Pico Canyon, Santa Clarita, California
Hiking in Pico Canyon
Pico Canyon was named for General Andres Pico (1810-1866), the man who led the Mexican forces in the Mexican-American War of 1846 and the brother of Pio Pico, the last Mexican governor of California. At the end of this war in 1848, California officially became a territory of the United States. In 1865, Pico evidently filed the first placer oil claim, called the Canada Pico, in the canyon. A short biography can be found here.
The hiking distance from Mentryville to Odeen #1 is about 3.5 miles with an increase of elevation of about 790 feet.