Placerita Canyon runs east to west and features a sycamore and willow-lined seasonal stream; shaded, cool oak groves; and several other fascinating animal and plant communities. One landmark within the canyon area is the "Oak of the Golden Dream," the historic site of the 1842 discovery of gold in California. Walker Cabin is another landmark in the area and was built in 1920 by Frank Walker. A network of self-guided hiking, history, and nature trails run throughout Placerita Canyon.
These trails radiate out from the Placerita Canyon Nature Center into the park. A seasonal waterfall can be reached by the longer hiking trails, as well as the top of the Santa Clarita Divide. A picnic area is provided near the Nature Center. Found on the north side of the San Gabriel Mountains within the park are chaparral, riparian, and oak woodland plant communities. The park both conserves a part of the area's wild environment and educates visitors on the importance of undisturbed fauna and flora through self-guided educational trails, nature hikes, and wild animal presentations. Photo: kenkistler1/Fotolia
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Placerita Canyon Nature Center
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