Las Llajas Trail to the Shovel

August 20, 2022 @ 7:00 am
Las Llajas Trail to the Shovel

6.3 MRT – Moderate (1,100’ of elevation gain/loss.)

DIRECTIONS TO THE TRAILHEAD: Take Hwy 118 to Yosemite Drive and head north. Drive 1.2 miles to the intersection with Evening Sky Drive and turn right. Drive 0.5 mile east on Evening Sky Drive and park on either side of the street at the Las Llajas Canyon trailhead. There’s a kiosk at the trailhead.

Our hike will start at the Las Llajas Canyon trailhead on Evening Sky Drive. We will begin by descending a short paved section of road into the canyon bottom; from there we’ll follow a wide graded dirt road along a streambed north through the canyon, crossing the probably dry streambed three times. The steep canyon walls will provide shade as we enjoy an easy 1.9-mile trek up the canyon to its junction with an old mining road (now a single-track trail). We’ll follow the single-track trail as it climbs fairly steeply up to an abandoned coquina limestone strip-mine where some abandoned equipment remains and there are sweeping views of the Santa Susana Mountains nearby. We’ll return the way we came. Bring trail snacks and 2 to 3 quarts of water.

Click here to learn about the Coquina Mine.

Click here to see a video of the hike.