Placerita is a unique east-west running canyon featuring cool, shaded oak groves, a willow and sycamore-lined seasonal stream and numerous other interesting plant and animal communities. The historic "Oak of the Golden Dream" is the site of California's original gold discovery in 1842. Another landmark in Placerita is our Walker Cabin , built by Frank Walker in 1920 for his family. The Nature Center museum contains exhibits on the natural history of southern California, and there is a small collection of live animals. The number for the Nature Center is (661)[masked]
The Hike: This is a very pleasant easy hike through an oak and sycamore shaded canyon. The hike meanders next to a seasonal stream,which is currently flowing. The turn-around point is at a 25 foot waterfall in a dark, steep walled box canyon. It is about 5 miles round trip with an elevation gain of about 700 feet.
Directions: Take !-5 North to Highway 14 North (Antelope Valley Freeway) in Newhall, exit on Placerita Canyon Road and turn right (east) two miles to Placerita Canyon State Park. Park in the large lot near the nature center. (Lat:[masked] Lon:[masked]) We will meet at the Nature Center - look for Meetup logo name tag
What to bring:Comfortable hiking shoes, ample water, snacks, sunscreen and maybe some insect repellent.
Questions: If you have questions regarding this hike, please contact me at [masked] - I encourage carpooling - I may have some space from the Pasadena area (8:00AM) or the Universal City Red Line station parking lot (8:30AM).
Liability: The Organizer, Assistant Organizers and event hosts in this group are not professional guides. The function of the organizer is only to organize the trip. Each person who signs up for a trip/meetup/or outing is responsible for his or her own safety and the safety of his or her guests. By signing up for a hike, or any other event organized by this group, you are acknowledging that you are aware and have made your guests aware of the risks, dangers and hazards associated with any outdoor activity and freely accept and fully assume all such risks, dangers and hazards, and further agree to release and discharge the Organizer, Assistant Organizers and event hosts of this Meetup Group from and against any and all liability arising from your and your guest's participation in the group activities.