Saturday, June 27 - Bear Divide up to Camp 9 / Over to Wilson Saddle and down the Los Pinetos trail to Walker Ranch
Distance: 8 Miles
Hiking Time: ~4 hours
Difficulty: Easy / Moderate (all the gain is in the first 2 mile uphill section)
Description: This hike is one of our favorites and has good stretches of shade for this hotter weather.
The first 2 mile, uphill from the Bear Divide parking area, is along a very shady pine forest single track up to Camp 9 Wildland Fire fighting camp is beautiful in itself (but 1068' of gain kicks a bit of butt). With the gain out of the way, we’ll take a short washroom break, get our breath back, and enjoy the view of Valleys to the North and South. We will check out the Fire Camp (which used to be a Nike ICBI missile base during the Cold War).
We then follow dirt service road 3N17, which offers views of the San Fernando Valley, Santa Clarita, Aqua Dulce, etc. If it is clear you may be able to see the ocean and Catalina island, so bring your camera.
When we reach Wilson Saddle, we’ll take a break for lunch before heading down along a winding single track through beautiful oak woodlands of the Los Pinetos Trail and back to our cars at Walker Ranch. We then will shuttle our carpool drivers back to Bear Divide and everyone else can leave.
Meet At Walker Ranch:
Please do not go directly to Bear Divide. Meet at 7:30AM to organize the carpool for a 7:45AM SHARP departure the short distance over to Bear Divide.
We need most of the cars to remain at Walker Ranch and will sign in there.
Directions to Walker Ranch Meeting Spot
19386 Placerita Canyon Road, Santa Clarita:
From the I-5 Freeway, take the SR-14 North to Placerita Canyon Exit. Exit, turn right and go approximately 4 miles on this road. (At about 2 miles you will pass Placerita Nature Center on your right). Approximately 2 miles after passing the Nature Center, you will see a wooden sign at a gate on your right that says, "Walker Ranch/Placerita Canyon Natural Area". Pull over at this turn out or just beyond it and park, but DO NOT block the gate.
Dogs: OK, must be on a leash and well behaved around other dogs and people carrying hiking poles. If we carpool and you bring a dog, please be one of the carpoolers to drive over to Bear Divide.
Adventure Pass: Not required.
BRING: Hiking Poles, lunch/snacks, at least 2 - 3L of water and some electrolytes (e.g. Gatorade), camera, hat and sunscreen. Wear hiking shoes/boots with good tread - No flip-flops.
Leader: Steve I.