Mandeville Canyon Trail

MODERATE 32 reviews
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Mandeville Canyon Trail is a 7.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Los Angeles, CA that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

7.2 miles 1125 feet Out & Back

dog friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

Great views of the coastline and the greater area of Los Angeles

hiking
14 days ago

This is ranked as moderate but its definitely an easier trail. The foot traffic and dog activity wasnt too congested which was great! A lot of mountain bikers going up and down so if your dog (or you!) are skittish, might not be the best trail!

hiking
30 days ago

Love this trail! Good for easy (fire road) or harder (ridges) hiking. Fun to get to the water tower. Love having dogs off leash.

hiking
2 months ago

Love that my dog can be off leash. Lots of space for bikers to pass by. Super dusty and no shade. Can get hot early. Best to walk early morning.

2 months ago

Great hike! This can be casual or more intense as there is an additional trail to the right of the fire access road. Fantastic for trail running. It gets hot in the sun so bring plenty of water and try to start before 8am. There is plenty of street parking available.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice wide trail, not too many other people. Would probably be great for mountain biking or trail running. But the lack of cover and lack of variation doesn't make for the best hike. Nonetheless there are some very nice views.

hiking
4 months ago

Really liked the setup of the hike. You can get a good workout on the very wide gradual incline for hiking, or you can go off the beaten path and take the biking path for a steep workout. We parked for free at the small parking area (fits about 10 cars or so) near the bottom of the course or there's free street parking. At the top (midway point 3.7 miles), there's a nice rest area with shade, picnic tables, a water fountain, a couple of telescopes (25 cents) for viewing, a tower to walk up to have a 360 degree viewing experience, and a pay phone (50 cents) if you don't have reception or a phone. It was a great day with my daughter, her dog (loved it), and her friend. Mountain side is very green and nice to look at during the hike. Highly recommend it.

5 months ago

Love this trail...You can choose the lower trail or the higher with the hills.. Make it as hard or easy as you'd like...Beware :O There are snakes out .. Huge gofer snake just chillin in the middle of the trail.. If your planing on taking other trails... I'd love it if you'd check us out on FB Go Hike SoCal and post your hikes there..

trail running
6 months ago

Great for trail running. Plenty of views and good elevation gain with some downhills in the right places. You can make this into as long of a run as you want 7.4 out and back or 10+ and you can't go wrong on there views up here.

7 months ago

cross country skiing
8 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

Awesome trail with amazing views. You can take either the trail or the dirt road. They cross a couple times in the beginning so you can decide what you're up for. We started on the much more strenuous trail and decided to switch to the dirt road. From what I can tell most people take the road.

The beginning of the trail smelled horrible from all the dog poop (I now understand why dogs aren't allowed on some trails.) but don't let that deter you, it stops after a little bit.

Overall a wonderful experience :)

9 months ago

A classic Cadillac of California trails. Wide and encouraging travel at cruising speed as you take in the wide open views and enjoy the steady ups and downs.
Plenty of room for people walking dogs, running and riding bikes with no concern of collision. Plenty of little side trails to run on as well.

hiking
10 months ago

Off leash trail with amazing views of Los Angeles.

cross country skiing
1 year ago

Did the 7.2 mile hike today with my family, including 4 teens/young adults. Great views of the valleys, water and the city. We were fortunate to go on a day that had a breeze. We parked on the Brentwood side (the trailhead off Westridge Road ). There's a lot for about 10 cars, but you can park in the adjacent neighborhood. About 3.5 miles to get to the halfway point at the Nike Missile Tower site. We hiked the first 1/2 of the entire trail on the mountain bike trails (all hills... Strenuous!). Took the flatter trail on the way back! People and doggies all friendly on the trail. I recommend to bring a full liter water bottle; then refill it once you reach the halfway point at the old Nike Missile Tower (water spicket, restrooms and benches there), good "resting area." Highly recommend this hike!

hiking
1 year ago

Wide trail, dogs allowed to be off leash (which is the main reason I'll come back!) Super misty/drizzly this morning, so could rarely see into canyon but can't wait to come back when it's clear. Still very pretty!

hiking
1 year ago

Good times! This trail is easy terrain (fire road) with plenty of gradual incline. We used our GPS and it came out to be closer to 8 miles. Four of us went and took our dogs - everyone enjoyed it. The views are fantastic - at one point you can see the coast from Palos Verdes to Santa Monica. There is also a vantage point at the top of the trail with a 360 degree view that is amazing. There are trails going off in other directions from the main route so we plan to go back and check those out. I believe they will be a bit more challenging as they were typically single tracks. FYI - the parking lot only handles about 10 cars so my advice is to get there by 8:00 am (or earlier) or you will have the additional hike up the hill to the entrance.

1 year ago

hiking
2 years ago

Not the easiest place to access, but there's a nice little parking lot, it's free, and you can often choose whether to follow the fire road or thinner trails alongside the fire road that ascend and descend frequently. On clear days there are great views of the ocean and the LA basin all the way to Long Beach.

trail running
2 years ago

I googled trail runs in LA and was grateful I found this location. A relatively short drive from the 405 @ Sunset, the trailhead is well marked although the lot can fill up quickly if you sleep in. There is street parking but do be courteous of the residents driveways. I chose to run the trail parallel to the fire road and was rewarded with challenging hill climbs and descents that went along the ridge. At the 3.6 mike mark is The former missile site with drinking fountain, bathroom and even doggie water bowls. A lookout tower is a good place to compose yourself and stretch for the return. I also noticed the trail continued north into the valley and for future longer runs will follow it all the way out and back. There is plenty of room for mountain bikers, dogs, runners and hikers as long as everyone is courteous. You are rewarded throughout with view of the Pacific, downtown, PV and the valley and mtns to the north. A well maintained trail recommended even if you have only a little time. Packed dirt and gravel with little loose rock.

hiking
2 years ago

Great Hike - no shade, but I started at 7am with a friend and her dog. It was windy, and therefore, dusty. There was a bathroom where we circled back down to the fire road. We took some steeper offshoot up the trail. More mtn bikers than hikers and the hikers all seemed to have dogs.