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Overall a pretty nice hike. I went to the right uphill first. Some things to note:
-coming down is about 1.5 miles of pretty steep downhill. People with bad knees can relate.
-Parts of the trial are pretty narrow. Cliff on one side.
-Parts are on a slant so you're not walking/running on level ground.
Great views and some nice wooded areas with a little stream of water. Parking lots were really full but didn't encounter too many ppl on the trail.
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.
We took the clockwise route which I was told is the faster route to the top, but also harder. IT WAS!!
However, overall it is a good trail with great views and its kept up. We didn't see any water in the creek bed which was depressing, but hopefully some day there will be.