Looking for a great trail in Placerita Canyon State Park, California? AllTrails has 6 great hiking trails, walking trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 2 easy trails in Placerita Canyon State Park ranging from 1.3 to 4.8 miles and from 1,541 to 2,040 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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The purpose of Placerita Canyon State Park, in Los Angeles County, is to preserve and protect the site of the first discovery of gold in California, in 1842. Designated as a State Historic Landmark, the unit is situated in the transition zone between the San Gabrial Mountains and the Mojave Desert, and contains sandstone formations, seasonal streams and riparian oak woodlands, as well as stands of cottonwood and native sycamore trees. The unit's location provides significant linkages connecting the Angeles National Forest, the Santa Susana Mountains, the Simi Hills and the Santa Monica Mountains. The unit contains the remnants of an historic ranch. Park & Walker Ranch Trailhead Hours: Sunrise to Sunset

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closed
over grown
2 days ago

Trail is technically closed but there is parking 0.30 mile north down the road at Golden Valley open space on the left. Due to the fire a few years ago and rains the trail looks very different from it's hey days. Not much shade anymore. Only signs of activity were MTB tracks and encountered a lone rider coming down the trail. There's a small water crossing in the beginning but it's nothing too crazy. You can hear the waterfall down below as you go up in elevation. Trail can be narrow in some spots and overgrown so be careful where you step especially on a hot day. Not sure about the progress the park services/volunteers are making but it doesn't seem like this trail along with the trail that leads to the nature center will be officially open any time soon.

Forgot to turn off the recording so there is a bit of our trip home by car in this recording.

Had an adventurous hike. Tons of water throughout. It was a challenging hike because the trail was sometimes on a slope or no trail at all, but it was very manageable. We went beyond the sign that says fall risk, don’t go beyond this point and climbed up to the second waterfall. That was tough but so much fun.

Trailhead is closed and there are No Parking - Tow Away signs at the parking area. Don’t understand because according to someone’s post 3 days ago it was a great hike, but was apparently closed like this a year ago???

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bugs
no shade
16 days ago

Sunday, April 7th - Nice views, no shade. It was pretty easy to do.

There was one small "trail closed for repairs" sign but nobody seemed to care. We took the smaller short cut trail from the parking area (just south of the main gate) down to the main trail, but be careful there's a line of barbed wire that hangs about an inch off the ground mid way down that trail. I was so happy that we got to the stream so quickly, literally 5 minutes out of the car we were walking along water. A lot of nicely shaded parts. Tons of poison oak! I made it to the first waterfall but stopped there. My son used the rope to scale the rock wall and went up to see a second one. Loved this hike! I cannot believe I have lived 20 minutes from it, for 20 years, and never been before

Easy trail

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20 days ago

It’s really hard no shades but the weather is cloudy and windy a little bit....

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blowdown
over grown
27 days ago

This was a beautiful trail with a great pine grove at the top. There where also a few waterfalls along the way. There are two 30 foot ones at the top.

The trail is washed out in sections and there's poison oak along many sections of the trail. However, the hike is a beauty with plenty of shade throughout.

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off trail
1 month ago

Most of the hike is off trail. Not too difficult. More flat terrain since it’s mainly on the fire breaker routes. Lots of cranes and old machinery for drilling on the ground. Cool things to see and a great view of the city. Found some trails off of the off trails. Could go on for hours if you wanted to.

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off trail
rocky
1 month ago

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over grown
washed out
1 month ago

Got poison oak!!!

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no shade
2 months ago

Beautiful trail during the winter time, perfect during the rain season. Very steep (15% + grade) all the way up. Strong and narrow switch backs. No shade. Best for lager dogs. Not good for small children.

We walked around the hills at Placerita nature center. It was a beautiful day about 78 degrees. We started up the big hill towards the water tower and then headed down the easy Hill Side trail.

This was a good, short, heart-pumping hike for a medium-athletic person. We thought this would be a dead end and too short to be satisfying, but it connects with another trail that has steep inclines as well for those who want to go farther. On the downside, it’s very close to the highway and isn’t secluded or wild enough to merit 5 stars from a nature hike lover. The view from the top is decent.

Super cool views and the perfect quick hike to get your heart pumpin!

I hike this one for a quick hard workout twice a week all year round , summer is brutal and almost stepped in a Rattlesnake but I take it to Whitney canyon and dip right into the waterfalls during our rainy season

It was a really nice hike a little steep at times. Make sure you wear shoes with a grip as I slid down a few times on my way back. I will be back soon

Has some great vistas, but can hear highway noise in the distance and can see it at some points. If you live close though it’s a nice workout if you combine with the fire roads that extend off of this trail.

A short, easy, barbell-shaped loop that's a decent alternative till the other trails (finally) open. One highlight is the Oak of the Golden Dream, where California's first gold rush started.

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Sunday, April 22, 2018

Although the trail is closed, there is no one stopping you and there are even hikers on the trail. The trail is washed away at points but if you are okay with wet shoes you can follow the trail till the end. Go shortly after rains so there is flowing water. The trail is beautiful, rocky, shady with overhanging oaks. This trail sparked my interest in hiking

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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Short and steep. Nice views from the top of the old Melody Ranch western movie set.

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Friday, March 30, 2018

My parents, my 7 year old and I did this trail. We are beginners at hiking and although the uphill made us take a few breaks, it was very doable. Once you get closer to the top the trail does get rocky and slipper but other than that the trail seemed well maintained.

Wednesday, February 07, 2018

pretty short but good workout

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Tuesday, February 06, 2018

Short hike but tough hike.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Short but hard if you want a nice view you can go past the final incline and continue to the fire road which I prefer. Then you can continue on he fire road but it’s a much sharper incline. I tried since the lower easy trails were closed.

Love this trail to the Waterfalls; hiked this trail 3 times, the last time I did it solo. Too bad it’s closed for now.

Easy, quick and beautiful. You can get a quick 30 minute trail hike, I preferably RHike (Run-Hike), and be about your day. The view of Newhall is beautiful.

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Thursday, December 28, 2017

Trail was closed today, and trailhead was marked No Parking...

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