Past Meetup

Hike at Placerita Canyon

This Meetup is past

11 people went


Meet in the parking lot at 1 PM. We'll leave at 1:15 PM. We'll hike to Walker Ranch and to see the tree where gold was 1st discovered in California! This is a very pretty canyon with lots of trees! We'll take a break at Walker Ranch at the picnic tables there.

Hike is approx 5 miles RT and 300 feet elevation gain. Beginners in decent shape should be able to do this. Bring water, sneakers, etc.


Placerita is an east-west running canyon featuring cool, shaded oak groves, a willow and sycamore-lined seasonal stream and numerous other interesting plant and animal communities.

The historic "Oak of the Golden Dream" ( is the site of California's original gold discovery in 1842. Another landmark is the Walker Cabin ( , built by Frank Walker in 1920 for his family.

A network of self-guiding nature, history and hiking trails radiates out into the park from the Center, with longer hikes leading to a seasonal waterfall and to the top of the Santa Clarita Divide. Picnicking is available near the Nature Center.

The park encompasses oak woodland (, chaparral, ( and riparian ( plant communties on the north side of the San Gabriel Mountains ( southeast of the City of Santa Clarita ( The park not only serves to conserve a slice of the wild environment but also endeavors to educate the public on the value of undisturbed flora and fauna through wild animal presentations, nature hikes, and self-guided educational trails.