There’s a good chance there will be water flowing through the canyon this year, so be prepared.
Distance: Approximately 12 miles, out and back.
Elevation Gain: 1,000 to 1,200 feet.
Pace: Between 2 to 2.5 miles per hour on the paved and dirt roads, slower in the canyon.
Minimum level: Advanced beginners.
What to Bring: Minimum 2 liters of water, lunch and snacks. Wear appropriate foot wear for possible water crossings. Hiking poles should be useful if you have them. Also, dress in layers to adjust for possible changing weather conditions.
Meeting Time and Place: 8:00 am at the intersection of Templin Hwy and Golden State Hwy (roughly 5 miles north of Lake Hughes Road in Castaic).
Earlier Meeting Time and Place: 7:15 am at the corner of Leonora St and Ponce Av in Woodland Hills. No host will be there, so participants will have to arrange their carpooling. Please be willing to drive and have a full tank of fuel. Riders please be willing to share in the cost of the fuel.
Directions to the main meeting place from Woodland Hills: Take the US-101 East/South, I-405 North, and I-5 North all the way through the Santa Clarita Valley. Go up the grade above Castaic and take the first exit, which is Templin Hwy. Make a left turn and go just pass the freeway to Golden State Hwy. Make a right and park on the east side of the road. We will caravan about fives miles to where the paved road has been permanently closed.