La Tuna Canyon Trail to Stough Canyon Nature Center

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La Tuna Canyon Park

La Tuna Canyon Trail to Stough Canyon Nature Center is a 6.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Burbank, California that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and nature trips and is best used from October until May. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length6.8 miElevation gain1,932 ftRoute typeOut & back
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Starting from La Tuna Canyon you'll have intermittent shade from old oaks - especially in the morning hours. Rest at the wooden chair after a steep climb to the mid-point and gasp at the gorgeous views into the valley as you cross down toward Burbank.

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Emily Boyle
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Definitely a challenge! The turnaround point is the nature center in the next canyon over. It was very pretty but because of the decently challenging terrain it took me a full two hours to get there. Some definite inclines, a lot of portions of shade, and you cross over a very pretty creek!

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Miguel Rodriguez
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Angie H.
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annie devereaux
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HikingScrambleWashed out

We actually did first part of this (LTC) but then made a little through hike with a (short) car shuttle. there are multiple trail outlets you can park at - Morning Glow rd and by Village Christian elementary. Giving three stars because as of today, trail from LTC up to fire road is washed out in many places, and as another review said, after you follow the stream up the second canyon (on your way to fire road) the trail up and out of the canyon is gone. However! The trail is still hikeable (I recommend hiking poles) and we were able to find our way out of the second canyon washout by using All Trails map to point us in right direction. Winter rains may cause more damage so hikers beware. NOTE - cautions are only for part of trail about halfway to fire road. A short mile or so out and back from LTC would still be nice, and fire road and beyond sections are solid.

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Team Cilantro
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Thomas Sovinec
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HikingWashed out

From La Tuna Canyon Road, the trail starts in one unnamed canyon, heads eastward partially ascending a ridge, then descends into a second canyon which is followed upstream. Before the La Tuna Fire, the trail continued further out of the second canyon. Where the trail crosses the ridge, there is also a steep use trail heading uphill. The trail is in good shape up to the start of the second canyon, then gets rougher but still very hikeable through the second canyon. The portion of the trail out of the canyon is now gone. A round trip is about 3.4 miles and 620 feet of elevation gain. Watch for poison oak in the canyon. It is possible to reach the mountain top by taking the steeper use trail. It was quite passable when I hiked it in Dec. 2019. On a late Sunday afternoon with pleasant temperatures, there were 2 vehicles parked at the trailhead when I started and the same number when I returned.

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Ben Murray
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Justin Ortiz
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Narrow trail with steep dropoffs, requires some agility. Earth liable to give out! Marvelously secluded with a great amount of vegetation and panicked lizards.

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Brytani Calzada
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HikingOver grown

I liked this hike. It is overgrown but if you wear pants, you’ll be fine. It is nothing too extreme, and it is not difficult to navigate the trail. When you get to about mile .6 or a little less than under a mile, the trail splits. You can go right and it’s steep but I recommend you go this way! Great cardio, shave miles off the hike and no one else is on the trail (la tuna canyon). There’s a lot more people when you hit stough canyon. Be safe, wear a mask!

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Fermin M
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Shari Roulin
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HikingBugsOver grownWashed out

This trail was really affected by the La Tuna fire in September of 2017. It's a shame because this was a great hike the first time I did it (Jan 2017). Since then it's become overgrown and difficult to navigate. If it can get some trail maintenance, this is a 5-star hike with a good challenge and a nice vista at the crest. Hopefully it can be restored to its original glory!

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Jennifer Newkirk
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HikingOver grownWashed out

Many many sections washed out, completely over grown n not maintained. Had to do two extra miles to get around hazards. Please don’t do!

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Jordan King
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HikingOver grownWashed out

Super overgrown! And lots of parts washed out! Made for an adventure for sure but this trail needs lots of maintenance.

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Wil Devine
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HikingWashed out

Main trail for first couple miles washed out in places. Have to jump over gaps in some places. Doable but dicey at times.

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Larry Jensen
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this Trail just reopened two months ago it is not easy but there's some pretty good views from the top and we actually found a little trickling waterfall but be careful because there's some washed out places on the trail

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Amber Kaminsky
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trail is closed due to mudslides don't know when it will be open.

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Vahagn Karapetyan
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Amber Morris
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Cristina Bowker
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Elaine Keane
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Beth Bates-Chen
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Matthieu Tremblay
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brittany carson
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Sean Denard
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