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.


Geology of Pico Canyon
Earthquake of 1893
History of Oil Development
Historic Oil Well Photos
Early Pico Oil Springs Surveys
CSO Hill Jack Plant Historic Photos

Historic Mentryville Photos
Johnson Park
CSO 4 Area
CSO Hill
PCO Hill
Odeen 1
Other Areas

Equipment Salvage Work in Pico Canyon (1974-75)
Equipment Salvage Work in Wiley Canyon (1974-75)
Engines in Pico Canyon today
Mike Anderson's Pico Canyon Steam Engine Restoration Project

Pico Canyon Memories of Bill Rundberg (with photos)
The Pico Ghost Camp - Part 1 by A.B. Perkins
The Pico Ghost Camp - Part 2 by A.B. Perkins