Utilizing the Commonwealth Canyon Connector
, Riverside Trail
, East Ridge (Hogback) Trail
, and Henry's Trail
, this loop is a quick way to get above the L.A. metropolis and experiment stunning views of the area.
This run begins at the parking lot of the Vermont Tennis Courts with the Commonwealth Canyon Connector
. The Commonwealth Canyon Connector
heads north past the tennis courts for roughly 1/4 of a mile before reaching a juncture with the wider Riverside Trail
. From here, turn right to follow the Riverside Trail
as it turns to the south before once again turning eastward. Along this potion of the Riverside Trail
you'll enter Aberdeen Canyon and pass by the Aberdeen Trail, a narrow spur that leads up the canyon, on your left. The Riverside Trail
then turns toward the northeast and climbs to reach Vista Del Valle Drive.
When you reach the paved road here you'll take a dramatic hairpin turn to follow the East Ridge (Hogback) Trail
westward. On this trail you'll wrap around the southern edge of Glendale Peak. After you've been climbing on the East Ridge (Hogback) Trail
for 3/10 you'll reach a juncture with Henry's Trail
, which makes a sharp turn southward from the juncture. Turn right to follow Henry's Trail
and you'll quickly reach the summit of Glendale Peak. From here you can enjoy fantastic views of the L.A. area. Once you're finished at the summit, continue to follow Henry's Trail
to the southeast to reconnect with Vista del Valle Drive.
Once you hit the paved road follow your original route on the Riverside Trail
westward before reaching the Commonwealth Canyon Connector
to make your way back to the tennis courts and the original parking area.
Thanks to John McKinney, The Trailmaster, for sharing this trail description. To learn more about trails in California, check out his guides at The Trailmaster Store