Hiking in SCV: Mentryville

Min Ju Kang , Editor-in-Chief

Location: Mentryville Park

Address: 1804, 27201 Pico Canyon Rd, Stevenson Ranch, CA 91381

  When I was driving up to Mentryville Park, I had no idea that a hiking trail existed just minutes away from the neighborhoods of Stevenson Ranch. Tucked within the mountains of our valley, Mentryville Park is an easily and accessible hiking area that provides relatively easy trails for hikers of all levels to enjoy.

  There are two parking areas available to the left of the fork of the dirt road. The upper lot charges hikers a five-dollar fee, while the lower lot is free of charge. The lower lot is not a far distance away from the start of the trails, so I highly recommend to just park for free and walk a tiny bit more. You’re there to walk anyways, right?

  I hiked for roughly an hour long on an early Saturday morning. Pets are allowed, so I brought my Bichon-Yorkie mix for his morning exercise. The trails are neatly organized so that you have a clear path of where to go, and it was nice to see many neighbors of the community starting off their weekends up-and-early by jogging, biking, or just taking a casual stroll like me. Thanks to the tall trees, there are many shady paths distributed throughout the trail. I’m no professional hiker, but I think it’s safe to say that the trails have nice, not-too-challenging slopes. However, I recommend that you bring water to keep you hydrated because hydration is never a bad thing!