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Placerita Canyon - Los Pinetos Trail

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Moderate 7 mi rt, 1800' gain hike to Placerita Canyon's Los Pinetos Ridge with panoramic ridge views of the San Fernando and Santa Clarita Valleys. Placerita Canyon is a beautiful county park facility in Santa Clarita off the 14 fwy, with well-manicured trails, graced with a trickling creek, shaded by overarching oaks and sycamores. The hike starts with a relatively flat 2-mi trail to Walker Ranch, then, after a quick rest, converts to an aerobic, 1000' switch-backed ascent through chaparral and oak up to the crest of Los Pinetos Ridge. At the top, you are rewarded with far-reaching vistas north across the peaceful Placerita and Sand Canyon country, and southward across the sprawling San Fernando Valley. Placerita Canyon was home to a gold rush in 1842, when two guys chasing stray horses found gold clinging to the roots of wild onions. This was one of the first places gold was discovered in California. Who knows, you might get lucky!

This hike will be jointly led with the Sierra Club 20's and 30s Section, so we will follow their protocol of staying between the leader and the sweep, and also signing in and out (if you leave early). There is no cost for the hike or for parking. We may go out for post-hike lunch in Sylmar, or for ice-cream!

WARNING: The downhill can be steep for those with knee or ankle problems. You might consider bringing braces, walking stick, or whatever makes it comfortable for you.

Items to bring:

- Lug soled hiking shoes with excellent tread recommended.
- Sunscreen
- Sunglasses
- Hat
- Insect repellent is a good idea, because there are ticks in the area.
- 2 quarts of water minimum
- Snack to eat at lunch
- A good joke to share.

How to get there to the Park and Trailhead:

DIRECTIONS - From the 405N, take the 14 (Antelope Valley) Fwy, and then go 3-4 miles to the Placerita Canyon Road exit. - Go for about two miles on that road, and park in the Placerita Canyon State Park Visitors Center. We will meet there under the flagpole.

FYI....At 1 pm there is a once a week exotic animal show, which features some of the interesting local birds and mammals who live at the park. There are rabbits, hawks, opossums and eagles. There are also bathrooms, water and a soda machine where we park.

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You tube video of hike:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c5X2mqZeZXc&feature=player_embedded

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Map of Placerita Trail:

http://maps.google.com/maps?daddr=34.377853,-118.467829&hl=en&sll=34.376118,-118.467851&sspn=0.015549,0.017445&mra=mift&mrsp=1&sz=16&z=15

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Placerita Canyon Nature Center Website:

http://www.placerita.org/index.html