Despite the beautiful weather, ease of access, and general popularity of hiking during this pandemic, the mountain was not overly crowded, even from the easy Whiting Woods trailhead. Lots of discarded water bottles, though... I must've packed out six or seven.
Hiked up from Via Montana on a day clear of pollution and people
Tried to reach Verdugo mountain via North End Traverse Trail but was unsuccessful since I was way too sick to even be attempting this hike. We turned this 9.5 mile hike into a 4 mile out and back....will have to try next time when I'm not so under the weather. Also, once you get to the stream the trail starts to get overgrown but is doable. Do this on a cool morning or cloudy day.
Hiked via Wildwood Canyon and the Vital Link Trail. To be honest this is not the most scenic hike around (or even close to LA), but I did have nice views of the megalopolis, and there were a lot of nice flowers in dearly spring in this rainy year.
I was here a year ago and had to turn back when I grew weak in the heat of the day (mid 90s F). Came back and started at dawn, walked up the steep ridge to the first tower, then the road to the summit. 1 hour up, 50 minutes down. Nice hike, nice views. Looks like a great workout peak for people in the area. For me, it will probably be my one and only time here. Saw lots of hikers, bicyclists and dogs.
From Wildwood Canyon Park.
Have pretty much done it from everywhere, DeBell via Link Trail, La Tuna Foot Trail, Whiting woods, Brand, Los Flores, Hostetter, Beaudry North & South, even the Mount La Tuna Trail trek from Village Christian School in Sun Valley to Verdugo Park in Glendale (Basically the entire range west to east - 13 miles one way). Views always make it worth it.
Finally reached the summit on the third try of trail running it after work. Got there in the dark, walked around looking for a benchmark, couldn't find it, wind was blowing, ran back down. It was actually a nice long workout, but looking forward to seeing it again during the day.
Not sure the exact date. Started in Brand Park with my two children and buddy Albert. We went up the route Verdugo Mountain Brand Park Canyon Hike, got to the road, then went over to Verdugo Mountain. From there, we went through the experimental forest and ended up at a hiking trail exit on La Tuna Canyon Road. A fairly long all day hike over 12 miles requiring a car shuttle. It was great, although more than everybody else expected. Many good stories about this hike.
More recently, on Mar. 13, 2013, did the summit after coming up the Wildwood Canyon trail. This is a much shorter hike.
With the masses and Kiwi the Dog on a Sunday morning. Nice views of a bed of clouds over the LA Basin.
Great 5.5 mile loop on Beaudry Fire road north and south.
I started from the trail off of Via Montana and Country Club. Great hike, skies were clear after a heavy rain and the grass was lush and green. The views of the snow covered San Gabriels were amazing, the clear weather made this a very fun hike. I'd recommend wearing pants though as the trail is covered with shrubs
Easy hike up from the north under clearing skies and brisk temperatures. Trip Report
From La Tuna canyon. I did this as a trail run (walking up the fire breaks) Fantastic day during our vacation to visit my folks.
Lots of routes and lots of fun!
multiple times from multiple trailheads, but gotta love the very steep ascent from Brand Park
Hiked to the crest with my wife while visiting relatives for Thanksgiving. Nice views of the San Gabriels and of course all the surrounding valleys.
Hiked up the fire roads from Brand Park. Nice views of the front range of the San Gabriels from the ridge.
After staring at the Verdugos for nigh on two years and starting to hike the trails in Wildwood Canyon Park a month ago, I finally arrived at the grove of antennae growing out of a fenced-in concrete bunker that surmounts the peak. I enjoyed the walk along the fire road that follows the summit ridge. The air was fairly clear and I could see Mt. Lukens to the northeast and George Deukmejian Wilderness Park beneath that mountain (I could make out a great oak I've picnicked under partway up Dunsmore Canyon. I continued past the high point and decided to descend the first trail I came to that would take me south. I expected this to be Brand Motorway, but I ended up on the abandoned Skyline Motorway, which was quite beautiful in its decrepitness, as that disuse and disrepair meant it was returning to a more natural state. The road is covered with little yellow wildflowers and quite a lot of green grass and growth wherever it enjoys shade. All told my loop from Wildwood, across to Skyline, and back around to where I had fled my car took my feet close to four hours, over 7.7 miles of terrain, and up and down 4,452 feet in elevation. This I need to calculate from my map, since my Nike+ sensor wasn't accurate at all on the steep trails.
A nice winding, up and down trail. The canyon is not typical for this dry hot area. Beautiful large, old oaks and sycamores, cool and shady northside trail. Watch out for mountain bikers.