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

We hike from the nature center up to the last tower at the summit and then turn back down, so we do an out-and-back approach. Mostly because we couldn’t figure out the loop - haha. But it’s a solid nine miles with significant elevation gain and great views.

Great hike. Wide trails. Hot as the morning stretched on. We passed just a few sycamore and oak trees along the way providing an opportunity to rest and drink some water. Saw some mountain bikers. The chaparral was dry as to be expected in September but the breeze was nice. A few sporadic wild flowers greeted our small crew of hikers along the way.

great easy hike along with spectacular views.

Great 6 mile workout for Trail runners or hikers. You can make it 14 miles or more very easy.

hiking
27 days ago

Trailhead easy to find, started at the Nature Center which has free parking, I was lucky to find a spot. The trail is almost strictly on a fire road and gravel the whole way. I passed hikers, mountain bikers & trail runners about every 15 min or so during the half up to the towers, didn’t see many people beyond that point. The hike has a fairly steep incline at the onset but then tapers out and continues a steady incline for the first 3 miles. Once you pass the towers, it evens out for a decline on the way back. The map on AllTrails gives you an option to take a few single track trails which follow the main trail, but these single tracks are steep and I slid down one of them due to the loose gravel and got pretty scratched up so I’d recommend staying on the main fire road. This trail is a good workout with great views. This area suffered in the fires but the trail is maintained. Very little to no coverage so bring a hat, sunscreen and plenty of water. Clocked in 8 miles total (little over 3 hours) following the AllTrails map past the towers.

I have not been in this trail in a year or so. But the couple of times I went there there was a lot of dog crap. Specially at the beginning of the trail. From where you park your car to about 1/2 to 1 mile into. Some people take their dogs there and do not clean up after them. So watch your step.

Another thing I ran into was people riding their bicycles down the trail. They can come at you pretty fast so stay alert. Specially if you have kids or a dog(s).

Otherwise it’s a cool trail with some good views.

it was super easy. we did 8 miles.

Nice hike!!! Did not do the whole loop, I couldn’t find the trail down so just ended up going the same way back down. Was not difficult much, just make sure not to do during hot hours of the day!!

I’ve been getting into trail running lately and this one is fantastic for it. It’s basically all up hill but that makes your way back easier. It’s pretty challenging due to the elevation, but would highly recommend this hike for trail running or hiking. Wear protection from the sun due to it being out in the open.

There is a fire road beginning the trail which is nice since it is not too much of an incline so it doesn't hurt too much.

The huge incline you see from the freeway is a great workout! I love the fact that you can go up the hard way and then make your way down through the easier trail.

Depending on the time, there is a good amount of shade as the elevation drops.

on Stough Canyon Trail

4 months ago

Nice long hike with beautiful views.

hiking
4 months ago

Went last weekend on an organized goat hike - yes, I said goat hike! The area is still green and beautiful. Great view but not a lot of shade. Great exercise on the way up.

Tip: pack extra water, sunscreen, and a hat. Parking is limited but you can also park on the street so it should not be too much of an issue. Tons of mountain bikers which is really annoying, so just be on guard.

I stopped here on my way home to Nevada County. I went in blind and wish I had my backpack so my hands weren't full as I trekked up the steep incline. Nothing impossible but a slight challenge with items in both hands. I eventually took the side roads opposed to the steep incline. Hit a T in the road with signs but wasn't sure which way to go to return to my car so I turned around and took the side roads down. I felt safe and it was such a gorgeous hike up. Other hikers were friendly and ranged from families with young children to some senior citizens. There were a lot of mountain bikers up there too. I will definitely do this again with free hands and take that incline to the top!

trail running
6 months ago

Slow climb to the towers on wide dirt fire road. Trafficked by runners, walkers, and MTB (less so past the “saddle”). Great views of the Valley, Griffith Park, and La Crescenta.

hiking
7 months ago

Went there again last Friday in the late afternoon. Very nice hike. The mountain bikers were very courteous too.

It’s a solid hike up to the park (communications station). We like it because there is not much traffic at all, lots of quiet and solitude with great views of the valley to DTLA when you reach the summit

I did this hike and it’s great I did a part of the trail where the vegetation was over grown and not maintained at all. Super scary for sure but I loved it. I didn’t know when it was ending tho. I was exhausted.

The views are really nice. Very few trees, so probably wouldn’t hike this in the summer, although you can find decent patches of shade against the hillsides depending on what time of day you go. Around the 3.5 mile mark, the listed trail wants you to take a steep incline up a hillside to a lookout point. Don’t take this route, it’s really washed out and sketchy. Stay on the motorway for a much safer walk. You can double back to the peak from the other direction on your return.

hiking
8 months ago

Great hike! I think best done in the morning and the views are awesome!

hiking
8 months ago

Great hike, but a little too crowded and the ending was dangerous after the fires turned the soil to ash.

hiking
8 months ago

A fairly peaceful hike. Quite a few mountain bikers but they were polite. The start and finish are a little steep but not bad. A nice way to get elevation.

Disappointing that there is no loop.

Want to feel the burn go here !

Did about 1/2 the trail then came back. Very cool since recent fires have burned back alot of vegetation. Kinda looked like Mars in some places. Saw a few bikers, hikers w dogs, & 2 bike cops on electric bikes. Pretty neat. Some steep climbs, but not terrible.

Pretty steep, constant climb from start. Feels more like a workout than a hike. Bring sunscreen - the trail is completely exposed. Really nice view at top amongst all the cell phone towers.

I took the easy way up. But coming down was a different story. It was like the scorched trials. It was very Sandy and filled with loose dirt. Some of the path way on the side of the mountain disappears and you kind of have to walk on the wall of sand to get across. It spit me out on the side of the road down the street where I parked. Overall very fun and difficult.

pretty easy, but keep in mind it's a steady uphill from the beginning to the top. amazing view once you get up there! we could see even catalina island to malibu from the top.

mountain biking
10 months ago

Good. But when you get to what the map says is the top, don’t take that left and go down that way. Extremely soft steep dirt. Go back the way you came.

Beautiful trails!!

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