Stough Canyon Trail

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Stough Canyon Trail is a 6.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Burbank, 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 are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

6.7 miles
1,791 feet

dogs on leash



mountain biking

nature trips

trail running



wild flowers


3 months ago

Nice long hike with beautiful views.

trail running
5 months ago

Slow climb to the towers on wide dirt fire road. Trafficked by runners, walkers, and MTB (less so past the “saddle”). Great views of the Valley, Griffith Park, and La Crescenta.

5 months ago

Went there again last Friday in the late afternoon. Very nice hike. The mountain bikers were very courteous too.

5 months ago

It’s a solid hike up to the park (communications station). We like it because there is not much traffic at all, lots of quiet and solitude with great views of the valley to DTLA when you reach the summit

7 months ago

Great hike! I think best done in the morning and the views are awesome!

7 months ago

A fairly peaceful hike. Quite a few mountain bikers but they were polite. The start and finish are a little steep but not bad. A nice way to get elevation.

10 months ago

Love the Stough Canyon Trail when I'm looking for a quick hike after work. The trail starts at the nature center, which has a parking lot and full bathrooms (open the same hours as the nature center). This trail is lightly trafficked, even less so as you get closer to the top. Unfortunately, the fire burned a large majority of this area, but there is no issue with the trail itself.

I'd rate this hike on the easier side of moderate although the first section heading up from the parking lot is a steady incline. There are a few points in the trail with different options depending on where you want to go (overlook, old youth camp), but the signs are clear. Additionally, there are benches and lounge chairs at various points if you want to take a break and enjoy the views! The trail is full sun exposure - bring lots of water. Also, keep an eye out for the mountain bikers who come flying down certain parts of the trail; not all are very good about watching for hikers.

Friday, June 02, 2017

Great hike, challenging for me since i'm a beginner. My friend that is experienced had very little trouble. Encountered two rattlesnakes during first hike in March. Went again in may and had no issues. Parking can be tough, so arrive early. Bring plenty of water and wear sunscreen. Fantastic views.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Awesome. Go up the big dirt path. Stay right. After about a mile.and a half theres a side.trail on the right up to the radio towers. That trail is steep going up and steeper going down. Awesome views. Fitness is a prerequisite.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Very Quiet, uphill but not too strenuous, with amazing views of the LA basin. I would definitely recommend it.
Plus, I found an incredibly creepy message in a bottle under the solitary tree at the top of the mountain. It's still there if you want to go find it for yourself.

Sunday, May 07, 2017

Great view of the Burbank airport from Vista point.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

I love this hike.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Maps are confusing... Just stay to the right a lot! You can go on and on and on. We did 9 miles.

Sunday, March 05, 2017

Really enjoyed this trail, beautiful views.
Beware of the mountain bikers though!

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Started at the Nature Center trail head and went up the 2nd fork to the left and up to "The View" which is a great rest area. There is another tiny trail that will take you to the view (the first left with a big water tank) but it's very small and for experienced people. From there I went up the smaller trail to the old Boy Scout Camp. There are shortcuts on this trail which take you steeply over a ridge and steeply down to meet the Stough Canyon fire road. I used he steep down, but it's not advised unless you are experienced. From there I casually walked down the fire road to the Nature Center.

Overall it was a nice loop with some interesting urban exploring and beautiful views on a good day. There's barely any shade though, so not for the hottest of days.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

My favorite. So many different ways to go and explore. Great uphill hike up to an amazing 360• view with a bench to relax in on top.

Friday, February 10, 2017

I hiked the 7 miles in 3 hours, in the rain (the last 3 miles). I enjoyed it! Feb. 10, 2017

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Be careful on the directions the app gives you. It took me to a road that doesn't exist or isn't open. Go to DeBell golf course then continue past it to reach the nature center. The first half mile is the steepest then levels off for the most part for the rest of the way. I wouldn't rate it moderate but maybe between easy/ moderate. Nice views.

Wednesday, January 04, 2017

Easy to moderate hike with great views and quiet trails. You'll run into other hikers, sure, but without the crowds that occupy the busier sites. Definitely bring water and wear sunscreen

Saturday, October 01, 2016

This is a nice moderate hike, with a fair amount of shade compared to other trails in the area. I hiked at 8am on a Saturday and there was light to moderate foot traffic toward the bottom, and almost zero traffic towards the top. There were several mountain bikers, and a few trail runners.

trail running
Monday, September 26, 2016

Ran this trail from the parking area up to about 1/3 of a mile from the radio tower. I estimate it was about a 3 3/4 round trip. Very scenic and pretty. Also very hot with little to no shade. There is water only at the trail head. Arrive hydrated. We saw a coyote along the trail so I advise dog owners to keep their dogs on a leash. If you are a distance runner this is some nice hill training. Or if you're simply a hiker, great exercise and views

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Very nice trail.. A little steep in the first half.. Very nice view you can see 134 fwy on the other side and the other side will be the city view.. Parking is ok there is a restroom as well.. Plenty of rest points.. Bring a lot of water.. We only hike up to radio tower but still there are more trail that you can walk to..

Friday, July 08, 2016

It was good hike. About 6 mi round trip. I started at the nature center and walked all the way up to the radio tower. I went in the afternoon which was a bit of mistake, there is hardly and shade on the hike. It's all uphill to the radio tower. Beautiful views. You can see all of Burbank and Hollywood and part of DTLA. I recommend bringing lots of water.

Saturday, July 02, 2016

Pretty moderate but several ways you can go. Some steeper than others. Pretty brown and not much views unless the rain recently hit in which you are treated with lots of spring flowers and a clear view all the way to DT and beyond.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Great views and nice workout

Saturday, May 21, 2016

This is a great trail for younger kids and grown-ups. It has great views at the top and you can also hike up to an old Boy Scout camp. Great for kids and you can hike down the backside so you get some different views.

Saturday, May 07, 2016

super easy and short hike. benches at the top. view of the valley. clean trail.

trail running
Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Steady uphill but great views all around. A little sandy which made it like running uphill on a beach at times, but overall a nice run.

Sunday, January 03, 2016

Great hike

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Not sure why it took me four years of living in Burbank to hike this for the first time, but it's certainly better than never. Hike is longer but less steep than nearby Vital Link Trail. Started about 7:30 am on a Saturday. Trail was not too crowded and everyone was friendly. Lots of dogs on the trail. First mile or so is a little steeper than the next second mile. Go early enough and there is a good bit of shade as you go around the back of the mountain. I'm definitely overweight so for me this was real good exercise and I got quite sweaty, but for the more fit crowd this wouldn't be too difficult. Look forward to doing again soon.

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