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Vasquez Rocks

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Wild landscape used in many movies, sandstone slabs jutting into the air!
Near:Santa Clarita, CA
Distance:1.5 miles round trip
Elevation Gain:100 ft
Hike Time:1 hours
Trail Condition:OK, but a few difficult spots

Summary: This is a tremendous place to take the family for an outing. Wild, multi-hued sandstone slabs jut our of the ground at a 45 degree angle, rising almost 150 foot in the air. This site was used to film episodes Star Trek and Bonanza. The rocks are actually pretty easy to climb around on if you bring a good pair of hiking shoes.

Note that there really is no defined trail system in the park, just a maze of paths leading around the rock formations. Just pick out a good landmark near the parking area and enjoy wandering around the spectacular landscape.

Trailhead: From the Antelope Freeway (14) near Canyon Country, exit on Agua Dulce Road. Head north 1.5 miles. Agua Dulce swings west and you join Escondido Canyon Road, proceeding 0.25 miles to the signed Vasquez Rocks County Park entrance on your right. (Lat:34.48596 Lon:-118.31394)
Trail Guides for Vasquez Rocks:
Afoot & Afield In Los Angeles
by Jerry Schad  (Wilderness Press)

Easy Hiking in Southern California
by Ann Marie Brown  (Foghorn Press)

Day Hikers Guide to Southern California
by John McKinney  (Olympus Press)

Best Seasons: Fall, Winter, Spring
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs, Horses
Ranger Contact:  Vasquez Rocks Nature Area - 661-268-0840
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Jim Zuber, who has posted  104 other hikes on this site
Trail Reviews  Page 1 of 6   Submit your own review
Reviewed by EL on 4/28/2011
My children and I just discovered Vasquez Rocks this year and have already hiked it twice. There are so many things to explore there that it'll keep us coming back for years to come. We did come across a rattlesnake on our second visit but we just gave it some space and it moved along quietly. My boys are 8 and 12 years old so ofcourse our encounter with the snake just added to the excitment for them. We love it. Oh yeah and the rock formations are cool too.

Reviewed by MM on 4/14/2011
cool rock formations

Reviewed by julie on 9/12/2010
It is a stunning spot for hiking even though it is a little HOT on summer. I didn't climb up to the top to the rock but I explored the rocks on the otherside of the mountain...really recommended.

Reviewed by P&R on 9/3/2010
Expectacular giant Rocks!!! I went with my boyfriend and our dog and it was amazing climbing up huge rocks, our dog ran freely and had a blast! It's very enjoyable for the whole family and not far from the city! enjoy your hike.

Reviewed by KevinS on 8/16/2010
Vasquez Rocks is a pretty great hike. From the sharp rocks jutting out of the ground at 45 degrees to the giant cave midway through the hike no wonder and episode of Star Trek shot looks alien! My buddy and I blazed our own path straight to the cave high and far in the distance but the if you stick to the well beaten path you'll have a fun hour or hour and a half hike. Great place to take pictures and it's not too far from civilization. Check out some video of this hike at Get out there and hike!

Reviewed by JN on 8/15/2010
You can see Vasquez Rocks from the freeway. I have not done the hike but I want to - good looking hike. Star trek was filmed here. PCT runs though here.

Reviewed by M&M on 1/23/2010
My Husband and I come to Vasquez Rocks every weekend with our Pit Bull doggy. It is our favorite place to come when we want to escape hectic city life. We even came hiking in the rain and had a blast! You discover something new every time you hike the different trails, It's great because there isn't many places in the city to take dogs and allow them to be free and enjoy themselves, it's also great exercise and alot of fresh air.

Reviewed by Ro on 12/10/2009
Explored Vasquez Rocks yesterday afternoon (made it just before closing at 5 p.m.) What a beautiful landscape! Amazing what "25 million years of earthquake activity" can do! I enjoyed climbing up the rocks and going on a self-guided tour of the geology and greenery in the area (including CA buckwheat, juniper, and sagebrush). They are all labelled nicely at the park. There is also a path that leads to the Pacific Crest Trail. This is a great place to take friends and family to. Supposedly the spot is a major archaeological site as well w/ petroglyphs but I ran out of time to explore. Hope to come back again soon with friends and family!

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