Manzanita Peak to Los Pinetos Canyon

Santa Clarita, California

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The grand tour of Placerita Canyon country takes you swiftly up a steep trail and fire break to the top of a ridge spur of the San Gabriels, and then easily back downward via the Los Pinetos and Placerita Canyon trails. Start the hike early (the park gate opens at 9 a.m.) so you avoid broiling in the midday sun while ascending. Start by picking up the Hillside Trail just behind the restroom building near the west end of the picnic area in Placerita Canyon Park. Climb past oaks and chaparral to a point just short of the camouflage-painted water tank. There you'll find an unmarked but well-worn trail heading straight up the ridge.
Afoot & Afield Los Angeles County

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Afoot & Afield Los Angeles County

by Jerry Schad (Wilderness Press)

The grand tour of Placerita Canyon country takes you swiftly up a steep trail and fire break to the top of a ridge spur of the San Gabriels, and then easily back downward via the Los Pinetos and Placerita Canyon trails. Start the hike early (the park gate opens at 9 a.m.) so you avoid broiling in the midday sun while ascending.

Start by picking up the Hillside Trail just behind the restroom building near the west end of the picnic area in Placerita Canyon Park. Climb past oaks and chaparral to a point just short of the camouflage-painted water tank. There you'll find an unmarked but well-worn trail heading straight up the ridge.

© 2010 Jerry Schad /Wilderness Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Santa Clarita
Distance: 7
Elevation Gain: 1,800 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 4 hours
Season: Year-round
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: PCP and ANF/SCMRD
Local Maps: USGS 7.5-min Mint Canyon, San Fernando
Driving Directions: Directions to Manzanita Peak to Los Pinetos Canyon

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