Socal - Los Angeles County - Verdugo City NickNames: #WhitingWoodsMotorway
Take the 210 freeway into La Cresenta and get off on Pennsylvania heading south. In less than a mile turn right on Whiting Woods road and this will lead to the gate where you will park.
This is one of several ways to access the Verdugo mountains, and probably one of the steepest. About 3 miles of climbing and you will reach Verdugo motorway. From here you can go right to find La Tuna singletrack, Stough Canyon, and Wildwood fire road. Go left to reach Brand Park and the Beaudry fire roads. Thomas Guide page: 534
Bad way #1: the Brand Park Fireroad. Do not attempt this climb unless you love pain and suffering. Pure little ring anaerobic mayhem. This is the kind of climb that Endo Verendo was born for.
Bad way #2: the Whiting Woods Motorway. The traction is good, and that is the only positive thing I have to say about this climb. This one is actually more mentally crushing than Brand, because it starts off tame, begins to suck halfway up, and then destroys you at the top. The worst part is you can see your destination for most of the 3-ish mile slog, and it gets much, much steeper as you get closer to the end. A true killer.
In all seriousness, I do not reccomend these fireroads between April and September. The verdugos are one big exposed heap of rock and sand, with no shade from the sun, and in the summer, no wind. IMO there is no good reason to suffer up these roads when there are other more practical and less damaging ways to get to the top. I am going to stop exploring and take Joe Truth's advice on routes.
Be the ball... just not on Brand or Whiting.