San Francisquito Motorway

Total Miles
6.2

Elevation

718.68 ft

Duration

1 Hours

Technical Rating

3

Easy

Best Time

Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Trail Overview

This is a relatively easy dirt road just outside Santa Clarita. It is usually low-traffic, and the main road doesn't even require 4x4. There are however several side trails (mostly short) that are steep, rutted, and require 4x4 and in some cases a rear locker. There are plenty of turnouts and viewpoints. There is also a short hike you can take out to a viewpoint to see the old St. Francis Dam disaster. This great short route to get out and away from the city.

Photos of San Francisquito Motorway

San Francisquito Motorway
San Francisquito Motorway
San Francisquito Motorway

Difficulty

Usually doable without 4x4. Still potential for some rutting and rocks, so some clearance is preferable. Some of the side obstacles may require lockers, but all are optional.

History

The trail runs along St. Francisquito Canyon, the site of the 1928 St. Francis Dam disaster and the Los Angeles Aqueduct. If you hike out to the viewpoint, you can still see remnants of the dam disaster, which killed at least 431 people. At the beginning of the trail, you can also see the pipes from the Los Angeles Aqueduct.

Technical Rating

3

Status Reports

Jim W.
May 25, 2024
2004 Jeep Wrangler
Open
Normal
A well-maintained trail with not too many ruts. Great for beginners. Not a lot of room for opposing traffic to pass, but workable. The top of the trail connects with a paved road, so you don’t have to come back the same way you came up. Beautiful drive that took about 45 minutes going slowly and then we drove over to Castaic Lake for a swim. Super fun day!
Crystal Renfroe
May 03, 2024
4x4
Open
Normal
Dusty
Mary Jane
Apr 27, 2024
4x4
Open
Normal
Zixi Wang
Apr 26, 2024
2023 Tesla Cybertruck
Open
Normal
Strong wind, some loose rocks towards the north end of the trail.

Access Description

Take San Fancisquito Canyon up and watch for a concrete bridge crossing the dry river on the west side of the road

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