Santa Clara River Trail (Chuck Pontius Commuter Rail Trail)

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The Santa Clara River Trail follows the Santa Clara River, Los Angeles County's last, for the most part, unchanneled river. The trail connects the City of Santa Clarita's four communities: Newhall, Saugus, Canyon Country and Valencia. It includes a two-mile rail-with-trail segment. The trail is a Whole Access Class 1 bike path with a pedestrian lane.

From its western end, this greenway rides along the back side of several car dealerships before settling for its track alongside Soledad Canyon Road. This Class I trail soon become a rail-with-trail, as the local Metrolink, Santa Clara River Trail and Soledad Canyon Rd. ride in unison before breaking apart at the Santa Clara River bridge. Now a canal-like trail, the greenway extends north a short distance, but continues in a southern, then eastern direction for a couple more miles. The trail terminates soon after passing the Route 14 underpass.

This trail additionally provides access to the San Francisquito Trail and the South Forks Trail at its western terminus. These trails may be necessary to access the Chuck Pontius Commuter Rail-Trail, as parking along this greenway is difficult.

Parking and Trail Access

There are two primary trail heads: at the South Fork River and Magic Mountain Parkway and at Soledad Canyon Road Bridge and the Santa Clara River.

Reviews

beautiful

   February, 2012 by bogglersto

This a great trail. Its clean and goes pretty far. I live in Santa Clarita and use the trails to travel all around town. The only down side is that during nice weather a lot of 'speedo torpedos' on road bikes think that it is a race track and ride dangerously ...read more

Hot day in Santa Clarita

   September, 2009 by susanVogel

We explored this trail 22 April, 2009. There is a big, dirt parking lot at N34.41443 W118.54480 as Noel J. Keller pointed out. Approach the entrance slowly as it is easy to pass. If you go south from the parking lot you will come to a loop in about a ...read more

NOON RECON

   March, 2007 by noeljkelller

"A quick stop to find one of the trail heads for the Santa Clara River Trail. East bound on a divided Magic Mountain Parkway just before the River bridge N34.41443 W118.54480 is the entrance to public parking on a gravel lot. The small print sign is not ...read more