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20 days 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!

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.

This trail being rated as EASY must be based on the first half mile of fairly flat and clearly defined single track, but that quickly ends and you find yourself scrambling over rocks in the creek bed, following false trails thru brush, and looking for areas to cross the creek that will not come up to your waist. I kept asking myself if I missed the trailhead and took a use trail by mistake.

With that said, this place is beautiful. Exploring different lines in and around this canyon to extend the hike was a blast! I will go back when I have more time to see if I can get further in the canyon.

Pretty boring hike— felt a little industrial and not much vegetation, but the lake views were nice.

2 months ago

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

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.

2 months ago

This is a very easy breezy hike. Bring water shoes in case the river is to high to use the crossing stones.

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3 months ago


3 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.

Some parts more of a scramble than a hike I went on a Monday at the beginning of October and didn't see another person the entire day. It is more like a backpacking trail in many parts, in the respect that you have to follow kierns or very light tracks rather than a delineated trail

5 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.

Good views of Castaic lake along the trail. Limited shade and can get very hot during the summer. Not too busy most days. There are some steep sections of trail so I recommend bringing trekking poles. I wish the trail circled the lake instead of climbing steeply and returning to the boat launch. Well maintained trail.

secluded , no one leaves trash behind and scenic

6 months ago

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.

7 months ago

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.

I would say this is more of a moderate hike and kid friendly if your children are 10+. It's difficult to tell if you are on the trail, also prepare for some rock climbing.

7 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!

Still some water left. Starts about a mile from trail head.

Great adventure trail! There isn't a lot of guidance as far as where the trails begin, end, or which forks in the road to take, but that's part of the adventure.

Nice scenery and view. Peaceful trails too! There is a fairly consistent view of the lake, which is nice as well. $11 parking fee though, which sort of sucks.

Ideal for hiking, horseback riding, and mountain biking. We took dogs, but if you take dogs yourself, I recommend bringing ample amounts of water. There aren't a lot of places to refill bottles.

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.

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