Moderate, 6.3-mile round-trip, 1,600-foot elevation gain
Sitting beside the San Gabriel Range, the Verdugo Mountains can seem dwarfish, but a hike in La Tuna Canyon will dispel that illusion. Start at La Tuna Canyon Trail through sycamores and oaks, ascending a steep series of switchbacks before intersecting with a fire road, Verdugo Mountainway. Catch your breath on the lounge chair, which looks onto Sun Valley. Continue on Verdugo until you reach a clearing with two more chairs and a basin-wide panorama. To complete the loop, continue on the Verdugo Mountainway and go left at the Plantation Lateral sign. From there you connect to the narrow La Tuna Canyon Foot Trail, which makes its meandering descent—vertical enough in spots to require butt-scooching—as it cuts through manzanitas and oaks before landing in the second parking lot on La Tuna Canyon Road. Walk back to your car.
Getting There: I-210 east to La Tuna Canyon. Turn right on La Tuna Canyon Rd. Three unmarked turnouts—parking lots—mark the park. Leave your car in the third lot.