Would you and your pup like to be part of a multi-mile wilderness hike without leaving the city? The Pacific Crest Trail runs right through the middle of Santa Clarita, and you and your pup can enjoy a day hiking this portion of the epic 2,650-mile trail.
The Pacific Crest Trail runs from the Mexico border in Southern California, through Oregon and Washington, and finally ends in British Columbia. Thousands of hikers attempt to hike the entire length of the trail, and many others, choose portions to traverse through. The Pacific Crest Trail – Santa Clarita portion is just what you need to get outdoors with your fur-ever friend.
Pick up the trailhead at the Aqua Dulce Aid Station in Santa Clarita, where you will find a parking lot. This is approximately at the 430-mile marker, and the Santa Clarita portion then continues to the 444-mile marker. Offering you 14 miles of hiking experience through the area, this trail is perfect for most pup-abilities.
It seems as if you are miles away from the city because you will be immersed in nature overlooking the valley. Dirt trails are most prominent along this route; however, you will find some paved portions as well. Some up and down climbing is necessary, but nothing strenuous that you both can’t handle! Views of Towsley and Bouquet Canyon are plentiful, and the surrounding lands are filled with wildflowers in the summer and scrub brush in the winter.
There are portions of this trail that have abundant wildlife, including bears and mountain lions. Walking in a group and keeping Fido on leash are recommended, although there is no leash requirement overall. Passing through the Placerita Nature Center is a highlight for sure.
Check out the Pacific Crest Trail – Santa Clarita portion today with your pup, and join the millions who have hiked and loved this trail over the years.
Rattlesnakes can be found along the trail. Please keep an eye out, especially during the hot, summer weather.