Brand Park Mountain Bike Loop

This popular Verdugo Mountains ride offers a good workout and some fair views into the San Fernando valley. A good choice for cooler days, but not recommended midsummer as there is little shade. The route uses a mix of well graded fire roads and returns via residential streets. Note, much of the fire road (esp. near Brand Park) is also popular with hikers.


Type: Fire Road

Miles: 12.92

Elev Gain: 2586’ per GPS

Starting Elevation: 767’

Max Elevation: 3117’

  34 06.756’ N
  117 58.186’ W

Getting there

From the 134 in Glendale, exit Pacific Avenue, and turn right (North). Turn left on Glenoaks Blvd, and right on Grandview Ave. Continue North on Grandview to the entrance to Brand Park. The ride miles start at the entrance but you may elect to use parking beyond the entrance rather than on the street. Google directions to start


The Ride

Brand Park EntranceEnter the park entrance and bear left at the library, following the one-way system. Head towards the Doctors house, and pass to its right. Pass through/around a gate (usually locked) at 0.39 miles and climb around the debris basin, again following the one-way signs. Bear left at 1.2 miles to begin climbing the fire road. The climbing from here is a fairly consistent grade and while the road is usually well maintained it is by no means easy.

The Verdugo Motorway is reached at 3.91 miles, after almost 2000’ of climbing from the start of the ride. A bench makes this junction a convenient resting point.

Turn left onto Verdugo Motorway to continue the climb. The apex is reached at 5.67 miles and 3117’. There then follows a quick downhill, before bearing left at 5.94 miles (Hostetter on the right).

BrandParkTN2From here it’s a fast and fun downhill. There are lots of switch-backs and hikers on the weekends, so speed control is prudent. The road also suffered quite a lot of rutting from recent rains when last ridden, which added to the interest - most could easily be ridden over with a bunny hop but a couple would easily cause a fall if the landing was misjudged.

 Another left turn is made at 8.72 miles (you’ve probably guessed by now there are no right turns on this ride!), and an exit from the fire road onto a paved parking area is made at 9.7 miles.

Fast downhills are not over yet; you will quickly pick up speed as you pass the golf course on the left (look out for cars and golf carts around here), before turning left at 10.78 miles on to Sunset Canyon. Follow this road (becomes Mountain Street) back to the start.

Directions to start

Map in pdf

GPS Trace (quarter mile)

GPS Trace (all waypoints)

Topo file



Ride Blog

Last Ridden


Pedal Time

Elapsed Time

Dec 27th, 08

Excellent condition

1 hour, 45 mins

2 hours, 14 mins

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