Saturday, December 1
There are 526 acres of new open space in Haskell Canyon to explore. This property contains an abundance of coastal sage scrub, oak woodlands and many threatened and endangered habitat and species. The land has steep hillsides and low valleys and contains a natural stream that runs through it. It borders the Angeles National Forest to the north. The hike trail is approximately 3 miles long. The hike begins by
heading down cement steps with a handrail. We then enter a lightly
hiked trail that seems to have been made by local bike riders over
the years. We head up the canyon winding along a narrow trail on a
slight incline. Around the 1 mile marker we climb up out of the
canyon, up a steep but short climb. From there we wind around the
ridge of the hills on a power line road. There are great views of
Saugus and Bouquet Canyon. We end the loop by heading back down the
hill to our cars. This makes a for a great short hike right in the
There is no shade. Wear protection from the sun and bring lots of water and snacks.
Meet at the trailhead at 8:00 to sign in. Hike will depart at 8:15.
Directions: From 5 Freeway. Exit 126/Newhall Ranch Road. Head east 1 mile on Newhall Ranch Road (Right off the off ramp if coming from Los
Angeles, Left off the off ramp if coming from Castaic.). Left on
Copperhill Drive/Rye Canyon Road. Go 5 miles. You will see a
Walgreens at the corner of Copperhill and Haskell Canyon. Keep going
on Copperhill Drive. As you head up the next hill, make a left on
High Ridge Drive into the suburban neighborhood. Go 600 feet. Right
on Ranchview Terrace. Park in the cul-de-sac. Trailhead is at the
end of road.
From 14 Freeway. Exit Golden Valley Road. Head West on Golden
Valley Road (Left off the off ramp if coming from Los Angeles. Right
if coming from Palmdale.). Take Golden Valley Road 5 miles. Right
on Bouquet Canyon Road. Go 2 miles on Bouquet Canyon Road. Left on
Haskell Canyon Road. Go 1 mile up Haskell Canyon Road. Right on
Copper Hill Drive. As you head up the hill, make a left on High
Ridge Drive into the suburban neighborhood. Go 600 feet. Right on
Ranchview Terrace. Park in the cul-de-sac. Trailhead is at the end
of road. Signs are posted at the trailhead.
Leader: Matthew Nelson