Mount Thom and Tongva Peak Loop

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Mount Thom and Tongva Peak Loop is a 6.7 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Burbank, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length6.7 miElevation gain2,306 ftRoute typeLoop
Dogs on leashHikingViewsWildflowersWildlifeRockyScrambleOff trailNo shade
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This trailhead is open from dawn to dusk. Perhaps one of the toughest hikes in the San Fernando Valley, this trail can be used as a training course for harder hikes (such as Mt. Whitney or Cactus-to-Clouds). The sharp elevation gain is recommended only for experienced hikers. For those who endure the challenge, you will be rewarded with some of the best views in the valley. Be sure to bring plenty of water...and even more willpower.

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Dizzy Hiker
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Wet but desolate so that was good. Warning re. recent lion sightings posted off Brand. Haven’t been since Jan but seemed new.

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Jamie Hess
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Steep climb to the top. Poles were extremely helpful. Beautiful views once you reach the peak. From Tongva Peek back down was steep & slippery. Really fine loose dirt & very few rocks to use as steps down. I expect, going up would have been much easier. It was a real workout coming down & I slipped a couple times. I’d think twice about going down this one again.

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Krystle Houiess
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HikingGreat!

The trail was a but challenging to go up. It’s a great 3 hour hike when you reach the top. Views are amazing ! Highly recommend

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Alex Bruderer
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Yanitzi Barraza
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Great workout. Pretty steep the first two miles, and no shade.

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WebDev Dave
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Bryan Mijares
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camilo aguilar
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Chose this trail to test my trekking poles since there is a very steep climb at the beginning. Glad I did! Saw some people having to use their hands to go up. Aside from the first climb the trail is rather easy. It has great views of the city, Griffith Park, the Verdugo Mountains and the San Gabriel Mountains. I did deviated from the loop and reminded on Brand Motorway.

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Vahagn Karapetyan
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HikingGreat!No shade

I hope your shoes have good grip because that steep incline at the start can make you lose your footing and slip (both on the way up and when going down).

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Jessie Danae
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Tracie MacGregor
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HikingGreat!

Strange going up the water drain at beginning of hike. Steep incline for the first 1.5 miles. Definitely got a leg workout. Make sure you check your map when you’re on Verdugo Mtwy. At some point you veer off to Verdugo Crest and it’s easy to pass.

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Kari Roben
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HikingGreat!

Hard rating only for the incline in the beginning, mostly fire roads. Watch for Verdugo Crest trail after Tongva Peak it’s easy to pass it following the fire road.

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Allison Zieman
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It was awesome! Surprisingly not as difficult as I thought the ascent would be, but then I did use poles. The route I took allowed for additionally ascents to make the route more challenging which was awesome! The entrance was a bit odd, basically went up a drain pipe area. There is another entrance that doesn’t require you to go up the drainage area, I took that route out.

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nick jones
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first 1.5 miles are no joke, straight up the whole way. great workout

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Al Pieper
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HikingGreat!

Like people say it’s a good workout, pretty steep for the first mile and a half or so. The trail is wide and a bit boring, view is okay but nothing crazy due to the smog in LA. Still nice to do early in the morning while the sun is coming up.

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silvia vasquez
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It’s an amazing trail. At the beginning super steep but it’s a leg work. Loved it! Limited parking and bathroom in the park

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Nina Simon
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RunningGreat!

4 star trail, 5 star view. Almost no people on a gorgeous morning. Recommend starting/ending from behind the library—it’s easy to pick up the trail from there. The first 1.5mi is very steep, but wide and not slippery. Tricky to run, punishing (and fun) to hike. Rewarded by several amazing lookouts to Griffith Park and downtown LA on your way up. At the top, you can see all the way to the ocean. On the ridge line, you have the option several times to choose wide fire roads or a scrambly ridge line—with great views north to Angeles crest and south to downtown and the ocean. The trail down is all fire road, fast running. I look forward to exploring some of the (many!) other trails up there on a future run.

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Dizzy Hiker
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Brand Motorway was 95% unmasked. Avoid unless you're planning on hiking with an N95 and a HazMat suit. Next time: Mt Thom out and back.

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Hiking For Hynas Urnotdown
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Dis hike was no joke, loco. Serio. Maybe it was ‘cause I ate a whole bag of hot cheeeerrrrrooos right before, but damn foo I straight yacked when I got to the top. No hynas on dis hike. Just a bunch of old ass tortas foo

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Jenna Peterson
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Hard! Very steep. Poles recommended. The way down is quite sandy.

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Dave Kirkpatrick
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A N
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HikingNo shade

Beginning part was super steep and fun. The way down was kinda tedious and boring.

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Kate C
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Good workout. Lots of sun. Views of the valleys.

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Jake Sithu
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Dizzy Hiker
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I do this often but for some reason it was extra brutal this time. Have I forgotten how hard this hike is? Or am I just out of shape? Of interest: a small brush fire blew through here right around the tail-end of the Bobcat in the ANF, so a lot of people missed this one. Thankfully it was contained in short order. You can get a good view about three quarters of a mile in of the scorched landscape, and the air around there smells like BBQ. Other than that it’s the same old trail: steep, gravelly, and not much to look at, although if you keep your eyes peeled, you might see a bunny or two in the first mile. PS: A friendly cold-day reminder to drink water, even when the temps are low; whether you realize it or not...you’re sweating.

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Colleen Warrick
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Adrienne Reyes
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Amy Argyle
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Pavel E
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The initial part of the trail is the most challenging (and fun) - may take some time but it’s a great workout and beautiful views of Glendale. The second part is easy. Started the hike around 7:40a with not a lot of hikers - parking was easy at that hour but looked bad when we finished.

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