail Glendale

The Verdugo Mountains are a small range situated north of Burbank and Glendale. While the trails in this range can’t get at as remote as those in the nearby San Gabriel Mountains, they can be quite scenic and convenient to reach. Hikers may enjoy a trek on the north side of the Verdugo Mountains from La Tuna Canyon to the highest point in the range, Verdugo Peak. It is a 7.5-mile round trip hike with 1,400 feet of elevation change to reach the 3,126-foot summit of Verdugo Peak, where you’ll get a fine overview of the San Fernando Valley and all the civilization stretching toward downtown Los Angeles. In the spring time, the canyon becomes quite green and wildflowers pop up everywhere.

Begin by hiking up a paved road that parallels the 210 Freeway. After 0.4 miles, turn right and leave the freeway behind. The pavement ends after another quarter mile and the wide dirt road continues south toward a canyon cut into the Verdugo Mountains.

Stay to the right, 0.9 miles from the start, as a steep dirt track breaks of to the left and heads up the ridge (this incredibly steep trail is best reserved daring mountain bikers). Enter the canyon and leave the song of the freeway behind. Despite a few groves of bays in the canyon, you may be exposed to the sun for much of the hike.

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The steep path leaving Hostetter Fire Road

Follow Hostetter Fire Road for a total of 3.5 miles as it winds up the canyon, around a ridge, and up to a saddle near the summit of Verdugo Peak where it meets Verdugo Fire Road (also known as Verdugo Motorway) at at T-junction. To reach the radio tower-covered peak, turn left and hike another quarter mile to the summit.

Verdugo Peak offers clear views east and west over both ends of the range. The San Gabriel Mountains rise high to the north and there is a lot of city below (and usually a bit of smog).

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The San Gabriels from Hostetter Fire Road

Hostetter Fire Road is open to dogs and bikes. This area is particularly popular with mountain bikers, so be on alert while hiking. No fee or permit is required for this hike to Verdugo Peak, so get out and enjoy!

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Tree poppies along the trail

To get to the trailhead: Take the 210 Freeway exit 14 for La Tuna Canyon Road. At the bottom the ramp, turn southwest on La Tuna Canyon Road and find a dirt lot on the south side of the road just past the on-ramp for the 210 East. Start hiking up the paved road that heads east parallel to the freeway. The trailhead has a high crime area warning sign, so lock your vehicle and do not leave valuables in sight.

Trailhead address: La Tuna Canyon Road & West La Tuna Canyon Road, Sun Valley, CA 91352
Trailhead coordinates: 34.23395, -118.29118 (34° 14′ 02.2″N 118° 17′ 28.2″W)

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These photos were taken in March of 2009. Click to enlarge.
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La Tuna Canyon Park La Tuna Canyon Trail
This 4.5-mile round trip hike ascends a ridge and a pair of canyons in La Tuna Canyon Park on the northwest side of the Verdugo Mountains.
Stough Canyon Old Youth Camp Loop Old Youth Camp Loop in Stough Canyon
This 2.6-mile loop passes the ruins of an abandoned camp in the Verdugo Mountains with views across the San Fernando Valley.
Vital Link Trail Verdugo Mountains Vital Link Trail
This hike of 3 miles round trip or more ascends 1,275 feet (or more) up a ridge on the side of the Verdugo Mountains for a steep hike with satisfying views.
Verdugo mountain trail Beaudry Motorway Loop to Tongva Peak
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Skyline Motorway Verdugo Mountains Skyline Motorway
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Las Flores Motorway to Mount Thom Las Flores Motorway to Mount Thom
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Distance: 7.5 miles · Elevation change: 1400 feet

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6 Comments on Hostetter Fire Road to Verdugo Peak in the Verdugo Mountains

  1. Mountain Bike wrote:

    Very informative post on mountainbiking.

  2. TrailblazerT wrote:

    There’s more than meets the eye here & if you dig a little deeper, you’ll find more than just a great ride. TY for making it possible!

  3. Swee'pea wrote:

    Didn’t realize hike was sooooooooo long. But well worth it. Beautiful scenic views.

  4. rednikki wrote:

    I did this hike yesterday and was wondering how long it was! Thanks for this info. Great site.

  5. FastOrange wrote:

    All burnt up. Not much left after the La Tuna fire.

  6. Robert N wrote:

    DANGER! I did this hike with a friend today and my car was burglarized. WATCH OUT with your stuff! The officer at the foothills police station said “You wouldn’t believe how many times we get reports of people getting robbed there”, and asked me to put out the word. Stay safe.