Theodore Payne Foundation: Theodore Payne Trail

MODERATE 10 reviews

Theodore Payne Foundation: Theodore Payne Trail is a 2.6 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Sun Valley, California and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and trail running and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
2.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
639 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

hiking

trail running

hiking
6 months ago

I was torn between a 3 and 4 rating, but opted for a 3 based on the condition of some parts of the trail. This area was aggressively defended during the La Tuna Fire and fire breaks were cut all about the trail. Now erosion is starting to take its toll. Dont be fooled though, this is a cool trail and offered some pleasant surprises. Seeing the burn area recover up close is absolutely fascinating. I would absolutely suggest this trail, but I would give a heads up on two items. First, the trail head does not originate from the Theodore Payne Foundation, but from about two blocks away. Second, be ready to work right out of the gate because 70% of your elevation gain is in the first .2 miles. l made the conscious decision not to bring my trekking poles and regretted it almost immedately.

hiking
7 months ago

Great views of Sun Valley. About 3 months ago this hike was hit with a massive wildfire. The soil is a bit lose but still worth the hike.

hiking
Monday, September 05, 2016

The first 0.3 mile the trail has been turned into a gully by rain, steep exposed rock scramble up and a careful pick-your-way-down. If you're looking for views, there are many more attractive trails around LA area. This one might be better in spring with the possibility of wildflowers.

Friday, February 27, 2015

First time hiking, so cant really compare it to any other trails, however it was definitely worth it. Not a lot of people there when I went so its nice and quiet with great views from all angles, and a few horseback riders as well. The scents of the plant life is like nice perfume. The houses right along the trails are nice, and the people seem friendly. Its rated as easy, which I found it a bit difficult but could just be me being a first timer from Chicago. definitely going back

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5 months ago

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10 months ago

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Thursday, January 28, 2016