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Mendenhall Ridge Loop is a 9 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Sunland, California and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, horses, and backpacking and is best used from October until June. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 9.0 mi Elevation gain 1,929 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Backpacking

Hiking

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As of March 2019, this trail is reported open. Please note there was fire damage, so the route may be partially re-routed or blocked off.

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Reviews (25)
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Matthieu Tremblay
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HikingBugsNo shadeOff trailOver grownRockyWashed out
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Ryan McCracken
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HikingNo shadeOff trailOver grownRockyScramble

Trail has great views and a decent incline all the way up. Trail is very easy to follow until you get to the top. Near the top is very overgrown so finding the path can be difficult.

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George MacPherson
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Hiking

No shade on this route come early or on a cool day. Honestly has good view but pretty long. The ridge was pretty nice to go up. Coming down the road as others mentioned there is a washed out section. The road up to Mendenhall badly needs work done. It was a moderate hike all in all

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Juice D.
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HikingBugsNo shadeOff trailOver grownRockyScrambleWashed out

This trail is fine. The view is the same the whole time, and it is a nice view. If you are doing the loop, know you are hiking off trail, straight up a mountain. Even on the trail, the plants have overgrown the last mile.

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Georgia Arnold
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HikingWashed out
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Victor Flores
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HikingOff trailOver grownRockyWashed out

Don't know why this trail has very bad ratings. I personally enjoyed it. It starts off of Dillon divide in little tujunga road. The trail itself is a pretty wide fire road that ascends the mountain going east. In the first 3 miles or so, you have great views of pacoima canyon and magic mountain (the actual mountain). Once I reached the highline saddle, I scrambled up the ridge up to the first peak. there was a lot of loose rock going up and it definitely got steep. Once on top of the first peak, you can see mendenhall peak to the east, but not before u descend and then ascend back up to Mendenhall ridge. I loved the view from the top of Mendenhall peak. I descended back down through the actual trail. Before reaching the mendenhall saddle, there was one part where the trail was completely washed out, and I had to be very careful crossing or I could've potentially slipped down about 20 ft. Going back down the mendenhall ridge was longer (5.5 mi), but passing through some of the remnants of the forest that once was made it worth it. Hike was 9.7 total miles

Tyler Etchell
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HikingOff trailOver grownRocky
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Bjorn Hedqvist
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HikingOver grownRocky

Lovely trail! The old fire has reset the trail and vegetation in some spots: the steep climb from the power line tower to the first peak is a bit off-trail style but manageable, and from the top of the second peak to the cut over the ridge to begin the downhill had some rockslide and is overgrown, but only to like an intermediate level. Rest of the rail is easy and wide. Great views of everything around!

Paul H.
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HikingOver grownRockyWashed out

The fire road is in good shape despite the fire damage in the area. The spur to the peak is an overgrown fire road with lots of yuccas, rock slides, and a few washouts. It’s easily passable with a modicum of care. There’s one washout that requires hands, feet and extra caution. There’s a 30 foot slide down a steep slope of loose scree if you lose your footing. I did the hike as an 11.5 mile out and back. The section of the loop shown on the map after the peak looked to me like a steep descent down a potentially fire damaged ridge.

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