Santa Clarita Canyons Challenge
This is going to be a real challenge today! We will begin at Bear Divide, which is 2 miles up up up to the Wildland Fire Station at Bear Divide. We may see Condors here. We will pass through the Wildland Fire Fighting Station, which is an old military barracks, and head down 3N17 to the Wilson Saddle, and down into Wilson Canyon. We will eat lunch here. After lunch, we’ll climb back up to the saddle, head down the Manzanita Trail to the Viper Trail and over to Whitney Canyon. Total mileage is 13. There will be a gain/loss of 2,500 ft.
Bring: 3 liters of water, snacks, lunch, poles if you have them, and a camera for the amazing views. If it is clear you will be able to see Catalina! We usually see deer in Wilson Canyon as well.
Wear: Wear layered clothing that you can add or remove as we will be out for a long time, and weather conditions can change. Check the weather before you leave.
Meet at Whitney Canyon (same as Elsmere Cyn) at 7:30. We will be leaving some cars here, and carpooling to Bear Divide.
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.