Category: Santa Clarita Valley and Desert Gateway

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

Slide Mountain Lookout

Slide Mountain Lookout Location: Angeles National Forest, northwest of Valencia and Castaic. From I-5, take the Templin Highway exit. Head west (turn left if you’re coming from the south; right if from the north) and take a quick right on Golden State Highway. Drive 5 miles to the road’s end at Frenchman’s Flat Campground. A…

Pyramid Lake, northwest Los Angeles County, CA as seen from the Slide Mountain Trail, Angeles National Forest, CA

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Wind Wolves Preserve

Wind Wolves Preserve Location: South San Joaquin Valley, south of Bakersfield. The entrance is on Highway 166, 13 miles east of the junction with Highway 33 and 10 miles west of the junction with I-5. The physical address is 16019 Maricopa Highway, Bakersfield, CA 93311. If you’re coming from the east, the entrance will be…

Clearing with benches in the wetlands at the Willows, Wind Wolves Preserve, San Joaquin Valley, CA

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Devil’s Punchbowl Loop

Devil’s Punchbowl Loop Location: High desert near Valyermo and Pearblossom.  From Highway 14, take the Pearblossom Highway exit.  Merge onto Sierra Highway, go 0.8 miles and continue onto Pearblossom Highway.  Go 1.4 miles and turn right on Barrel Springs Road.  Go 3.5 miles and turn right on Cheseboro Road.  Go 0.6 miles and turn left…

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Saddleback Butte State Park

Saddleback Butte State Park Location: High desert east of Lancaster and north of Pearblossom and Valyermo.  From L.A., take the 14 Freeway to the Pearblossom Highway exit.  Merge onto Sierra Highway and follow it 0.8 miles to Pearblossom Highway. Go 4.5 miles and continue onto Avenue T.  Go 11 miles and turn left on 170th…

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Sierra Pelona Loop

Sierra Pelona Loop Location: Sierra Pelona Mountains west of Palmdale and north of Santa Clarita.  From L.A. take the 14 Freeway to the Red Rover Mine exit.  Merge onto Ward Road, go 0.3 miles and continue onto Sierra Highway.  Go a mile and bear right on Shannondale Road.  Go 0.7 miles and turn right on…

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Quigley Canyon Open Space

Quigley Canyon Open Space Location: Santa Clarita.  From the 14 Freeway, take the Newhall Ave. exit and head west for 1.8 miles.  Take a slight right on Railroad Avenue, go 0.8 miles and turn right on 13th St.  Make a quick right onto Arch St., which becomes Placerita Canyon.  Go a total of 0.7 miles…

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Towsley Canyon Loop

Towsley Canyon Loop Location: Ed Davis Park, 24335 The Old Road, Newhall.  From the San Fernando Valley, take I-5 to Calgrove Blvd.  Turn left on Calgrove and drive a total of 0.3 miles to the park entrance.  (Calgrove becomes The Old Road).  From the north, take I-5 to Calgrove Blvd, turn right at the bottom…

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Pico Canyon/Mentryville

Pico Canyon/Mentryville Location: Near Santa Clarita.  From I-5, take the Lyons Ave exit.  Head west for 2.5 miles (turn left if you’re coming from L.A., right if from the north).  Lyons becomes Pico Canyon.  Drive 2.5 miles to the entrance to the park, and park in the signed lot.  Parking is $5 per vehicle.  The…

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Sandberg/Golden Eagle Loop

Sandberg/Golden Eagle Loop Location:  Northwestern Los Angeles County, between Castaic and Gorman.  From I-5, take the exit for Highway 138 and head east for 4.3 miles.  Turn right on the Old Ridge Route and go a total of 2.7 miles to the town site of Sandberg.  Park on the side of the road near the…

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Oak Flat Trail

Text and photography copyright 2011 by David W. Lockeretz, all rights reserved. Information and opinions provided are kept current to the best of the author’s ability. All readers hike at their own risk, and should be aware of the possible dangers of hiking, walking and other outdoor activities. The author does not take any responsibility…

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Whitney Canyon

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Ritter Ranch Loop

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