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Chandler Motorway to Verdugo Peak

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La Tuna Canyon Park

Chandler Motorway to Verdugo Peak is a 12.3 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Burbank, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, horses, and mountain biking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 12.3 mi Elevation gain 2,608 ft Route type Out & Back

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NOTE: As of May, 2020, users have reported that the trail is under construction and closed at .8 miles. Please consult the park's website before visiting. The Verdugo Fireroad (topo says Chandler Motorway) begins here, and goes east to near Glendale Community College. Difficulty is easy, but can be made more difficult by increasing speed and/or distance. This can be linked with close to a dozen other trails along the way.

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Justyn McGrigor
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Mountain biking

Long and sustained uppity up with some very steep sections. Pays to take a light wind breaker as temps drop as you climb and if you stop to see the views you’ll cool down very quickly. Surface is mostly good with some loose gravel and sand, take a spare tube or repair kit as there are plenty of sharp edged stones about. Saw 3 harmless snakes and alerted of 2 rattlers by another rider which we didn’t come across..... all in all a great workout with good views.

Soufo C.
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HikingNo shade

This trail is purely for cardio. It’s a wide fire road, with a long slow elevation. In terms of aesthetic, imagine a world made of dirt. However, as a plus, the views are expansive at the top, the lizards walk with you on the trail, and it feels safe for a solo hiker.

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Christina Merwin
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Hiking

The trail that this hike follows is not the actual Verdugo Crest but actually the Verdugo Motorway. It was fun but I think the Verdugo Crest is probably more challenging. This wasn't too difficult. This had some pretty cool views. We started at 6:30 am and finished in a little over 5 hours. Our GSD enjoyed it too. Not too steep in either direction.

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Charles Kiedman
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Hiking

Long trail on a dirt road, little shade but great views

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Dan Hilley
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Hiking

Trail is under construction and closed at .8 miles.

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Brashaad Mayweather
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Hiking

I loved this trail, it’s long, up and down plus spots to take a break along the way. I suggest starting it by midday if you want to fully enjoy it.

Anna Saylor
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HikingNo shade

Beautiful views

Larry Jensen
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this hike is all on a fire Road and it's a steady incline but nothing more than moderate and it ends up at a couple of benches at the top of the mountain and the views from there are pretty good there are also several single tracks that you can take that go towards La Tuna Canyon overall it's a relatively easy hike but I'm not real crazy about fire roads. you can keep going towards vital link I believe it is but that is a steep decline to get back down from there

Josh McClintock
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Hiking

Excellent hike today!! I was prepared for rain but I lucked out and didn’t get a single drop on me. Lots of clouds made for gorgeous views. Fire road all the way to the top. Moderate incline for almost the whole way... although I found a few sections were pretty steep but made for a good workout. There will be a few uphill sections on the way back as well. This fire road is probably my favorite one in the Verdugo Mountains. Non stop views.

Felicia White
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Andi Garavaglia
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David McNayr
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Hiking

Beautiful day! Caution: the rattlesnakes are out. Saw in the Tongva Peak / Mt Thom area.

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Daniel Lee
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HikingBugsMuddy

Great endurance and distance training road. You’ll see some bikers and occasional runners. I wish these trails up here weren’t a single main trail that branches down to different locations. I enjoy loops more than in-n-out style. Oh, a few irresponsible and lazy dog owners ruin the beauty of the views as you have to constantly be on the lookout for dog crap.

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Gia DiGiacobbe
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HikingNo shade

lots of poo right on the trail, even at the beginning. people need to clean up after their animals.

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Michelle Broxman
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HikingNo shade

Only did part of the trail this time but it was lovely, tho very exposed!

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Sage James
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Morgan Keaton
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Hiking

I’ve hiked this ridge a lot, and it’s a great, steady, moderate challenge with lots of connecting trails, so there’s always something new to try. It’s more removed from the city than Griffith Park feels, and less hilly but not dissimilar to Runyon Canyon. Great view of the Burbank airport, so you can watch planes come and go. Grades get to about 8 or 9 degrees, maybe 10 at the stretch leading up to the Wishing Tree. You can hear traffic, even if dull, from the 5 and the 210 the whole time, but the birds and critters help make it feel more of an escape. I find the mountains beautiful no matter what season, and there are great views of both nature and a panorama of city. There is no shade whatsoever, except for occasionally in the shadow of hills, depending on time of day. I went this week and it’s quite overgrown with scrub/chaparral, which also made it feel more “hikey.” Loose gravel in just one spot, so very stable for trail running (there are also a decent number of mountain bikers). Popular after-work spot. Sunsets here are spectacular. For a shorter hike, the Wishing Tree picnic area is 5.6 mi round trip (1-1.5 hrs).

Marcy Alvarado
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HikingNo shade
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Sean Cargle
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No shade

Pretty gorgeous during Spring and a lot of calm wildlife, plus great views, but no shade what so ever.

Kyle Williams
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HikingNo shade

12.5 mile one-way, Chandler Motorway to La Tuna Peak to Verdugo Peak to Tongva Peak to Mt Thom. Little to no shade so bring plenty of water and sunscreen on a warm day. Nice long hike with a decent elevation gain, but flattens out at the top here and there. There are a few spots with benches and shade along the way for a nice snack break out of the sun. Took me about 4hrs total with light jogging on flats and downgrades. I live near these mountains so kinda nice to look up everyday and know I’ve now hiked the entire mountain range in one go.

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Kevin Meza
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HikingMuddyNo shadeWashed out

All Fireroad straight up and down for the most part. Trail gets rutted out once at the Stough Canyon trailhead and closed off access to the nature center but still can hike down at your own risk if needed to cut the hike short.

Larry Jensen
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the first three quarters of a mile of this hike is all uphill and the whole hike is a fire Road but when you get to the top you have almost a 360 degree view from the wishing tree and of course coming back it's all downhill so it's a nice hike overall

Robbie Heidelberg
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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.

Nathan K
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Hiking

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.

Longwalkz Bymyself
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Starts high. How high? Reallll high winkiefacemoji

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