Gravel Cycling in Los Angeles County: Verdugo Hills

gravel cycling verdugo hills
Ride Start and End at Brand Library & Arts Center

“The Verdugo Mountains, also known as the Verdugo Hills or simply The Verdugos, are a small, rugged mountain range of the Transverse Ranges system in Los Angeles County, California. Located just south of the western San Gabriel Mountains, the Verdugo Mountains region incorporates the cities of Glendale, Pasadena, and La Cañada Flintridge; the unincorporated communities of Altadena and La Crescenta-Montrose; as well as the City of Los Angeles neighborhood of Sunland-Tujunga.” –

gravel cycling verdugo hills
Steep climbing out of the gate

“Surrounded entirely by urban development, the Verdugo Mountains represent an isolated wildlife island and are in large part under public ownership in the form of undeveloped parkland. The mountains are used primarily for recreation in the form of hiking and mountain biking, and as the site of communications installations on the highest peaks.”

Gravel Cycling in Los Angeles County Ride Experience Video

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In this video, JOM of the Gravel Cyclist crew knocks out a short ride that climbs away from nearby Burbank, mostly to shake out his bike for the 2023 Rock Cobbler. If you’re able to fly into Burbank Airport, make that a priority vs LAX any day of the week!

gravel cycling verdugo hills
Solid test of the 31 x 40 low gear

Continued from Above:

“The mountains arise directly from the eastern floor of the San Fernando Valley, exaggerating their height from some vantages. Beginning with foothills, they rapidly rise to rugged sections, with the highest peaks topping 3,000′, nearly as high as the nearby Santa Susana Mountains.”

Additional Photos

gravel cycling verdugo hills

gravel cycling verdugo hills

gravel cycling verdugo hills
The steep climbing never lets up

gravel cycling verdugo hills

gravel cycling verdugo hills

gravel cycling verdugo hills

gravel cycling verdugo hills
Phenomenal views, well worth the effort!

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  1. Avatar Greg

    What cycling computer on bike?

    • JOM JOM

      Garmin 1040 Solar, the best cycling computer there is.

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