Newhall Pass: Weldon Canyon Trail is a 1.6 mile lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near Newhall, CA that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
The description of this hike doesn't tell the whole story. I clocked the mileage to the bench at 1.4 miles. it is a steady ascent up to this point. 25-30 minutes to get to the bench going at a steady pace. The view from the bench is well worth the effort. you can see down into the Sunshine Canyon Landfill looking east, and beyond to the San Fernando Valley, and San Gabriel Mountains. Looking South, you see the crest of the range, and the many radio towers that dot the summits. To the West you get a good view of the many deep canyons, and the Towsley Canyon area. To the North you get an unobstructed view of the entire Santa Clarita Valley.
You can extend this hike, as I did by continuing to follow the dirt road along the ridge top that winds around in an arc until you reach a fenced off area that is on private property. There is a marked trail at the fence that will take you to Mission Point, and down to the Trailhead at O Melvany park. 3.35 miles to this point.
This is also a great trail if you are a Mountain Biker. The road is in good shape, and has kind of a roller coaster feel.
A little confusing. Signs pointing in the direction of the bench would help (I ended up going both directions). But aside from that the trail was awesome. It's a great workout. Seriously kicked my butt.
This is an uphill hike to the bench located at the top of the hill.Its a road used by park workers and you walk it all the way.its a moderate hike and inclination is perfect for a heart rate workout.its a quite and ewrry.park at the bottom near the entrance gate.
The hike is great and offers stunning views of the Santa Clarita Valley and some of the San Fernando Valley. The Hike is 5 miles but where I parked off of Weldon Canyon and where the loop finishes at the 5 mile mark leaves you no where near the beginning of the trail. It was about a 2 mile walk down the old road to get back to the car. So a loop is not really a description for this hike, but if you dont mind the extra 2 miles the hike is definitely worth it.
The views are well worth the hike. It was a little confusing trying to find places to park. Once you head up the trail it's a bit torn up from the big trucks coming and going. It was super windy and cold but what do you expect on a January day. The views are breathtaking and once you get far enough away from the 5 fwy it is so peaceful and quiet. We saw a lot of birds flying around including a hawk resting on a snag. It was a little confusing once you reach the highest peak it's starts a decent again but there are no signs as to where it continues on. We hiked for 20 more minutes than turned around to head back. It did look like the trail descended back down to the road but we weren't sure where we would end up. Maybe next time we will keep going.