Castaic Falls Trail is a 2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Lake Hughes, California that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and nature trips. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length2.0 miElevation gain262 ftRoute typeOut & back
Dogs on leashHikingNature tripsRiverWaterfallWildlifeBugsMuddyOver grownScramble
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FIRE CLOSURE: As of February 2021 there are closures in this park or area due to wildfire. For more information, please visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/angeles/alerts-notices. Short, bushwhacking, rock hopping trail up Fish Creek to a swimming hole that is popular with local youths. Adventure Pass required for parking.

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Madelyn Tyler
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HikingMuddy

Trail was ok my husband, our little dog, and I went today (03/28/21) Since there was a fire recently there wasn’t that much green, trash almost everywhere, and tons of graphitti but if you’re bored at home it gives you something to do/look at. Some parts of the trail look like there was a landslide so you do have to go through the “creek” to go around and continue not bad though

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Valerie Huhman
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HikingGreat!Rocky

This trail was a lot of fun! The creek was low enough to easily walk across, and we needed to cross it many times. No clear trail at the moment. It looked like there had been recent landslides that may have covered up the trail. But we made it as far as the ladder before turning back. One of the top rungs of the ladder is broken and we didn’t feel comfortable climbing all the way to the top. No bugs and plenty of shade. We had a great time.

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Shay Hulin
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HikingGreat!MuddyOff trailOver grownRockyWashed out

The trail was so cool!! We followed a little stream from the car all the way to the waterfall! The path told us to go past the waterfall, up this really cool ladder, but after that it was pretty dangerous. I went as far as I could before it wanted me to walk off a cliff.

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Frank Echeverria
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Off trail

We just went on November 24 and unfortunately that area have been burn and very hard to get there and and it get dry on the summer it’s better to go at the beginning of summer and be prepared for hiking because it’s about 4 miles round-trip Is not easy to get there

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Amber Bedgood
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Scenic drivingClosedNo shade

I decided to drive down Lake Hughes Rd to scout the area to see the impact of the Lake Fire of 2020. I saw the burn maps but wanted to see for myself. Sure enough, the Castaic Falls trailhead and view into the canyon was nearly unrecognizable. The trail is obviously closed so I didn’t venture in on foot but the area was directly affected. It burned completely and hotly. The mature trees are about the only thing standing. I WILL say the scorched tree trunks already have green new growth spouting from their bases. The area was terribly brushy and overgrown so perhaps in the coming year when the new growth really starts after the rainy season the area will start to heal. Photos added

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Rita Powell
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HikingOver grownRocky

It was hot, rocky trail lots of overgrown. No waterfall, still enjoyed hike..my dog enjoyed it the most.

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Emma Hild
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HikingOver grown

very easy hike definitely able to do with kiddos that are adventurous and like to climb on rocks. went on this hike July 24th and sadly there was no water running down the creek. we got to the first pool water was very refreshing about mid thigh deep. continued walking up and came across two more pools more shallow only ankle deep. just a little more deep in the canyon we found the “waterfall” right now it is all dry absolutely no water past the sand bags. there’s a little pool of water at the base of the waterfall but no water coming down the rock. overall a fun time getting out and enjoying nature, very peaceful and not a lot of people.

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Angela Vasquez
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Hiking

Great hike for families! I loved that we could hike through the water ponds instead of scaling the rocks. This was a great way to cool off and feel adventurous with the little ones. Be careful of the water snakes, they aren’t dangerous but a shock if you weren’t expecting them. The water hole was drying up and the waterfall was non existent. All in all it was a nice short hike.

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Natalie Teutla
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HikingNo shadeOff trailOver grownRockyScramble
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Norrea Sierra
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HikingOver grown

You will get wet! Can’t avoid it but it was glorious! Truly hot and quick hike through the desert before you get to the first pool of water where it just feels so refreshing. Second pool was murky still fun. Bring the right shoes because even my hiking boots were no match for the slippery rocks

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Karen Haines
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HikingBugsOver grownRocky

Great hike! Be ready to duck under branches and wade thru water! Partial shade with lots of greenery and canyon walls. Garter snakes, water beetles and pollywogs. The waterfall itself isn’t huge or spectacular but it’s a wonderful end to the hike in. Ladder to leap into a big punch bowl. I’d love to see some cleanup of the discarded or lost items at the waterfall. And some graffiti removal. Some of the art is pretty cool tho. Only way to swim during a pandemic!

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Daniel Crawford
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HikingOver grown

It’s a nice but challenging trail. It’s pretty over grown and you have to wade through a few pools. Made sure to watch for small snakes in the water. You will get wet though you can’t avoid walking through water. At the waterfall, if you climb the ladder up, you jump a couple feet down into a small pool but once you are in that pool you have to jump over the waterfall. If you are looking for a small challenge I would definitely hike this trail

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Jay Oh
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As stated before, there is no way to do this without getting wet so bring the right shoes. We tried the on-again-off-again method to avoid soaking them but at a certain point gave up and just succumbed to the fact we were gonna get soaked.. that said, once you hit that first waist deep pool, you feel the magic. The top pool near the fall gets deep and cold, but kind of feels like dirty water (probably just silt kicking up from falls).. didn’t climb rope ladder but saw some younger kids doing it and seemed fine. Careful hiking back down, the water covered rocks are VERY slippery. By youngin slipped and hit his head, made for a VERY stressful rapid hike out. He’s fine, we good. Anyway, enjoy and tread with caution.

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Madison Serna
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HikingBugsMuddyOver grownRocky

Awesome trail!!! Lots of water, rocks to climb over, & a lot of wildlife. Wildlife we saw included water snakes (be careful), tadpoles, lizards (tons!), dragonflies of all colors, & more! Really great experience despite the occasional pieces of trash & graffiti.

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