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Another Hiking With Dean original, we’ve been following the footsteps of ET since 2008! Since then we have improved upon the hike eliminating all but a few yards of sidewalk walking.
The open spaces and trails lacing Porter Ranch provides us the opportunity to wander the remaining vestiges of two riparian canyons and a cliff-rimmed hillside blanketed with aromatic sage.
So let us set out for the suburban stronghold of Porter Ranch for a variegated 8 mile loop through the hidden wilds and wild suburbia of the north valley including Aliso Canyon and Limekiln Canyon. Total Ascent is 1000 ft.
Two oak- and sycamore-shaded canyons–Aliso and Limekiln–and some eroded sedimentary outcroppings known as “The Palisades” are some of the highlights
We’ll take our snack break at “E.T. Park” (Aliso Canyon Park, where they filmed ET)
This video shows the location of our hike. The maker did an excellent job in juxtaposing scenes from ET with present day shots. Pay particularly close attention to the opening shots, the dirt path a bicycle is riding on, and the van drivng into a park. We will be hiking over and through these locations.
The trailhead is on Rinaldi St between Corbin and Tampa Aves north of the 118 fwy. From the 118 exit Tampa Av. Turn north toward the hills and make a left on Rinaldi. Drive about 0.2 mi and park at curb. Trailhead is on the north side across the street from World Vision Church. You can park on both sides of Rinaldi.
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