Both are well shaded, particularly Rice Canyon. The hike up to the top of East Canyon being my favorite. You can go further and even down past Three Trees into the valley and back.
There's an open air gun range near the bottom and the sound really cuts through the canyons so you may want to time your hike with their hours.
Note that once at the top you can't explore much as most of the hills are closed off by Aliso Canyon Natural Gas Storage Facility.

Great hike for our family with one HUGE exception- TICKS! Great terrain with lots of trees, shade and water crossings. Trail is well warned path. Once you start going up hill the brush is closer to the path. That's when we noticed ticks on our white dog. Lots of ticks on both dogs and both myself and my husband had one on us. NO, we did not go off the trail, we did our best to avoid the the brush. And the dogs had flea & tick monthly meds. Not likely to return- definitely not with the dogs.

If you'd like some extra mileage, park your car outside the main gate and walk to central Mentryville before continuing on up the trail.

Easy walk, lots of trees. Beautiful and hardly anyone there during the week.

hiking
5 months ago

Parking is 5$, payable in cash, apart from that, absolutely brilliant hike.

great place to Hike.. beautiful Oaks trees and wild flowers especially in Spring also some butterflies ❤❤

great hike for a newbie like myself. Did it alone early in the morning and was happy to have the trail almost all to myself. up hill the whole first half. lots of wildlife and birds.

I did this trail on a Tuesday afternoon. It was clear sunny skies in the mid 80's. I passed a handful of people in the first mile or so. But once I started going deeper up the trail I only passed 1 bicyclist. There's a short offshoot trail about half a mile in, that's a nice dirt path and a bunch of small wooden bridges over a stream bed. At the end of it you can climb straight up the side of the mountain for 100 feet but you'll have to get your hands dirty. I did this and it kicked my ass. I had to rest for 10 minutes at the top before coming back down and continuing back up the main trail. Including this smaller trail my Apple watch says I exerted 927 calories to complete exactly 8 miles of hiking while climbing 15,39 feet. It took me just under 3 hours to complete. Great views of Santa Clarita valley all along the last mile of hiking. I completed the hike without bringing any water, but I would recommend bringing some.

First half of the hike is a newly paved road with a slight incline. Once you make that first sharp "U" at the western most point you start going up a steeper incline on a semi paved road that's probably seen north of 50 winters since it was last maintained.

great waterfall :) loved the hike, was easy for me

Good workout. Great history and such. Much more challenging once blacktop ends. Best cooler weather or morning hike. Not much shade upper part.

hiking
11 months ago

Nice fire road trail where you can walk and talk, while enjoying the scenery.

hiking
Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Interesting hike lots to see but all road walking

Gorgeous!

hiking
Wednesday, December 07, 2016

This is a great trail without the crowds. I took East Canyon to the top where it merges with the Weldon Canyon trail. 2.7 miles. Go .4 miles further to where the trail is fenced off. Here there is a sign for the Mission Point Trail. It's another 1.5 miles to Mission Point, on mostly level terrain. It adds 3 miles RT, but it's an easy 3 miles. I highly recommend taking this all the way to Mission Point, as it's more challenging the hiking up from O Melvany park, and the views are incredible.

hiking
Monday, November 21, 2016

Decent hike. Would prefer there be no pavement but it was still nice once you started up the mountain. Great for cooler weather. Hiked to the picnic bench at the top and ran it all the way back. Great views.

trail running
Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Great place to run!

Monday, September 05, 2016

Excellent walk, don't be deceived by the easy asphalt walking, it gets more difficult.
Great to be out in the open air

trail running
Tuesday, August 23, 2016

I've been running up East Canyon for about a year. Trails are maintained regularly. Haven't had any issues with ticks or rattlers. Shaded for a good part of the hike. Lots of trees, bushes, and flowers. What I love the most about this trail are the views from the top. You can see the SCV and the SFV. On clear days, you can even see down town Los Angeles. Not many people know about this trail it seems, because chances are that you'll maybe encounter one or two people on most days. Beats the overcrowded trail at Towsley Canyon, in my opinion.

hiking
Saturday, July 02, 2016

Nice, mostly paved trail near my home. I've hiked and biked this several times. My dogs love it, too. Interesting history including several old buildings and the site of the first commercial oil well in California. Consider adding to your hike (and save a few dollars on parking) by parking outside the park. Watch for rattlesnakes and coyotes...I have encountered both in this area.

hiking
Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Not one I enjoyed much

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