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The Beast

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Trail

9.7 mile 15.6 kilometer out and back
83% Runnable
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 2,117' 645 m
Descent: -2,117' -645 m
High: 3,548' 1,081 m
Low: 1,431' 436 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 8% (5°)
Max Grade: 38% (21°)

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Trail shared by Jordan Brown

A great workout climbing to good views.

Jordan Brown

Features Views

The western two miles are closed from sunset to sunrise.

Overview

Locals call this "The Beast". It's almost five miles of unrelenting uphill. The views at the top are good, and any run that gets you away from civilization is a good one, but mostly this is a workout.

Need to Know

Almost no shade.

Description

Start at Whitney Canyon Park, at the Newhall Avenue Park and Ride lot. From the end of the lot, climb to the right on Santa Clara Divide Road 3N17.9. You climb steadily through scrub up to almost the ridge line, then bear right onto Sombrero Road 3N64 to Los Pinetos Peak.

There are a few side trails, but the main road is always the obvious choice. If you're ever uncertain, remember the cardinal rule for this run: if you ever find yourself going downhill, you're on the wrong trail.

Along the way, you'll have views of Santa Clarita and the adjoining hills. When you reach the top of Los Pinetos Peak, you'll find radio towers and views of Santa Clarita and the San Fernando Valley.

Flora & Fauna

Typical SoCal scrub, some wildflowers (Spanish Broom, Wild Buckwheat, Keckiella), and the occasional deer.

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Sep 12, 2018
Kenneth Y
A wide road. Quiet trail. 6.2mi

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  3.5 from 2 votes

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Elsmere Canyon Open Space.
Jun 28, 2018 near Santa C…, CA
The San Fernando Valley... somewhere under that goop. It just wasn't a good day for a view.
Jun 23, 2018 near San Fer…, 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

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