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East Canyon Trail to Jones Junction is a 5.9 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.

Length 5.9 mi Elevation gain 1,328 ft Route type Out & Back

Dog friendly

Kid friendly

Hiking

Horseback riding

Mountain biking

Nature trips

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Bird watching

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Forest

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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.

santa monica mountains conservancy trails website http://www.lamountains.com/parks.asp?parkid=7

Park on the Old Road or you'll be cited if you don't pay the parking fee.

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Harry S.
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One way recording to top

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Jill Kahanek
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No snakes today!

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Mason Dickson
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first off East Canyon is not a trail it's a dirt road to the summit, that being said it is beautiful this is ideal for mountain bikes and dog walking it's more wooded than Towsley canyon which is only a mile away there are some absolutely spectacular vistas towards the top which make it well worth the walk it's early spring and the fields are in full bloom with wild flowers. don't be bothered by the sound of the Oaktree gun range echoing through the canyons. it a mountain away

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Green Dachshund
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Parking on the street or $5 paid in the lot. Great steady up hill fire road trail that eventually connects to the bee canyon trails if you want to go far. The map is wrong and there is really only one raid the entire way up and not a loop in the middle.

Outdoorsy Me
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HikingBugsOver grown

I enjoyed both hiking and mountain biking (abbreviated “h/biking”). So I now do both h/biking from now on only when I’m by myself, unless hikers or MTBers don’t mind doing both with me, that would be great. I hike with bike up on steep slopes and usually ride on the gentle uphills and all the way down the steep slopes..

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Evan Silver
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Ron Caruso
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Claire C.
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Daisy Creek Movies
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No shade in some areas Very ok Hike, just bugs, weeds, fallen trees, Go here it is nice.

Nicole Fletcher Roberts
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My dog and I started out doing the Rice Canyon trail but we turned around a mile and a half in because it was so over grown. We did the East Canyon trail instead and made it up to the water tanks. The trail was beautiful a bit over grown but not too bad. We did get to see a deer and there were 2 snakes sun bathing. The incline up to the top isn't that hard. I did take water along because it did get a bit warm. Thankfully there are a lot of shady spots along the way. Overall it was a great hike!

Nick Mendoza
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the first mile was absolutely beautiful lots of flowers scenery after that then climb becomes little more challenging bring bug spray then you will be fine for sure sunscreen absolutely beautiful scenery.

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Elaine Whitebook
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Nice moderate trail.

Ian Friedman
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Good trail. The elevation gain is a little tougher than advertised. It’s a little overgrown and rutted our from mountain bikes but still passable. Great views on the back 1/3rd of the hike.

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Al Mc
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So beautiful. Steady incline all the way up. Fun to run down.

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Sophie Fiscella
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Really awesome trail! Would highly recommend for trail running!☺️☺️

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Daniel Ritz
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Very nice trail! Much less traveled compared to Towsley but much more shady and beautiful. Make sure to bring bug spray to keep the gnat like flies at bay, and takes a while to get used to the sounds from the firing range but a pretty Trail with lots of wildflowers. Would definitely recommend.

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Sarah Reid
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Great hike. We ended up continuing on to Mission Peak Trail. Great weather. Would do it again!

Dylan Bell
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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.

Mike B.
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Nice alternative to Towsley loop.

Mathew Porco
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Carina Rodríguez
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Jacob Gibbs
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