Brand Park, Verdugo Mountains, Glendale Field Trip

Sunday 7:00am-12:00pm Bus Loading Zone


Jamshid Hassanzadeh, Glendale Community College

Historic Brand Park (named after Leslie C. Brand, the Glendale developer, 1859-1925) is a popular recreation site on the northern side of the city of Glendale, California. The park includes the early 1900s Brand family mansion named El Miradero with its picturesque Indo-Saracenic architecture, and Brand's own airfield, one of the few showplaces in all of southern California at the time. The park has shaded playgrounds, picnic areas and trailheads supported by free parking lots and restrooms. The property houses Brand Library & Art Center, the Statue of Miss American Green Cross (1928) symbolizing dedication to preserving the country's forests, the historical Doctor's House with Victorian architecture, Brand Family Gravesite with its epic pyramid, a Japanese teahouse beside a koi fish pond and many other monuments which collectively provide a glimpse of Glendale's historic past. Several trailheads and a fire road (motorway) begin in the park and lead hikers to the mountain crest, with its many radio towers and magnificent views. On a clear day, looking south from Tongva Peak, there is a marvelous view of downtown L.A. to the Pacific Ocean and Catalina Island. The hills and canyons north of Brand Park present some of the best outcrops of the rocks that shape this part of the Verdugo Mountains. Stop 1 in the frontal hills, allows examining the crush zone left from the ancient movements of the Verdugo Fault. In the next stops we will look at excellent examples of metamorphic-igneous crosscutting relationships and plutonic geology including magmatic differentiation. We will spend some time on an enigmatic skarn which seems unique to the park area.


  • Departure: The bus pick up and drop off location is on the Pasadena City College (PCC) campus, specifically the bus loading zone, which is located between Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium and student parking lot 5. The bus will provide transportation to the west side of the Brand Library & Art Center, where the field trip will begin (Google map). The bus will leave promptly at 6:30am, so please arrive at least 5 minutes prior to departure. Participants are asked to ride the bus so the group will be together. However, if you miss the bus, you can meet us at the field trip start location at 7:00am on the west side of the Brand Library & Art Center (1601 W Mountain St, Glendale, CA 91201). The bus is scheduled to return to the PCC campus by noon.
  • Return: Shuttles will arrive back in Pasadena by 12pm.
  • Releases: All participants will need to sign liability releases.
  • Attire: Wear comfortable hot-weather clothing, hiking footwear, and a hat. Bring water, snacks, sunscreen, and a hand lens.

Tentative Itinerary

Cost and Registration

Registration for the field trip is open to the first 20 people to sign up. Participants will be able to sign up when completing their Rendezvous registration form. The cost for this field trip is $50 and includes transportation.