Northwest of Los Angeles and Burbank, the Hansen Dam has a range of horseback riding routes from dirt roads through wooded trails. Most of the Hansen Dam horseback riders start in Hansen Dam park and the trails generally lead east into the Tujunga Wash area. The Tujunga Wash has trails that wind through dry and riparian habitat.
The main Hansen Dam Equestrian Trail is a 4km long route starting at the western end of Hansen Dam on Osborne Street. The Hansen Dam Equestrian Trail follows along on the side of the dam and on the eastern side of the dam it connects with Wentworth Street. Many riders use the parking lot at Hansen Dam on Osborne Street which is north of Glenoaks Boulevard.
The Hansen Dam Equestrian Center (aka Orcas-Gabreieleno Equestrian Center) is located at 11127 Orcas Avenue in Sylmar.
Overall, Hansen Dam is the 45th most popular horse trail of all 81 horseback rides in California.