ElevationAscent: 430' 131 m
Descent: -70' -21 m
High: 1,892' 577 m
Low: 1,533' 467 m
GradeAvg Grade: 4% (3°)
Max Grade: 16% (9°)
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“A gradual climb up Placerita Canyon.”— John McKinney
From the Nature Center parking lot and the Main Trailhead, head east on Canyon Trail which follows Placerita Creek up the canyon. Willows, oaks, sycamore, and alder shade the path and the banks of the creek. In a little over a mile, the trail splits, stay right to continue on Canyon Trail.
Around 1.9 miles, there are two trails off to the right heading south; the one further west is Los Pinetos Trail and the one to the east is Waterfall Trail. Canyon Trail ends at the parking lot for the Walker Ranch Area.
This path can be a little rugged in places and crosses Placerita Creek several times. There is a natural oil seep where "white oil" bubbles up out of the ground.
Thanks to John McKinney, The Trailmaster, for sharing this trail description. To learn more about trails in California, check out his guides at The Trailmaster Store.
Placerita Canyon is a sanctuary for native plants and wildlife.
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Land Manager: California State Parks - Angeles District