La Tuna Canyon loop - Trail, Tujunga, California

La Tuna Canyon loop - Trail, Tujunga, California

DESCRIPTION

La Tuna Canyon - Starting from the gate ride until you reach a steep asphalt paved climb and turn right here to Hostetter fire road(mile 0.5). You'll notice nice views of the cities below. Once you reach the intersection of Hostetter fire road and Verdugo Fire road (T instersection) you can stop here and rest (mile 3.4, elevation gain approx 1200 feet) Enjoy the view. Turn right to Verdugo Fire road and note your mileage. You'll need to descend this fire road and locate the unsigned trail at mile 5.8 on the right hand side. Descend the trail, be careful, the trail is narrow and rutty due to the recent rain storms. Descend to the canyon and climb out the canyon to La Tuna Canyon road. Turn Right and be careful while riding the road back to your car. The people driving this road are very careless and not very courteous. Singletrack=30%% Dirt Road=50%% Paved Path=20%% Charles a 30 year old riding a Trek Y-33 from Pasadena,California E-mail:mtbguy@pacbell.net

USER REVIEWS

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[Jul 30, 2015]
clowntown
Cross Country Rider

I have run and biked in this trail dozens of times. Currently been biking from home to trailhead (4 miles), climb (~4 miles), descend(~4 miles), to home (4 miles). I typically do this without stopping but it's definitely a very challenging workout for me. Watch out for sprinting dear and trucks going up or down the trail. There are few people on this trail around 6am weekdays, but you get a lot of foot traffic on weekends.

Customer Service

you can go all the way up hostetter to verdugo (bear left near top radio tower), then continue to drop via whiting woods (careful: this one is very steep and I crashed on this once) or beaudry if you live in the Montrose area. Otherwise, go back down hostetter to trailhead.

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Beaudry (steeper than Hostetter but not as steep as Whiting woods); cherry canyon I've heard good things about but haven't tried it yet.

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4
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4
[Apr 08, 2013]
matt tucker
Cross Country Rider

LA TUNA
This is my regular training ride and I absolutely love it... aerobic uphill, technical on top and fast downhill/single track to finish. In the summer it can get super hot and it's pretty busy on weekends.

This said last week the fast downhill section (by MG wreck) appeared to have deteriorated severely and was almost un ridable due to heavy dust, rocks and large channels cut across the trail. Hopefully this is just due to weather and it will clear itself up.

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Chantry Flats / Mount Zion

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5
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3
[Mar 28, 2013]
ryan1584
Cross Country Rider

This is a pretty decent ride for LA. There is some singletrack but its sketchy due to serious exposure. I had fun riding the fire break until it got too steep. I won't be going back here but the view of the valleys was killer! If you are looking for a good fire road climb and some mildly terrifying singletrack this is your ride.

Customer Service

Rode the trail route as its described in "Where to Bike: Los Angeles Mountain Biking." Took fire road starting at shady underpass trailhead up to top, checked out verdugo peak, then headed down to the single track that starts at the grey memorial recliner seat (only marker). Singletrack and firebreak hard to distinguish between. I ended up blasting down the firebreak until it was so steep I had to get off and walk. Finally connected back up with the singletrack which had a LOT OF EXPOSURE. If you don't like heights this isn't your ride. Exposure slowed me down a bit considering it was instant death if I fell right. Worst part of riding was riding La Tuna Canyon Road back uphill at 4 pm. I wish I had parked my car down there and done the whole climb first.

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I preferred Tapia Canyon to this one. That has killer views but the singletrack is much more fun and managable (no real exposure so you can shred!).

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3
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4
[Jul 20, 2008]
salazar44
Weekend Warrior

I had my first time back in the saddle after a 2 year layoff. Decided to keep it nearby and go to la tuna canyon on 7/19/08. Parked at my usual spot, off the 210 fwy. My car got broken into and they jacked my dvd head unit.

Guy parked next to me was asking if i wanted to buy a bike. Brown sentra (or something like that). I hate him. Mexican dude, bout 5'6".

Its too damn easy for thiefs to steal from people there. Needless to say im pissed and I hope i see him again.

Road leading up to dirt fireroad is as tuff as i remember! Didnt go to top... still working the legs on that one! Do not know single track status.

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3
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4
[Jul 11, 2007]
philip_jp
Cross Country Rider


the single track is closed and is private property now

Customer Service

dont go down the single track

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3
VALUE
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3
[May 22, 2004]
TeamSween
Weekend Warrior

I've only been riding about 2 months and have no real technical ability, but this trail was easily navigated. There were a few ruts that I had to walk but a more experienced rider could probably clear them without a problem. That being said, the trail was in good shape. It was not overgrown at all. A great introduction to singletrack.

Customer Service

Up Stough canyon, left at the T, unmarked trail starts at the second turnout.

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Brown Mtn.

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4
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4
[Sep 18, 2003]
Christian
Cross Country Rider

Okay, so this trail has some strengths and some weaknesses compared to the rest of the riding around th LA area. I just rode it today, and the singletrack section is in bad shape in some spots...just really loose sand and rutted up. It's not so bad you have to walk, but you can't really open up the throttle and bomb it, which is what makes all the climbing worth to me. If you like slow and technical, it's okay, but not great. Lots of climbing, great views, but no chance to really go fast.

Customer Service

I usually start in Burbank, because the parking is safer and you won't get your car broken into. I ride up the Stough Canyon fireroad (starts at the eastern-most part of Walnut Ave, by the Stough Cyn Nature Center) and then turn right. From here, it's a short climb to the singletrack, which is on your left in a very obvious spot. Ride the meandering singletrack down to La Tuna Cyn Rd, which runs parrallel to the 210. Follow La Tuna Cyn Rd until you hit the parking area, and then it's a long, tedious climb up to all the antennas. the climb sucks, but the view is awesome. From the top, take the Verdugo Motorway west until you hit the trail you first came up on. Then coast down to Burbank.

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Honestly, it's worth the extra driving time to go out to Malibu and ride the backbone. It's faster, more technical and more fun.

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2
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4
[Nov 23, 1998]
john

la tuna is good little climb. when you first start there is a short but pretty steep climb just before you hit dirt. don't let this worry you because it never gets like that again. the climb is strenuous for beginners and average for an intermediate rider. it is just a grind to the top. the singletrack is fun to ride, but you better be experienced because it is a narrow singeltrack and is exposed at times so you can take a good tumble. it is a fun technical singeltrack to ride.

Customer Service

same as the other guy

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4
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[Dec 17, 1998]
word up

Once you find the singletrack which can be difficult if you don't get help you will be rewarded with a sweet trail. The trail descends into a heavily covered canyon filled with trees and creeks. There are tons of tight switchback turns and also bermed turns that are easy to rail on. There are some climbs but they are very short and extend the ride. Overall a sweet trail that is not for beginners.

Customer Service

Climb up the La Tuna fireroad and descend towards Debell golf course. The singletrack is about halfway down to Debell and is off to the right. It is unmarked so keep an eye out for a drop in to the singletrack.

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Brand fireroad is a great and challenging climb and also a fun descent.

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5
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[Dec 23, 1998]
Aram

It looks like an awsome trail, and it is, but not on a hot day. I'm an allright rider, and was able to get to the top of the first (and last?) climb. I did'nt know that singletrack existed. Anyway. The worst thing about this trail were the annoying flies. HUGE black flies just buzz all around you and stick on you while you're trying to climb. VEry annoying. there was a point where i just turned back and went down (because of the flies). I'll ride the trail soon, see how it is and give you a real fly-less review.

Customer Service

same as everyone else

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Mt. Tom

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3
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