Elsmere Canyon, New Elsmere, the Waterfall, and Beale’s Cut

September 28

Elsmere Canyon, New Elsmere, the Waterfall, and Beale’s Cut

This is a new way to do Elsmere Canyon. You will see the entire Canyon, the new Elsmere purchase, Beale’s Cut, and the new waterfall trail. (There will not be any water in the waterfall unless we’ve had rain) Elsmere is usually rated easy, but this particular route has some added hills, and is much longer. Plan accordingly! Total mileage is close to 10, with a gain of 1,000 Ft.

Bring: A minimum of 2 liters water, preferably 3, lunch, snacks, poles if you have them, and wear good boots with lots of tread.

Meet at the Park and Ride at the end of Newhall Avenue, just east of the SR-14 freeway at 8:00 for an 8:15 departure.

Directions: From Valencia, take the I-5 south to the SR-14 North. Exit the first exit, which is Newhall Avenue. The exit splits left and right. Take the right exit. When you get to the stop sign, turn right. That will take you to the Park and Ride. Park here. Parking is free. Get there early because this area is used sometimes by the high schools for their running teams, and they can take all the parking. If this happens, there is a MRCA parking lot, but the fee to park is $5.00, so be prepared for that. (Tickets are expensive).

Please be prompt. We leave the trail head on time.

Rated Moderate ++

Leader: Dianne

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  • Cheryl

    This was kind of a tough hike at times for me but well worth it - another thing crossed off the bucket list. Thanks Dianne and to my buddies in the back who were able to keep down with my pace (no easy feat!).

    1 · September 29, 2013

  • Dianne E.

    Elsmere is a gorgeous place. I'm so glad it was saved from being a dump. What a tragedy that would have been! The waterfall was very pretty. I can't wait to see it again when the water is flowing! And, I'm looking forward to Beale's Cut being cleaned up and passable again!

    1 · September 29, 2013

  • Ana L.

    I loved the group. Everyone was so nice and pace was great. Great leader :)

    2 · September 28, 2013

    • William

      I know right!! I had a blast :)~

      September 28, 2013

  • William

    Had a great time, thank you SCCHC members! Dianne you are marvelous!! It was a great hike and a beautiful day with great trail conversation. Keith, it was great meeting you. Mike York that was a great shiitake mushroom story, had me laughing big time! I look forward to seeing and hiking with all of you again soon!
    ~William

    1 · September 28, 2013

  • Keith Z.

    Dianne is a great leader

    2 · September 28, 2013

  • Ana L.

    Is anyone planning on takin their dogs?

    September 27, 2013

    • Steve I

      Do not know, but they are fine if on a leash and well behaved around other dogs. Bear in mind it is 10 miles and it is supposed to be a high of 91 tomotrrow (just in case your dog is the type that sits down and refuses to budge in the midddle of a hike:-)

      September 28, 2013

  • Keith Z.

    This will be my first hike with the group. I'm looking forward to it.

    2 · September 26, 2013

    • William

      Keith this is my first hike with SCCHC also! looking forward to meeting all of you!

      September 27, 2013

  • Steve I

    Bring plenty of water - note that this hike is 10 miles.

    1 · September 26, 2013

  • William

    I really like the Manzanita Mountain Trail at PNC. This hike is in the same general area and with a good climb in elevation, just the kinda hike i like. Beale’s Cut!!! Last time I was there....well...had to be a school field trip, Peachland Elementary.

    2 · September 26, 2013

  • Ana L.

    Is this trail similar to the one we did off of the bear divide? What trail would you compare this one to?

    1 · September 23, 2013

    • Steve I

      Less woodsy than Pinetos Ana Luna (except in Elsemere Cyn) but good views back toward the East to The Beast and West toward Towsley/ Mission Peak. Plenty of different things like oil seeps and asphaltum outcrops to see. Great views through the rocks down into Elsemere canyon. You gotta try all the hikes so you can select your favorites!!

      September 24, 2013

    • Ana L.

      We're doing it. Thanks :) see you on Saturday.

      1 · September 24, 2013

  • Brenda

    Cant wait, this tie i will be prepared...i hope :)

    2 · September 23, 2013

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