Sycamore Canyon Trail

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5.3 km
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95 m
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Hiking the Sycamore Canyon Trail is a family-friendly adventure in the Los Angeles area that will take you through a scenic canyon landscape. While out on the trail, you will traverse a fairly level and easy-going path that is surrounded with natural beauty and plenty of wildlife, including insects, birds, and reptiles. While this is a great hike for the entire family, you will need to leave your dogs at home, as they are not permitted on the trail.

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Route Description for Sycamore Canyon Trail

The Sycamore Canyon Trail may be a fun little excursion near Los Angeles; however, some stretches of the trail are exposed to the heat of the sun. Be sure to bring plenty of water, particularly if you plan on hiking this route during the summer. Additionally, there is a limited amount of free parking at the trailhead, so you will need to arrive early in order to secure a space.

For those who want to experience a quick hit of natural beauty and feel as though they have gotten out of the city, the Sycamore Canyon Trail is the ideal route to explore. This little canyon oasis hides the surrounding urban setting and is perfectly suited for a relaxing outdoor adventure at any time of day.

Setting out from the parking area near the trailhead, you will make your way east along the road for 0.3 km, before branching off to the left on a wide dirt track. Continuing on to the east, the scenery will begin to change as the trail leads you further into the canyon landscape.

While you will now be surrounded by hills, the terrain underfoot is actually quite mild with only a gentle grade, making for a pleasant walk outdoors. Take your time here to appreciate the beauty of the natural surroundings and keep an eye out for the bountiful wildlife that can be found in the area.

Eventually, you will arrive at the end point of the trail, which is a great place to pause for a quick rest and a snack to fuel up. Afterwards, you will retrace your steps along the same path to return to the trailhead where you began your adventure along the Sycamore Canyon Trail.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are dogs allowed on the Sycamore Canyon Trail?

Unfortunately dogs are not permitted on the Sycamore Canyon Trail, so make sure to leave your canine companions at home.

How long is the Sycamore Canyon Trail?

The Sycamore Canyon Trail is a 5.3 km long trail located near Los Angeles, California.

Insider Hints for Sycamore Canyon Trail

  • Parking at the trailhead is free, so make sure to arrive early – the trail opens at 9am – to secure a space.
  • Wear proper hiking footwear for comfort along the trail.
  • Dogs are not permitted on this trail.

Getting to the Sycamore Canyon Trail Trailhead

The trailhead for the Sycamore Canyon Trail can be found along Sycamore Canyon Road, near the junction with Workman Mill Road.

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