Whitney Canyon Park Trail is a 2.9 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Newhall, CA that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from January until January. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
This is a wide track trail through a canyon that was known for oil drilling and ranching. It becomes a single track about 1.2 miles up that crosses a seasonal stream several times further up the canyon. This hike can be extended by simply going deeper up the trail. Proceed at your own risk once you leave the wide track.
A very short, enjoyable hike. Stay left at the fork to avoid a dead end at an Edison tower.
Winter trail luscious when its rained easy...
This was my first trail since arriving in California three days ago. It had rained the past two days and the vegetation was lush and green. The creek had a nice flow. It was a nice introduction to California hiking!
Creek trail path review: Great easy hike if you choose the right path. There are several paths that lead to different hikes for the easy creek path, park in the dirt lot on the right side of the road before the parking lot, which is on the left. Walk up a little bit of a hill past the brown fence and you will see a down hill trail. Once you walk down that path there will be a trail sign that says to the left is the creek trail and to the right is elsmere canyon loop. The creek trail at the very beginning looks like a dry river bed, but then becomes a somewhat tree covered path and even further it becomes a single track. It is a very easy walk.
This is a beautiful trail albeit short. The wide track is a good turn around point and it is easy up till then, but once it hits single track it gets trickier.. still not too hard though. I have heard there are a few natural springs up this canyon but with as dry as this year has been I did not even bother to look. This trail actually does go further up the canyon, but I was pressed for time so I turned back early and only made it a 3 mile round trip. There are areas on the hillsides with oil seeps that have dried up over the years and there was a faint smell of sulfur too. I was tempted to give this trail 5-stars but the noise from planes and the freeway are hard to escape. Once you are in the woods and it quiets down though you can sit and just listen to the wildlife around you. Bring your camera because you cant take a bad picture here.