“This trail run will take you through rolling hills with excellent views of downtown L.A.”
— Scott Ammons
Featured Race Oct 15, 2016
Put your trail legs to the test on this challenging and scenic course through one of Los Angeles' best parks. This trail run will take you through rolling hills with excellent views of the San Gabriel Valley and Los Angeles. Sections of the run are steep, expect to walk up some of the steepest climbs.
Features: Birding — Views — Wildflowers — Wildlife
Need to Know
The route has little shade and can be quite hot in the summer so bring water and avoid running during the hottest times of the day.
Parts of the route have loose rocks and ruts.
Start at the parking area in front of the Audubon Center and head north past the gate onto Hummingbird Trail
. Turn right onto Scrubjay Trail
and follow it as it winds up the hill, staying left at the first big bend and right as you pass by the Seco View Trail. As you come to the top of this hill, you'll have gone a mile.
Continue across the paved service road and head down the Walnut Forest Trail
. As you make it to the top of the next section where the overlook is, make a sharp left turn up a steep slope onto the City View Trail
. Follow that trail until you come to the paved service road. Turn left and continue up the road along the Summit Ridge Trail
past the gazebo on your right. Just past the gazebo is the two-mile mark.
From here, continue down the Scrubjay Trail
, backtracking the first mile of the route until you reach the Audubon Center parking area to complete the 5K. 10K runners should touch the finish gate and repeat the 5K course.
Flora & Fauna
Explore the Audubon Center to discover and understand their ever-important cause of conserving and restoring natural ecosystems. Learn more inside about reptiles, native plants, flowers, native birds, and so much more.
History & Background
The Audubon Center at Debs Park opened in 2003 as an environmental, educational, and conservation center for the communities of northeast Los Angeles. The Center is located in the fourth largest park in the city of Los Angeles.
More than half of the park is covered in walnut-oak woodland, grassland, and coastal sage scrub, a remnant of the native habitats that once rimmed the Los Angeles Basin. Over 140 species of birds have been recorded here.
The Center’s mission is to inspire people to experience, understand, and care for the local, natural world. The nature-based education and community programs at Debs Park are designed to engage children and their families in the outdoor world and to give them a personal stake in its protection by making environmental issues relevant to their lives.
The Center is operated by Audubon California, a state program of the National Audubon Society, and is a vital part of Audubon’s national outreach initiative to engage Latino audiences.