Placerita Canyon State Park And Natural Area Map

Los Pinetos Trail Is A Moderately Steep Trail That Climbs From The Walker Ranch Campground In Placerita Canyon To The Crest Of The San Gabriel Mountains At Wilson Canyon Saddle. The Hike Begins In Placerita Canyon State Park, On The Northwest Corner Of The San Gabriel Mountains, And Enters The Angeles National Forest Along The Way.

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The Route Weaves Up The West Slope Of Los Pinetos Canyon Through Riparian, Chaparral, And Oak Woodland Habitats. From The Summit Are Northern Views Of Placerita Canyon And Santa Clarita Valley And Southern Vistas Across The Urban Sprawl Of The San Fernando Valley And Downtown Los Angeles.

To The Trailhead

From The Golden State Freeway (I-5) In Newhall, Take The Antelope Valley Freeway (H-14) East. Continue 3 Miles And Exit On Placerita Canyon Road. Turn Right And Drive 3.1 Miles To The Signed Walker Ranch. The Trailhead Parking Area Is On The Right. An Adventure Pass Is Required For Parking.

The Hike

Pass Through The Vehicle Gate And Walk Down The Dirt Road. Descend And Cross The Seasonal Stream Into The Walker Ranch Campground To The Placerita Canyon Trail (Hike 1). Veer Right, Passing The Placerita Waterfall Trail On The Left (Hike 2) To The Posted Los Pinetos Trail, Also On The Left.

Bear Left Through A Grove Of Coast Live Oaks And Head Up The Foothill. Begin Climbing The West Flank Of Los Pinetos Canyon To An Overlook Of Placerita Canyon, The Oak-Dotted Campground, And Forested Los Pinetos Canyon. Continue Climbing At A Steady Incline, Curving In And Out Of The Mountain Contours From Sunny, Exposed Chaparral To Forested Pockets With Manzanita And Oak. At 1.5 Miles, Leave The State Park And Enter The Angeles National Forest. Descend A Short Distance Through The Forest, Then Begin Climbing Again. Loop Around And Cross A Drainage To A Trail Split By Los Pinetos Spring And A Cement Water Tank In A Shaded Glen With Spruce And Oak.

Begin The Small Loop By Veering Right, Staying On The Los Pintos Trail. Head Up The Hill, Reaching The Crest Of The San Gabriel Mountains On Wilson Canyon Saddle (Also Called Los Pinetos Saddle) At A Three-Way Dirt Road Junction. The Right Fork Follows Whitney Canyon Road To Whitney Canyon And A Junction With The Firebreak Road. (This Route Can Also Be Taken As An 8- Mile Loop, Returning To The Placerita Canyon Nature Center Via The Firebreak Trail And Manzanita Mountain Trail. See Hike 1 Map.) Straight Ahead, Across The Road, The Wilson Canyon Road Descends Into Wilson Canyon And Leads To The City Of Sylmar. For This Hike, Go To The Left On The Santa Clara Road And Head East, Parallel To The Ridge On Its North Side. Continue 0.3 Miles On The Dirt Road To A Left Bend At An Overlook With Far-Reaching Views Across The San Fernando Valley. On The Bend Is Gated Forest Service Road 3n76. Bear Left On The Side Road And Weave Downhill, Completing The Loop At Los Pinetos Spring. Retrace Your Steps To The Right. I

Stough Canyon Sits On The Southern Slope Of The Verdugo Mountains, An Urban Mountain Range Rising Above The Northern Edge Of Burbank And Glendale. Stough Canyon Is Named After Oliver J. Stough, Who Purchased The Land In 1883 And Deeded It To The City Of Burbank In 1916 As A Gift To Be Used As Public Parkland. This Hike Begins At The Stough Canyon Nature Center, A Beautiful Facility Opened In 1991 With Exhibits And Interpretive Displays That Highlight The Natural History, Native Plants, And Native Americans. This Loop Hike Follows A Sun-Baked Dirt Road Up The Brushy Slopes Of The Canyon To The Verdugo Motorway, A Well-Maintained Fire Road That Follows The Crest Of The Verdugo Mountains. From The Ridge Are Dramatic Vistas Of The San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles, Griffith Park, The Santa Monica Mountains, And The San Gabriel Mountains.

The Next Three Hikes Lead Up To The Verdugo Motorway From Three Different Trailheads. This Is The Shortest And Easiest Access To The Ridge.

From The Golden State Freeway (I-5) In Burbank, Exit On Olive Avenue. Wind Back To Olive Avenue, Following The Signs. Head 1.2 Miles North On Olive Avenue To Sunset Canyon Drive. Turn Left And Drive 0.7 Miles To Walnut Avenue. Turn Right And Continue 1.1 Mile, Passing The Debell Golf Course, To The Stough Canyon Nature Center Parking Lot At The End Of The Road. An Adventure Pass Is Required For Parking.

The Hike

Walk Past The Trailhead Kiosk And Gate, Heading Up The Wide, Sandy Road. Wind Up The West Wall Of Stough Canyon, With A View Of The Ridge Towering Over Wildwood Canyon (Hike 5). Steadily Climb To A Posted Junction At 0.4 Miles. Begin The Loop To The Left, Leaving The Stough Canyon Motorway And Hiking The Loop Clockwise. Follow The Wide Trail To Another Junction. Detour Ninety Yards To The Left To An Overlook With A Bench. The Vistas Extend Across Glendale, The Los Angeles Basin, And The Entire San Fernando Valley. Continue On The Main Trail Among Scrub Oak, Sage, Toyon, And Lemonade Berry While Overlooking Mcclure Canyon And Stough Canyon As The Trail Narrows To A Footpath. On A Flat Is An Old House Foundation On The Left With A 30-Foot Brick Chimney, Remnants Of A Youth Camp From The 1920s. Cross The Flat And Start Climbing Again. Follow The Trail Signs Toward Verdugo Motorway, The Fire Road Atop The Ridge. Top The Slope To Northern Views Of The San Gabriel Mountains Above Tujunga. Veer Left And Gently Descend To The Verdugo Motorway In A Saddle At The Head Of Brace Canyon At 1.1 Miles.

Take The Road To The Right, And Head 0.3 Miles Downhill To The Top Of Stough Canyon And A Junction. The Ridge Road Continues A Half Mile To The La Tuna Canyon Trail (Hike 6) And 2 Miles To The Wildwood Park Trail By The Radio Towers (Hike 5). Bear Right On The Stough Canyon Motorway, And Descend Along The West Canyon Wall, Completing The Loop At 1.9 Miles.

Retrace Your Steps To The Nature Center.

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