5.2 miles, 1-3 hours
Whiting Woods Motorway is 5.208 miles long round trip.
It is fairly steep consequently there are fewer mountain bikes common at other hikes in the Verdugos.
Starting at the end of Whiting Woods Road, passing through the locked gate you quickly start climbing, 2.604 miles to go.
The road starts out steep, get used to it, this is going to be the tempo for most of this hike, though the lower mile is generally less steep than higher up.
At 0.824 miles you pass a steep dead end Edison rd. A bit further on is a turn with a small pine tree at 0.904 miles. This is a good spot to take a breather as you get your first good view here.
The first mile clicks off just past the cistern hydrant, at the next ridge you get a good view into Henderson Cyn.
You're approaching half way now, though there is no permanent landmark, there maybe a small carin.
Pressing on you'll pass another cistern hydrant 0.894 miles/561ft gain from the top.
The road will make a hairpin turn above here, the approach to is level so you can take a bit of a break, but you'll pay. The road steepens considerably past the turn past a short spur and up to another ridge.
You'll see an electronic site from here. As you pass the final spur rd at 0.204 miles from the top, you'll pick up speed with the finish line in sight.
There are many cross country cutoffs, which cuts off long switchbacks, shortening the return trip or steepening the uphill.
Arriving at Verdugo Motorway there are many options, continuing straight will take you to an electronic site with views of the San Fernando Valley, & Los Angeles Basin.
A short way to the right is a bench if you're inclined to rest and take in the view, or just turn around and go back the way you came.
The waypoints are recorded with my GPS but the distance is from data collected using a Rolatape 32-623. I consider these values to be very accurate, and could only be improved with very expensive survey grade equipment. If you notice an error please let me know, I'll gladly check it out.
This gets hot in warmer weather, & there is little to no shade. As the the sun get higher later in the year for me, it becomes unbearable.
There is no parking at the trailhead from 10pm to 5am, and a new sign posted says no entry from 10pm-4:30am
There are mountain lions here keep your pets on a leash, learn how to deal with wildlife encounters.
There have been no problems with wildlife here, but there are more than 1 lion and less than a dozen(?) I've also seen bear tracks