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hiking
1 day ago

Excellent trail close to home. Many options to choose from. Some fire roads, some switchbacks, double and single track paths. Excellent views of the valley from the peaks. Excellent for dogs too. Not to crowded or heavily trafficked.

Good exercise loop. I walk through the groundskeeping parking lot, then behind the baseball diamonds and main parking lots down to the basketball courts for a full walk.

trail running
3 days ago

I started hiking this as a fun weekend activity but recently started making it one of my weekly workouts. It’s perfect to workup a good sweat and get in some challenging cardio. It takes me between 25-35 minutes generally. Fairly busy trail, so watch out for other people, but everyone has always been friendly and said hello. The views are awesome, though the 5 impacts the view a little, but it’s nothing that will interrupt your hike. Challenging and quick.

I took the PCT from the west side of San Francisquito Cyn Rd up to the top of the ridge. There is a trail that continues along the ridge line to the summit. There is a radio tower, and some large pines with some shade at the top. summit is about 4600 ft. Excellent trail with outstanding views. Great trail to explore during the cooler months.

hiking
10 days ago

It’s a great little loop hike. We had good weather. I wouldn’t recommend on a hot day,

off road driving
10 days ago

More easy than moderate, mostly needs high clearance though X4 is useful at the start.
It's "OK" but not worth going out of your way for, we turned back after a while as it was a little boring compared to the good off-road viewing options.

We didn't see anyone on a weekday.

The rocks were great to climb on. The trail was a little hard to follow in certain spots but it was still a good hike. Not that strenuous.

I hiked this trail and I have to say the climb to the trail at the top was very steep indeed. Certainly no fun to come back down. The trail at the top is really nice though. Great views.

This was an awesome trail! It’s super easy to hike, but it’s the rocks that are the star of the show! Get ready for some gorgeous geology and great views! I would recommend going off the trail where permitted (there are signs in certain places saying you shouldn’t) and clambering up the boulders

Awesome trail, we went with a gsd and a 2 year old and had the best time. Not very difficult and not very long trail

off road driving
1 month ago

I completed this endeavor with a stock 4runner ORP. 4x4 is a must, along with some rock rails due to the terrain. This was my first true off roading adventure and might have been too technical. IMO, you need a lifted rig and some experience.

Minus the toughness of the trial, it was a great adventure and is a recommended drive!

hiking
1 month ago

Alright but you can find better rock formations in Alabama Hills and Joshua Tree.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike first thing in the morning. Once you get to the top it’s well worth the view.

Great short hike with good views from the top.

off road driving
1 month ago

Had a great time. We found a steeper side trail that was more challenging. Watch for snakes...we came up on two rattlers fighting.

I really enjoyed this hike. Very short and sweet. When you park, park all the way at the end of Cleardale across from the house with the white fence. Do NOT park directly in front of the house, but along the brick wall. I would recommend starting the trail at the northern side and turn right to go down the southern side. Careful coming down the south side; it is very steep and not friendly for those with knee problems. Get to this trail via Railroad (then onto 13th), not Golden Valley. I don't know why Maps leads to the entrance from Golden Valley; it's the firebreak.

Easy hike, not much to see.

I absolutely LOVE this hike. It takes me about an hour to finish, so it's great for a quick evening workout. My only recommendation to hikers is if you are going in the evening, make sure to take insect repellant. I can't wait to go on the larger loop!

Short loop, has an incline on way, i suggest stay left and come back the other way.

hiking
1 month ago

No shade. Starting counterclockwise a nice trail thru canyon then fireroad to top. This app routed me thru residential landscape area near the end.

Went at 9am on a Sunday, end of July. The trail doesn’t offer any shade, and it was already in the 90’s when I started. A couple of steeper inclines but beautiful views. It took me a 2+ hours but I’m still in the beginner category. The extended loop wasn’t busy at all, only ran into a handful of people at the beginning, but most of the trail I was by myself. Definitely recommend, just bring plenty of water, sunscreen, and maybe a hat or umbrella. The info center has maps, really clean bathrooms, and a small gift shop.

hiking
3 months ago

Easy to get to it from the highway. Many people taking photos in nice dresses, etc. massive picnic table areas for large events. Some rocks are very close to the parking so you don't have to necessarily hike to get awesome selfies.

off road driving
3 months ago

This was a nice drive in the Jeep on gravel roads. This trail is not challenging at all. It is basically ungraded fire roads with some wash outs from rain. Any stock vehicle with ground clearance is fine. The first half mile is the most challenging. Views are nice as you climb the mountain! It took us about 2 hours up the hill and 1.5 back down. But we were driving slow enjoying the sights, didn’t see 1 other person on the trail.

If you want to go up the mountain around to view the lake you will need a 4x4 with good tread on your tires. Not necessarily a lift kit but traction is key on this trail.

Multiple wondering options to get lost in but follow the directions and take the last turn down to the left. Looks sketchy but that’s where the trail starts.

off road driving
3 months ago

Took this trail as the maiden voyage for my 2008 2WD FJ Cruiser with A/T tires. The trail was fun - good amount of scenery, inclines, declines, bumps, and views. People recommend 4WD but I had no problem in my 2WD suv. Never even had to switch the transmission to a fixed lower gear or let air out of the tires. There isn’t much for cover and in the summer it was pretty hot and dusty. There are plenty of side trails fit for ATVs or motorbikes. Only saw one other SUV and two motorbikes the whole time. At the end of the trail as marked by AllTrails, you can go left towards the reservoir but there is a locked gate (apple maps shows it as an accessible road). The right turn direction back to the main road is tougher than other parts of the trail, but my FJ crushed it so I’d imagine any truck with decent ground clearance or a true 4x4 shouldn’t have a problem. Enjoy!

3 months ago

Fun trail, nice Mountain Views, however the moderate tag is definitely a bit overkill. The main trail is very easy, especially in a car designed for off road use (FJ Cruiser in my case) however there are some great alternative options that offer more of a challenge along the way. Definitely a great beginner route.

Confusing at first as there are a lot of trails but met someone who told us when you get to the fork go right then make a quick left. Once you get to the top there is a heart shaped pile of rocks. You can see I5 down below. I am sure you can continue but the fires in 2015 have closed a lot of the trails further down towards the I5.

I did this hike on June 24, 2018, a Sunday. Our group started out early at six am as we were expecting sun and heat which never came. The whole hike was met with overcast skies which did not start to break until we were back at the trailhead. The whole loop start to finish was a few seconds under three hours. That was with a group of nine other hikers who hike this area regularly, so there was no chance of getting lost on the trail. We started the trailhead at Remsen street, off the Sierra Highway. Plenty of parking was available, and when we left we were still the only ones that parked there, except for a pick up truck.

Though the trail is close to the city of Santa Clarita, we saw very little trail traffic compared to other hikes. All total we saw five hikers in two groups, and one mountain biker. For most of the journey we were alone on the trail, which made for a pleasant experience. The trail itself is a mixture of paved roads, moderately deep sand ruts, dirt utility roads, rocky footpaths and wide and narrow footpaths. There are several areas where you would have to cross a stream, but the streambeds were dry. I was told in winter they are there, and can be quite large, and somewhat of a chore to cross. There are several switchbacks in the loop, and the loop as a whole has a lot of ups and downs. Our elevation climb was 1,614 feet.

Leaving the trailhead, you walk alongside the 14 freeway on the west side which takes you to an to an underpass which brings you to the east side of the freeway and the loop. We turned left and headed north. The first 2 miles of the loop keeps you keeps you close to the 14 freeway and in full earshot of the traffic sound. In this first third of the loop you hike through what appears to be remnants of oil wells long since capped and abandoned. Some of the rusting machinery is still there. There are a few ups and downs through this part of the hike. At 2.1 miles you start to leave site of the freeway and head further into the bush. This is a well maintained access road, called Santa Clarita Divide Road (according to the map). This is more than likely part of the utility service road network for the many power lines you will encounter during your hike. At several points you cross under the lines and can hear the loud hum of the electricity flowing through them.

At 2.6 Miles we came to a fork in the road with a powerline tower. We took the right fork continuing the loop, which took us into some very beautiful views of the mountains and through canyons. This was the best part of the hike by far as we were in more of a backcountry area than the first part of the hike. At about 4.7 miles we peaked out on Elsmere Canyon Road and then started a descent back to the trailhead. At about 5.0 miles the road is paved again and opens to a view of the I-5/14 freeway junction letting you know the loop is coming close to an end. As you descend, the road takes you alongside the east side of the 14, down back to the underpass and the beginning of the loop. From there we went back under the freeway and back to the trailhead.

Flora and fauna: The area contains a lot of oak trees and other types of trees. The trail is mostly open, so there is little shade. It would be best to tackle this hike early in the day, as the sun is still behind the mountains for a little while. Also present were wildflowers of various colors and many types of scrub bushes. Poison Oak was very minimal. I only saw one plant, well off the trail. As for wildlife, we saw two or three stink beetles on the trail, a red bug I could not identify and lots of ants. The ants were not a problem though. They were too busy working! Also present was coyote scat on the trail indicating their presence, but none were seen.

Pros: Good workout hike with flat breaks between climbs, lots of scenery and views, oak trees, plenty of (free) parking, low amount of trail traffic, trail was very easy to follow.

Cons: Freeway sound and the power lines.

My rating: I gave three stars rather than four due to the freeway and the powerlines. Other than that it was an enjoyable hike all around and I would definitely do it again. If you are looking for a quick hike with a fair amount of cardio workouts between flat and downhill trails, this is your hike.

Short hike off of fire road to see some cool rocks

hiking
3 months ago

What's called the Taylor Loop is now complete meaning it is no longer necessary to walk along the Old Road to connect from Towsley Canyon lots to the little Taylor Loop lot on the Old Road. Starting at the little lot go as you would normally go counter clockwise back over to the Elder Trail and back toward the Towsley lots. Where you would come down back toward the big lot go left at a little fork. This new trail will take you parallel to the old road and back to the little lot. It's not yet well worn so you might have tromp through a little bit of brush.

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