Uploaded: , Monday, May 9, 2022
By Ken Striplin
When was the last time you enjoyed the great outdoors in Santa Clarita? With over 80 miles of scenic hiking trails and over 126 miles of beautiful off-street trails to enjoy, our city has no shortage of outdoor activities that can get you moving. There’s never been a better time to reconnect with outdoor gear that promotes physical and mental health just in time for the summer season.
If you’re an early riser, you’ll likely encounter groups of experienced cyclists enjoying the fresh air on their morning ride. But our network of trails isn’t just for avid cyclists. Residents also use the city’s trails to get to work, and as the city’s Bike to Work Week challenge approaches, you can try it out for yourself.
Starting Monday, May 16 and ending Friday, May 20, this week-long challenge is a great opportunity for residents and businesses to stay active and cycle to work for the chance to win prizes. free draws. Before riding, remember to check the condition of your brakes, tires and handlebars and once on the trail, be sure to be courteous to other cyclists. Residents are encouraged to visit Santa Clarita Bike to find out about the city’s cycling events and safety tips – and don’t forget to wear a helmet!
Residents of all experience levels can also work up a sweat as they explore the city’s open spaces and experience sweeping valley views. Safety is also very important on the hiking trails. We encourage you to wear sunscreen, bring plenty of water, and be respectful of nature, especially when encountering wildlife native to the area, including birds, lizards, and snakes. The city has endless trails for you and your family to explore, whether it’s getting a bird’s eye view of the Los Angeles Basin from the Newhall Pass Open Space or even getting a picture-perfect view of the scenery of the east side of the city from the Golden Valley Ranch Open. Space. You can visit Hike Santa Clarita to see a full list of open spaces and safety reminders that will make your hiking experience safe.
If you’re looking to stay active while engaging in your community, residents can also volunteer to help maintain the city’s trail system. Interested residents can contact the City’s volunteer staff by visiting Santa Clarita Volunteers or by calling (661)250-3708.
We are lucky to live in a city where there are so many opportunities to stay active. Having a paseo or open space just minutes from your front door is just one of the many benefits of living in our city, and I encourage you to stay active and engaged with your community. Whether you’re breaking in a new pair of running shoes or dusting off your bike, the city of Santa Clarita has the resources to help you embrace an active lifestyle.
Ken Striplin is the City Manager of Santa Clarita and can be reached at [email protected].