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hiking
19 days ago

off road driving
20 days ago

Closed!

hiking
1 month 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

backpacking
2 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

backpacking
3 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.

backpacking
4 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.

hiking
4 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!