Fish Canyon to Fish Canyon Narrows and Cienaga Campground

MODERATE 3 reviews
#178 of 197 trails in

Fish Canyon to Fish Canyon Narrows and Cienaga Campground is a 5.5 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Castaic, California that features beautiful wild flowers 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
5.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
587 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

backpacking

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

walking

views

wild flowers

rocky

hiking
2 months ago

Parked the car where the road ended. There are barriers so you can't go further. You cross the barrier and go down a paved road.Where it turns to "dirt" there's a porta potty that hasn't been cleaned in ages. You cross a foot bridge and then go about .10 straight until you get to the fork. Then you take a left and you start walking into the canyons. I started at 830 am, not much shade until you get about 1.5 miles in (from where I parked the car). It's a nice, steady incline into the canyons. I saw birds and lizards. About 1.5 to 1.75 miles you start to hear running water. To your left, you can see a stream. At 2 miles in, you come to your first stream crossing. There's about 7 crossings between mile 2 and 3. At 3 miles you walk into the old Cienga Campground. About the only thing left are the pit tiolets which have not been maintained and old campground markers. Gets kinda buggy at 2 miles but I took out a banana, got it wet, and wiped my face and that kept the bugs away, but I might recommend some bug spray. I stopped at the old campgrounds, had a snack and turned around. There was an approx 250 foot elevation gain from the car to the old campgrounds. Loved the hike, felt the burn. Would recommend it.

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful scenery, great trail. Poison oak is filling in parts of trail but otherwise kid friendly and fun

hiking
4 months ago

the map for this trail, and the distance appears to be only about halfway to fish canyon narrows. it appears to stop at Cienaga campground, an old car campground that is rather overgrown, with no facilities. the route here is nice, with interesting geology that I wish I understood. from here you would head North for about 2 miles to get to the start of the narrows. the trail through the narrows is about a mile long with many stream crossings, and beautiful geologic features.