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Hike 41 – Haines Canyon to Sister Elsie Trail

Posted By on August 29, 2010 in Hikes, Photos | 4 comments

A late afternoon hike leads to a unexpected new view of the valley.

I hadn’t explored much of the western-facing foothills of the Angeles National Forest and was looking for something new. Then I read about Haines Canyon from Casey over at modernhiker.com. The strenuous hike up to the top of Mount Lukens didn’t interest me as much as the small section of the route called Sister Elsie Trail. Unlike the wide fire road that is Haines Canyon “trail,” Sister Elsie is a single-track rugged trail through coastal oaks, healthy sycamores, and a little stream.

I had a nice time hiking both Haines Canyon and Sister Elsie trails. I wish I had started earlier though: I was racing against the sun and didn’t care to do a night hike today, especially up a canyon I had not been before. Regretfully*, I turned around just a mile or so up Sister Elsie Trail, hiking back down, towards the sunset. Before exiting the canyon, I unexpectedly took a detour up to the top of a small hill north of the catch basin and caught the last of the sunlight setting over Tujunga, the Verdugo Mountains, and the expansive San Fernando Valley. I stayed into dusk and watched the city lights twinkle below and a few stars appear above. Despite my late start and disappointment on not making it all the way up Sister Elsie Trail, it was a nice afternoon of hiking.

Thoughts about the hike:

  1. I finally found a pair of boots that work for me: Columbia
  2. *The Station Fire, one of the worst wildfires in California’s recorded history, has caused significant damage in Haines Canyon. Just three weeks after my hike (August 31, 2009), fires roared through the canyon, destroying most of the wildlife captured in the photos below. The area is closed to visitors until at least the Spring of 2011. Hopefully, with a little time, patience, and luck, we’ll be able to hike in Haines Canyon again.
  3. Parking on the street is illegal above 10439 Haines Canyon Avenue
  4. .

Resources:

  1. Google Maps – Haines Canyon Avenue
  2. Modern Hiker – Hiking Mount Lukens via Haines Canyon
  3. Revisiting Haines Canyon after the Station Fire (Jan 2010)

Hike #41 Trip GPS Stats:

  • Date of hike: August 9th, 2009
  • Location: Tujunga, California
  • Length: 3.9 miles
  • Duration: 2 hours, 24 minutes
  • Average speed: ±1.6 mph
  • Altitude at start: 1,119 feet
  • Altitude min.max: 1,122/1,092 feet

This map was made with the data my GPS captured on the hike. For a more detailed trip report map, check this out.

Video:

Photos:

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Haines Canyon Dam

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Heading up Haines Canyon "Trail" - a wide fire road.

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Passed a big darkling beetle on the path. He asked to borrow my cell phone.

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I have never seen so much poison oak! Luckily, it was a few feet off the trail.

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Haines Canyon was full of California Buckwheat.

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Not sure what these are, but the seeds rattled a bit when the wind blew through them.

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A view down Haines Canyon from Sister Elsie Trail

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While Haines Canyon Trail had quite a few human footprints, the lesser-used Sister Elsie Trail had quite a few deer tracks, like this one pictured above.

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An old cement water reservoir guards one side of the canyon.

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These types of yucca has many common names: Spanish Boyonet, Our Lord's Candle, foothill yucca... but I'm going with the name friend and fellow hiker, Shawnté, has nicknamed them: Stabby little asshole plants.

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The smiling man in the rocks.

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My last view up Haines Canyon before calling it a day.

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Sunset over the San Fernando Valley from the mouth of Haines Canyon.

4 Comments

  1. wilberfan August 30, 2010

    Man, I miss these! Very nice… (And we’re getting closer to the hike I went on!) :-)

  2. Hikespeak September 3, 2010

    I never got to hike this one before the fire. Looks like a nice canyon

  3. folk4parks October 25, 2010

    Kolby, wanting to get in contact with you about a blog post, but you have no contact info on your blog! In 2009, did a post on my Folk4Parks roadtrips and wanted your help again. Please contact me at takeaction@folk4parks.org. Thanks, Christopher Ward.

  4. Pasadena Adjacent February 19, 2011

    some interesting stuff has shown up in this area post fire (cabin remains and such)

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