Elsmere Canyon Trail

MODERATE 6 reviews

Elsmere Canyon Trail is a 3.4 mile loop trail located near Newhall, CA that features a waterfall. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking, walking, and trail running. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

3.4 miles 961 feet Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly


trail running




Elsmere Canyon is located near Santa Clarita, California and features a waterfall. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running & walking. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

4 months ago

Nice and shorter option: hike counter-clockwise and when you get to the canyon bottom, just take the canyon back to your car - shady and beautiful! Have hiked this many times.

9 months ago

Very nice trail with some relics along the way. I enjoyed the elevation changes and views of the Santa Clarita Valley.

10 months ago

Two historical landmarks, relics of the past oil activity, ridge trail and onto Elsmere trail, with geocaches all along the way!

1 year ago

Definitely not a trail for youngsters....one end of it is very steep and slippery. I have good hiking shoes and a trekking pole and I still slipped a few times. It's a great workout with lots of inclines and declines. I would suggest using the All Trails App map as the trail is not clearly marked in places. If you miss the U-turn to the right across from the Electrical Towers then you will end up going the long way around (10+ miles). MapMyWalk recorded it as 3.42 miles which took an hour walking at a brisk pace.

2 years ago

This trail probably shouldn't be rated as easy. It is definitely moderate, with long slow climb and short downhill. The view at the top is nice but the trail is exposed almost the entire way and is not very well marked.

2 years ago

What a great hike! Our map my walk app said it was 3.9 miles. It's a really good workout with all the hills. It does get close to the freeway but the view of the Santa Clarita Valley is amazing! The views inside the canyon are equally beautiful. About halfway through you can follow the creek trail SW a ways to a waterfall.