Trail: Rice Canyon

Length: 2 Miles 1 direction 4 Miles RT

Difficulty: Easy

 

Rice Cyn

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 enroute 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.

To get to Rice Canyon, you need to start at the East Canyon Trail head, and hike for about 1/2 mile 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.

There is also a botanical garden facing the parking area. This garden has native species and native grasses. The hiking club is raising funds and looking for gardening volunteers to improve this garden area. If you would like to donate some native plants, we'd love to have those too! If you are interested, contact Dianne Erskine-Hellrigel @ This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

HOW TO GET TO THE TRAILHEAD: The East/Rice Trailheads are located off of the Old Road in Newhall. Exit I-5 at Calgrove, and proceed South on the Old Road. You will see a small sign on the Right indicating the parking area for East/Rice Canyon. There is a Ranch with horses located right next to the parking area. Don't forget to pay the Iron Ranger. Tickets have stiff fines, and the ranch belongs to the Ranger!