Hikers, bikers, riders, get good news for Santa Susana Mountains trail network

Another step in a plan to add miles of hiking, biking and equestrian trails throughout the Santa Susana Mountains in unincorporated northwest Los Angeles County has moved forward after years in the works.

Phase II of the Santa Susana Mountains Trails Master Plan was unanimously approved by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.

It adds 58 miles of trails to the existing 10-mile network abutting the Santa Clara River to the north, the city of Santa Clarita and Interstate 5 to the east, the Santa Susana Mountains to the south and the Newhall Ranch Specific Plan to the west.

Phase II completes master-planning efforts starting at the county line in Chatsworth, through Porter Ranch, over the hill into the Santa Clarita Valley and up to the Lake Castaic area near the Angeles and Los Padres National forests by 2035 through a web of connecting trails.

The master plan offers a framework for connecting various user groups and populations and is geared to support a growing population in the San Fernando and Santa Clarita valleys.

While it brings more hiking trails to the Santa Susana Mountains, which pleases cyclists’ advocates, trail advocates remain on alert that bikers will be able to get to the trailhead on safe roads.

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