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AUNQUE NO HAY SOMBRA EL SINGLE TRAIL POR ENMEDIO DEL CANYON ESTA SUPER Y TIENE TANTO POR RECORRER

Now this trial is on the hiking area's PRIVATE PROPERTY Do not go here as it is all fenced out and marked with signs

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

hiking
4 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.

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

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.

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.

hiking
11 months ago

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.

The trail was nice, great views. But it was very isolated we were the only ones on the trail the whole time.

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.

Great trail with amazing views of the reservoir

Friday, February 24, 2017

Great trails for all skill level

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Nice trails

This is a gorgeous spot, but be prepared to pay for parking ($5 or $8 I think) and see joggers/swimmers if it's warm enough.

hiking
Monday, December 10, 2012

Amazing trail. Power lines down the trail ruin view.

This trail was desolate, and when we heard coyotes making a kill in the vicinity of the area we had just passed, it was a bit eerie. The trail seems to go on and and on monotonously and is not too strenuous at all. When you finally begin to loop around you are almostly instantly greeted and rewarded by beautiful views of the upper lake area that seem to go on forever! We covered nearly the whole range, and after it looped around it continued to incline a bit. This is where I think we chose the wrong path, because we let out of the trail on a windy road which took us an additional 30 mins to cover. Altogether about a 6 plus mile hike. Although the view of the lake was miraculous I probably won't be frequenting this trail.

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