Newhall Ave. and 14 freeway, Santa Clarita, CA
Saturday December 10, 2016 - "Figure of 6": Elsmere Canyon, the Waterfall, Refinery Grapevine and New Elsmere Hike
Distance: ~ 7.0 miles
Gain: ~ 900 ft.
Rating: Moderate ++ /Somewhat difficult in places (due to total mileage and reasonable gain) This is not one for Beginners, you need to be in good condition to enjoy this hike).
This hike, right here in Santa Clarita Valley, can be done in a number of ways but this time we are going to try another new one.
We will go up the center of the canyon and see the waterfall. Then it is back on to the main trail and a zig-zag back through the center of Elsmere, past an interesting "peek a boo" rock, then it is down and along Refinery Grapevine by the 14 Hwy. and up, up, up a steep track to a grassy overlook of the I-5 and SR-14 interchange.
We will pause for a shortish (depending on temp) snack/ lunch break in New Elsmere on a grassy flat area. Then it is back through this high meadowed area, down some country laneways and back to a point we visited earlier. Here we descend back to the creek level, hiking back along the creekside canyon trail to the parking lot.
This route takes us in a big Figure 6 (more like a gourd actually) and is another fun way to explore the Elsmere Canyon area. You will see the entire Canyon, the new Elsmere purchase, and the new waterfall trail. (There may not be any water in the waterfall unless we’ve had recent rain).
From Valencia , take I-5 south to the SR-14 North toward Palmdale.
From San Fernando Valley, take the I-5 North until it splits in a Y (5 North and 14 North), stay to the right for the 14 North (Palmdale).
Once on the 14, take the FIRST exit, which is Newhall Avenue. The exit ramp splits left and right. Take the right lane and when you get to the stop sign, turn right. That will take you into the Park and Ride, where you will park. Parking is free here and if it is full, go through the gate at the end/ left into an adjacent parking lot down the hill. We will meet at the green gate between the Park and Ride and this parking lot.
Meet: At the Park and Ride at the end of Newhall Avenue, just east of the SR-14 freeway at 7:30AM for an 7:45AM SHARP departure. Please be prompt!
Bring: A minimum of 2 liters water, preferably 3, lunch/snacks, hiking poles if you have them, hat and Sunscreen and wear good boots with lots of tread.
Adventure Pass: Not needed
Dogs: OK, if on a leash and well behaved around other dogs and people with poles.
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