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California Trails

Los Angeles: Rancho Nuevo Trail-Deal Trail

Squeezed into the extremely rugged landscape of Dick Smith Wilderness, this 5-mile out-and-back features great streamside camping and plenty of solitude.

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Trail Facts

  • Distance: 6.8

Waypoints

RNT001

Location: 34.7068214416504, -119.378196716309

Begin hiking L of CA 33 onto sand and rough arroyo

RNT003

Location: 34.6951866149902, -119.398132324219

heads W, funneling into a steep sedimentary canyon shaded by oak canopy

RNT004

Location: 34.6926803588867, -119.401786804199

Cross Rancho Nuevo Creek

RNT005

Location: 34.6968803405762, -119.408294677734

Primitive campsite; ancient cottonwood stands out in bolder-laden oak grove; trail crosses creek

RNT006

Location: 34.6925659179688, -119.410919189453

Water-sculpted boulders; trail framed by wild roses, sage, and scrubby manzanita

RNT007

Location: 34.6903305053711, -119.413612365723

Trail dumps across creekbed. Bear R and head SW

RNT008

Location: 34.6899604797363, -119.414398193359

Turn L @ Y onto Deal Trail

RNT009

Location: 34.6861267089844, -119.417694091797

Molar-shaped boulder topped with a sandstone cavity

RNT010

Location: 34.6844673156738, -119.418319702148

Natural rock chair; good spot for lunch; return to trailhead

RNT002

Location: 34.7044906616211, -119.390853881836

Turn L @ Y onto FR 7N04A