A sprawling 93,000 acre preserve with a wide array of landforms and ecosystems caused by the drastic change in elevation within the area, which features incredible views across a vast canyon connecting the Coast Ranges and the Sierra Nevada. Wind Wolves Preserve is the west coast's largest non-profit preserve and is home to various wildlife including the Tule elk, Joaquin kit fox, and the California condor.
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- On your way to the preserve from Los Angeles, you'll want to take Interstate 5 North towards Sacramento. You'll pass through Santa Clarita and then the Grapevine followed by the Outlets at Tejon. After passing the Outlets at Tejon, you'll still have another 21 miles until you reach the preserve. Keep right at the split with the 99 North to Bakersfield and the 5 North to Sacramento. Approximately 4.5 miles after the split, you'll take CA-166 toward Maricopa / Taft and the sign for "Wind Wolves Preserve" will appear on the south side of the road in 9.9 miles. As you head down the road (heads up, it's actually not named besides the sign noting "Wind Wolves Preserve"), there will be another wood sign, but much larger, over the road that will designate the main entrance to "Wind Wolves Preserve - The Wildlands Conservancy". Pass through here and head towards the Administrative Hacienda Information Building to pick up a map or any other additional information you'd like to receive from the local volunteers and rangers. There's a parking lot along with restrooms at the information building as well as having a picnic area to enjoy a meal or a light snack before the hike.
- NOTE: The preserve is open daily from 8a - 6p.
- TIP: Be sure to check the weather during hotter months and keep in mind there is very little shade along the trails in the higher parts of the canyon.
- NOTE: The hike below highlights the Tule Elk Trail within the park and there are five other trails to explore while visiting depending on the type of hike you're looking to experience.
- Luckily the preserve is well maintained and all the trails are extremely simple to follow with signage directing you entire time on any trail you choose to explore.
- Begin at The Crossing Picnic Area where restrooms are available (if needed) and head to the trailhead with the sign "Mountain View Trail" at the south west end of the picnic area rotunda.
- Continue along Mountain View Trail, veering right at the first two trail splits.
- You'll slowly ascend up the canyon side until you reach the first vista point overlooking the stunning San Emigdio Canyon. Many visitors to the preserve stop their hike here and turn back or you're able to continue ahead to another vista point further up.
- As you pass the first vista point, continue along the trail noting the Tule Elk Viewing area on the west side of the trail. If you're lucky, you just might see one of the couple hundred that are present within the preserve.
- Once you make it to the top of the Tule Elk Viewing area, another vista point will be on the east side of the trail. Relax and take a few photos before continuing south.
- When you hit the next trail split after the water tower, head east while you descend down into the canyon again.
- Soon you'll come up to a "T" intersection with San Emigdio Road (also known as El Camino Viejo Bike Trail) where you'll want to head north passing "The Willows Picnic Area / Campground".
- After passing the Willows Picnic Area, you'll have approximately 2 miles until you're back at the trailhead near Crossing Picnic Area. When you reach the picnic area, return to where you parked your car.