nature trips


wild flowers

no dogs

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

pretty short but good workout

off road driving
15 days ago

This was a fun ride that we wanted to do again recently and we were very disappointed to see it closed.
I don't know why that's the case but hopefully it'll reopen at some stage.

Short hike but tough hike.

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.

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

A mildly challenging hike (my 2 year old climbed 3/4ths of it without help). However, it is short and the last peak of the hike is overgrown.

Chris, I can't see any other way to contat you so I am using the "Review" on this site. My name is J.Rupert and I am trying to contact you to see if I can get your permission to use one of your photos as the background for the outdoor interpretive panel on geology for the new Braille Trail in Placerita Canyon Natural Area. Please contact me at . thanks much.

The placerita to waterfall trail still is "closed" but easy to access behind a makeshift fence. There was a tiny bit of water flowing in the riverbed about half way up, enough to make one part of the trail pretty thick with vegetation. Since the trail is closed and has no maintenance activity and low traffic it is starting to get a bit overgrown in a few places in the canyon section. Still a great hike with lots of shade. Very few people on the trail and I got to see some blue birds, lots of lizards and a deer.

The "Heritage" trail was a very short paved walk to a tree. The trail on the map is something else that is closed due to the wildfires last year. Very misleading.

It was open, though most of the other trails were still closed.

Great hike, nice and challenging!

trail is still closed. has been for a year

Anyone know if the waterfall re-opened? thanks :)

nice trail. Frequented by BSA. Hiked lower portion.

9 months ago

The view at the top if worth every bit of effort.

Beautiful hike... ran into a rattle snake hiding in grass... be careful!

NOT dog friendly. Took my pupper and they had those pesky little needle things that dig into his skin. Also, all the trails are closed. Don't waste your time.

Hike to the waterfall is closed, very disappointing. Park ranger said maybe will re-open in a month or two. We went counter-clockwise up the Manzania trail for few miles, that was open, but the ranger said we had to come down same way. Several steep hike spots after you hit the firebreak. Nice Views. Nature trail was short, few plants marked. Several birds, turtles and snakes at the nature center. Nice picnic area across the mostly-empty creek. Some construction going on in the area, a turn-off. Avoid until the waterfall trail opens up.

Waterfall trail washed out from past storms. Can't get to waterfall anymore

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