La Tuna Canyon Trail is a 5 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Sun Valley, California that offers scenic views and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, and mountain biking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length5.0 miElevation gain1,318 ftRoute typeLoop
Dogs on leashHikingMountain bikingRunningViewsBugsRockyNo shade
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There is plenty of free parking at the trailhead and many users suggest going counterclockwise on this trail (doing the steeper section first).

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Justin Becker
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Hiking

The counterclockwise way up is very hard but would not be fun coming down without good light and walking sticks. The gravel can be very loose. The way down was very easy and a nice reward.

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Eric Wang
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The first 1.5 miles going counterclockwise is indeed the only hard part, and having trekking poles is key. I would not do this trail clockwise because the descent at the end would be difficult. Beautiful full moon tonight—the evening hike was stellar with some stars—probably the most stars you can possibly see in LA.

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Linda Cowan
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Eric macom
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Not bad, the first 1.5 miles are pretty gnarly. After that it’s all down hill on a fire road.

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Tobias Solis
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Nick Bergeman
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Jonathan Veles
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Beautiful

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Reniel Santos
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Spring Peña
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Steep start, great views!

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Victor Flores
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WalkingGreat!No shadeScramble

I call this the little veteran park. Excellent steepness for the 1.25 mile way up to plantation lateral. Come here to condition, for longer more treacherous hikes. Plus, its down the street my home :)

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Elvis Arreola
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Hiking

this trail up gets really hot on a sunny day bring extra water. no shade on the way going up

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Xan Subeday
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Brendan R
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Even counter clockwise, the uphill sections are quite steep. For those who may have difficulty finding their footing, I would respect this hikes rating as hard, though in terms of overall athletic difficulty, it certainly more like moderate. That said my son and I had a great time.

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Andrew Walden
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David Chalem
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Hiking

The trail starts right after you get on the concrete road, look to the right it’s hard to find but you’ll see it. Why I’m saying this? Because if you want to do the full loop I would HIGHLY recommend counter clockwise be your only choice. The portion uphill at least for me is not something that would be easily done going down. 1 L of water is good lots of bikers.

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FRANKLIN MURILLO
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There’s plenty of free parking at the trailhead. We went the wrong direction counter clockwise and it wasn’t fun coming down the steep descent in the dark. The Tree of Life is a nice place to take a break and enjoy the views.

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Brytani Calzada
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I always hike this trail going counter clockwise. Your first 1.5 miles are a butt kicker but smooth sailing after that. Always a nice go to. The only complaint I have is that this park is always packed with people and I hardly ever see anyone wearing a mask. Wear one please! Be kind and be safe.

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Dizzy Hiker
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Counterclockwise. First mile is a good workout. Not pretty, super dirty, and not a whole lot to look at on the way up. I posted pix in the photos section so you can get a sense of the grade. At one point it reaches 65%, so if you don't like to use your hands, this isn't the trail for you. The rest of it is a stroll on a fire road. On the way down you'll see a bunch of metal boxes stacked along the side of the trail. We wondered if they were bees. They were. V cool, but now that I've told you, you can avoid checking it out and getting stung. Things to consider: 1. EASTERN EXPOSURE: It's hot, even in the winter. Sun is shining directly on you in the morning. Bring water. 2. POLES: I brought them once, I brought them the second time, and both times I put them away. Steep and rocky grade, not practical for poles. I would leave them at home. 3. DETOURS AT 0.7 AND 1 MI. There is one detour to the RIGHT of the trail at around 0.7 mi. that my hiking buddy wanted to take, but I told him the only way forward was up. I was wrong. The harder route goes up, then down, and meets up with the easier route. If you're tired, take the detour. There is a second detour to the LEFT at the very end after Warden's Grove, at around mile 1.0. You don't have to do that last incline, either; if you're good with lengthening the hike a little, take it. It meets up with the AllTrails route at the leaning tree and bench. 4. FINDING THE TRAILHEAD: I took my friend up this ridiculous slope right at the entrance because the GPS was off (yeah, I didn't do a particularly good job as a trail guide today). But the turn is within the margin of error of the AllTrails map, just know that it's a little off at the beginning of the hike. You walk for a little bit on the main road and veer off very quickly to go counterclockwise on a very steep trail, but it's an OBVIOUS trail. Don't take any of the super-steep imposters before it. If you're having a hard time going up, slipping and sliding, you made the turn too quickly. The counter-clockwise turnoff DOES sneak up on you though, so be on the lookout for it; you don't want to get stuck coming down this way if you miss the turn. If you miss it, I recommend turning back and locating it. 5. PARKING: Park along the entry or on the gravel on the north side of the entrance if you can. The dirt area isn't fun for low-slung cars, but the cross-hatched areas seem sketchy, as do the little freeway-entrance islands from a parking-ticket perspective. 6. BREAK-INS: They're no joke. Previous posters have mentioned break-ins here, and the car next to mine was broken into the only other time I was here. Put all valuables in the trunk, or better yet take them w you. Other than that, enjoy.

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Joseph Held
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Dangerous on the back end. The good views don’t make up for it.

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Joan Oexmann
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Excellent, but take the right or Southern trail going up, coming down it would be dangerous because of pea gravel, irregular surface, and steepness. Well worth the effort.

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Christian Pace
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Hiking

Great workout. Steep hills. American flag at the top of the hill. Beautiful

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Elvis Arreola
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Nature tripsGreat!No shade

great hike and a bit challenging if you take the hills up all the way to the bench and flag...easy hike if you stay on the dirt road. little shade areas.

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Justin Lynn
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Hiking

Stupid steep and silly. Jax at home resting from surgery. Feel guilty leaving him in crate. Miss hiking with him. Hurrying back to see him!

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Vignesh Patel
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Tim C
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Karryssa Fenderson
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Heavily trafficked, no shade. I liked the challenge of the steep uphill at the beginning (do that part first), and the views at the top, but overall this trail is better for a workout compared to a hike to appreciate nature. I would only consider this trail for a run, if you are a more experienced hiker. However, this would be a good trail for a new hiker or for those who are looking for new things to incorporate into their fitness routine.

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