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Santa Clara Divide Road 3N17.9

Intermediate
 4.0 (2)

A great workout, to decent views and beyond.


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11.6

Miles

18.7

KM

90%

Runnable

3,843' 1,171 m

High

1,432' 436 m

Low

2,558' 780 m

Up

1,282' 391 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (4°)

41%

Max Grade (22°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Views

The western two miles of the trail are closed from sunset to sunrise.

Need to Know

There is essentially zero shade between Whitney Canyon Park and Forest Route 3N64. The western two miles requires dogs to be on a leash.

Description

It's eight miles of uphill. If in the first four miles you ever find yourself going downhill, you're on the wrong trail. The views at around mile 4 are good, and any run that gets you away from civilization is a good one, but mostly this is a workout. After mile four there are a couple tiny descents, but it's still mostly uphill.

Start at the Park and Ride at Whitney Canyon Park. Stick to the main fire road and head uphill. You can continue for a long ways or descend into Placerita Canyon via the Los Pinetos Trail, or Sylmar via the Wilson Canyon or May Canyon truck trails.

The exact name of this trail depends on the source you look at so be aware that some sources call it Whitney Canyon Road and Santa Clara Truck Trail.

Flora & Fauna

Lizards, mustard, a few kinds of wildflowers—Keckiella, Wild Buckwheat, Spartium—and typical SoCal scrub.

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Shared By:

Jordan Brown

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Photos

Elsmere Canyon Open Space.
Jun 28, 2018 near Santa C…, CA
Trailhead; the trail heads up and to the right from here.
Jun 23, 2018 near Santa C…, CA
That radio tower way in the distance is the top of The Beast.
Jun 23, 2018 near Santa C…, CA
The trail ahead, climbing a ridgeline.
Jun 23, 2018 near Santa C…, CA
Appears to be a memorial for a fallen Marine. The book is CS Forester's Rifleman Dodd.
Jun 23, 2018 near Santa C…, CA
Bench and view.
Jun 23, 2018 near Santa C…, CA

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