Explore the most popular hiking trails in Brand Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

A great winter hike, especially if there are clouds. We hiked this left to right, but I would reverse that next time. The downhill of going makes you loseseveral hundred feet you just earned, and the last 3rd of the hike is very steep downhill.

So, at the split, turn right and do the hard up first and you’ll have a nice, long, leisurely down hill for most of the loop back.

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8 days ago

Just about the perfect trail for out in this area of SoCal. Not too easy, but not too hard either. Beautiful switchbacks that take you away from traffic noise and once you get to the top, the views are fantastic! Fun to do on a sunny day or a cloudy one so you can watch the fog roll over the hills. For the most part, very safe, sturdy trail. A few fun, narrow stretches along the ridge line. And the best part: easy street parking at the trailhead!

This was a great hike! We actually started at the wrong spot we think, but ended up making it to the peak of Mount Thom! It was steep and slippery, but a great workout. While we were at the peak we walked over to the giant concrete structure and sat on top of it looking at the ocean views and city. We were almost to captivated to notice a mountain Iion climbing up to the trail that we had just been on, about 50 feet away! We got our stuff together and got out of there pretty quickly! Went down a back way because we wanted to walk with a girl who was alone on the trail just to make sure we all made it down okay. All in all great experience, just be prepared, and aware.

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15 days ago

An easy trail for a quick hike. We visited on a Monday morning and there was little to no crowd.
Check out our short video review on YouTube!
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16 days ago

Great hike. Completed in roughly 2 hours. Parking was super easy!

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24 days ago

First time on this trail. Moderate climb but a solid workout. Beautiful quiet hike. Great views , smooth fire trail.

It is good for you to train yourself for a tougher hiking. After you finish this trail pretty much you can go hike any trails in Souther California.

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1 month ago

Nice fire road trail. Easy parking at the brand library. Not crowded at all. We thought this trail was moderate, not difficult. But overall good hike.

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1 month ago

A nice hike, not too hard, yet challenging enough to give you a good cardio workout. I did this trail with my almost 7 year old son, and we started up the South side loop and went to the tower, chilled out, and decided not to take the loop and come back down the north side of the loop, only because my young son was tired, and I didn't want to push him. That part of the loop is next on our trail up together.

There is some shade, but not a lot. Parking is easy, there's plenty of room, and the hike is not crowded at all, and we went on a Sunday. Ya, there were people, but not too much. It is nice, you're dealing with nature, somewhat but if you're looking for an all out nature hike, this isn't it. If you want a nice cardio, and get a good workout, try this out. You'll like it.

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1 month ago

I've done this trail many many times and it doesn't get any easier. It's the same challenge but a feeling of a great accomplishment. Not a long trail to the top, but once there, if it's your first time or thirtieth time, it's always a great feeling. The first part of the trail to the seven trees rest area is not too bad, but after this point, and towards the tower, it does get challenging, but it's worth the work. Try it, you'll love it. You might want to give up and go back down, but take your time, rest as much as you need, drink plenty of water, and sooner or later after one foot with the other, you'll be at the top.

Good luck, and make it happen.

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1 month ago

This is a decent hike to get out of the city and get a liiiiiiiitle wilderness.
Pros: easy parking, wide and well maintained trails (it's a fire road), small patches of shade, and cool views. You feel like you got a good workout by the time you finish.
Cons: a little boring (no variety in the views or trail type), dusty, could be too hot (little shade from 11-1) and parts of the viewpoints are ugly (no 360, there are maintanence buildings and fenced in areas).

Overall, if you live close by, it's worth a short trek to get a good workout with steady incline and some city views.

1 month ago

Amazing.

1 month ago

The hike going up is murder!! If you do this trail clockwise (starting where the statue is), about 3/4 of the way up you hit an incline that’s easily at a 70 degree angle! I did this part for about 100ft and had to stop and slowly turn back around to avoid throwing up and passing out!

I took a different way up (going up the road by the Japanese garden— turns into a trail after the dirt reservoir), which leads to the same defending path, and that view of Glendale, Burbank, and beyond is breath taking!

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1 month ago

A steep ascent, but worth the view. I found it more challenging than other “moderate” trails I’ve done in the area— if I’d known I would’ve opted for my hiking boots over hiking shoes.

1 month ago

A bit difficult! Didn’t make it thru but good views throughout

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2 months ago

Awesome trail but recommend trail shoes with spikes if u want to go up to tower. Found a beautiful old tree with stones welcoming you to come near it

on Beaudry Loop

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2 months ago

A decent hike. We did it clockwise and I would say that it’s more than moderate!

First mile or two are strenuous, after that point if you want a more challenging hike I suggest you walk the ridge line trail all the way to the northernmost cell tower cluster. Lots of ups and downs and makes the hike more balanced from beginning to end. I extended it a bit and the last mile of descent are rough on the knees after 15 miles. Wish I had brought my poles just for that section. The views from the ridge line are the best 360 views in LA. Catalina, downtown, burbank, Glendale, Alta Dena, San Gabriels, etc. good hike will do it again many times.

on Beaudry Loop

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2 months ago

Our group started at Beaudry Lane behind Oakmont Country Club, and we hiked to Tongva Peak and back down. 6.3 miles, 2.5 hrs., totally exhausted and happy. The views of Crescenta Valley were special all the way up, and there was enough shade here and there for rests.

It’s a tough hike definitely, I did it the opposite way round to most people. I started by parking on the Brand library road then headed off right past the kids park, there is a drainage ditch on your left you can head up to hit the trail but I walked past the chain barrier up an old windy access road that ends after five mins in a kind of clearing, look right and take the sharp incline path/scramble then head left up the ridgeline to join the trail. Five mins of hard slog up the hill then when the radio masts are in sight take the left path off the sharp incline, it seems to be dropping away and does for a while into the canyon but soon starts to rise again. This will then give you an hour of twisting path slowly gaining height but very hard still, especially with the sun beating down on you.
At the top of the mountain after taking in the amazing views you head for the radio masts again keeping on the high paths. You just need to eyeball the long semi straight path all the way down the ridge as the right turn off is easy to miss. Then it’s a jog and scramble down the sharp decline everyone has been mentioning for their initial start point of the hike. Took me two and a half hours. Trashed!

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3 months ago

Nice views from Tongva Peak, but the trail up there is a dull, unshaded slog up an old road grade. Taking the North loop up (ie anti clockwise) is less steep.

The challenge was real! Quite the incline from the start, especially since I made my own starting point up an old access road and then scaled the side of a mountain to eventually find the trail.
Great workout and amazing views.

Just did this hike this morning. It was a great hike with amazing views and good incline. Saw 2 deer on the trail, which was exciting. My friends and I hiked it counterclockwise and there were areas near the top that were quite slippery to the first tower. I’m glad we did not have to go down that way. Coming down was a little boring, but I’d definitely do it again.

4 months ago

we did this hike a while back and there wasn't a lot of shade but when you get to the top you can see Glendale Burbank and the whole Crescenta Valley

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4 months ago

Went up the North Side and came down the South. The loop takes about 2 hours and change. Beautiful views of the surrounding areas.

I completed this in 6 hours.
really tough . bring alot of water . bring food.
almost gave up on the last 2 miles.
no joke.
This is wayyy more tougher than the one in altadena .
alot of incline.

4 months ago

I would say this is on the harder side

For years, this was my go-to trail for a good quick workout. It’s still great, but so many people have gone off the trail that the hill is pretty scarred. Especially near the top, where folks trying to avoid the steep, dry, slippery terrain have moved to the sides, killed plantlife and created more steep, dry, slippery terrain. This is a difficult trail with a sharp elevation gain near the top. Please don’t hike it if you can’t hack it.

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5 months ago

If you're looking for a moderately difficult trail, you've found it, I hiked from the North side it's 2.1 miles all the way up to the stone bench and it was a steep climb, I left at 5 PM with the sun above my head and thankfully there are trees to keep one cool and it does help when you have a 1.5 liter of hydration pack I got to the top in 2 hours it takes most advanced hikers 50 minutes. I then hiked down from the South side to take advantage of the sunlight before arriving down to my car which took me a little longer than normal as I was hiking with a few club members. All in all it was a great experience, which I would love to repeat a few times a week, it's a great exercise if you want to shed some pounds off.

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