7 Best Hiking Trails in Santa Clarita – Hometown Station | KHTS FM 98.1 & AM 1220 — Santa Clarita Radio

Do you like fitness, hiking and the outdoors? Santa Clarita offers incredible hiking opportunities for all fitness levels and awesome scenery for anyone who loves getting back to nature.

So we’ve compiled a list of the 7 best hiking trails in Santa Clarita. Whether you are an SCV resident or passing through on vacation, you will certainly be inspired.

Botanical trail (extremely easy)

This is an extremely easy hiking trail in Placerita Canyon for beginner hikers. The quarter mile trail will take you about 15 minutes to walk and you will see lots of beautiful oak trees along the way.

For those of you who want a gentler walk in nature, this is perfect. As your fitness level improves and you want a little more challenge, progress to one of the following trails on this list.

Golden Valley (Easy)

Although it’s not always so easy to find because no signage is visible, you can reach it by heading south on Placerita Canyon Road and just a little past the Walker Ranch Trail sign. Look for a white door at the entrance to this valley.

This is a wilderness area, and hikers are advised to stay on the service road. The valley is filled with beautiful wildflowers in the spring.

Depending on your exact route, the length is 2-4 miles one way and 4-8 miles for a round trip hike.

Haskell Canyon Open Space (Easy-Moderate)

The Haskell Canyon Open Space in Saugus is ideal for beginners. This trail is also dog and mountain bike friendly.

But since there is no water nearby, and not much shade either, remember to wear a hat and sunscreen, and bring bottled water.

The Open Space offers several route options with different levels of difficulty and topographical interest. It is located on a horseshoe-shaped ridge, forming a box canyon. Head to the top of the ridge for stunning views.

Towsley Canyon Loop Trail (Moderate)

A moderate hiking trail, this 9 mile loop trail near Newhall, California has beautiful wildflowers and is accessible year-round.

If you take your dog with you, please keep it on a leash. But keep in mind that it will take about 3 and a quarter hours to complete. You will see unusual rock formations, stream beds, tar pits and a wide variety of plant specimens.

If you’re new to hiking or aren’t sure what type of hiking trail is right for you, SCV Hikes is dedicated to helping hikers with all kinds of helpful information. So be sure to check them out.

Marina Del Rey (hike and boat combo)

The Santa Clarita Valley is home to two beautiful recreational lakes: Pyramid Lake and Castaic Lake. What better way to enjoy the fresh air and the outdoors? A hike or a speed boat ride on a lake? You don’t have to choose. You can do both.

Whether you start with a hike in Santa Clarita and head to Marina Del Rey, or the other way around, is up to you. But one speedboat rental between Marina del Rey and Santa Clarita is a fun way to enjoy the outdoors alone or with the family.

Pyramid Lake offers you opportunities for boating, fishing, and jet-skiing. But there are also several picnic areas, including 5 picnic sites accessible only by boat. So make it a family outing and take the kids with you. Or enjoy an energetic hike, a fun boat ride and a romantic picnic with your partner.

Towsley Ridgeback (hard)

Having the right gear is essential when hiking. Good quality hiking shoes, comfortable clothes, water bottle, hat and sunscreen. But another item that is quickly becoming essential is a fitness tracker.

It will keep track of how many steps you’ve taken and help you stay on top of your fitness goals. And if you want a tougher hike to get in shape faster, the Towsley Ridgeback Trail is for you.

The length, at 6.3 km, is much less than the Towsley Canyon Loop Trail and will only take about 2.5 hours. But it is a much harder trail.

Taylor Elder Loop (hard)

The Taylor Elder Loop, located near Stevenson Ranch, is suitable for experienced hikers and those in better physical shape. This route has an elevation gain of 688.8 feet, making it a challenge for new hikers.

When hiking in Santa Clarita, or anywhere else for that matter, always observe hiking safety. Consider your fitness level and hiking experience, and come prepared with the right gear.

If you are new to hiking, start with an easy trail like the first two options in our list above,