Laura Skorich’s hike along a shady creek through oak and chaparral woodland between the tall granite walls of Placerita Canyon makes California the ninth state to join our 14 in ’14 program. Only five more states are needed to get to hikes in fourteen states in 2014.
Minutes from Santa Clarita, the Placerita Canyon Hike will offer an easy loop for families or beginners and a more challenging loop for those who want to get their heart rate going.
According to volunteer hike organizer Laura Skorich,
I bought a HIKE for Mental Health shirt as soon as they first became available to show my support for their mission and to help eliminate the stigma of mental illness.
Placerita Canyon is where I realized my passion for hiking. It is a place of amazing natural beauty and I can’t think of a better spot for California’s first HIKE for Mental Health.
Placerita Canyon Hike
June 1, 2014 • Placerita Nature Center • Newhall, CA
Hike along a shady creek through oak and chapparal woodland between tall granite canyon walls…
Enjoy a diversity of plant and animal life native to the canyon…
Choose your hike – an easy woodland path or a more challenging loop with fantastic vistas…
Placerita Canyon is a fun place for family and friends to come together, picnic, hike and enjoy all that nature has to offer. The entire natural area reflects a wide diversity of plants and animals, and is rich in history.
Our hike will begin at the picnic area near the Placerita Nature Center. Check-in starts at 7 AM. The hike begins at 8 AM sharp.
One group will follow the Canyon Trail upstream on Placerita Creek then take the Waterfall Trail through shady Los Piñetos Canyon to the foot of a seasonal 15 foot waterfall. The round trip is about 5 miles (shown in red on the map below) and suitable for beginners.
The moderate/advanced group will follow Canyon Trail to Los Piñetos Trail to Firebreak Road. The 6.5 round trip offers more challenging terrain but also more rewarding views.
This hike is a great way to meet new friends and enjoy the natural beauty minutes from Santa Clarita.
Registration Is Free
There is no fee to register for this fundraising hike.
When you register, you will personalize a sponsorship page and share it with your friends and potential supporters through email, Facebook, etc.
Our website makes it quick and easy to get sponsors for your hike.
For a Good Cause
HIKE for Mental Health is an all-volunteer organization.
All contributions to this hike support our mission causes.
Eighty percent will fund scientific research into causes, treatments and cures for major mental illness such as PTSD, schizophrenia, bipolar spectrum disorders, and depression.
The remaining twenty percent maintains the wilderness trails on which we hike by supporting local and national non-profits trail maintenace groups.
Come out and join us near Santa Clarita on June 1 – we will have a great time for a great cause.
Details about parking and start times will be provided to registered hikers.