Sunday, December 28, 2014

Wildwood Canyon Open Space - Newhall, CA

It's been awhile since I've done a blog about one of my hikes.

The city of Santa Clarita, CA is constantly adding new open spaces to it's recreational areas and my brother Keith and I, along with my dog Hiker decided to explore one of the newer open spaces this afternoon. I found that this area is not as scenic or historic as some of our other hiking areas.

We visited the Wildwood Canyon Open Space in Newhall, CA. It is located not far from the Senior Center at the end of Haskell Vista Lane. To get there from my house in Canyon Country, I took Sierra Highway south to Newhall Avenue where I turned right, then I stayed on Newhall until I got to Market Street where I turned left and drove passed the Senior Center and up to Cross Street. I turned left on Cross and headed for Haskell Vista Lane where I turned right. The street dead-ends at the trail head.


There were many loop trails to take, ranging from Gentle, to Moderate, to Steep. You have to take the Moderate trail before you get to the other two. As you start up the mountain, the trail is narrow, so watch your step. There are some nice views from the top of the ridge.



Once we reached the ridge, we took the Gentle loop trail as I have not been hiking much and am pretty much out of shape. It winds along the bottom of a canyon, through some Coastal Oak Trees.



We then headed back up the Moderate trail and headed back down to the trail head where we had left our car. We did just under 2 miles, but you can do more if you want to check out all of the loop trails.

There is no designated parking area at the trail head so you will have to park on the street.

Below is a map of the trails at this open space.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Two Recent Hikes

On Thursday, May 22nd, Hiker and I went for a short afternoon hike at Vasquez Rocks County Park. The Yucca plants were in bloom and they were beautiful.


There were a few wild flowers around the area.



 It was a great day.


The sky was beautiful.


Hiker and I had a great time.


On Sunday, May 25th, Hiker and I headed over to Whitney Canyon for a morning walk. We had not been there for a few months. There were some wild flowers blooming there, but everything is starting to turn brown from the heat and lack of rain.





Hiker (The Wonder Dog) had a fun time as usual.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Picturesque Vasquez Rocks

If you like this blog, you might enjoy my blog about Vasquez Rocks County Park.

Picturesque Vasquez Rocks

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Sunday Morning Hike With Hiker And My Brother Keith

My brother Keith was visiting Hiker and me last weekend. On Sunday, we did a 2 mile hike in Elsmere Canyon in the Santa Clarita Valley.


We took the Creek Trail. There is no water in the creek because we have not had any rain for a long time, but there is still some really cool scenery in this canyon.

There are groves of coastal oak trees and some really fantastic cliffs that run across the southwest side of the canyon.




We noticed a huge cave up on one of the cliffs, but there was no way to climb up there.


Here is me and Hiker along the trail


Here is my brother Keith standing in front of some gigantic rocks that had falling down the mountain-side


The Creek Trail is a very easy trail to hike. The Loop Trail that goes up the mountain is very narrow land very steep.

Below is a link with more information about the Elsmere Canyon:

Hike Santa Clarita - Elsmere Canyon