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Watch out for rattlesnakes and mountain lions on this hike

The Verdugo Mountains separating the communities of Montrose and La Crescenta from Glendale and Burbank rise sharply and present impressive city and valley views. Here’s a brisk hike that will get you to the top in a hurry — huffing and puffing. Go early in the day to beat the heat. Take lots of water. Go clockwise on this loop trail for the fast, steep route; go counterclockwise for a shadier, more gradual approach. Either way, be mindful that you share the mountain with rattlesnakes and, according to posted signs, mountain lions.1. Begin this walk on Beaudry Boulevard, just off Country Club Drive near the entrance to the Oakmont Country Club. Leave Beaudry on a narrow, paved alley that approaches a wi ...