Saturday, May 4
HIKE THE NEW OPEN SPACE in Quigley Canyon.
The area has 4 loops/trails. Total distance is about 4.0 miles, with a gain of about 400 feet on the one hill. There are easy, moderate and steep areas on these trails, so there is something for everyone. We will be doing all 4 loops. Due to the steep uphill and downhill on one loop, poles are HIGHLY recommended. This will be the last loop that we do, so if you would like to avoid this hill, you can sign out just before we start this last portion. The scenery is lovely, and there is abundant wildlife. We will see the remnants of an old ranch, a working oil company, an intermittent stream, and some very pretty views. This set of trails is very private and quiet. It is bordered by a quiet equestrian neighborhood.
Meet at the trail head at 8:00 for an 8:15 departure.
Directions to trail head: Quigley Canyon is located at the end of Cleardale Avenue, in Placerita Canyon, in the Newhall area. From 13th Street and Railroad, cross the railroad tracks, and stay to the right to proceed onto Placerita Canyon Road. Turn left onto Quigley Canyon Road, and right on Cleardale Avenue. Park at the end of Cleardale Avenue.
Bring lots of water, snacks, and poles. Wear sunscreen, a hat, long pants as some of the trails are a little overgrown, and good boots. You might want to bring your camera to capture some of the interesting sights along the way.
See the website below for a trail map:
Rated: Easy (Moderate ++due to the big hill on the last trail, which you can avoid if you only want to do the easy portion)