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Hidden Hiking Trail in Sherman Oaks Threatened by Development

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Into the hills of Sherman Oaks where expensive homes sit and windy roads lay are many a cul-de-sac. One of those areas off Beverly Glen leads a few Angelenos in the know about a little-known hiking trail in a practically ignored city park called Deervale (it's not even listed on the city's website).

The short ridgeline trail with some steep climbs is about an eight of a mile one way, taking you between the hills and near the base at Valley Vista Blvd. Park on one end--we recommend off Deervale Place at the top--and do the 1.6 mile roundtrip (find your way with this map). Despite being surrounded by development on surrounding hills, it has a nice secluded feel.

But there's one problem. A developer owns two parcels on the top portion of the trail off Deervale. Only one of the proposed homes--a 7,700 square foot mansion--is in the application process. A year ago, the city wouldn't let them even begin unless they gave a right-of-way easement for hikers, which was a good start.