Whiting Woods Motorway Trail

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La Tuna Canyon Park

Whiting Woods Motorway Trail is a 5.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near La Crescenta, 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.

Length5.7 miElevation gain1,650 ftRoute typeOut & back
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Starting at the end of Whiting Woods Road, passing through the locked gate you quickly start climbing, 2.604 miles to go. It is fairly steep consequently there are fewer mountain bikes common at other hikes in the Verdugos. The road starts out steep, get used to it, this is going to be the tempo for most of this hike, though the lower mile is generally less steep than higher up. There are many cross country cutoffs, which cuts off long switchbacks, shortening the return trip or steepening the uphill. Arriving at Verdugo Motorway there are many options, continuing straight will take you to an electronic site with views of the San Fernando Valley, & Los Angeles Basin. A short way to the right is a bench if you're inclined to rest and take in the view, or just turn around and go back the way you came.

This gets hot in warmer weather, & there is little to no shade. As the the sun get higher later in the year for me, it becomes unbearable. There is no parking at the trailhead from 10pm to 5am, and a new sign posted says no entry from 10pm-4:30am There are mountain lions here keep your pets on a leash, learn how to deal with wildlife encounters.

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Corinna Perez
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Didn’t finish, we saw a bobcat tonight. Careful out there!

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Mahyar Khoshkhoo
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Brian Sholer
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Not sure why All Trails rates WW as moderate, yet rates Las Flores on the south face as hard. Whiting is steeper, longer, with more total elevation gain. I switch off between those 2 and Beaudry on conditioning days. For whatever reason, I find Whiting to be the most challenging. Head right at the top, transition to the Verdugo Motorway for about a half mile to reach Verdugo Peak...nice views of the Valley and beyond.

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Jason Adams
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Very exposed and steady incline for the first part of the trail. Good workout hike, will be prettier when the wildflowers come back in bloom

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Corinna Perez
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I dig this trail and will continue doing it. Steady incline throughout the entire trail. If you’re planning an afternoon hike, know there is not a lot of shade. Parking was easy but definitely be courtesy to the folks that live in the neighborhood. The trail head is in residential.

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Brant Maynard
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Andrew Coombs
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Busy. Exposed. Steep in platform a fire road.

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Tim Rachbach
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Zachary Matthews
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Love this hike. Views in every direction and gorgeous sunset light on the way down.

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Rich Harper
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Barry Vargo
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Jasmine Leong
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J P
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Seung Wook Hwang
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Vincent Leveque
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Yong Kim
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Stretches of uphill made it a nice challenging hike

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Elliott K
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Basic fire road. Good uphill challenge

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Katie Encabo
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Lili McKay
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Nice trail, not bone breakingly steep but still a challenge

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Yiqun Chen
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hugo Maldonado
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Great trail, got to see the ocean from the peak while the sun was setting.

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Sven van Berkel
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With a slightly fast descent and mild weather, this trail was perfectly manageable to do in 2.5h. Nice route without any difficulties. Not very scenic though.

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Barba Mundial
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Great hike - very intense elevation gain - but not too horrible with the switchbacks. Views are awesome and plenty of rabbits and quail to keep you company along the way.

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Ernesto Fernandez
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JAMES DILLON
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Saturday, 10/17/20 Started at 7 am and right off the bat, it’s a decent incline for at least 30 mins. Had to take a few breaks. Everyone else is right about shade percentage, I’d say it was 85/15 sun/shade so wear a hood or one of those dorky hats with neck coverings. Once you get up to about the 2 mile mark the switchbacks are much flatter. There are two antennas and even a bench with the US flag on it to rest on. Saw about 35 people total, most people wearing masks and saw the most mountain bikers here on this trail. One female rider was going a bit too fast which prompted me to provide this pro tip: stay inside along the rocks side of the trail, not the edge as mountain bikers will likely swing outwards toward the edges versus the rocks side. Overall I had a great hike. Saw the usual wildflowers, saw a flock of beautiful quail, a jackrabbit, lizards. Not many birds at all.

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Sam Darko
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Steep! No shade! But very clean and beautiful nature

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Conrado Romero
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John Severino
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Mario Aguilar
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Enjoy this hike from 1pm - 4pm. The hike up was hard because of very limited shade. Climb all the way to the radio antennas and because it was overcast the view was limited but I highly recommend this trail. Very few other hikers or mountain bikers. Enjoy & be safe

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David Berdeja
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steep from the start

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