Explore the most popular nature trips trails in Placerita Canyon State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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.

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

8 months ago

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

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.

pretty short but good workout

10 months ago

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.

11 months ago

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

Tuesday, December 05, 2017

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.

Tuesday, October 03, 2017

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 jrupert@parks.lacounty.gov . 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.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

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.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

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

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

Sunday, April 23, 2017

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.

Thursday, April 06, 2017

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.

Just completed 3/26/17. Parts of this trail have washed away especially around the creek and there are a few fences with signs saying the trail is closed, which made the hike less crowded. The waterfall at the end of the trail is ok but don't expect anything amazing, instead just enjoy the moderate to easy hike, green meadows, trees, and multiple small stream/river crossings. Brought the dog and she loved the water.

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