Castaic Lake Trail Loop via West Launch Ramp

MODERATE 16 reviews

Castaic Lake Trail Loop via West Launch Ramp is a 6.3 mile loop trail located near Castaic, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
6.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1604 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

fly fishing

hiking

mountain biking

trail running

walking

horseback riding

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

over grown

scramble

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 place is a power boater's mecca! It's well known for fishing and as a place to go for summer BBQ's on the lake's two shorelines. That being said, this place can get busy! Starting at the West Launch Ramp facility is an opportunity to escape all that does exist on the upper lake. The trail system tucked into the hills overlooking the lake's western shore winds its way along ridge-lines and into the gullies back there. These trails are primarily the home of local equestrian, mountain bikers, and individuals training for the Iron Man competition. For hikers and trail walkers they represent a chance to get away from the crowds down at the lake. It's a great place for a workout and some of the scenery is pretty nice. There's also a few spots back there where nearly all signs of civilization vanish. The only area that really needs improvement is trail signage. The available park maps at the lake are somewhat inadequate.

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3 months ago

Good views of Castaic lake along the trail. Limited shade and can get very hot during the summer. Not too busy most days. There are some steep sections of trail so I recommend bringing trekking poles. I wish the trail circled the lake instead of climbing steeply and returning to the boat launch. Well maintained trail.

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3 months ago

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5 months ago

Great adventure trail! There isn't a lot of guidance as far as where the trails begin, end, or which forks in the road to take, but that's part of the adventure.

Nice scenery and view. Peaceful trails too! There is a fairly consistent view of the lake, which is nice as well. $11 parking fee though, which sort of sucks.

Ideal for hiking, horseback riding, and mountain biking. We took dogs, but if you take dogs yourself, I recommend bringing ample amounts of water. There aren't a lot of places to refill bottles.

6 months ago

7 months ago

The trail was nice, great views. But it was very isolated we were the only ones on the trail the whole time.

8 months ago

Great trail with amazing views of the reservoir

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Saturday, May 21, 2016

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Friday, December 06, 2013

This is a gorgeous spot, but be prepared to pay for parking ($5 or $8 I think) and see joggers/swimmers if it's warm enough.

Saturday, March 03, 2012

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Thursday, March 01, 2012

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.