Warm Springs Mountain is a 13.1 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Castaic, California that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 13.1 miles Elevation Gain: 2,152 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

running

views

wildlife

over grown

rocky

washed out

off trail

no shade

hiking
3 days ago

I’ve no idea what trail these other reviews are discussing, but this is one of the easiest 13-mile hikes you’ll do. Let me dispel two items from the previous reviews that’ve most likely kept others from experiencing this hike. 1) There is PLENTY of parking right at the trailhead. There is one area clearly marked No parking. The rest are no trespassing signs; means don’t go past the fences. The entirety of the rest of the lot can be parked in. 2) The trail is WIDE OPEN fire road for the entirety of the hike all the way up to and past the tower. It’s anything but blocked and overgrown. It’s soft, hike-able sand for the majority of the hike and throw in a few rocks toward the top. Tons of butterflies, hornytoads and lizards, a few frogs and snakes and some birds of prey. Excellent views from the top. The tower is easily climbable, minus a missing landing on the stairs and some holes missing on the upper decks. We walked on the bolted areas above since there were beams below that, the boards may or may not have held our weight, but no reason to find out as you can easily move about following the beams. The hardest thing about this hike is the 13-mile distance, but the elevation gain is dispersed across the entirety of the hike and you don’t really feel it, but when you see it from above you’ll be amazed at how far you came up. You should definitely come do this hike if these other reviews have previously scared you off; Once you hike this trail you’ll have no idea what these other reviews were talking about.

hiking
bugs
off trail
over grown
private property
washed out
10 months ago

- February 2019 Warm Springs Mountain via Warm Springs Mountain Trail This trail has not been maintained in decades, bushwhacking is required to reach the old fire lookout tower. It was very scenic, but overgrown About halfway up I gave up and took a fire cut all the way to the top of the peak. I did it but will never do this again!

hiking
washed out
Fri Feb 22 2019

Difficulty: 6/10 (intermediate) Duration: 3hrs up, 2.75 hrs down Distance: ~14 miles Parking: side of the road (no pass signs) Views: 7/10; southern views of Castaic Lake and Canyon Country, east Angeles Forest, west Los Padres Incline: intermediate to somewhat steep in spots Technical: dirt fire road (washed out but passable in a few spots at the bottom) Equipment: hiking shoes (Merrill mesh), sweat pants, layered with windbreaker, Underarmor T-shirt Weather: 30s-40s Shade: very little Environment: creek and desert vegetation, few pines near the top Wildlife: birds Bugs: none Details: washed out fire road but passable. Had snow, rain, sleet, and hail. Some great views on top and on the way up. TIPs: cooler weather makes this hike easier and more pleasant, is pretty hot in summer, cool abandoned fire lookout on top (use extreme caution if you climb up it). PROS: good workout and great views on the way up and at the top CONS: fire road, no single track Scott H (aka Swiper)

hiking
Mon Oct 22 2018

The trail is blocked off at Lake Hughes Road, so you have to park on the road and hike in. The road goes steadily upward toward the intersection. I took the first trail on the right, which required climbing over a mound that seems like it was put there to prevent motorized traffice. The trail beyond was overgrown and washed out in parts, but entirely navigable, remote, and beautiful. It was a gorgeous Saturday and I saw one other person the entire 3.5 hours of hiking.

running
Sat Jun 09 2018

This place definitely has great runnable terrain for trail running. Soft sandy terrain in a lot of parts with incremental incline the entire way up. Stay on the fire road u til you reach the end and then return back. The way back is obviously faster because of the decline down just watch your footing on the way down because of the fallen rocks. Bring plenty of water and snacks there is nothing out here, no water views of the lake, only mountain and trail. Some parts are creepy if you’re doing it alone.

Sat Apr 07 2018

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

hiking
Sun Jan 14 2018

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.

ohv/off road driving
Wed Nov 01 2017

Closed!

hiking
Mon Jun 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.

Wed Mar 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
Mon Feb 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.

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