Mentryville: Pico Canyon Trail

MODERATE 83 reviews

Mentryville: Pico Canyon Trail is a 6.8 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Stevenson Ranch, California that offers scenic views. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and nature trips. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
6.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,272 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

views

hiking
2 months ago

Nice trail! Went uphill but not too steep. Was a good workout and no one was on the trail. We arrived at 7 and were done by 9:15! Nice views of Santa Clarita valley. I suggest bringing bug spray!

6 months ago

Nice little hike on a paved road and old road grade through historic Mentryville and past the first commercial oil well in California, the birthplace of modern Chevron. Great views of Pico Canyon, Oat Mountain, Castaic, and what will become the Newhall Ranch development.

hiking
6 months ago

Great trail to go on with kids. We printed out directions because it was kind of confusing whether to stay on road or veer off to a side trail. Stay on the road for the main Mentryville trail. Great picnicking area the kids ate at. Will have to look up where the side trail over the bridge leads too. Great parking- free outside gate, $5 inside. Not a high traffic area with hikers, but a lot of bikers. We will definitely do again and try to make all the way up the peak next time.

hiking
6 months ago

Good strenuous hike the first 2miles then you walk along the crest of the mountain. if time alotted, would have kept going but had an appt to keep. Will have to go back.

hiking
6 months ago

Easy Hike. Fire-roads the Thank entire trail (paved and unpacked). Beautiful views!

hiking
10 months ago

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.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

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

hiking
Wednesday, September 13, 2017

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

Saturday, June 17, 2017

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.

hiking
Thursday, June 15, 2017

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.

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

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

hiking
Monday, February 27, 2017

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

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

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.

mountain biking
Sunday, May 01, 2016

Great steady uphill for mountain bikers. Will record the route on my next outing

hiking
Sunday, January 03, 2016

This is a nice out and back trail with historic significance. Ran across several bikers but all had good trail etiquette.

hiking
Sunday, September 13, 2015

Good all level trail with an old fire road that leads all the way to the summit. The final 2 mile incline gives you a moderate cardio workout. I saw picnic tables at two different points along the trail, nice secluded shaded areas for a picnic. Beautiful view from the top.

mountain biking
Monday, August 19, 2013

too much overgrrowth and snakes

walking
Monday, June 25, 2012

No cell reception and I got rattled at just on the walk from where i parked on the road to the trail sign! Too spooked to go on beyond the gravel parking lot since I didn't have a buddy with: next time I will, just in case i have another rattler run-in.

hiking
Sunday, April 10, 2011

Very wide hiking trail. Elevation gain 1800 ft. Cyclists ride up and down, amazingly to me. View from the ridgeline is spectacular. I walked to the trail from Fairfield Inn off I-5, and all the way up Pico Canyon Rd, up the trail and back. Lots of hiking but well worth the trip.

mountain biking
Monday, January 17, 2011

Fun bike hide or hike. In the summer watch out for snakes. Lots of fun stuff to see: old structures, pumps, BBQ, etc. Last mile a hard climb. Enjoy

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