Whiting Woods Motorway Trail is a 5.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near La Crescenta, California 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 but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Starting at the end of Whiting Woods Road, passing through the locked gate you quickly start climbing, 2.604 miles to go. It is fairly steep consequently there are fewer mountain bikes common at other hikes in the Verdugos. The road starts out steep, get used to it, this is going to be the tempo for most of this hike, though the lower mile is generally less steep than higher up. There are many cross country cutoffs, which cuts off long switchbacks, shortening the return trip or steepening the uphill. Arriving at Verdugo Motorway there are many options, continuing straight will take you to an electronic site with views of the San Fernando Valley, & Los Angeles Basin. A short way to the right is a bench if you're inclined to rest and take in the view, or just turn around and go back the way you came.
Loved this hike! It was steadily uphill the entire time. We saw 6 people total over the course of 2 hours, and there is ample parking at the trailhead. We started our hike around 6:30 so by the time we reached the top the sun was beginning to set and the views were spectacular. I am in decent shape and I felt like I got a great workout. Once we hit the Verdugo motorway we continued straight up to the electronic tower and were able to see panoramic views. Highly recommend this hike!!