Elsmere Canyon Trail

MODERATE 63 reviews

Elsmere Canyon Trail is a 3.4 mile loop trail located near Newhall, California that features a waterfall. The trail is rated as moderate offers a number of activity options. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

3.4 miles
961 feet

dogs on leash


mountain biking

trail running





This is a fantastic nature walk! It isn't too difficult, it provides a beautiful view of SCV, due to it's high elevation, and it even has some semi-wooded areas that provide shade and a different kind of scenery then we are use to in the SCV. Here is the bad part though. The labeling of the trails needs work! Using the app to record your hike will help tremendously. This really is a great place to hike. If you are a trail runner or a mountain biker, this place is for you!

17 days ago

I loved it. Easy access at right off the freeway, and just 5 miles from home. Yes, you can see and hear the freeway, and yes you can see (and hear!) the power lines later...but we're in LA County off a freeway - what would you expect?! I do agree with those that say it's not clearly marked. We went off course a few times. There are lots of elevation changes - rarely are you walking flat. That made for a nice steady challenge. We ran into a few unexpected relics - foundation of an old stone structure and a few rusty pieces of industrial equipment. Overall, a good way to spend this next to last day of 2017. My finally logged hike was 4.01 miles with a 980 ft elevation gain.

1 month ago

Interesting summit view, but terrible proximity to the noisy stinky highway

This is a nice trail to get a good workout with quite a bit of scenery.

1 month ago

Whoever said this is kid friendly is WRONG. maybe if your kids are 10+ but definitely not if they are any younger. Not well maintained and an all around stressful hike because of it. Loose dirt had me and one of the kiddos fall/slide about 4.5 feet down the side of the canyon.

3 months ago

Signs are small. But the trail is awesome and you get to see a lot of the valley and vegetation. There are a lot of other trails. Will come back.

3 months ago

First half of trail runs near highway 14 so you're subject to noise the whole way up and views are compromised. This part of trail is a lot of loose dirt and gravel. There's about 800 feet at the top that's nice then on the down side you're greeted by the crackling sounds of huge power lines (awesome!!). The trail turns into a fire road at this point. The last half mile or so is very nice with lots of oaks, cliff views and it finally became quiet. Trail is poorly marked and, frankly, without All Trails I'd be some mountain lion's dinner (A+++ All Trails!!). Overall, not that great and would not do again.

4 months ago

A nice hike close to Santa Clarita. Several elevation changes. Loved the hike, but the location needs better signage.

6 months ago

This is a fantastic nature walk! It really is. It isn't too difficult, it provides a beautiful view of SCV, due to it's high elevation, and it even has some semi-wooded areas that provide shade and a different kind of senery then we are use to in SCV.

Here is the bad part though. The labeling of the trails are HORRIBLE!! I, at least, was kind of left second guessing quite a few times as to whether or not I choose the right path. Alas, at the end, I even took a wrong turn, and ended up walking along the old road. That kind of killed the hiking buzz.

Don't get me wrong though! Great place to hike. I definitely want to go back and get a little more familiar with some of the trails and explore a bit. If you are a trail runner or a mountain biker, man, this place is for you!

7 months ago

great parking. Lonely hike with not much traffic but came across unmarked trails and dead ends. Lots of huge trees ride on the trails made it difficult to navigate through the trail. You come across some creeks off of the Whitney Canyon Road. Don't stop at the dead end, climb up and there are a couple more . lots of mosquitos and green algae everywhere.

8 months ago

Right off the freeway, so it's easy to find and plenty of parking. Took a little while to get far enough to not hear the cars though. Hike was nice. Easy wide trail. Couldn't find the waterfall though

9 months ago

Was a pretty easy hike.although we did accidentally cut through the creek trail . A ton of bugs this time of year

9 months ago

Great hike, nice inclines, great views! If you start counter clock wise, pay attention to the catch the horse trail.

9 months ago

Nice incline hike, great views of the Santa Clarita valley .. Caves off in the distance , nice little creek and also saw mountain lion tracks a few days ago while up there..

10 months ago

This is a beautiful and invigorating hike we loved it..... but the signage is a bit confusing. And if I didn't have this app as my backup we may have had turned back. So I hope they get more signage for all the first-timers out there.

Monday, January 02, 2017

Too much noises from high way.

Thursday, December 01, 2016

I would rate this hardish. we did it clockwise. the back side was a bit more challenging due to erosion. love all the old oil well relics.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Nice and shorter option: hike counter-clockwise and when you get to the canyon bottom, just take the canyon back to your car - shady and beautiful! Have hiked this many times.

Sunday, January 03, 2016

Very nice trail with some relics along the way. I enjoyed the elevation changes and views of the Santa Clarita Valley.

Friday, November 27, 2015

Two historical landmarks, relics of the past oil activity, ridge trail and onto Elsmere trail, with geocaches all along the way!

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Definitely not a trail for youngsters....one end of it is very steep and slippery. I have good hiking shoes and a trekking pole and I still slipped a few times. It's a great workout with lots of inclines and declines. I would suggest using the All Trails App map as the trail is not clearly marked in places. If you miss the U-turn to the right across from the Electrical Towers then you will end up going the long way around (10+ miles). MapMyWalk recorded it as 3.42 miles which took an hour walking at a brisk pace.

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