Stough Canyon Fall Hike

Remember when my aunt and I did an afternoon hike at Stough Canyon last June? And I wrote about how my aunt was super fit and just walking up the mountain like it was nothing? Well, I found myself back to the Verdugo Mountains this past Saturday with my entire family in tow. My aunt had been inviting my parents to hike here for the longest time now and with the weather finally cooling down, my parents finally agreed to come!

The night before, I was actually at work until midnight; how I woke up when I did and forced myself to hike remains a mystery. We planned on meeting at 7AM, but we run on Filipino time, so we started our hike at 7:30AM. This mountain/hike was badly hurt by the La Tuna Canyon fires that happened last month; nonetheless the mountain still remained its usual steep self.

Our group of seven got split up into two groups. My mom, dad, my fifteen-year-old brother and I fell behind and we met up at the top, halfway to the radio towers and just hung out on this little chair that overlooked the 210 freeway. It was nice being up there but the faint smell of burnt wood still lingered in the air.

After our hike, we went to the IKEA in Burbank (aka America’s LARGEST IKEA branch) to have some breakfast – $2 plates, who can beat that?! Plus, I just discovered that their lingonberry drink is beyond delicious. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t tired – I absolutely was! I worked that evening so my 3.7 mile hike up the mountains turned into a total of a 9.8 mile walking distance by the time I got off work.

Was it worth it? Yep, definitely. Am I looking forward to my next hike for next weekend? Hell yea! And as John Muir once said, “In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks.” Opt outside, my friends.

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  1. October 22, 2017 / 2:38 pm

    I love how you’re hitting up all of these awesome natury places around LA! Ok, I didn’t know we have this many hiking trails until I found your blog XD. Wait, do you use any mosquito/bug repellents? I step outside of my house and already get 3-4 bites -____-.

    Glad you guys took some time out yesterday and did a family hike! The view looks amazing. Love the view you had up there despite the smell of the slightly burnt trees.

    OMG. I still haven’t been to the new IKEA in Burbank yet!!!! I’ve been meaning to go. My parents are remodeling part of the house right now so maybe I can drag them along after that’s done for new furniture ;). $2 breakfast plates sound amazing. Forget Lemonade LOL.

  2. October 22, 2017 / 7:25 pm

    Love how you do so many family activities. Gorgeous photos Eena and looking forward to reading about your next hike!

    nat // dignifiable

  3. October 22, 2017 / 8:34 pm

    I love the day of natural beauty followed my Ikea. My favourite kind of day! Great photos.

  4. October 22, 2017 / 9:55 pm

    this post reminds me of my experience in bali around 4~5 years ago. i woke up super early and the sky was still dark because i had dragged my parents to this place called kintamani for trekking. mind you, my family and i are never active so of course, that trekking was a hellish experience. i guess it’s cool to see sunrise in real time but we stopped halfway because we couldn’t take it. the path was kinda steep and nothing as carved out as the one you experienced. i thought there was a carefully planned out pathway because in my mind, trekking is not hiking but apparently, my family and i had to climb up several rocky steps even though it wasn’t true hiking. it was like climbing up a neverending staircase! lol i wonder if i make sense :))

  5. October 23, 2017 / 10:21 am

    Oh wow, love this. Love how your hiking and spending your day with your fam. I wish there were some cool places to go on a hike where I live.

    xo | Cindy Elena

  6. October 23, 2017 / 10:51 am

    Such stunning photographs – I would love to have a walk around there one day!! Sadly London isn’t anywhere near as picturesque as this haha!

  7. October 23, 2017 / 10:53 am

    What a fab hike for the entire family. While getting up early and doing the physical work of hiking may be challenging it definitely pays off and the view and peace you get from the experience is amazing! xoxo, Christine

  8. October 23, 2017 / 10:57 am

    Oh these are very nice photos! Love how your always spending day with your family–very Filipino (and the Filipino time but that’s probs not something to be proud about lol) and its so nice to always read about it on your blog. Looking forward to reading your next hike! <3

    -Dems // dearstrangrs

  9. Yiota
    October 23, 2017 / 10:58 am

    Ikea has the best breakfast and amazing deals on food!! Love your photos! 🙂


  10. October 23, 2017 / 2:50 pm

    You are so strong. You would absolutely NOT get me up that early for a hike. And, wow, almost 10 miles by the end of the day! I hope you’re eating enough!

    Also, in re: Nancy below — the Ikea in Burbank is pretty nifty! Go, go go!

  11. October 24, 2017 / 3:27 am

    I love your outdoorsy/hiking posts! It makes me feel so lazy though lol. Yeah ditto, can’t believe you had such willpower to wake up so early when you were working so late… Go you! Also mmm IKEA meals are great. It’s close to lunch time here now and I’m hungry grrrr

  12. October 24, 2017 / 3:56 am

    The view must be so breathtaking! I laughed a lot at the Filipino time, it’s so relatable.

    yuki, solivagantic

  13. Diana
    October 24, 2017 / 2:36 pm

    Wow, these photos are beautiful. I’m all for adventures like this and love seeing other people embrace hiking and the outdoors. It’s so nice you could do this with your family, my parents are not the most outdoorsy people out there, so thank goodness for my brother! xx

  14. October 24, 2017 / 3:00 pm

    Can I just say you’ve put the wanderlust bug in me because your photos are so captivating. I really love the story you told alongside each image, but it was so easy to get lost in them, mainly the mountain shot that displays the sky so flawlessly. Geez, let me head over to Travelocity once I leave your site now =]

    Danielle | <3

  15. October 24, 2017 / 7:02 pm

    Nice photos. It’s amazing how you got to wake up early after working late. I laughed at the Filipino time. I could relate.

    Joy to the World

  16. October 28, 2017 / 3:31 am

    What an awesome view! This looks like a great place to hang out with family! And I love John Muir quotes hehe.

  17. October 29, 2017 / 3:30 pm

    Hiking AND IKEA?! Pretty much a perfect day haha. This looks like the perfect spot for a nice afternoon hike! We’re trying to get the last ones in since the weather probably won’t be nice for much longer. Here comes winter in CO!

    Susie |