Oakmont Loop


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San Gabriel Mountains as seen from the Oakmont Loop, Burbank, California

View of the San Gabriels from the Oakmont Loop

Oaks in Engleheard Canyon, Verdugo Mountains, Burbank, CA

Woodlands in Engleheard Canyon

Text and photography copyright 2010 by David W. Lockeretz, all rights reserved.  Information and opinions provided are kept current to the best of the author’s ability.  All readers hike at their own risk, and should be aware of the possible dangers of hiking, walking and other outdoor activities.  The author does not take any responsibility for injuries sustained during hikes or walks on the routes described here.   Check the informational links provided for up to date trail condition information.

Oakmont Loop

      • Location: Verdugo Mountains in northeastern Glendale.  From I-210, take La Crescenta Avenue south for about a mile.  You will pass Eilinita, one of the residential streets this hike visits.  Just after La Crescenta Avenue curves to the left, take a right on Oakmont View Drive.  Follow this winding residential street for about a mile to its end at Oakmont View Park.  Park in the lot and follow the signs to the beginning of the trail.  Parking is free.
      • Agency: Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy/Verdugo Open Space
      • Distance: 2.5 miles
      • Elevation gain: 600 feet
      • Suggested time: 1.5 hours
      • Difficulty Rating: PG
      • Best season: Year round; best in the late afternoon or evening
      • USGS topo map: “Pasadena”
      • Recommended gear: sun hat
      • More information: here; trip description here; Everytrail report (slightly different route and starting point) here
      • Rating: 5

This enjoyable loop is conveniently located to Glendale, Burbank and La Canada.  Its location on the north-facing slopes of the Verdugo Mountains makes it a good year-round hike (although you’ll want to plan accordingly on hot summer days. The scenic highlights include attractive woodlands and panoramic views of the San Gabriel Mountains.

From the parking area, head northeast on a fire road. The return route joins in from the right as you make a brief climb. After about 0.3 miles you begin a long descent, switchbacking your way into the canyon. At the bottom of the hill, you enter a peaceful forest of oaks and sycamores. You follow the trail as it parallels a private road, soon emerging at Eilinita Avenue (about 1.3 miles from the start.)

Follow Eilinita a short distance to Emanuel Drive and bear right, briefly climbing uphill. At the end of Emanuel (1.6 miles from the start) pick up the Edison Fire Road, which drops into another grove of oaks before beginning a rigorous ascent to return to the parking area.

The trail climbs about 500 feet over the next 0.8 miles but your efforts are rewarded with some great views of the San Gabriel Mountains. At 2.4 miles, you complete the loop, returning to the paved road. Take a hard left and retrace your steps back to the car.

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  1. Actually there might be another entrance to this area. Quite by accident I found a trail that is maintained by the Santa Monica Nature Conservancy at the end of Emmanuel Street quite close to Oakmont View Drive. In fact from La Crescenta Ave turn right on Shirlyjean rd- it is right before Oakmont View. Follow this street until you hit Emmanuel and turn left. Follow it until it ends. Park on residential street

    • Yeah, there are lots of cool little trails up in this area, and even in the summer, with the shade, they aren’t too hot. Thanks for reading.

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