Warm Springs Mountain

HARD 7 reviews
#146 of 202 trails in

Warm Springs Mountain is a 13.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Castaic, California that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as difficult. 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
13.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2,152 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

views

wildlife

over grown

scramble

6 months ago

There is no parking! Everywhere said ‘No parking - smile, you’re on camera’.

hiking
9 months ago

It starts on the intersection of Lake Hughes Road and Warm Springs road, where you’re met with a couple enormous NO PARKING signs. A few other warning signs later and you’ve crossed over the ROAD CLOSED gate and are on the sandy fire road trail making your way up. An abandoned cement foundation and numerous burnt out trees make it all seem a bit apocalyptic, maybe I’ve seen too many horror movies. The climb is gradual, and pretty easy. Eventually you make it to what at first looks like an abandoned mine, filled with a couple feet of water. Like an entrance into the netherworld. You keep going and a few miles in you start to see some views, of giant electrical transmission towers. The road meanders, no sign of life, and then you see it: the old lookout tower at the top. A glimmer of hope for some adventure and maybe epic views. You finally get there and are met with an odd feel of decay and abandonment. The tower is rickety and rusted out. Climbed it, even thought it was a bit untrustworthy looking, and missing the middle platform. But even from there, your view is obstructed by antennas and shoddily placed manmade wiring. If you kook passed that, well, meh. Upside, absolutely no one was on the trail, except for the very last half mile near the bottom when a couple old timers on dirt bikes hopped the gate and were noisily riding up. Ran half of the trail down so it only took an hour vs the two hours it took to climb. Good workout, not too tough. There are much better hikes to be had.

hiking
Monday, June 05, 2017

It was easy and pleasantly sloping so you can enjoy the scenery rather than breathe heavily. The geology changes as you ascend which is cool to watch. At the top you get wonderful views of the lake. Start early and bring water as it is hot and you have no shade in midday. I got a citation for parking off the side of the road nearby even though there was no signage so be careful where you park.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Not a hard trail, actually gently sloping the entire way. But, it is 13.1 miles so I guess that's why people think it's difficult? A bit washed out in the beginning from all the rains but after the first mile or so it's in great condition. Beautiful view at the top!

hiking
Monday, February 27, 2017

Great hike. The path was a little squirrely here and there from the recent rains, but it was still a nice hike. I can't imagine this will be open for vehicles any time soon. A lot of the road, particularly near the trail-head seems beyond the capability of most 4x4s.

hiking
9 months ago

recorded wooo

Wednesday, May 31, 2017