Chatsworth/Porter Ranch

Hiking Trails

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ALISO CANYON TRAIL
This is a partly shady trail along Aliso creek. It starts on Rinaldi street and heads north into the hills. Palisades Trail connects halfway up the canyon. At the nortnern end of the canyon, additional trails lead east towards O'Melveny Park.
Trailhead: The southern entrance is on Rinaldi Street west of Zelzah Ave. Pallisades Trail from Reseda provides access. And an entrance is located on the end of Sesnon Blvd east of Reseda Blvd.

BROWNS CANYON TRAIL
This is a set of horse/foot paths along Browns Canyon, north of the 118 freeway. At the lower end of the canyon, where Devil Canyon merges in, there are a series of trails, making multiple loops possible. To go up canyon, the trail climbs out of the canyon and then drops back in to bypass a small dam. The trail continues up canyon to some private property. Right before the private property, a branch of the trail climbs the ridge to the east to join Browns Ridge Trail, a dirt road trail.
Trailhead: This trail system is accessible from De Soto Avenue right under the 118 Freeway; from the corner of Variel Avenue and Celtic Street; from Canoga Avenue north of the 118 Freeway (look for a Santa Monica Conservency Parkland sign; and from Browns Canyon Road at the small bridge.

BROWNS CREEK TRAILS - Length: 2.7 km (1.7 mi).
There is a paved bicycle path along the east side of Browns Creek between Rinaldi Street and Lassen Street. A dirt equestrian path follows the west side of Browns Creek between Rinaldi Street and Devonshire Street. A small park is located along the dirt path just south of Chatsworth Street.
Trailhead: Entrances are located on the corner of Rinaldi Street and Independence Ave, Chatsworth Street, and Devonshire Street and Canoga Ave, and Lassen Street.

BROWNS RIDGE TRAILS
This is a series of dirt roads climbing the ridges east of Browns Canyon. It takes you into the foothill area that is still undeveloped.
Trailhead: This road system starts on the lower portion of Browns Canyon Road. Look for dirt roads (no motor vehicles) before the road reaches the creek.

HIGHLAND TRAILS
This is a small system of foot and equestrian trails on a ridge between Devin Canyon and Browns Canyon. They connect up with a dirt road that does not provide paved road access. It is accessible from a spur trail off of both Devil Canyon Trail and Brown Canyon Trail. The entrance from Brown Canyon starts at a Santa Monica Conservancy sign. A section of the trail merges with a road for a short distance before splitting back off.
Trailhead: Start Devil Canyon Trail from the Topanga Canyon exit of the 118 and when you reach the creek, look for an obscure trail on the far side of the creek. Once through the initial brush, the trail is obvious and well established. Alternatively, start the Browns Creek trail system using any of the lower entrances. A trail leads up the western side where it has a three way junction adjacent to a road. Follow the trail parallel to the road.

LIMEKILN TRAIL- Length: 4.5 km (2.8 mi).
This is a trail that follows an old road along Limekiln Creek. South of the 118 freeway the trail is paved, although there are sections where the pavement is paralleled with a dirt trail. This section is sunny. North of the 118 freeway to Sesnon Boulevard the trail is dirt with sections of old pavement. North of Sesnon Boulevard it is a pure dirt trail that never was paved. The trail was apparently built with horses in mind. Several other trails intersect with this one including Moonshine Trail, Aliso Canyon Trail, and Mission Trail.
Trailhead: Trailheads are on Sesnon Boulevard at Tampa Ave; Hollow Springs Drive west of Tampa Ave; Rinaldi Street west of Tampa Ave; and Chatsworth Street west of Tampa Ave.

MISSION TRAIL - Length: 3.5 km (2.2 mi).
This trail traverses grassland south of the 118 freeway from Limekiln Trail on the east to De Soto Avenue on the west. It is part of a network of horse trails through the Chatsworth and Porter Ranch areas.
Trailhead: Access points are located on De Soto just south of the 118 freeway, the north end of Lurline Ave, Mason Ave, the north end of Melvin Ave, and Limekiln Trail.

MOONSHINE CANYON TRAIL
This trail branches off of Limekiln Trail at Sesnon Boulevard. It curves around Horse Flats staying at the base of the hills. Near the western end of this curve a dirt road branches off of Moonshine Canyon trail and leads west up the hill. Moonshine Canyon Trail continues as a fence lined horse trail back to Sesnon Boulevard where it crosses Moonshine Canyon. It splits at this point with a spur following a couple roads and another spur heading north outside a development.
Trailhead: Sesnon Boulevard just west of Tampa Ave.

O'MELVENY PARK TRAILS
Check out this page for Bee Canyon Trail, Grassland Trail, Loop Trail, Mission Point Trail, and the O'Melveny Park Nature Trail.

ORCUTT LEASE TRAIL - Length: 2.5 km (1.6 mi)
This is an old dirt road that has degraded into a trail. It has a gentle slope.
A narrow steep trail connects the lower portion of the Orcutt Lease Trail with the upper portion of the Sulphur Springs Trail.
Another narrow steep trail connects the upper end of the Orcutt Lease trail with the Sesnon Road-Trail and also Aliso Canynon Trail. If you miss this path down the ridge, in a quarter mile you will intersect a Gas Company service road. Turn-around, please do not trespass on the Gas Company property.
Trailhead: This trail goes up the hill (not level), starting on the western end of Sesnon Blvd in Granada Hills.

PALISADES TRAIL
This is a sunny trail following the side of a small ridge with good views of San Fernando Valley. It connects Limekiln Trail to Aliso Canyon Trail
Trailhead: Tampa Ave between Wilbur Ave and Braemore Road. And Reseda Blvd south of Braemore Road.

SESNON TRAIL
A short flat horse trail that connects Limekiln trail to Aliso Canyon Trail. The trail is on the border of a neighborhood and the undeveloped Gas Company lands.
Trailhead: The trail runs from the intersection of Sesnon Blvd and Tampa Ave to the northern end of Ormskirk Ave in Porter Ranch.

SESNON ROAD-TRAIL - Length: 0.8 km (0.5 mi)
This is an unfinished portion of Sesnon Road. This trail goes west from Sesnon Boulevard in Granada Hills to Sesnon Boulevard in Porter Ranch. It provides access to the trail in Aliso Canyon and also the Orcutt Lease Trail.
Trailhead: This trail goes west on the level grade, starting on the western end of Sesnon Blvd in Granada Hills.

SULPHUR SPRING TRAIL - Length: 4.3 km (2.7 mi)
This is an old dirt road leading from Neon Way in Granada Hills up to Mission Point in 4.3 kilometers (2.7 mi) with a fine view of San Fernando Valley and downtown Los Angeles, and the Santa Clarita area. The trail passes Sulphur Spring early on. A steep grassy path parallels this trail on the ridgeline following a gas pipeline. The trail continues north along the ridgeline from Mission Point. Two trails branch off of this trail towards Bee Canyon. One steep trail branches off of Sulphur Spring Trail towards the lower portion of the Orcutt Lease Trail. Please do not take other trails west from the top of this hill, at least one trail trespasses on the Gas Company property. If you find pavement on this hill, please turn around.
Sulphur Spring Trail is also known as the Dr. Mario A. DeCampus Trail.
Trailhead: The northern end of Neon Way in Granada Hills.

Neighboring Areas

NewHall Pass

O'Melveny Park

Rocky Peak

Towsley Canyon

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