Betty B Dearing Mountain Trail

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Betty B Dearing Mountain Trail is a 5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Los Angeles, California that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and trail running and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

5.0 miles
977 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly


trail running



1 day ago

Great shady trail, you might need the map at the beginning, as there are a lot of Y’s, but’s a great trail for a conversational hike - easy elevation change.

7 months ago

This is a great trail if you like some challenge. It is very narrow at points. Lots of nature, mostly shaded.

8 months ago

Really nicely groomed trail for the most part; shady in lots of spots too which was lovely. A couple of tiny stream crossings, and not at all crowded. No hassles with parking and the All Trails map worked perfectly. We ended up going almost 6 miles.

8 months ago

Nice trail. I was happy I could take my dog. There are a lot of forks in the road so the map on this app is needed.

9 months ago

Love love love this trail

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

I really enjoyed this trail — once I found it. I missed the first left turn (because I wasn’t looking at the trail map), and I ended up going on a short hike behind some of houses. That isn’t this trail. So I’d advise, if it’s your first time there, use the map. The trail has a few places where it Ys, and I appreciated this app in those moments. That said, it’s a beautiful area with incredible views, and my dog and I had a grand time. We will be back.

Also: Make sure to keep your dog on a leash. They seem pretty serious about tickets. One visitor told me a ranger recently hid in the bushes and gave his friend a ticket. Sneaky.

Monday, December 25, 2017

Beautiful with many varied walks and upward and downward slopes, vegetation changes as you walk.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Love this one.

Monday, September 04, 2017

Few hikes in the LA area have both water and shade. This one did, granted, both were pretty minimal.

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Awesome. Vigorous.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Love this trail. Very light traffic and always run into dogs for my dog to play and run with!

trail running
Sunday, March 19, 2017

Fun little trail for a mellow hike or a fun run

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Saturday, March 04, 2017

really enjoyed it. we ran some of it and walked most of it. very enjoyable. nice views and beautiful natural scenery. would enjoy to do it again.

Monday, June 20, 2016

I hiked this trail on a 97-degree day, and it was a challenge! Though surrounded by houses, the trail feels relatively secluded and there's quite a bit of shade. It's one of my favorite hikes in the city.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Only down side is that it is on the north side of the hill, which means there isn't always direct sunlight. If you like shade then this hike is for you and overlooks much of the valley.

Friday, July 31, 2015

Lots of trails and a moderate level, It's a little hard to find the trail head from the Willacre parking lot.
Loved the rainforest area! If you want a longer hike park at Willacre, hike the Willacre loop and as you exit the park to enter the street portion the trail head is on your right between some pretty fancy houses.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

I love it rune it with my dog it's perfect!!

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Pretty solid hike. The only thing that I didn't like so much, was that there were homes surrounding you for much of the time. I prefer to feel like I'm away from the city/civilization a bit more. But if that doesn't bother you bon voyage. I'd recommend it none the less.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Enough climbing to satisfy an intermediate hiker's itch, but easy enough for a beginner hiker that's feeling a bit adventurous. I had a bit of an issue with the fact that you can still hear plenty of car engines and the rush of traffic from some areas of the trail, but there were areas that did offer seclusion from society. The "Rainforest" in particular was very nice. I found the trails well maintained, with no real blockages or brush to push through. Many areas were pretty densely wooded and provided fantastic atmosphere, but when the view opens up you're mainly greeted with views of the city and expensive houses. I have to say that this hike was a bit anticlimactic, with no real point of interest at the end, however if you can adopt the "It's not the destination, it's the journey." mindset, you'll have a good time.

One note that could be helpful: When you see the sign near the trail head that says "Trail ends in .7 miles.", look to your left. There's another, slightly harder to spot sign indicating the Dearing Mountain Trail. We missed it the first time around and figured that maybe the .7 mile trail would lead to the Dearing trailhead, but we were wrong, and it added 1.4 miles to the trip. However, the .7 mile trail is fairly flat, and would be nice for someone looking for a quick walk.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

The Trailhead has a great overlook from Mulholland Drive down into the San Fernando Valley and across to Burbank and Glendale. The trails at the start are shaded with overgrowth and beautiful trees. The trail is clear with switchbacks and great views. The "rainforest" is very short but verdant some times of the year. Great for adults and dogs, hikers and joggers. Narrow for young children in some sections of the path.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Free street parking available if you can't find parking in the lot. Narrow trails at some places so be careful. Dog friendly. Little creeks and scenery make this trail interesting. I don't think this one is for kids due to narrow trails. Small trails constantly popped up. Having GPS came in handy.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

This hike lets you feel like you're really deep in the foliage. There are some sunny spots, but it's mostly shaded by the many trees there, both still standing, and fallen over. The trail starts out wide, but after the first turn, you're diving into a narrow path that allows for only one hiker. It heads downhill for a bit, but then has nice variations to push you harder, and then let you rest. At the 'T' (once Dearing Mountain Trail ends), I headed left towards the "rainforest" and continued on until I hit a fence behind some really nice houses. After that, I just double-backed it back to my car - where there's lots of free parking, by the way. This trail seems less tramped and crowded. Just watch out for poison oak in the summer.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

I went hiking on this trail with three others on Memorial Day. We went to the left towards the "rainforest" and backtracked in a loop after reaching the fence on the west. It's a lovely trail with a combination of scenic views and cool woodland. It wasn't very busy either. I would recommend!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

This is a fun trail! It wasn't crowded around Sat at 9am but when we were getting back to the car around 11:15 it was getting crowded. We started at the parking lot & headed down to the canyon. Lots of options to either zig zag or take a steeper route. Some spots are easy & gets hard towards the end where the stairs have been washed away so gets steeper. Lots of greenery & even Canopy of trees along the way. Ran into their Rainforest area, which was nice & almost a natural jungle gym with the fallen trees. We circled back after we reached an open area that seems to be an open park area. Not many critters, just watch the bees & beehive that you need to pass through. Nice views & about a 2 hr hike

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Love the Fryman Canyon on a whole, did most of the Dearing Trail towards Coldwater, but then turned right at the Tree with the bench, to head down to the fire road, then down a bit to the first right heading back uphill to continue the loop. I think it was around 3-4 miles in total and took us an hour/half or couple hours. Loads of fun, lots of topography and valley views...definitely in my top 5 closest to my house. The free parking is a plus, and there's a little bit of a 'workout station'.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Very nice. Went in the late afternoon and the canyon was cool in the shade. The trail is nice for it's view and so are all the people.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Really enjoyed this trail. It's a work-out if you're not used to going up and down. I wore sneakers when I should have worn my hiking boots. Not a lot of people; but went on weekday. Views are beautiful. Creeks are nice. Saw lizards, hawks, etc.

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Lots of little narrow trails, and a prepared to hop across it. The trail loop is easy to miss if you aren't paying attention. You wil have to climb a bit if you take the lop (trail to the right). Beautiful hike.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

This client was recommended to me by one of my clients...I took the challenged...LOVED IT...All I can say is keep your head to the pavement...and be mentally tough...It was Spinsational!!!

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