Past Meetup

Choices: Mentryville + Cyn - EASY 4 miler, or up to Pico Peak - MODERATE 8 miler

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Saturday, September 19, 2015

You Pick: Mentryville and Pico Canyon, an EASY 4 miler; or

Continue up to the Peak above Pico Canyon, for a MODERATE 8 miler

Rating/ Distance (Round Trip)/ Gain:

Easy - 4 miles total, out and back / 200ft Gain

Description:

The first 2 miles of the hike starts in the town of Mentryville, followed by a gradual climb on a paved road (with no traffic), until we reach Oil Well #4 at the back of the canyon. The well was owned by California Star Oil, later to become Standard Oil of California.

Along the way, CHC Board Member and President, SCV Historical Society (Dr. Alan Pollack), will share his knowledge of Mentryville and the early oil industry in Santa Clarita Valley. Alan will conclude the historical portion of the hike at the end of the 2 mile canyon. Anyone who does not wish to continue up to the Peak with Steve can return to the parking lot with Alan at this point to clock a nice Easy 4 miles!

Rating/ Distance (Round Trip)/ Gain:

Moderate - 8 miles total, out and back / 1200ft Gain

Description:

After Well #4 at the back of the canyon, Steve will start to climb the service road for another 2 miles and add another 1000 ft. getting to the peak. At the top there is a picnic table where we can have lunch/snack, and relax for a bit. The views from here are some of the best in Santa Clarita Valley (see above)!

On our return, about 2/3 the way back, we will take a detour down a different, more challenging, but shorter trail. We will pass some very interesting rock formations to arrive back in Pico canyon in Johnson Park. We pass a mock- up of an oil well (see photo below), an old saloon bar, and a dancing / recreation area used by the oil workers in the 1930's. From there, we walk back down the canyon returning to our vehicles.

Meet:

Be at the parking area in Mentryville at 7:15 AM, for a 7:30 SHARP departure up the trail. The hike will start as more of a walk, so you may be able to catch up to us.

Bring:

Lots of water (2 - 3L), snacks, a camera, a hat and sunscreen. If going all the way to the top, you will need boots with plenty of thread - the return hike is down a narrow steep trail. Poles are helpful for the longer hike, if you have them. BRING CHANGE FOR SELF-SERVE PARKING!

Directions/ Parking:

From Los Angeles or Santa Clarita, take Lyons Avenue WEST over the 5 Highway and keep going, it will become Pico Canyon. Continue on Pico until it ends at a green gate into the old town of Mentryville. Go over the bridge and park close to the big pepper tree by the rest room, where we will meet you. You must pay a $5 MRCA parking fee to park here.

However, if you wish to avoid this fee, there may still be space outside Mentryville (back at a "Y" / turnout you pass about 3/4 mile up the road) at no charge. Then you have to walk in (for extra hiking credit!). NOTE: If doing this, allow an additional 20 - 30 minutes for the walk in!

Leader(s): Alan Pollack

Steve I.