East Canyon Trail to Jones Junction

MODERATE 5 reviews

East Canyon Trail to Jones Junction is a 5.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Newhall, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

5.7 miles
1,325 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly



horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running




wild flowers


Part of the "Saugus to the Sea Road." This public land was acquired by the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy in the early 1980's after the oil fields below them where pumped "dry." There is a Parking lot at the trailhead or you can park on the Old Road. This "trail" is an old road grade (ORG) to Weldon Cyn Rd and on to "Jones Junction". The ORG is relatively level for about the first 4/10th mile (50ft gain) then gently climbs about another 210ft to a hairpin turn at 1 mile. From here it is about a 10% generally to a 20%+ grade on short segments. As you climb to about 1.3 miles 180ft higher (440ft gain) you get your first view of upper East canyon. There are very steep uplifted forested canyon walls here with a good number of mature Big Cone Douglas Fir and Oak trees. 1.35 miles is a Use Trail. This use trail follows on old pipeline for water to irrigate trees planted by developers to compensate for trees removed in developments in the valley. It is not an "official trail" and is unmaintained - it is there because hikers use it and have beaten in a trail. The upper end of this use trail is mile 1.98. About 2.16 miles the ORG levels out somewhat. Here you get your first look into Rice Cyn and the Pico Anticline, Oat Mtn and points north / east. The ORG here is carved to the backside of the cliffs you first saw at 1.3 miles. It is unusual along here because of how steeply it drops. Much of it near vertical, less so approaching Weldon Cyn Road. You are 1/10th mile from Weldon Cyn Rd as you pass the old cattle guard. The junction with Weldon Cyn Rd @ 2.55 miles (2570ft elevation) 1148ft gain is also the head of Bee Cyn. Here you get some views of the San Gabriel Mtns, San Fernando Valley, Santa Clarita Valley, Soledad Cyn, Sierra Pelona Mtn, etc. You're within 1/2 mile here to Jones Jct on maintained dirt road. The climb does not end here but it is reasonable without the 20%+ grade segments on Rice Cyn ORG. You'll know your approaching Jones Jct because of the large water tanks. The views of the San Gabriel Mtns here are excellent.This route ends here but the road does not. To the west is Private Property Owned by Southern California Gas Company, Orcutt Ranch and other entities.To the south is Mission Point, the west is steep inaccessible "uncharted" woodlands to the Sunshine Canyon Landfill. North is the way back to the trailhead at The Old Road.

4 months ago

A little noisy this morning from the gunshots at the shooting range, but still a nice little hike with the wildflowers in bloom. I still get a kick hiking up and seeing all the big cone spruce.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Nice alternative to Towsley loop.

25 days ago

7 months ago