Chandler Motorway to Verdugo Peak

MODERATE 56 reviews
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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.

Distance: 12.3 miles Elevation Gain: 2,608 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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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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bugs
muddy
19 days ago

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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no shade
2 months ago

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

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no shade
2 months ago

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

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2 months ago

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6 months ago

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).

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no shade
7 months ago

no shade
8 months ago

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

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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muddy
no shade
washed out
11 months ago

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.

Fri Jan 11 2019

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

Sun Jun 10 2018

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.

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Sat Jan 13 2018

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.

Sat Sep 09 2017

Starts high. How high? Reallll high winkiefacemoji

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Mon Jul 10 2017

Awesome views within 1000 feet. Nice high altitude start point

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Sun Feb 26 2017

Great trail. Beautiful views all around.

Sat Feb 04 2017

Not crowded, away from the city and moderate trail for long distance running. Crisp air :)

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