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Hike: Big Sycamore Canyon Loop


Hike: Big Sycamore Canyon Loop


Walmart Parking Lot
27931 Kelly Johnson Pkwy
Santa Clarita, CA 91355


Sat, Mar 30, 2019, 6:45am Twitter Tweet this event.  Calendar Add this event to your calendar.
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Big Sycamore Canyon Loop - 5 Trail Sampler (Scenic, Ray Miller, Overlook, Wood Canyon Vista/Backbone and Big Sycamore)

NOTE: Read Carpool and hike times below carefully

Carpool: Meet in SCV at 6:45AM, details below.

Start Hike: Meet at Trailhead at 8:10AM, details below.

Distance: approx. 9 mile loop

Gain: approx. 1100'

Rated: Moderate + (this is not a beginners hike).

Time: approx. 4.5 hours hike/snack time

Description: This hike has a lot of variety in terrain and views (see album). We warm up on the Scenic trail before taking in some Pacific Ocean breezes and views . Then we head cross country on several more trails with views of the Boney mountain range and Wood canyon before descending into Sycamore canyon and returning along the service road to Big Sycamore canyon campground and the trailhead.

Meet in Santa Clarita to Carpool: Meet us at the WALMART parking lot (NOTE: this is not Towsley Canyon!). Address is 27931 Kelly Johnson Pkwy, Santa Clarita, CA 91355. The store is on the corner of the intersection of Copper Hill and Newhall Ranch Road. Meet there at 6:45M in the Southwest corner of the parking lot. After we organize the carpools, we leave at 7:00AM SHARP and caravan to the Sycamore canyon campground area.

Directions to the trailhead meeting spot (approx 1 hour drive) are below, if you prefer to go directly.

Please be respectful of your driver's support by contributing something at the end of your 116 mile RT carpool (to help defray the cost of gas).

Meet your leader at the Trailhead: Meet near the bathrooms at the Sycamore Canyon Campground Day - Use parking lot at about 8:10AM, to leave at 8:15AM SHARP.

PARKING: NOTE, the day use lot gate opens at 8:00AM and there is a $12/car fee for the day, so carpooling makes sense. If you drive alone or want to save on parking, you may find parking, along the PCH (behind the line), about a 1/4 mile North of the Campground area, near the big sand dune. Just watch the No Parking signs/times/arrows and the cyclists.

Directions from Santa Clarita to the Sycamore canyon parking lot: Take Newhall Ranch road for 2 miles West from the Walmart meeting place over the 5 Freeway, where it becomes CA-126, heading West toward Ventura. Follow CA-126 W, 34.4 miles until Exit 5 from CA-126 W to merge on to CA-118 East, toward Saticoy. Continue until the road T's. Turn right on to Santa Clara Ave, which becomes Rice Ave and eventually merges into Route 1 (PCH), turning South. Stay on PCH, passing Point Mugu Naval base on the right. Drive along PCH, beside the ocean. After passing the big Point Mugu Rock, Sycamore Canyon campground/day use entrance is 3.2 miles further, on the left. Be alert 1/4 mile sooner, and see note above, if planning to park on PCH and avoid the parking fee at Sycamore Canyon parking lot.

Bring: Hiking boots with good tread, Poles if you have them, lunch/snacks, at least 3 liters of water plus some electrolytes. SUN SCREEN/lip balm. Recommend long sleeves/long pants but I do not expect poison oak. There are bathrooms at the trailhead.

Adventure Pass: Not required.

Dogs: Sorry, dogs are not allowed on this trail (I don't make up the rules).

Leader: Steve I.


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