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Catalina Verdugo Trail [CLOSED] is a 2.8 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Glendale, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for walking, running, and mountain biking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length 2.8 mi Elevation gain 547 ft Route type Loop

Dog friendly

Kid friendly

Mountain biking

Walking

Running

Views

Wild flowers

Closed

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Getting There

As of May 2020, this trail is still experiencing full or partial closure due to COVID-19. Please see the open trails nearby for alternate hiking options. Single Track. Cut out of hill side. Steep cliff to one side throughout. Switch back decent. Please only go one way. People hiking up the switch backs are in danger of being hit by descending cyclists. If hiking at night, please use a flash light so cyclists can see you!

Park is open from 7am to 10pm. Bathrooms are open during park operation. There has always been enough parking even when all the sports fields are in use on weekends. Park in first spaces to be close to the trail head. They are normally empty.

There is someone in the office at the Sports Complex. 911 for emergencies

Take Fern from Verdugo. Fern dead ends at the park. The trail head is West of the maintenance building very near to the driving entrance to the park. The first parking spaces are closest to the trail head. Glendale Sports Complex 2200 Fern Lane Glendale, CA 91208

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Tom Grant
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HikingRocky

I've been on this trail over a dozen times. Sometimes just for the loop, and it became a favorite for trail running, but also sometimes as a starting point to get up on Ridge Motorway trail, or to head South on the other connecting trail (no name? extension of Ridge Motorway?) Because it hugs the hillside in a loop, you'll generally get some shade in the morning hours. There's also shade on the switchback on the South side, since there's lots of larger shrubs and trees (Laurel Sumac, Blue Elder, etc.) Lots of poison oak in places *just* off the trail, so careful where you step, unless you recognize it in which case you'll see. It's a very narrow track with lots of twists and turns, and gets a bit of mountain bike use, so beware that you won't be able to side-step too easily, and during Covid days you won't be able to properly social distance (but it's not heavily used, and wearing mask + outdoors should be fine; that said some cyclists will pass you without mask). Great variety of plants. I've even seen wild gooseberry (edible), and a few patches of wild blackberry brambles (just a few though). Climbing up the South side switchback, you can go on the loop, or climb up to Camino San Rafael (and Ridge Motorway trail) where there's some stunning views of the area. It also can make this a multi-hour hike if that's what you are looking for. I've also used it to go from neighborhood to neighborhood... you can climb from Verdugo Woodlands of Glendale and end up in Flintridge (or vice versa) if you desire.

Jasmine Jovel
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HikingRocky

Awesome little home

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Nour Dahhan
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closed

Veronica A.
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Hiking

This trail is closed. I thought they were supposed to open on May 9, at least that’s what the City of Glendale webpage says. I hope they open soon. I really like this trail.

C Mendez
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Hiking

This is a beautiful trail with fantastic views. The trail is somewhat narrow, wide enough for two people. There are many shady areas. Too bad the noise from the highway can be heard amidst this tranquility. Still, you will hear birds chirping.

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Tara Lynn Wagner
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Hiking

This was a great trail. Not to hard for the kids. Enough twists and turns to keep them interested. We saw a few bikes but other than that has the trail entirely to ourselves. It was lovely.

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Heather Zylstra
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Hiking

Me and my husband have made this our regular spot! It’s not too difficult and not highly trafficked. It doesn’t have the best views but it’s a nice spot to take the dog for a jog.

Josh McClintock
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Hiking

Very pretty well maintained short trail next to the beautiful Glendale sports complex. The only bummer is the sound of the 2 freeway throughout the entire hike. Also be careful of the mountain bikers.

Jennifer Chao
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HikingRocky
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Ellie Guzman
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Hiking

I’m a bit out of shape so it got a good sweat out of me. The trail is pretty narrow but the views were nice. Pretty empty and relatively short.

N N.
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Ricardo Santarelli
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Mountain bikingMuddy
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Ken Topper
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Hiking

Follow the Catalina Verdugo Trail to the Ridge Motorway and then make your way to the observation outpost. It will add a couple of extra miles to your hike. You can also do some circuit training on equipment at the bottom of the trail at the Glendale Sports Complex.

Razzle Dazzle
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Hiking

Mellow loop. I take my older dog in the morning before work. It’s a calm space and the perfect mileage to do something quick and effective.

Malleli Ricalde
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Hiking

Fairly easy trail with shade. Path is easy to follow which makes it kid friendly. Plenty of parking as well, as it is located at the sports complex.

Kristin Gifford
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Hiking

Nice pretty easy trail. It can be extended by following the ridge motorway further. I even saw a deer near the ridgeway.

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Alice Boston
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Hiking

This is a great Saturday morning, breezy trail. It’s got a steady mild incline for about 1.2 miles and a fun, mostly shady, .7 mile decline on the way down. It loops around the sports complex so the sounds can get a little annoying but otherwise it’s a beautiful trail that has a perfect balance of shade and sun exposure. At one point you’ll hit a fork and have the option to start the decline or go left and continue the hike, if you continue and stay right on the 2nd fork, it spits you out onto a beautiful little meadow. Also, super dog friendly, my pup loves it here.

Ana Ordonez
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very nice trail. went during the middle of the day and only saw a couple of people there. there are parts with good cover. this is a nice for beginers.

Gavin Grant
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HikingMuddy

Wonderful easy to follow trail, winding through the hills above Glendale. A couple of lookouts but mainly brush and plants along trail. Starts at the Glendale sports complex so easy to get to but GPS tells you the wrong entrance so go through town like the “Getting Here” section says. Overall very pretty hike with some wildflowers, greenery and break from the city.

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Herman Zepeda
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Hiking

Very cool trail, not much in terms of views but very much a fun time

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Matt Beurois
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Basic trail. Sound of freeway all way long. But not crowded at all.

Andrea Rogers
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Walking

Nice little loop, very picturesque. The trail is a generous single file width for most of the way. The inclines are mild and the distance about 2 miles, making this more of an easy hike. The biggest downside is the noise from the sports complex that it loops around, but it's such a pretty trail that it didn't really bother me. I was impressed with the less common chaparral and unique flowers.

Ashley V
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Easy trail with view and sounds of soccer fields and freeway.

Trevor Friedemann
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Nice little hike around the sports fields with a few views of glendale, Montrose, and la Crescenta.

Gordon Schaffner
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Hiking

This trail really suprised me. It is just off the 2 freeway and loops a sports complex. While you never escape the sound of the freeway you really do feel a bit of solitude on the trail. The trail is a bit exposed in many areas, but even on a warm day it's not an issue. The description above says to hike in only one direction, but there is no signage to indicate that so you have traffic in both directions. This trail is not very conducive to a fast run on a mountain bike, so the risk of collision on a blind corner is relativly low. Glad I did not overlook this trail based on its location.

Matthew !
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Mountain biking
Holly Sherman
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The loop was actually only 2.1 miles. There is another trail that connects about half way, but I stayed on the loop. Nice amount of shade, pretty easy, no major incline. Very curvy, with a pretty view, and lots of cute little lizards. In my opinion it was an easy hike. My 12 year old Chihuahua made it just fine as well. Total time was prob around 45min (walking)

Jordan Crowder
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Hiking

A nice moderate and mostly shaded short trail. I've gone dozens of times where I've never bumped into another soul. Bathroom access at the Sports complex. If you're just looking for exercise you can do the loop multiple times and listen to music or podcasts to avoid the distant road noise. Lots of lizards, spiders and deer. Only seen snakes twice in the 2 years of hiking this trail.

Marianne Tomlin
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Hiking

Great trail for a moderate hike. Excellent views of Glendale, La Cañada, & Montrose area!

Laura S
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Hiking

Freeway and field noise, plus the whole trail smelled from all of the dog poop left all over the entire trail (!!).

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