Western Santa Monica Mountains Malibu Canyon To Point Mugu
This Hike Begins At The Nature Center And Follows The Picturesque Canyon And Meandering Creek East Into The Walker Ranch Campground. The Camp Is Named For Frank Walker, Who Built His Home On The Historic Ranch In The 1920s.
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To The Trailhead
From The Golden State Freeway (I-5) In Newhall, Take The Antelope Valley Freeway (H-14) East. Continue 3 Miles And Exit On Placerita Canyon Road. Turn Right And Drive 1.4 Miles To The Signed Placerita Canyon State Park On The Right. Turn Right And Continue 0.1 Mile To The Nature Center. Park In The Spaces On The Left. An Adventure Pass Is Required For Parking.
From The Nature Center, Cross The Drainage To A Junction. The Hillside Trail Climbs The Hill To The South. Stay In Placerita Canyon And Continue Up Canyon To The East. Follow The Rock-Lined Path On The South Edge Of The Seasonal Creek Under Oaks, Willows, Cottonwoods, Alders, And Sycamores. The Rock-Walled Drainage Narrows To A Gorge, And The Footpath Crosses The Transient Drainage Four Times. Pass Through A Beautiful Oak Grove And A Seasonal Drainage On The Right By A 10-Foot Ephemeral Waterfall At One Mile. The Canyon Widens Out And The Grade Remains Relatively Level. Climb A Short Slope And Curve Left By Signpost 19 At A Bubbling Spring With A Mixture Of Oil And Water (Known As White Oil) On The Right. At Two Miles Enter The Walker Ranch Campground On A Grassy Flat Covered In Majestic Oaks, Reaching A Signed Junction With Los Pinetos Trail And The Placerita Waterfall Trail (Hikes 1 And 2).
To Extend The Hike, Continue With Hike 2 To Placerita Falls Or Hike 3 To The Crest Of The San Gabriel Mountains, Overlooking The San Fernando Valley.
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