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.