Los Pinetos Ridge via Oak Pass And Los Pinetos Trails

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Placerita Canyon State Park

Los Pinetos Ridge via Oak Pass And Los Pinetos Trails is a 7.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Newhall, California that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, and mountain biking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length7.2 miElevation gain1,788 ftRoute typeLoop
Dogs on leashHikingMountain bikingRunningRiverViewsWaterfallWildflowersWildlifeNo shade
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Jake Beynon
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Hiking

I did it the opposite way of the map, taking Viper down the mountain. Still not sure if that was a mistake and Viper is VERY steep. But overall a great hike

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Lori Wolfe
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Great!

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Camille Manzana
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This hike kicks you in the butt and then showers you with rewards! Some tips: -The rumors are true- go counter clockwise! This way, you’ll tackle the steep, unshaded incline in the beginning and cruise in some shade and greenery for the remaining 5 miles -Make sure to have the map accessible before going out, as service is spotty and there are multiple forks to make decisions at. -If you’re doing it in sunny/hot weather, be thoughtful about how much water you bring, because the first few miles have no shade, and are steep.

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Ginger Slentz
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second half was just not it

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Nate EU
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Josh Toomey
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Michael Aronhalt
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HikingGreat!

Did it clockwise. Was tough on the way back.

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Garrett User
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Diverse scenery. Got much better on the top/west side with the trees. Also got caught in a cool snowfall on the way up.

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Kimberley Owies
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Jonathan Norris
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Ann S
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We did counterclockwise like others suggested. It rained yesterday so the steep dirt trail going up had better grip. Excellent moderate workout and pretty on way down Los Pinetos trail.

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Brian Lovett
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Really great hike! Totally enjoyed it. Did on Saturday, March 13 at 7:30 AM. Very few people. Counterclockwise was quite an uphill track but amazing. Tacked on an extra mile to go to the very top of Los Piñetos, and a nice stroll and run down. Total 8.5mi. Exposed fire Road along the ridge most of the way up, some great hiking within the trees on the way down. Very well-maintained trail. Only precaution is if you do much later in the day, you will get a lot of people taking a morning stroll in Placerita Canyon Park in the lowlands.

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Joe Costanza
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It is a beautiful trail. If you go the difficult way, counterclockwise, it is a long uphill climb with no cover. I did it in 45-55 degree weather at 9AM in March, perfect day for it. it is steep as others have stated, though the 4+ mile decent is very pretty and worth the climb.

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Celina Cedillo
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It was hot! Do what everyone else has said. Do it counterclockwise. Your legs will thank you. Although I started later than I would’ve liked to, it was decent weather. Not that many bugs, small flow in the creek and definitely enjoyed the parts under the trees. I went clockwise and had the shaded part of the trail first. Once I reached the bathrooms at the top, it was completely exposed. Going down those steep hills with hiking poles made all the difference. Would probably do this trail again but not right now.

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Yoo Yu
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Dan Moore
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HikingGreat!

We went 2-20-21 started at 0900hrs on a windy day and went up the difficult way. We parked right where you pull in the lot and began at what I now know is the actual end. AKA the difficult route. It's basically 3 miles straight up, then we went right to the radio tower. The view is worth the climb, but it was tough. Come back down from the tower, hang a right to the fork. You can either go up to the right or left on a thinner trail, take the thinner trail. This will descend down left back to the ground. This is several miles, but easy with gravity on your side. There are porta potties at the base. From there you walk several miles back towards the nature center. You will cross a bridge with a sign, make sure and look down and smell the oil. I ran Strava while on the hike and logged 10.1 miles. I drank 2 liters of water and ate 2 protein bars. No need for trekking poles.

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Derrick Carbiener
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This one definitely hurt and I'm still feeling it while writing this hours later. I understand why going counter clockwise is the way to go but man is it brutal. I have never encountered such steep hills like these, 30% grade at times! It makes you appreciate switchbacks. So yes the first 3 miles are brutal but from there and it is very scenic and relaxing. I did like the views down on the Canyon Trail but unfortunately a lot of inconsiderate people took away from it. So between the insane hill climbs in the beginning and the amount of people around the main trails, that is why I'm giving this a 3 star. Follow my hikes on Instagram: a_nor_cal_boy_hiking

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Kenisha Byrd
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was tough and great! definitely counter clockwise was the best choice. But we had heavy winds so enjoyed this one! Great workout

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Noel Gibson-Zweber
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Great hike defiantly go counterclockwise to start.

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Michael Frain
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Excellent trails, excellent workout. Definitely go counterclockwise - start with the hillside trail and end with the canyon trail.

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Jenny Frain
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Definitely recommend doing this one counter clockwise, the 2.7 miles of incline is better than a 2.7 steep descent! Nice views, lovely canyon descent. No shade on the way up, grateful for cooler weather.

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Dizzy Hiker
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If Mount Thom and Split Rock on the Mishe Mokwa Trail had a baby, this would be it. Dusty, steep, firebreak slog for the first 2.5 miles and a leisurely stroll under a blanket of oaks on the way down. It’s a great workout in the 3-hour sweet-spot with decent views, a shady reward after hitting the summit, and at only a 30-min. drive from the westside, this is a solid, five-star training hike. 1. DIFFICULTY: First .5 mile or so takes you up a somewhat steep single-track with one easy/brief scramble. Then you hit an exposed firebreak and the next 2 miles are a series of roughly 10 hills of varying grade, all steep, with some flat breaks in between, powdery soil w lots of traction and easily doable without poles. The remaining 4.5 miles are downhill, shady, and easy. The uphill would probably be brutal in the summer. 2. WEIRD DOWNHILL BIT: Near the top, the trail takes a dump down a steep hill; it’s counterintuitive but that’s the way to go. And at that point, you’re near the top. 3. DIRECTIONS: Lots of junctions near the bottom so best to use map/GPS. Once you’re on the firebreak it’s easy to follow. In the distance you will see a crazy hill leading up to radio towers; the good news is you don’t have to do that last one. Instead, hang a hard left at the big junction where the fire break meets the road. Take the leftmost trail under the oak canopy and you’re in for a sweet downhill walk. 4. VIEWS: Good city views on the way up, but the trail ain’t pretty once you get on the firebreak. The pretty meadow/forest views are all on the descent. That said, this is a super awesome change of scenery from the typical ANF pine-tree hike (although I love them), or the dust-bowl and chaparral trails of the verdugos. Burn damage is visible but doesn’t detract from the magical ambience of the shady, light-dappled descent. A handful of small creek crossings near the bottom. Also the birdsong (when you reach the creek/flat park area) is a Foley artist's dream. 5. COVID FRIENDLINESS: 80+% of the trail is wide. Saw maybe three people on a weekday. I’ll bet the place is crawling with mountain bikers on the weekend, though. With all the rollercoaster dips this is probably biking heaven. Will be back, but not likely after temps start rising.

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Taylor Ingram
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This trail was great. Came back this weekend to follow the right path since I screwed it up the weekend before. Very pretty loved going counterclockwise definitely give that a try. I don’t know that I would have liked the trail as much if I had done it clockwise. 

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Elly Crowell
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Great trail — long enough to be a workout, but not so long you’re over the mountain before you finish. The route is great going clockwise, but it’s definitely a knee-smasher going down the steep 2.9 mi on the back end. The views were neat on the way down though, some cool color contrast. If you wanted to use this hike for training purposes, I’d do what most people have suggested and go counterclockwise (if you’ve hit a concrete structure with stairs, you’re going the right way). Some serious inclined to get over that way, but careful as it’s a bit scrabbly. Would definitely recommend getting out early on a hot day — a good bit of exposure across the trail.

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Rob Sanchez
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Start counter clockwise as others have suggested. It is a leg blaster for the first 2.9, it is no joke. The rest was an awesome downhill the rest of the way. Once you hit the park area - tons of ppl, about half with no mask. Last couple miles super easy and we sped along to get away from the swarms.

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Mary Rawlings
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Awesome trail, went after a big rain and not muddy. Definitely go counter clockwise and use your all trails map at the beginning. A real bum burner!

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Taylor Ingram
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Well I have to say that I found this trail a bit confusing. I believe I started going up a counterclockwise way that everyone suggested in the reviews. And it was killer I absolutely loved the hike the views were gorgeous and it was very challenging. But when I got up the 2 1/2 miles I ended up turning right because that trail was more available and I didn’t realize I was going the wrong way. It took me all the way down to a different parking lot one exit before the one I used for the trail. Fortunately A nice woman with dogs brought me back to my car but it could’ve been a real bummer of a situation. Since it all worked out I’m looking forward to trying it again and going the right way now that I’ve got my bearings.

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Michael J Chong
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Very steep start, second other reviewers in going counter-clockwise, beautiful and peaceful area

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Sara Graeff
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Overall the hike was amazing. The hardest part is the first 2.5 miles, it’s constant inline with declines that make the next incline even steeper. Very windy too! So if you can make it past the 2.5 miles you’ll thank yourself cause the rest of the was is downhill, relaxing and beautiful! Start hike early cause they lock the gates at 4pm. Start hike COUNTER CLOCKWISE! 7.6 miles 1840 elv. gain 3.5 hours Enjoy!

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