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La Tuna Loop

Intermediate/Difficult

Trail

9.1 mile 14.6 kilometer loop
50% Singletrack
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 1,735' 529 m
Descent: -1,767' -539 m
High: 2,997' 913 m
Low: 1,339' 408 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 36% (20°)

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Trail shared by Chris W

A mostly fireroad loop with short, rewarding singletrack.

Chris W

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Overview

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.

Need to Know

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.

Description

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.

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May 3, 2020
Justin Kelly
Didn't get to the top! First time on the route. I will be back! 3.6mi
Dec 27, 2018
John Gump
hike a bike up singletrack. need to do full loop. 5mi
Nov 24, 2018
Greg Amerson
Oct 24, 2018
A R
Apr 21, 2018
Noah J
Mar 17, 2018
matt rod
Jan 4, 2018
Ryan Reedom
Oct 28, 2017
Evan S.

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  2.9 from 16 votes

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Photos

Cisco demonstrates a 'heels-down, butt back' technical descent position.
Jun 19, 2017 near Burbank, CA
Taking the singletrack sections instead of the road adds a ton of fun technical and built features between the end of the Hostetter climb and the start of the La Tuna Canyon trail.
Jun 15, 2017 near Burbank, CA
Top of La Tuna Canyon Trail
Sep 16, 2017 near Burbank, CA
Verdugo Mtwy Singletrack.
Jun 23, 2016 near Burbank, CA
La Tuna Loop! Two great singletrack sections and a nice fire road climb.
Jun 23, 2016 near Burbank, CA
Looking East toward Mt. Wilson and Pasadena.
Jan 3, 2017 near La Cres…, CA

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