Miguel G. on Tapia Canyon Fire Road
This are is rarely travelled, serious backcountry. Water was scarce on our hike but not too hard to find. Lots of Bear sign and tracks in this area, recommend bear bells and pepper spray just in case. Trail is light to not existent so plan on trail blazing. Map and compass is recommended.
This is one of the lost hikes of the Los Padres, the Trail head is a little hard to find. It can be found just past the old abandoned campground. Its a short two miles to the narrows which is spectacular. About quarter mile beyond that you will find running water. Fall colors were beautiful. Definitely worth the hike. The total distance you will travel from the closed road gate is about 8.5 miles round trip for this hike. I would rate as a moderate hike, terrain is easy to navigate.
Fish canyon is a great hike for the whole family. You can adjust this hike to your need easy to just turn around at any time. Wilderness just north of Castaic Lake. Be carful crossing the stream as it can be tricky. Have fun with all family members. We took our 7 month old grand son.
This is one of LA's greatest treasures! You hike DOWN the boring asphalt road but once you actually are on the trail and hear the water gurgling to the side, big boulders, shade and you've entered a different world. In a wet year there are many water crossings but now hardly any. Because of that, wear a bug net as the gnats have multiplied. The only difficulty is hiking back up the asphalt road, other than that it's pretty much flat, filled with trees and wildlife. Hard to believe something like this is in Los Angeles County!
Nice wide fire road with very little elevation gain. We did an out and back hike starting from the North end near the LA Department of water and power entrance. This would make a great Mtn bike ride.
Also added this trail to trailheadfinder.com, a much better user friendly site. You can get the gps track there without a paid membership.
Unable to locate trailhead at Lake Hughes Road. As per topo map the trailhead should be 1 mile south of Warm Springs Resort. Located a parking spot for a few cars with what looked like a very old trail at the location shown on the topo map. In a short distance the trail disappears. Does someone have more information that would help locate the trailhead?
This trail was desolate, and when we heard coyotes making a kill in the vicinity of the area we had just passed, it was a bit eerie. The trail seems to go on and and on monotonously and is not too strenuous at all. When you finally begin to loop around you are almostly instantly greeted and rewarded by beautiful views of the upper lake area that seem to go on forever! We covered nearly the whole range, and after it looped around it continued to incline a bit. This is where I think we chose the wrong path, because we let out of the trail on a windy road which took us an additional 30 mins to cover. Altogether about a 6 plus mile hike. Although the view of the lake was miraculous I probably won't be frequenting this trail.