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Glendale Sports Complex - Cherry Canyon Loop

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8.8 Miles 14.2 Kilometers




1,405' 428 m


-1,405' -428 m



Avg Grade (3°)


Max Grade (12°)

1,851' 564 m


1,270' 387 m



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Connecting the Glendale Sports Complex Loop and all major Cherry Canyon singletrack into one ride.

Martini Linn


The gates to the sports complex close at 10pm. if you prefer night riding past that time, park north of this area on Descanso or any of the other adjacent neighborhoods
An ~8.5-mile mix of singletrack and fire roads. Great for post work or a morning quickie. These loops all connect to a fairly central hub which makes for great repeats if you're trying to put in additional time/mileage.
Family Friendly: good for hiking with the family. there are sections of fireroads as well.
Dogs: Leashed

Need to Know

Water points would be at the start at the sports complex. On the trail, there is a rest area called "Ultimate Destination" which is a small off shoot to your left at mile 3.1.


Park in the main lot for the Glendale Sports Complex or ride up from Verdugo. Parking gates close at 10pm.

The start of the sports complex loop begins near the entrance to the lot to the left of the maintenance garage. Loops east then south on the Catalina Verdugo Trail towards Ridge Motorway fire road.

Take this fire road to the Cherry Canyon singletrack network. This route connects the main singletrack descents together with fire road climbs. Begin on Cerro Negro Trail connecting to Canyon Trail and Cherry Canyon Motorway. At the end of the Cherry Canyon Motorway, you'll be at the central hub.

Continue north on the Alpha Motorway as it turns into the Conservancy Trail, eventually connecting with Edison Road. Head onto Liz's Loop Trail, which returns you to the Cherry Canyon Motorway.

Plug the route into your Garmin or use the MTB Project mobile app and ride away. Most of the singletrack sections are hardpack with sand. The last singletrack section goes through a shady area so the ground is usually nice and tacky.


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Feb 11, 2018
Alex Hatem
Trail is a little rutted in the shady bits
Feb 10, 2018
Travis P.
Feb 4, 2018
Josh Romm
Catalina to cerro negra to canyon to conservancy to Forrest hill to Liz loop back down ridgeway and Catalina 8.8mi
Jan 29, 2018
Raymond Dryburgh
Jan 27, 2018
Josh Romm
Catalina to cerro negra to canyon to conservancy to Liz’s loop 10mi
Jan 20, 2018
Josh Romm
Catalina to ridge way to sugar loaf to Cerro negro to ridgeway to Catalina 6.9mi
Jan 13, 2018
Josh Romm
Catalina to ridge way 5.5mi
Dec 23, 2017
Sarmen Mahmoodi

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The Catalina Verdugo Trail is awesome! I like to climb the switchbacks on the south end, then when I come back from Cherry Canyon go down the long way around the Sports Complex. Jun 19, 2017

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