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.
dogs on leash
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.
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.
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.
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