Stough Cyn Mtrwy Professional Reviews and Guides
"This peaceful, sun-baked trail in the Verdugo Mountains follows a gradual incline along a wellmaintained fire road to an elevation of 1,000 feet. Benches donated by local community groups dot the trail, so hikers can rest or just take some time to soak up the prime viewpoints.This uphill trail in the Verdugo Mountains above Burbank is popular with residents of the surrounding neighborhoods but (undeservedly) doesn’t get much recognition beyond the east San Fernando Valley. The Verdugos are a geologically detached part of the San Gabriel Mountains encompassing 9,000 acres; they are run by the Angeles District of the state park system and are home to chaparral, coastal sage brush, coast live oak trees."
--Laura Randall, 60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Los Angeles (Menasha Ridge Press).
"Hiker awareness of the range’s many attractions is increasing thanks to a new nature center in Stough Park in the hills above Burbank. Stough Canyon Nature Center boasts some fine nature and Native American history exhibits and its docents lead an ambitious variety of interpretive hikes: full moon evening hikes, a bird walk, a fitness walk and much more. The hike from Stough Canyon Nature Center to Fire Warden’s Grove (blackened by a recent wildfire) offers an excellent introduction to the Verdugos. It’s the shortest (but not the easiest route to the crest), and is a loop hike to boot. From the nature center, the trail ascends out of Stough Canyon onto brushy slopes blanketed with sage, scrub oak, toyon, monkeyflower, and lemonade berry. An eastward climb leads to Fire Warden’s Grove, a mixed stand of conifers planted by the Los Angeles County Department of Forestry in the 1930s. The department’s fire wardens patrolled the Verdugos until 1953 when the agency was combined with the Los Angeles County Fire Department."
--John McKinney, Los Angeles County: A Day Hiker's Guide (The Trailmaster).
"Beginning at the Stough Canyon Nature Center, this hike takes you on a scenic loop within the Verdugo Mountains. Though the trail begins steeply, the grade lessens throughout the ascent, making this trip suitable for most hikers. At the top of the climb, another trail descends the ridgeline back to the start, with incredible views along the way."
--Deke Williams, Best Easy Day Hikes: San Fernando Valley (Falcon Guides).
This is a great trail that wil take around a couple of hours. I did this with my 4.5 yr old up to the vista bench and it was a gradual climb with some flats to rest on. Pretty steep to begin with but eases of as you get higher.
Stough Canyon Trails & Nature Center, 2300 Walnut Ave, Burbank (818)238-5440, City of Burbank, CA photos by . Lupe@HomesWithLUpe.com - Beginning at the top of Walnut Ave, near the Nature Center, the fire roads leads to the Verdugo Mountain Trail. The Verdugo Mountainway is an extensive trail system which extends from the Sun Valley area south to Glendale's Brand Park and to the northeast leading to Tujunga and La Crescenta. Hiking and mountain biking are permitted on these trails. dogs ok on leash.
Sunny, wide fire road that continues on a gradual climb up to the ranger towers. It took about 2 hrs up and about 1:45 down. Lots of other hikers and bikers. I found it challenging.
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