Placerita Canyon Natural Area is a unique east-west running canyon featuring cool, shaded oak woodlands, chaparral covered slopes and a seasonal stream. The natural area park is situated on the northwest side of the San Gabriel Mountains and surrounded by the Angeles National Forest. The park offers eight trails that network over 12 miles and is also the home of the famous "Oak of the Golden Dream" where gold was first discovered in California in 1842. Visit the Walker Cabin and experience early pioneer living, or enjoy a unique animal presentation with live animals in the newly renovated "Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design" nature center. Reservations for picnicking and group camping are available by calling the park office.

County Operated Facility
Address: 19152 Placerita Canyon Rd. Newhall CA 91321
Website: http://parks.lacounty.gov/placerita-canyon-state-park
Hours:
  • NATURE CENTER & PARKING LOT HOURS:
  • Tuesday - Sunday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
  • Closed Mondays & Christmas Day
  • PARK & WALKER RANCH TRAILHEAD HOURS:
  • Sunrise to Sunset
Phones: General: (661) 259-7721
Park Amenities:
  • Restrooms
  • Animal Exhibits
  • Equestrian Staging Areas
  • Equestrian Trails
  • Gift Shops
  • Hiking Trails
  • Historic Value
  • Museums
  • Nature Centers
  • Picnic Tables
Park Things to Do:
  • Animal Presentations
  • Bird Walks
  • Crafting
  • Hiking
  • Horseback Riding
  • Junior Ranger Program
  • Moonlight Hikes
  • Museum Tours
  • Nature and Plant Walks

Programs

Twilight Hikes

Ranger Lead Evening Hikes

Ages: 7 to 75
Days: 3rd Sat.
Fee: $0 per Person/Session