Slide Mountain Trail

MODERATE 32 reviews
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Slide Mountain Trail is a 6.9 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Castaic, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. 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.

DISTANCE
6.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2381 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

snow

no shade

A gentle climb on fire road and trail to the sometimes manned fire lookout at the top of Slide Mountain. The trail starts 1.9 miles after the locked gate on the old Golden State Highway and climbs in a gentle but steady grade up along a fire road for 1.5 miles to a turnout where the volunteer fire lookouts park. It continues 2.5 miles at about the same grade to the top of the mountain and the lookout gaining views of deep canyons to the south and west and Pyramid Lake to the north. While the trail is accessible year round, snow can be found in the winter months and scorching temperatures can be found in the summer months.

12 days ago

Isolated, lots of birds chirping and wildflowers. Great views.

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1 month ago

Excellent moderate hiking trail once you get to the trail head. Beautiful views from the summit but can get very windy.

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1 month ago

Drove up highway 99 until the closed gate at the Frenchman's Flat Campground. There was parking there. Then walked down the closed highway 99 1.6 miles to the trailhead. There is no sign at the trailhead, just another closed car gate. It was all uphill from here. Took me and the dog 2 hours to reach the top from the trailhead going at a steady pace. It was a cloudy day with a nice breeze. There was almost no shade. I would not go on a hot sunny day, but I would come back in cooler months. Enjoyed very much, took 4:45 total car to top and back

I had the dog, so the three miles of round trip asphalt on HW99 would be undoable if the midday summer sun was blaring on that road.

hiking
1 month ago

I agree with Ryan Cantwell's review: best to leave your pup at home. My companion on this hike was a GSD in exceptional condition, and we still took it slow, and he drank 3 liters of water -- and this on a cool day.

The hike itself is great! I didn't mind the extra mileage on the old Hwy 99, as there were nice views of Piru Creek. The trail itself is a moderate, steady, and unrelenting grade to the top, with spectacular views of the Sespe Wilderness, Grapevine Pass, and Pyramid Lake.

Best part was the fire lookout tower on top, and the nice conversation with the volunteer. (Hi Evan! Rocket says thank you for making him a member of the "Order of Squirrels," though he suggests awarding an actual squirrel.)

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2 months ago

Gate was locked. Posted signs warned to bring an Adventure Pass, but I chanced it and didn’t get a ticket. Took about four hours from the gate to the peak and back. Walking on the road was cool, especially considering it was part of the old U.S. Route 99 before they dammed Pyramid Lake. The trail is moderately steep and strenuous most of the way up. The first vista when you hit the ridge and can finally see west is impressive. I think I enjoyed it more than the peak itself, which includes more man-made scenery than I prefer. Decent hike.

2 months ago

It was a cool experience

2 months ago

Beautiful trail and views. The road was closed about 1.5 miles away from the trailhead as of today Feb 23rd, 2018

hiking
3 months ago

Road was still closed as of 27JAN2018 so you'll want to factor the extra mileage it adds on, but that being said, the extra 3 miles and change will probably be the easiest part of the hike. Moderately difficult but you're rewarded with incredible views and the trail does a great job of surprising you with a few of them. Early on a chilly Saturday morning I was the only one on the trail so it can be super peaceful. Highly recommended!

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5 months ago

Not an easy trail, hiked in off season, so road was closed (why..) so it was even longer. Amazing views.

5 months ago

A nice steep climb to the lookout tower with great views of Lake Pyramid and Castaic. Very exposed so you wouldn’t want to hike this on a hot day.

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7 months ago

We were almost the only ones doing the trail. Up at the fire tower there were 3 volunteers , very nice and welcoming who took us in and gave us a comprehensive explanation.

hiking
10 months ago

Gate was closed so hiked ended up being 11.3 miles if you include the distance on road each way. The road part isnt spectacular but the views as you get higher are what make this hike worth it!! As you walk up the road just watch you mileage so you are aware of the trailhead on the left, its not well marked. I was happy with how well maintained trail was for being so low traffic. I was the only person out there this morning besides the fire lookout volunteer. He was awesome and it was fun to learn about the fire tower's history and function. Great 360 degree view up there!

11 months ago

I do this trail for the Angeles fire lookout association and it's not an easy trail. I do not recommend bringing your dog or kids. bring plenty of water. I'll say it again. PLEASE LEAVE YOUR DOG AT HOME FOR THIS TRAIL.

11 months ago

I'm not sure when the "off-season" is, but I tried doing this last weekend with my dog and was not expecting the gate to be closed. It was 93 and super sunny so the pavement was very hot. We walked about a mile in before turning around because I didn't want her get blisters. The scenery wasn't that impressive either. There are so many great hikes within a short drive from this one.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Somewhat challenging climb in the hot heat but definitely DEFINITELY worth the view at the top! Bring lots of water! The trail has been freshly cut back too :)

hiking
Sunday, April 09, 2017

Nice hike right off the highway. If you plan on doing this hike in the "offseason", then note that the road is not open all the way to the trailhead, which adds a little more than 3 miles roundtrip to your adventure. The grade is steady, and you'll have nice views of the mountains and Pyramid lake as you climb. Take all your water with you, as you wont find any along the trail.

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Sunday, March 26, 2017

Great view!

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Sunday, February 05, 2017

Awesome hike. Starts with a 1.6 mile walk on the abandoned road, and then it's around 4 miles up, the trail gets pretty steep at some points so be prepared to sweat a lot if it's a hot day. 2l of water minimum. Views from the fire lookout house at the top are pretty amazing so it's definitely worth the climb.

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