Beautiful Elsmere Canyon, once slated to be the world’s largest landfill, is located in the Newhall Pass, adjacent to the Angeles National Forest, and the protected lands in Whitney and Placerita Canyons. Elsmere Canyon is an area of significant importance as it provides connectivity to existing wildlife corridors and increases the City’s greenbelt of protected open space. Elsmere Canyon is located within the Rim of the Valley corridor, a popular spot for local hikers, bikers, and equestrians.
The City partnered with Los Angeles County through a Proposition A Grant, and funds dedicated by Supervisor Antonovich and the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy (SMMC) to purchase the property in 2010. This added 842 acres to 400 acres of publically-owned land, creating over 1200 acres of protected open space to provide recreational opportunities. The result is a sizeable greenbelt buffer between the boundary of the City of Los Angeles and the City of Santa Clarita. The Los Pinetos underpass of SR 14, which is the gateway into Elsmere Canyon, creates a wildlife crossing for a number of small and large mammals, including the gray fox, Bobcat, Striped Skunk, Coyote, American Badger, and Mule Deer.
Elsmere Canyon is located at the intersection of Sierra Highway and Remson Street, just south of Eternal Valley Cemetery. Parking is available along the road at the gate. The trail is accessible on foot, non-motorized bike or horseback from Remson Street. Continue under the freeway to the canyon.
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