Not many small or medium-sized cities can boast of three mountain ranges within its border, but Glendale, California, does. Stretching east and north from the San Fernando Valley, the city takes in substantial parts of the San Rafael Hills and the Verdugo Mountains, plus a small slice of the San Gabriel Mountains at the city's northern extremity. At this northernmost spot in Glendale, overlooking the foothill communities of La Crescenta and Tujunga, lies Deukmejian Wilderness Park, named after former California governor George Deukmejian. The park's 700 acres of chaparral-covered slopes are drained by two ravines with steep gradients: Cooks Canyon and Dunsmore Canyon. During the mid-20th Century, the area alongside the Dunsmore Canyon stream was used by the Le Mesnager family as a vineyard. An old stone barn at the trailhead is reminiscent of that time.
Christopher L. on Grizzly Flat Trail
Maybe a better warm weather trail as most of this is in the shade. Also, the route saved on here isn't really correct, but no biggie.
Most of the larger trees were burned by the recent fire so don't expect the lush pines I was hoping for...at least for a few years. Spectacular views along the way, though.
It is one of my favorites, so five stars, but I found a dead hiker in Vasquez Creek on June 30, 2012. I strongly encourage people to bring clippers to do some trail work, extra water, good gps route and budget extra time.
After reviewing much information including Ertug Ergun's intended route from his work computer, it is clear to me that extremely poor trail conditions, hot weather, and inadequate water were the major factors in his death. His mapped route is exactly correct, but there are NO signs and NO websites giving current trail conditions. The trail has not been maintained since the Station Fire, and there are more trees falling down all the time. It's really hard to find the trail, even when you know where it is. The poor man ended up in Vasquez creek, missing one shoe and his glasses, and descended unsafely down eight waterfalls before he died. You can get water here but you can't get out. Sadly, had he found the right trail, there was also water available there on the west fork of Vasquez creek, just a few meters from GF. The trail has weeds over your head. We trampled some with search and rescue, but it is terrible. Choose a cloudy, drizzly or cool day for this hike.
I also hiked fox-condor trail, and the condition down from fox to stonyvale is pretty sketchy too.
PS, I just uploaded a good track to descend from GF to Stonyvale picnic area. Again, it's hard to find, but don't go down the East Fork because you can't get out! go down and across the West Fork of Vasquez Creek.
This is a beautiful area, and it's worth it to come out from LA if you want to be among some peaceful wooded areas.
That being said, the trail pretty much dies after a couple miles. If you go up the trail and get to the main intersection where it looks like you can go left or right, go straight to get down to Grizzly Flats. A lot of the trees have fallen so you have to climb over them.
Eventually you'll get to a fork where the left side is kind of blocked and the right side is just a riverbed. You can follow the riverbed and trailblaze around and explore, but it eventually dies off. If you go out to the part that's blocked, you'll make it to a stables area where it kind of ends. The trail map from alltrails indicates to continue northwest, but its pretty much impossible to do so. There's a small trail that goes southwest, but that eventually dies too.
I went back to that main intersection and turned left, and you can go on that for a little while before a bulldozer and cement block block it.
Overall, it was gorgeous and I saw no one else, so I give it 4 stars. But if you're looking for a solid trail thats 7 miles as advertised, this is not the place. Either way, keep going to nature...
I started near the plantation loop. While there still scars from the fire, the smell of pine and sage filled the air. There was lots of life in shrubs and wildflowers. At the grizzly flats road, despite being a warm day, it was pleasantly cool, and I only came across two people for the entire hike. Photo opportunities abound of both the mountains and the city. At the top of grizzly flats road, you could see out to Catalina island. I continued up the fire road to the beginning of the tip of the ridge trail, but turned around at the Verizon towers. Wildlife I saw included butterfly's, moths, big fat bumble bees, grey squirrels, lizards, crows, hawks, bluebirds, hummingbirds, and even a white-tailed deer!
The fire road gets a bit warm, and there is no shielding from the sun, for about 2 miles towards the top. Overall it was 11.02 miles round trip, started at just past noon and finished just before sunset. Definately a family friendly hike. With clearly marked trails and plenty to see.