This is a solid training ride. The climb is sustained and checks in at about 1300 feet. Take in the views of Los Angeles, the San Gabriel Mountains and enjoy the dusty singletrack back down.
There have been more than a few break-ins at the parking lot for this trail. Be sure not to leave any valuables in your car. Also, watch out for poison oak in the canyons.
Start off on South La Tuna Canyon Road heading east. This will take you up a steep road climb for a bit until you hit the dirt. Continue up Hostetter Fire Road
. This wide open fire road takes you up about 1200 feet over 3 miles. There isn't much shade out here, so be prepared in the warmer months.
At the top of the climb, you'll intersect with Verdugo Motorway
. Turn right and head down towards La Tuna Canyon Trail
. On the way, there are a few fun singletrack deviations from the fire road. Each one is less than a quarter mile and they all stay close to the main fire road following the ridgeline.
After about 2.1 miles, turn right onto the La Tuna Canyon Trail
. This is a fun downhill singletrack. It can get dusty and loose here depending on the time of year. There are a couple of steep sections that keep you on your toes. Count the number of rusty old abandoned trucks you find the canyons on the way down.
When you get to the bottom, turn right and ride up La Tuna Canyon Road back to your car.