Cienaga Canyon Trail

HARD 6 reviews
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Cienaga Canyon Trail is a 16.3 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Castaic, California that offers scenic views and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

16.3 miles
2,263 feet

dogs on leash



nature trips



over grown

Cienaga Canyon carries Castaic Creek north of the lake. The trail, sometimes called the Old Telephone Road because it follows the first long distance phone line between LA and SF, climbs from Templin Highway to what was the Kelly Ranch, now Knapp Ranch.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Not a lot of water now. You can walk along the stream for a while. Road is a washout or overgrown. Beautiful, in spots. Not a bad hike for sure. I though I saw a bear paw print. I had to climb from the creek up to the road a few times...difficult for kids, but my dogs loved it. Very desolate...did not see anyone there the whole day.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Very tough trail right now, Landslide have taken part of the trail away, often bushwhacking and trail searching at times,
GPS is a MUST!
although just follow the streams and a good time and rewards are to be found
Its just hard work.
Tons of water from all the rains make it tougher as you often must go in the streams to keep going.
It will be an epic, hard rewarding day if you so choose.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

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.

Monday, April 06, 2015

Nice trail got to see a water creak It was amazing, at the beginning it look like there was no water but if you are persistent you will find it hade a good tome with my wife and dog

Sunday, July 17, 2016

recorded Recording - Jan 10 17:16

Monday, January 11, 2016