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Brand Park Mountain Way

Intermediate/Difficult
 3.5 (13)

A nice climb to the park bench at the top with beautiful views and access to other trails in the Verdugo Mountains area.


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3.7

Miles

6.0

KM

Doubletrack

2,678' 816 m

High

831' 253 m

Low

1,847' 563 m

Up

2' 1 m

Down

9%

Avg Grade (5°)

29%

Max Grade (16°)

Dogs Leashed

E-Bikes Unknown

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You can park at the Brand Park parking lot that has plenty of spaces (34°10'54.7"N 118°16'41.4"W
34.181871, -118.278174).

Description

This is a well-maintained fire road that is a smooth, steady climb. The trail starts behind the Doctor's House at Brand Park. At the top, you can look down both sides of the mountain into La Crescenta-Montrose and Glendale.

Begin your ride on the paved road up and past the Doctor's house and then make a left onto the Brand Park Motorway paved road. This turns into a pretty steep climb and then eventually the road ends and the trail begins. You do have to lift the bike over a yellow fence/gate that is always closed.

My friend and I have been only mountain biking a few months, but this killed our legs/energy levels. From there, it pretty much turned into a hike up the trail while we pushed our bikes up.

You have to have the lightest bike and calves the size of tree trunks or a giant grandma gear to climb this one... it took us over an hour and a half on foot to get up and only 15 minutes to get down. Once you are at the top, it connects with Verdugo Motorway or you can turn around and head back down the way you came.

The trail itself is pretty wide, but there are some chunky rock sections and recent rockslides that narrow the path a bit. It's fast and a bit wind-y so you'll be working your brakes pretty good depending on your tires. There may be the occasional hiker on their way up, too, that you have to watch out for.

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  3.5 from 13 votes

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in Brand Park

#634

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#8,838

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Downhill from the new seedling.  Planted on Jan 15th, 2016
Jan 19, 2016 near North G…, CA
The park bench close to the top.
Nov 22, 2015 near North G…, CA

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Jul 16, 2020
Ian Angeles
day 6....brutal climb 3.7mi — 2h 00m
May 19, 2020
Sara Saito
3.9mi — 1h 13m
Jan 4, 2020
Ross Tango
Jun 8, 2019
Jorge Sandoval
Apr 26, 2019
Eric Gonzalez
Dec 18, 2018
Juan Valencia
The original road is closed, alternate route is available and is adding 1 mile extra 4mi
Nov 25, 2017
Sarmen Mahmoodi
3.7mi
Sep 19, 2017
Jacob S
nice cool day, great day for a climb! 3.7mi