Saturday, April 20
Golden Valley Open Space
More than 900 acres of chaparral/oak woodland have been preserved along one of the most prominent ridgelines in the Santa Clarita Valley. After making the steep ascent to the ridgeline, trail users will be rewarded with the rolling terrain and sweeping panoramas from the Placerita Trail. Several lookout points located along the trail provide exceptional viewing and rest opportunities. Horse Peak, at 2,391 feet above sea level, lies just south of the trail and is the highest point in Santa Clarita. We can also take a longer, more challenging route along the Nadeau Trail that drops you down into the future residential community of Golden Valley Ranch. We will do all of these trails, and beginners will have the opportunity to leave as we pass the entry trail a second time.
Meet at 8:00 for an 8:15 departure
View the link below for a map of the trail(s).
Directions to trailhead: From the I-5, take the SR-14 to Placerita Canyon Road. Exit. Turn right. Go about 4 miles into the canyon (about 2 miles past Placerita Natural Area). Continue just past the Walker Ranch Trail Head, which you will see on your right. On your LEFT, look for an open gate and a sign that says, “Golden Valley Ranch Open Space”. You can park beyond the gate in the parking lot or immediately outside the gate on the dirt beside the road.
Look for the American flag to locate your hike leader.
Leader: Lise Meyers
Rated: Easy ++