Lake View Terrace and Doc Larsen Trail

MODERATE 12 reviews

Lake View Terrace and Doc Larsen Trail is a 8.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Sylmar, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
8.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1833 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

horseback riding

views

wild flowers

wildlife

The trailhead and first ¼ mile are in a quiet residential area and crosses private property. Please stay on the road and don't disturb the residents or the road will be closed to public use. This trip follows Burbank Power & Light Road from Oliver Canyon Debris Basin Rd to a saddle on the ridge. While this seems not too steep like all Edison Roads there are some steep segments, thankfully they're not too long. So don't let the 8.1% grade fool you. You will right here following the road toward the east. This road is FR 2N94. All along here are vistas of the east San Fernando valley and the surrounding mountains, notably Seldom seen views of Little Tujunga Canyon. About 2.94 miles in, you'll reach the junction of Conover Fire Road. About 3.55 miles you reach a wide flat area. Doc Larsen Trail starts here on the left. This is the end of 2N94 and the junction with 3N38 Ebby-Herreres Truck Trail. The sign has been replaced as it was burned either in the 2009 Station Fire or a fire the happened a month or so earlier. The trail is easy going and well tramped in by frequent horse traffic. Encountering horses on a bike can be problematic on a steep narrow trail, so keep your ears open and your speed in check. It is best to get off the trail on the downhill side when encounter horses either on foot or on a bike. At about 4.02 in, you reach the junction with Fascination Spring Trail and the Doc Larsen Horse Trough. There is a good spring here feeding the trough. The trail is very steep past here in places making sharp turns and sandy creek crossings until you reach the BP&L Rd (AKA Oliver Cyn Rd). You're on Private Property here and only permitted to turn left. This "Edison Rd" is alternately easy going with some very steep segments and some sand. But it goes quickly with views of Little Tujunga to lull you along. One down side to this is the shooting range across the way. There is another horse trough along the road here past the Gate for the Debris Basin and a drinking fountain.

hiking
5 days ago

I do not like to be around the electricity towers and there are gigantic ones on the path. Many horse poops on the trails as well. Although I did not complete the whole path, I would not say I enjoyed the walk - hard to do so without green trees. The only plus is the moderate and consistent incline. Good workout.

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mountain biking
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3 months ago

Went mid morning and didn't finish the loop do to time constraints but it's a decent hike. Good workout and the views are ok.

hiking
4 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

Came early morning, the start of the trail is through a private ranch. Didn't finish the full loop but got 6 miles worth of hiking in. Definitely not for beginners!

mountain biking
5 months ago

hiking
11 months ago

Tuesday, September 13, 2016