Stough Canyon Trail to Verdugo Peak

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Stough Canyon Trail to Verdugo Peak is a 8.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back 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.

Length8.2 miElevation gain1,706 ftRoute typeOut & back
Dogs on leashHikingMountain bikingNature tripsBird watchingRunningViewsWildflowersWildlifeNo shade
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This is a nice hike to Verdugo Peak. Lovely mountain views but very little shade.

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babitha indla
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HikingGreat!No shade

Pretty views ! , it can get super hot , I would do it again early morning and please be careful and be watchful of rattle snakes , I saw one baby rattle sunbathing in the middle of the trail . The trail was super nice and wide and hardly saw anyone , felt more like a private trail .

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Andrew Chin
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Great experience, not too hard.

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Erk Cardenas
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WalkingGreat!No shade

Hiked on 3/13/21. Couldn’t have asked for a better beautiful day. After completing Iron Mountain the week before this was a snooze fest but still very fun and enjoyable. Parking was a breeze. Showed up around 10:30am with ample amount of spots. Decent amount of activity on trail. Lots of mountain bikers so beware and keep your eyes peeled. Trail is straight forward but easy to lose route with so many options to branch off and explore. Views from Verdugo crest are awesome and highly recommend hiking along the ridge. Be sure to check out the secret swing near the plantation lateral. You’ll see a bunch of eucalyptus trees and the smell is just heavenly. Great spot to take a break and take in the sights. Took 2L of water but barely finished 1. Might want to bring a wind shell or an insulated jacket as it does get a little chilly up at the top. Happy hiking

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Kelsey L
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Nice views but most people were not wearing masks.

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Jonathan Marcus
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Lots of mountain bikes, and even some maintenance cars over by the towers. Last, bunker looking tower thing has a little bench if you walk along the raised part to the view side. Nice, relaxing walk with great views. Footpath often off to the side if you don’t want to walk fire roads the whole time. Looks like intended to be terrain features/jumps for bikers, but it’ll do.

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Randy Gilbert
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Nice hike, good preparation for higher elevations.

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vivian rivas
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Great hike nice and clean little shade but has some spots of coolness. Saw a coyote mid day, pretty cool he was docile.

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Jackie Sunshine
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Parking is easy - there’s a designated lot, but also curbside parking with a short walk to the trailhead. The trail is wide, which is great during COVID, and to keep away from non maskers. It’s a steady, but doable incline the whole way up. Since the trail is super long, keep note of when you’re ready to turn around. Views of both sides of the hill - city and valley. Wear shoes with tread for the walk back since it’s gravel-y.

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Nick Amrhein
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HikingGreat!

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Danny Arceo
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Eric Wang
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Beautiful today. Clouds rolled in and I was above the cloud cover at points.

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Ryan Dreyer
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Esther Lin
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Tilert Heather
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Wide fire road-style trail good for safe socially distant hiking. Great, expansive views. Not too steep an incline—a good one for walking + talking.

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Frances Vargas De Loa
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No shade. A little busy. Most no masks.

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Eric Wang
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I love this trail. I love when you get to the peak of Verdugo Peak, you can see down where you started. Two comments: first the start and stop of the suggested trail is incorrect—maybe the original start and stop point was taken out if it was there at all. I suggest a trail edit so that the start and stop is at the Stough Canyon trailhead. Second: if you plan to do the entire trail, when you get to the first loop point (mile 2), climb the southern ascent (the steepest part of trail), rather than descend it... unless you are skilled at descending steep slopes. There is a lot of gravel here, so it’s challenging to get a good foothold.

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siva iyer
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Really nice trail! It’s a bit of a workout but nothing too crazy. You’ll gain quite a bit of elevation and the views throughout are awesome. We went at sunset, there were a decent amount of people on the trail including mountain bikers but most everyone was wearing masks. The cell reception is spotty in parts but mostly good. This was the day after the big rains but the trail wasn’t super muddy. We made this an out and back trail; the way back that the map showed was a little steep so we just followed the main paved trail up and then followed it back.

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Paushak Parikh
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Jonathan Marcus
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Counter clockwise ascent up to the first peak was slightly washed out after light rain. Would be annoying on descent without sticks or after big storm. Saw a few big coyotes on the trail near the ridge. Waist-high brush up there, so keep your little dogs close.

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Reut Feldman
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Amazing views throughout the trail. The vast majority of the hike is moderate on the easy side, with lots of other trails around to explore and a good workout uphill. Going back on Verdugo Crest though, you reach a half mile section with 600' elevation loss. That part is very steep and difficult. I would not do it without trekking poles or when the ground is dry and loose. Luckily 2 days after it rained the ground was more sturdy, or I would have turned back to get on the fire road.

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Rachel Huang
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Kept getting lost / off trail hahaha

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Dan Francis
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Anav G
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Great trail!!!!

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Ryan S
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Cloud cover the whole time, really pretty, trails were fine and not too busy for the weekend

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Gabriela Zavala
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beautiful trail with lots of good views and a decent workout

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Shion Chin
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Andrew Pennington
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Brandon Youndt
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HikingGreat!

First time in the verdugos! I’ve always avoided because I assumed it would be crowded. Well, I went on a weekday afternoon (one of the many benefits of a flexible work-from-home schedule, which I hope all of us get to experience or continue experiencing!) and there were no crowds at all. Good hike, the ridge sections are super steep at points. I did them downhill but probably safer to do them uphill.

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