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.

Distance: 6.7 miles Elevation Gain: 1,791 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash


mountain biking

nature trips


bird watching



wild flowers


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3 months ago

The incline gets slightly easier after the first mile, but be ready for some booty blastin inclines at first. There are parking spots and restrooms at this trail. There are A LOT of flies near the top. July 2019. This connects to the Vital Link trail, if you want to change it up.

3 months ago

You keep going and going up! It is tough if you are not use to going uphill. After 1.3 it goes up but steady. It is very exposed, thus go early or an overcast day. I will do it again because I only made it up 2.5 miles!

3 months ago

I love this trail!

3 months ago

Starts off steep but levels put into a nice general incline. No shade, so go early before the sun is at its peak or the marine layer has burned off. Not crowded, even on a Saturday at noon in June.

4 months ago

Seems like they have really done a lot to repair this trail. It’s in the best condition it has been in since the fires in 2017.

6 months ago

trail is officially open as of Monday 4/2/19. trail is so beautiful right now.

washed out
7 months ago

8 months ago

This is a great easy/moderate trail with scenic views of Glendale, Burbank, , Sunland\Tujunga, Downtown LA and even the Pacific Ocean on a clear day. Trail is well groomed with some patches of washouts from recent rain storms. Trail offers more difficult paths that loop off and back on to the main trail for those looking for a bit of a challenge. Off main trail option is great for mountain biking with ramps along the way.

9 months ago

We hiked from the nature center to the radio towers. The route is a dirt road and is uphill all the way up the towers. It’s a good workout all the way up with a cool chair offering a resting point. There’s also a few other routes you can take along the way up in case you don’t want to go all the way up to the towers. The views of Burbank and DTLA are great!

10 months ago

this was a fun hike a lot of different trails and they go down on all sides of the mountain we saw a lot of people and everybody was really friendly we will definitely be coming back again

Sunday, September 23, 2018

We hike from the nature center up to the last tower at the summit and then turn back down, so we do an out-and-back approach. Mostly because we couldn’t figure out the loop - haha. But it’s a solid nine miles with significant elevation gain and great views.

Monday, September 10, 2018

great easy hike along with spectacular views.

Monday, August 27, 2018

Trailhead easy to find, started at the Nature Center which has free parking, I was lucky to find a spot. The trail is almost strictly on a fire road and gravel the whole way. I passed hikers, mountain bikers & trail runners about every 15 min or so during the half up to the towers, didn’t see many people beyond that point. The hike has a fairly steep incline at the onset but then tapers out and continues a steady incline for the first 3 miles. Once you pass the towers, it evens out for a decline on the way back. The map on AllTrails gives you an option to take a few single track trails which follow the main trail, but these single tracks are steep and I slid down one of them due to the loose gravel and got pretty scratched up so I’d recommend staying on the main fire road. This trail is a good workout with great views. This area suffered in the fires but the trail is maintained. Very little to no coverage so bring a hat, sunscreen and plenty of water. Clocked in 8 miles total (little over 3 hours) following the AllTrails map past the towers.

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Nice long hike with beautiful views.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

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.

Monday, February 19, 2018

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

Sunday, February 18, 2018

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

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

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

Monday, January 01, 2018

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.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

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.

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