Verdugo Mountains

The Verdugo Mountains stand as a remarkable island of undeveloped land in Los Angeles County, running parallel to the San Gabriel Mountains within the boundaries of Glendale, Burbank, and Los Angeles. A haven for wildlife such as deer, coyote, and the occasional mountain lion, the range is completely surrounded by urban development on all sides.  It runs northwest to southeast and is approximately 8 miles long and 3 miles wide.

About half the main part of the Vedugos (south of La Tuna Canyon Road) has been set aside as protected open space, although several housing developments have made inroads along the lower slopes.  Significant privately held parcels remain, however, in the central and northwestern portions of the range, some of which have been proposed for development.

Hikers, mountain bikers, and equestrians can access the protected section of the Verdugo Mountains. Conserving more open space there would expand access to the mountains. The views from top on a clear day are spectacular, stretching all the way to Catalina Island and beyond.

The Los Angeles neighborhoods of Tujunga, Sunland, Shadow Hills, La Tuna Canyon, and Sun Valley are all adjacent to the mountains' northern end.