New to the forum - decided my first post with my new Anvil JKUR would be a trail report. Looking forward to joining you all on the trail soon.
: Grass Mountain Trail Mini-Loop
: ~5 mi
42020 San Francisquito Canyon Rd
Santa Clarita, CA 91390
This Saturday took the Jeep out to Angeles National Forest to explore some of the fire roads and found that my first choice, the Tule Ridge Trail was closed at the 6N24 entrance from San Francisquito Canyon Road due to fire damage. I continued down San Francisquito Canyon Road and found the entrance at the opposite end of the trail was also closed at 7N02. Determined to hit a trail, I pressed on and 6N04.2, part of the Grass Mountain Trail, and found it was open!
I turned on to 6N04.2 and headed up the mountain. The road has a few pull-outs, although I basically had the road to myself and never had to use them. There were a few small unmarked side trails on the way towards 6N05 which heads up to Grass Mountain. I kept right on 6N04 and continued on - I'll come back and do Grass Mountain itself another day. Continuing on the road got a bit more rutted with a few good dips. The road is pretty twisty and popular with dirt bikes (passed 3 of them) so if you go definitely be cautious for traffic around the corners.
6N04 meets 7N01 at a nice large clearing where you can stop and hike further up the mountain on foot (also, next time). You can head left on 7N01 and continue along the Grass Mountain Trail or head right on 7N01 to loop back San Francisquito Canyon Road. I took the right and headed back. It was fairly twisty with at least one short sandy climb. Hope to go back soon with more time in the day to explore the rest of the area.
Trail is located between Santa Clarita & Lancaster/Palmdale. Highlighted portion is the mini-loop.
My '15 Anvil JKUR
View from where 6N04 meets 7N01 looking out to the Antelope Valley Wind Farms.