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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

nice trail. Frequented by BSA. Hiked lower portion.

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1 month 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

Not much hiking here right now due to flooding from rain. Park ranger explained that they have closed off the main hiking trail due to dangers of precarious boulders they anticipate can come down at any time. He directed me to Elsmere Canyon.

Excellent hike. We started out at the Nature Center. I highly recommend doing the loop counter clockwise to hit the hardest section at the beginning. Steep steady incline for the first ~3 miles, then down through a lovely oak forest until we hit Walker Ranch (5mi) with much-needed water fountains and port-a-potties. Back to the Nature Center via Canyon Trail, which I didn't realize was closed due to being washed out at various sections. Thanks to the rain there was a nice little stream all along Canyon Trail. The Los Pinetos section of the trail is sparsely populated even on a weekend. Dog loved it.