Category: Santa Clarita Valley and Desert Gateway

Hikes in northwest L.A. County including the Santa Clarita and Antelope Valleys.

Trona Pinnacles

Location: Northwestern San Bernardino County, east of Ridgecrest. From US 395, exit at the Searles Station Cutoff, turn right and head northeast for 4.5 miles. Turn left onto Trona Road and go 8.5 miles to Highway 178. Turn right and head east on Highway 178 for 7.4 miles to the signed entrance to the Pinnacles.…

Trona Pinnacles

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Fossil Falls

Location: Inyo County, near Olancha. From US 395 (20 miles north of the junction with highway 14), look for Cinder Road, signed for Fossil Falls. Turn right and follow Cinder Road for 0.6 miles to a junction. Turn right and follow the access road another 0.6 miles to its ending at a small parking lot.…

Fossil Falls, Inyo County, CA

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Fish Canyon Narrows

Location: North of Castaic. From I-5, take the Templin Highway exit (183) and head northeast for 4.1 miles. Park on the side of the road before the metal gate at the intersection with the private Los Angeles City Water and Power Road. Agency: Angeles National Forest/Santa Clarita and Mojave Rivers Ranger District Distance: 10.4 miles…

Fish Canyon Narrows, Angeles National Forest, CA

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Sunday Peak

Sunday Peak Location: Sequoia National Forest near Alta Sierra, northern Kern County. From Lake Isabella, take Highway 155 north for 6 miles to Wofford Heights. Turn left to stay on Highway 155 (Evans Rd.) and follow it for 7.7 miles to Greenhorn Summit. Turn right on Rancheria Road (note the sign for Sunday Peak as…

Sunday Peak, Kern County, CA

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Unal Trail

Unal Trail Location: Greenhorn Summit, Kern County. From Lake Isabella, take Highway 155 north to the town of Wofford Heights. Continue northwest on Highway 155 for 7.7 miles to Greenhorn Summit. Turn left on Rancheria Road and park where available near the signed Unal Trail Head, just past the ranger station. If you are coming…

Sunday Peak from Unal Summit, Kern County, CA

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Newhall Pass Open Space

Location: There are two trail heads, both off of the Old Road. This write-up assumes a start from the northern trail head. The approximate address is 23110 The Old Road, Newhall, CA 91231. From Valencia, take I-5 south to Calgrove Blvd./exit 166. Bear right and follow Calgrove Blvd, which becomes the Old Road, for a…

Newhall Pass Open Space, Santa Clarita, CA

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Trail of 100 Giants

Trail of 100 Giants Location: Giant Sequoia National Monument, Tulare County. From Highway 65 in Ducor (31 miles north of Highway 99 and 12 miles south of Highway 190) head east on Avenue 56/Fountain Springs Avenue. In 7.6 miles, bear right onto Hot Springs Road. Follow it 20 miles and make a hairpin left turn…

Trail of 100 Giants, Giant Sequoia National Monument

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Burnt Peak/Sawmill Mountain

Burnt Peak/Sawmill Mountain Location: Sierra Pelona mountains, north Los Angeles County near Lake Hughes. From I-5, take the Lake Hughes Rd. exit and head northeast for 23 miles to its end at Pine Canyon Rd. Turn left on Pine Canyon Rd. and go 4.7 miles. Look for a large clearing on the left side of…

Burnt Peak, Angeles National Forest

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Elsmere Canyon Loop

Elsmere Canyon Loop Location: Santa Clarita.  From the 14 Freeway, take the Newhall Ave. exit.  If you’re coming from the south, turn right; the north, left, and drive to the end of the street and park in the dirt lot.  (If the lot is full, you may need to use the lower lot, where there…

Geology in Elsmere Canyon Open Space, Santa Clarita, CA

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Old Mt. Emma

Old Mt. Emma Location: Mt. Emma Road, northwestern San Gabriel Mountains. From the 14 Freeway, take exit 30 (Sierra Highway/Angeles Forest Highway). Take Sierra Highway northeast for 2.2 miles (it becomes Pearblossom Highway on the way) to Barrel Springs Road. Turn right and go 2.5 miles to 47 St. E. Turn right and go 1.3…

Descending Mt. Emma, Angeles National Forest

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Castaic Lake Trails

Castaic Lake Trails Location: Castaic Lake State Recreation Area. From L.A, take I-5 to the Lake Hughes Road exit (176B). Turn right and go 0.4 miles to Ridge Route Road. Turn left and go 0.3 miles to Castaic Lake Drive. Turn right and go 0.2 miles to the park entrance. After paying the entry fee…

Castaic Lake, Castaic, CA

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Wildwood Canyon (Santa Clarita)

Wildwood Canyon (Santa Clarita) Location: Santa Clarita. From the 14 Freeway, take the Newhall Ave. exit and head west (left if you’re coming from L.A.; right if from Palmdale). Follow Newhall Ave. a total of 1.7 miles. Note that you will need to stay in the left lane to stay on Newhall when it intersects…

Wildwood Canyon Park trail head, Santa Clarita, CA

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