Rice Canyon Trail in the Summer, Santa Clarita ©Dianne Erskine-Hellrigel
Length: 2 miles one direction, 4 miles round trip
Description: Rice Canyon is an easy, sloping canyon, with little gain until the last half mile. The last half mile is all uphill, although the gain still isn't too difficult. The ending point is at a large valley oak. The views of the canyon in all directions are fabulous, and the shade from the large oak is welcome in the summer. A great deal of the hike is in shade, with numerous stream crossings. The stream runs most of the year in wet years. There are about 5 stream crossings that can mostly be done by stepping from stone to stone. In the summer the creek is usually dry by July. There are lovely meadows en route filled with grasses and wildflowers. This is a very pretty hike. There is only one way in and one way out, so you will be repeating the scenery on the way back. There is also a botanical garden facing the parking area. This garden has native species and native grasses.
How to Get to the Trailhead: To get to Rice Canyon, you need to start at the East Canyon Trailhead, and hike for about 0.5 miles into East Canyon before you can connect with the Rice Canyon Trailhead. This is an MRCA property which has fee parking. The fee ranges from $3-$5, depending on the facility. Pay the Iron Ranger.
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