La Tuna Canyon Trail

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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, trail running, and mountain biking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 5.0 miles Elevation Gain: 1,318 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

hiking

mountain biking

running

views

bugs

rocky

no shade

hiking
rocky
scramble
1 month ago

Hubs and I hiked this trail Christmas morning. We'd intended to go counter-clockwise, as recommended, but we set out on the wide road and missed the trailhead going the other direction (look for it in the right corner of the small parking lot). 2/3ish of the trail is a fire road with a gentle, steady incline. The views going east and west are spectacular! There's no cover, so it would be tough on a hot day. On this day we got sprinkled on but we had the right gear so it was pleasant. That last downhill is quite steep and rocky, but a regular hiker shouldn't have a problem - our poles were a great help. I would imagine that section, which would be at the beginning of the hike had we gone as we'd intended, would be challenging from a fitness standpoint, but easier from a technical standpoint, since going down steeply can be dicey. TONS of tiny gnats.

hiking
rocky
scramble
3 months ago

5.5 miles. Fire road, no problem. Scramble back to the parking lot was super steep, loose scree, rocky. Poles highly recommended!

hiking
no shade
3 months ago

Phone read 5.17m in 1:08 34 with 1302 ft of gain. 2nd time completed counter clockwise. 1st mile is steep grade with loose dirt up the ridge line. Last 4 are down fire road. Go early and hills provide shade.

hiking
bugs
4 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

Definitely go counter clockwise because it is really hard to walk down the steep parts.

hiking
no shade
5 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

muy buen terreno para hacer ejercicio y despejar la mente

hiking
no shade
5 months ago

Great hike! After passing the entry way, I chose to take the path to the right rather than continuing up the paved road. It is hard to see initially but if you follow the AllTrails path you’ll have no trouble. The first mile is all incline! I’m an avid hiker and I definitely get a good sweat in. It will finally level out around the 1.3 mile mark. There are 2 benches and a tree that you can take a break at whenever you get to the top. Excellent views of the SFV mountains. Coming down the mountain is easy peasy if you’re going counter clockwise. I clocked this hike at 5.2 miles.

hiking
no shade
rocky
washed out
6 months ago

The 1st half of this hike is great, a typical switchback up-flow of a trail that ends half way at this break point with a bench and a nice view. We got there around 3pm and relaxed for a little bit. My friend and I are used to hiking and not particularly out of shape, but the 2nd half really turned out to be something much different than we were expecting. The steepness of the trail was so intense and the heat was so strong, each leg felt more and more difficult. In the 2 hours in that part of the trail, we used up all of our water. It would have been nice if there was some kind of warning posted, as we did get to the point of exhaustion. I did eventually call for help because I thought my aunt was going to collapse since we became so week. We received assistance once we were off the trail and were told that this trail has request rescues of hikers and hunters.

hiking
6 months ago

Trust the AllTrails map and head straight up the first path on the right, soon after the entry. It takes you straight up for a mile - tough hike but worth it. Have been a couple times this spring and the wildflowers are pretty and change over the weeks. At the top you can sit under a tree and recover a bit before heading back down the long, easy way. Have been in the morning when the hilltop is enshrouded in mist. Beautiful but bring a warm layer in case! Going clockwise is ok but going down the steep part is harder - I bring hiking poles and am grateful to have in either direction on the steep mile. On weekends there is sometimes a guy selling fresh OJ and lemonade, so bring a little cash.

hiking
10 months ago

Good tough trail. All trails recorded at just over 4 miles while my Fitbit said over 5 (go figure). No matter which way you go, the way down is not easy. It was pretty hot and exposed the entire way except at the very top where it was chilly and windy. Lots of butterflies, some wild flowers and even baby deer on our path. At one point you get the view of the mountains, ocean and the city all at once

hiking
Sun Jan 06 2019

We did the hike going clockwise, so the trip up was nice and steady while the trip down was treacherous, but engaging and worth the awesome views. Whichever way you go, just heed the warning that it's not for the faint of heart. Trekking poles recommended if you go the way we did, and prepare to go at a crawl for the final mile or so down.

hiking
Sun Dec 30 2018

Phone read 5.0m in 1:17:49 with 1247ft of elevation gain. Stopped recording just shy of the parking lot on return for sake of 5 mile even hike. Steep section up would be considered a scramble if there were anything to grab on to (there isn’t), would have been slick coming down that direction. Essentially all the elevation gain is within the first 1.5m. Not for the faint of heart. The rest of the trail is simply fire road.

hiking
Tue Sep 25 2018

Great hike, very challenging. Get here early as there is no shade. Very steep and slippery at times, not for beginners. Keep an eye out for the old car in the ravine on the way down!

Sat Sep 22 2018

Great hike. Wide trails. Hot as the morning stretched on. We passed just a few sycamore and oak trees along the way providing an opportunity to rest and drink some water. Saw some mountain bikers. The chaparral was dry as to be expected in September but the breeze was nice. A few sporadic wild flowers greeted our small crew of hikers along the way.

Sun Jun 17 2018

Nice hike!!! Did not do the whole loop, I couldn’t find the trail down so just ended up going the same way back down. Was not difficult much, just make sure not to do during hot hours of the day!!

hiking
Sun Jan 07 2018

Great hike, but a little too crowded and the ending was dangerous after the fires turned the soil to ash.

Fri Dec 29 2017

Want to feel the burn go here !

Wed Oct 04 2017

Beautiful trails!!

hiking
Sat Jul 01 2017

Felt the burn! Love the mountainous view on a clear day.

hiking
Mon Jun 12 2017

go early morning if you are doing it in summer, exposed to sun and no shade, have plenty of water

Sun May 14 2017

great hike, our pitbull loves the trail, lots of lizard, & bugs ,we saw 2 snakes today! it was nice to see a ranger parked up top chatting with hikers, iloveLA

hiking
Fri Jun 10 2016

It was an easy at times but moderate as well. Me & my friend did the loop but the last part was intense, very steep and going downhill. If u try the whole loop, u will end up going by the la tuna canyon highway last 40mins of the walk before u get back to where most of the cars where parked. When u reached the power poles, my advice, just take the same route going back. Overall, it's a good work out!

running
Tue Jun 07 2016

Excellent way to go out and get contacts with the nature

Sun Jan 17 2016

Lots of bees!!! Limited parking.

Sun Jan 03 2016

Desert hike with some low trees for shade. Going counterclockwise made the way up easy-moderate for most of it, challenging for parts. Includes a fire road for a good stretch. Way down counterclockwise is challenging as its steep and sandy, so slippery. Wonderful 200+ degree views at multiple spots up top. One downside is you can see/hear civilization for most of the hike, so not as much of an escape as are the San Gabriels. But overall a great, challenging, and beautiful hike!

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