Saturday, Jan 3 - Mentryville - EASY 4 miler or Peak above Pico Cyn - MODERATE 8 miler
This can be a great 8 mile round trip hike with about 1200 ft of gain.
The first 2 miles of the hike is pretty flat (only 200 ft gain) on a paved road until we reach Oil well #4 . The well was owned by California Star Oil, later to become Standard Oil of California. We'll catch a little local history along the way. If you return to the parking lot from here, you have clocked an Easy 4 miles.
After well #4, we begin to climb the next 2 miles and add another 1000 ft getting to the top. At the top will be a table where we can have lunch/snacks, and relax for a bit. The views are some of the best in Santa Clarita Valley from this point! On our return, we will take a different, more challenging but shorter trail back . We will pass a mock- up of an oil well (see photo above), an old bar, and a dancing / recreation area used by the oil workers in the 1930's. From there, we return back down the canyon to our vehicles.
At the parking area in Mentryville at 8:00 AM, for a 8:15 SHARP departure.
Lots of water, snacks, camera. Wear a hat, sunscreen and bring poles if you have them. If going all the way to the top you need boots with plenty of thread for the return hike. You will be making your way down a narrow trail and a small waterfall. Poles will be helpful for the longer hike, if you have them.
Take Lyons Avenue WEST. It will become Pico Canyon. Continue on Pico until it ends. It will end in the town of Mentryville. Go over the bridge and park close to the big pepper tree by the rest room, where Steve will meet you. You must pay MRCA parking to park here of $5.00. If you wish to avoid this parking fee, you can park outside the green entry gate for free (back at the turnout "Y" up the road, and walk in). If doing this, allow an additional 40 minutes to walk in.
You pick - Easy (4 miles/ 200ft gain) or Moderate (8 miles and 1200ft gain)