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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.

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2 days ago

Great trail! Slightly narrow at times, definitely not for the timid. Wonderful views!

hiking
6 days ago

on Gold Canyon Trail

25 days ago

Rating not applicable. Trail is closed, we checked on 08/27/2017.

We took the Dunsmore Canyon trail, and it was steep and rocky. Not a lot of shade. I would like to try some of the others-- it seems like we accidentally chose the one that was relentlessly uphill.

One of my favorite hiking spots.

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1 month ago

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2 months ago

Some of the best views you can find! You can see Pasadena, LA, Glendale and even into Sunland and beyond! Fairly strenuous hike and NOT for beginners. I didn't finish this time due to the impinging heat and insufficient water (I brought 2 bottles), so plan to do it in the winter. Can't wait to see the view from the top! Steady incline, many switchbacks and technical areas. Shady in the early morning, full sun by mid-morning. Less experienced and/or less fit hikers may want to try to the Mesnager Loop, Rim of the Valley or Dunsmore Canyon hike in the same park. This is what hiking is about!!

hiking
2 months ago

on Gold Canyon Trail

2 months ago

My favorite. very accessible and not alot of people.

hiking
3 months ago

very nice hike, moderate and great views and it is green :) not challenging the only thing should know is it has narrow road and hiking stick might be a help

hiking
3 months ago