Explore the most popular dogs on leash trails near Chatsworth with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

This trail is a hike. It a good incline to the top. But the views no picture can capture, you have to see for yourself. If you reach the top you can see all the way to the ocean! You also pass the 88/Nike Missile site from the Cold War. You will see cows and steer off the trail. As you get off the freeway and make your way there do not be deterred from the signs that say private bridge or area your are going to a public park your ok just take the road to the end ( it ends at the park ) there is a $5.00 fee but worth it.... enjoy

Great for dog walks / biking / running

trail running
3 months ago

To be fair, I wasn’t able to actually run the trail, so the score is for the views alone. And minus points for not being able to actually run it. The guard posted near the parking said there was filming going on ahead, and that SWAT was doing drills as well. But the views were amazing...There’s a lot of new construction going on just north of the 118. I didn’t see anywhere to pull off on the side of the road and park either, like the reviews state.
And parking is $5.
Would like to return and explore the area. Just have to remember my 5 bucks.

Hiked the trail from the start of Rocky Peak (off Rocky Peak rd ) to the end of Las Lljas ( off evening dr ) my fitbit showed about 11 miles. It was a great workout and some awesome views. But heads up not a lot of shade.

This is a wonderful hike! Total hidden gem! Pretty easy peasy, and the property owners gave us no trouble at all. Quite friendly!

Many years ago i found Indian artifacts (Chumash Indians) and fossils (small Great White teeth) in Browns canyon. You cannot access these areas unless you hike off the trail. No obvious trails leading there so exploration is a big part of this hike. They are found in specific areas. Not just laying around.

6 months ago

Went yesterday, was a hot day, but inside feels great since shady. Had to walk around the gated community at start to get to start of trail. It's not easy to get there since new community blocks it all. The hikers ruines the rich peoples views :) Also hard to always sty on the trail (at 2 points) so remember where you come from, and when you turn around. don't do so too late.

6 months ago

Shady but a lot of ticks.

7 months ago

Park on Poema Pl and walk up Bella Vista and you will find trail on the right of Bella Vista just before the entrance gate to the community. Look for brown wood fence. Not a bad wild trail. Very few people. Some bikers said they have seen bears on the trail. Lots of shade and small side trails. Mostly dry this time of year, but had a few puddles for a dog to drink. We went about 4 miles in, it was all quiet.

Lots of shade.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

This is a walk/hike on a largely newly paved truck road. The parking lot at the start indicates you need to pay to park. It is completely exposed with open golden grassland and few trees. There are numerous empty derelict lots scattered along the way, some of which were old missile bases. Towards the top is an open gate with a no trespassing sign, but a ranger said it was alright to proceed. At the top I spoke to some hunters that said you should ideally get permission to be on the land. The views of the mountains and valley are beautiful. On my way up I was passed by a train of cars going up to film a commercial. On the way down I was passed by several information technology trucks going up to I guess do maintenance/repairs at the radio and microwave towers at the top. All in all it was an easy walk but which gave a good cardio workout going up.

Saturday, August 05, 2017

Beautiful straight forward no nonsense fairly easy hike in a canyon which was often shaded. My recording of this hike brought it to 9.2 miles. The start was a little tricky to find. The initial 1.5 or so miles criss crosses a dry river bed. In fact the trail is the dry river bed for some good stretches. There was a vague trickle of water at two crossings. I did however find myself wondering if this hike would be possible in the rainy season. I started out early and the weather was pleasant but it got quite hot by the last mile. Anybody know how this hike got it's name?

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

mountain biking
Sunday, May 07, 2017

A lot of keep out and private road signs on the way to the trailhead - ignore these as these are outdated since the county designated the area as parkland. A lot of private ranches - but if you stick to the road you should be ok. Keep in mind if you go when its hot the road is mostly exposed all the way to 3000' level. Near the top is a nice oak forest with some more shaded areas. When I went I was the only person on the road - so nice ride with plenty of solitude except for some cows and hawks. 100' below the summit is a nice flat spot with great views of the entire Valley all the way to Downtown LA. Temps were much cooler at the summit then at the trailhead - so in Spring may be a good idea to layer. Heading down was a 20 minute ride at most.

Monday, February 06, 2017

Road to the peak is fenced off with "No Trespassing" signs near the top, so the actual peak is unreachable. Path crosses property marked as private at least once. Ranger told me it's OK to walk the road but not to wander off it.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Hike wasn't horrible, just monotonous.

Thursday, April 07, 2016

Beautiful short trail. Great workout!!

One of my favorite trail for easy runs

Saturday, March 26, 2016


Tuesday, February 16, 2016

P.S. I've heard there are Historic sites and artifacts up this canyon but I haven't found any. Does anyone know the .location of native american sites

Friday, February 12, 2016

Went on this trail today. i love it. Much of it goes thru private property. That probably why its not maintained. I went all the way to the end where it connects to Las llajas rd. and Browns canyon rd. Last time i did this area I went left to las llajas and down the canyon to simi valley. Its a long hike. I brought my bike.I'm not much of a biker I usually walk uphill and bike back down. One of the property owners stopped me and took my photo and info. He was nice though just informed me that he is not happy that all the maps have this as a public hiking trail and it goes right thru the middle of his property. He said he is willing to dedicate a path off to one side

Monday, January 11, 2016

Good trail, but we ran into some impassible mud so our hike was cut short. We will try again when the creekbed is dry.

Monday, January 11, 2016

Bottom line: easy hike but with varied and fun terrain, including creek crossings and cool canyon views

Details: my fiancé and I did the trail and there wasn't anyone else on it. We went the weekend after the first El Niño rains and some of the creek crossing were really muddy but that just added to the adventure.

Hardest part was finding the trailhead. Drive to the Summerset Village Apartments and park on the street outside the leasing office. Walk through to the end where there's a dirt bath behind all of the buildings and head north towards a stair set that's gated off (unlocked).

Take the stairs down and the trail meanders through the canyon and soon enough into the shady hike passed the canyon walls.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Awsome family hike with wife and our five year old son did 3.5 miles there n back cause the little on got tired but overall pretty cool place to hike with the family

mountain biking
Sunday, April 26, 2015

Started mountain biking at the gated trailhead and hooked left at the sandy parking area for a climb up to the top. The climb was rutted out and sandy with a bit of walking but decent double-trak at the top. Sticking to the right seemed to be the best for biking.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Great workout with awesome views of the San Fernando Valley and a small chunk of Simi. Well groomed, but lightly used trails. Great for hikes or day out on the bike. For the best views, take the paved fire road to the summit which sits at just over 3700 ft.

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

First half is pretty easy, but then gets really fun when you have to start climbing up rocks. Plenty of spaces to real rock climbing and rappelling, but also fun for the casual hikers.

Monday, December 30, 2013

This is a fantastic walk. Done it several times. Follows a little creekbed all the way up to the mountains that separate SFV and Santa Clarita Valley. In the heat of summer it stays nice & cool & mostly shaded all the way to the top. There is some water in the creek most of the year, but don't plan on it for drinking. If it has rained recently your boots might get a little wet. Saw deer near the top, and long-horn cattle, and a cougar print in the lower creek bed. (I wouldn't hike this alone.) On this particular hike we started up Devil's Cyn, connected to Rocky Peak Fire Road, then dropped down into Simi Valley on the Chumash trail. About 10 miles end to end. Beautiful day for a hike but the wind up on the ridge line (about 3 miles) was brutal. Completed the hike in 5 hours.

For those who are concerned about finding the trailhead... go to hwy 118 at the Topanga Exit. Go up the hill on Poema St. a few hundred yards & park on the street. Walk through the apt. complex and there is a stairway in the back that drops down to a dirt road. Follow that down to the creek.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Nice trail lots of stuff an interesting formations. I found the easiest way to get there is going up canoga ave an park on Candice st. Walk a lil bit to the start of the trailhead. The other ways where confusing for me but I found this way is easier. Canoga is between topanga canyon an de soto.

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

I can understand where people had difficulty looking for the trailhead. If you drive up the hill, look for the second (third?) driveway on the right with the map of the complex on a sign. Walk to the back and then head left when you reach the dirt/mulch path, and soon afterwards you'll find the stairs. There is a cool old car that's rusty and stripped at the bottom on the left. If you're feeling a little adventurous, a little ways up the trail there's a rock that says "falls" on your left. We didn't see any falls, but its an awesome view from up higher with some really nice houses at the top. There's also an amazingly old cactus up there and what looks like to be a temporary shelter or stove made from stone next to it. We saw about 7 deer along the way an a good variety of birds. The dam was pretty neat, except my buddy convinced me to climb it, and I ended up falling a good 20 feet through trees because some concrete snapped off, all good though. Quick hike back, it took us only 2 hours with detours and injury check haha.

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