Posted by: Aqua Vista | May 7, 2009

Stough Canyon Hike #1

Yesterday was an amazing day for a good hike. I traveled to the north end of Burbank to one of my favorite hikes above the Stough Canyon Nature Center, located adjacent to the northwest end of the DeBell Golf Course.

trail head
trail head

DISTANCE: 2.5 miles (est)

TIME: 55 to 70 minutes

ELEVATION GAIN: 700 feet

DIFFICULTY: easy/moderate

Starting off just to the left of the Stough Canyon Nature Center on Stough Canyon Avenue, you will start off on the Verdugo Fire Road and ascend for about 10 minutes until the you run into the first junction. Turn left here and go another couple hundred feet to another junction. From here you can turn left and travel up to the first lookout, or head right, where you will wind your way up the fire road a few hundred more feet until you hit a more narrow path that runs along a ridge. Here are a few views from this area….

Looking right or east early on in the hike.
Looking right or east early on in the hike.
Looking back toward the valley as the fire road turns into a path.
Looking back toward the valley as the fire road turns into a path.

As you continue to ascend the mountain, the views get better and better.

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After about 5 more minutes you will wind around the face of the mountain along a narrow and sometimes overgrown footpath, and come to the ruins of an old boy’s camp on a plateau.

Ruins of an old camp.

Ruins of an old camp.

From here proceed straight to a hill across the plateau marked by a sign post pointing to the “Verdugo Fire Road”.

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Hill just past the ruins and the plateau.

Hill just past the ruins and the plateau.

After you wind around the hill, you will encounter breathtaking views of the Angeles National Forest just past the 210 freeway, before running into the Verdugo Fire Road.

View of The Angeles National Forest in the distance.

View of The Angeles National Forest in the distance

Here is where the path ends as you meet the fire road.

Here is where the path ends as you meet the fire road.

After the path ends and merges back with the fire road, head left, or west. You will wind along the ridge for a few minutes, passing a lookout bench. This is a great place to stop and take in the view, but you should continue on another few minutes. Look for a lone tree on a bluff to the left of the fire road. This, “one tree hill” has a picnic table with a tackle box that contains a “sign in log” for all the visitors to this spot. Here are pictures of the approach.

First lookout bench after you leave the path.
First lookout bench after you leave the path.
Approach to the "One Tree Hill".
Approach to the “One Tree Hill”
Your destination.
Your destination.
View from the picnic bench.  Tacle box/sign in journal in view.
View from the picnic bench. Tacle box/sign in journal in view.

After taking it all in, you can retrace your steps back the way you came, or just follow the Verdugo Fire Road back down completing a loop. Just follow the sign posts with arrows toward “Nature Center”. Here are a few views of the fire road on the way back.

Going back.
Going back.
Verdugo Fire Road.
Verdugo Fire Road.
Fire road at a junction right before the main descent.

Fire road at a junction right before the main descent.

View of the final descent.  DeBell Golf course visible on the left.

View of the final descent. DeBell Golf course visible on the left.

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