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Best trails in Castaic Lake State Recreation Area

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Explore the most popular trails in Castaic Lake State Recreation Area with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.
Description

Castaic Lake State Recreation Area is a reservoir of the State Water Project. It is one of the Project's largest recreational lakes and the terminal of its west branch. The site includes 29 miles of shoreline. A major attraction is the 425-foot tall Castaic Dam. Castaic Lake has two bodies of water. Lower lake is for non-power boating and canoeing. Swimming season on lower lake runs from mid-May to mid-September. Upper lake is for sailing, power boating, water and jet skiing, and fishing. The lake is stocked with bass, trout and catfish. Boat rentals and a tackle bait shop are available. Other recreational activities include hiking, biking trails, picnic areas and playgrounds. Rental group picnic areas are available for up to 600 persons. Park is open sunrise-sunset. The recreation area can be reached by exiting Interstate 5 at Hughes Lake Road, 41 miles northeast of downtown Los Angeles. From Ventura, it is 51 miles to Castaic Lake via Highway 126 and Interstate 5. Please be advised, Castaic Lake SRA is one of the few California State Parks that does not accept the Annual State Parks Pass.

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Map of trails in Castaic Lake State Recreation Area
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Top trails (4)
#1 - Castaic Lake Trail Loop via West Launch Ramp
Castaic Lake State Recreation Area
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Length: 6.3 mi • Est. 3 h 26 m
Castaic Lake is an interesting park. The lands are owned by State Parks, the recreational elements are run by Los Angeles County Parks and Rec., and the site is part of the State Water Project. The pShow more
#2 - Fisherman and Cutler Canyon Fire to Pine Ridge
Castaic Lake State Recreation Area
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Length: 2.5 mi • Est. 1 h 22 m
Fisherman and Cutler Canyon Fire to Pine Ridge is a 2.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Castaic, California that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primaShow more
#3 - West Ramp Loop
Castaic Lake State Recreation Area
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Length: 1.3 mi • Est. 44 m
West Ramp Loop is a 1.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Castaic, California that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, aShow more
#4 - Castaic Lagoon - Toddler Trail
Castaic Lake State Recreation Area
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Length: 0.9 mi • Est. 25 m
Castaic Lagoon - Toddler Trail is a 0.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Castaic, California that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The traiShow more