Thursday, April 5, 2012

Morning Hike At Quigley Canyon Open Space - Santa Clarita, CA

This morning, my friend Linda came to my house and then she, me and Hiker headed over to the Quigley Canyon Open Space near Newhall, CA in the Santa Clarita Valley. We met up there with our friend RuthAnne.

This open space is fairly new and has recently opened up for hikers, mountain bikers and equestrians.

There are four loop trails in the area ranging from easy to difficult.

We did two of the trails...the City Trail and then the Fox Trail.

The trails start out in a large field and head off through oak trees and then proceed to head up the side of the mountain.

The City Trail takes you up to a vista point where you have views of the Santa Clarita Valley.

We headed back down to the meadow and then headed up the Fox Trail which lead us through more oak groves and along a dry creek bed.

Here we all are...Hiker, me, RuthAnne and Linda

After hiking 2.7 miles, we decided to call it a morning and headed back to the trail head where our vehicles were parked.

The City of Santa Clarita purchased the nearly 160 acres of this beautiful canyon nearly a decade ago, and it has provided the surrounding Equestrian homes in Placerita Canyon with hiking, picnicking, and equestrian trails in close proximity to where they live. The trails were refurbished in the spring of 2011, and now include four separate trails that total approximately 4.1 miles, offering pristine 360 degree views and undulating slopes in varying degrees of difficulty.

Directions:  Exit SR 14 at Newhall Avenue. Head northwest on Newhall Avenue and turn right on Railroad Avenue. Continue to 13th Street and turn right. 13th street curves to the right and becomes Arch Street. Continue on Arch Street to the first street on your left which will be 12th Street. Stay on 12th Street and it will make a slight curve to the right and became Placeritos Boulevard. Take Placeritos Boulevard to Quigley Canyon Road and turn left. Stay on Quigley Canyon Road until you reach Cleardale Street. Continue to where Cleardale Street dead-ends at the trail head.


  1. Thanks for taking me on another beautiful hike in California. It is fun hiking with friends. I love your header photo.

  2. Wow, what a great hike! I would love to try that! Do you always keep Hiker on a leash? When I'm out on a trail, I take Tiah off the leash, she just walks by me anyway.

    1. Susan, we have a leash law in California. Dogs are supposed to be on their leash at ALL times, however there are still those people who do not obey the law and let their dogs run wild on the trail. Many people have been bitten because of that.


  3. Hi Kay,

    Greetings from a (Montreal, Canada) fellow baby boomer. You have a lovely blog, I really enjoyed my time here. Thank you so much for sharing.

  4. I enjoyed the up and down mountain views but there is no way I could hike as far you, Kay.

  5. Nice write-up & good pictures. I just visited here myself, and had a good time. I'll be back to check out some more SCV trails.


Thanks for hiking along with me and Hiker.