One of the best kept secrets in Santa Clarita offers you breathtaking views of both valleys.

Photo courtesy George Cummings

San Fernando Valley from the top of Bear Divide.

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to see both the Santa Clarita Valley AND the San Fernando Valley from the same place? Did you know that, on exceptionally clear days, you can catch a glimpse of the Los Angeles skyline and even the Pacific Ocean from the SCV?

Then you’ve never been to Bear Divide!

Bear Divide is aptly named as it is the literal dividing line between the Santa Clarita and San Fernando Valleys. Located off Sand Canyon a few miles south of Placerita Canyon, it’s perfect for anyone looking for a quiet drive up the road to the fire station, where you can look off one side of the road to see the Santa Clarita Valley, then cross the road to take in the San Fernando Valley.

From the fire station, hearty hikers can continue on foot to take a 2.2 mile trail that will continue to enthrall you with vistas, ridges, and more breathtaking views.

Bicyclists also ride Bear Divide for its challenging ride up the hill from Sand Canyon.

To get there:

Take Sand Canyon south past Placerita Canyon. The entrance to the road is marked and it’s on the right hand side. There is also a picnic area at the entrance, so it’s a great opportunity for a wind down or family gathering afterwards.

You can drive up the road to the top of the hill, however you’ll need to take it very slow. The gate closes at dusk, so you want to make sure you get up there while there’s plenty of daylight. As you’re driving, be conscious of hikers and bikers along the roadway. There are vista stops up and down the roadway that will give you the opportunity to take in the beauty of both valleys while being safely off the roadway.

The hiking trail begins just past the fire station, and contains switchbacks and some steep terrain. The trailhead is just to the right.


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