Note the new new date
Some say the open spaces and trails lacing Porter Ranch serves as a nice model for community development. Others will argue that the Valley would be a better place without the square miles of new housing developments. But at least we still have the opportunity to wander the remaining vestiges of two riparian canyons and a cliff-rimmed hillside blanketed with aromatic sage.
So let us set out for the suburban stronghold of Porter Ranch for a variegated 8 mile loop through the hidden wilds and wild suburbia of the north valley including Aliso and Limekiln Canyons. Total Ascent is 1000 ft.
Many scenes from the movie E.T. were filmed in the area and on the trail. We'll take a snack break at "E.T. Park."
E.T The Extra Terrestrial Filming Location Video
This video shows the location of our next hike in Porter Ranch. The maker did an excellent job in juxtaposing scenes from ET with present day shots. Pay particularly close attention to the opening shots, the dirt path a bicycle is riding on and the park. We will be hiking over those spots
The trailhead is on Rinaldi St between Corbin and Tampa Aves north of the 118 fwy. From the 118 exit Tampa Av. Turn north toward the hills and make a left on Rinaldi. Drive about 0.2 mi and park at curb. Trailhead is on the right across the street from World Vision Church.