Piru Creek Backpack

MODERATE 3 reviews
#95 of 165 trails in

Piru Creek Backpack is a 19.3 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point 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 best used from April until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

19.3 miles
1,269 feet
Point to Point

dogs on leash





nature trips



wild flowers

11 months ago

Pretty difficult hike with heavy backpacks. Lots of boulder scrambling, creek crossings, bush whacking and bears! Not much of a trail once you get in except for animal trails. Make sure to learn about the wildlife before venturing in. There are black bears, snakes, mountain lions, blackflies and many other critters. Would be an awesome hike without heavy packs. I believe they require an Adventure Pass to park.

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Would not recommend this hike. There is an actual trail for about the first 1.5 miles and then it just disappears. Throughout the canyon, we had to improvise how to get through thick vegetation and boulder fields with no trail to guide us. We were exhausted after going about a mile per hour with the weight of our packs on our backs. There are better trails in this area to go on.

Monday, July 17, 2017

This trail is gorgeous. The water is clear and crisp, and the views along the trail are breathtaking. But I would mark this trail as hard if you are consider backpacking. There is absolutely no marked trail. You follow the creek, which means you're constantly climbing through brush and up and over rocks- which is extremely tiring with 30+ lbs on your back. It took us about 4 hours to go 3 miles.

This trail is gorgeous and the place we found to camp was perfect, but the hike is difficult.