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Castaic

Average Rating:    (3.14 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 7

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Latitude
34.016241889667015
Longitude
-118.65234375
Trail Directions
follow the parade of semi trucks off the i-5 to the charming pre-fab village of castaic. then, follow the hordes of police cruisers to the lake castaic recreation area or whatever without being arrested for saomething. there are no real trailheads here. in LA, almost everything is an illusion or some sort of demented fantasy.
Trail Length
maybe five
Trail Level
Beginner
Trail Type
Paved Path
City/County
Castaic on The Grapevine
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Review Date
October 5, 2009

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: jameslyc ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
None of these trails have been reviewed in a long while which is very suprising due to the amount of mountain bike traffic that I see there. Charlie Canyon is a good uphill climb with two fun single tracks coming off at the top. There is so much exploring to do on the trails in Castaic also. There are a lot of fire roads for those getting back in shape or some technical up and downhills for the more advance riders.

Recommended Route:
Take I-5 north and exit at Parker Road. Turn right and then your first right again and park at the sports complex. Take the paved road and pass the dog pound and the paint ball park. Continue about a mile and take your first right and begin climbing to the power lines. At the top you can choose one of two trail that will take you back to the dog pound. There are many other trails in the area also like up Lake Hughes and the Junk Yard.



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Review Date
May 19, 2005

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: SteVORenO ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
You guys are riding in the wrong area. You're not even close. Don't go anywhere near the dam. When you get off HWY 5 to go towards Castiac Lake, make a left at the first intersection (McDonalds will be on the NW corner, and BurgerKing on the NE corner, 7-11 on the SE corner.) Continue up this road, heading N, parallels HWY 5...until it turns to dirt. Thats where you unload and start riding from. There's miles of exploring...a tunnel that goes to the west side of HWY 5, some gnarly single track that loops back around down a stream. Some friends and I carved some new trail with our motorcycles some years ago, up the creek. We even made a nice outdoor MX grass track. There are more trails that go up into the hills on the east side of HWY 5...another tunnel that cuts overthere. Have Fun!!

Recommended Route:
From LA, HWY 5 N, get off at Castaic Lake offramp, going towards the lake, make a left at the very 1st intersection (Mc Donalds on the left)...continue up this road til it turns to dirt.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Further up HWY 5 you can get off the HWY at Parker Dam rd...on the west side of HWY 5 is a paved hwy...take it to the right and follow it all the way down till it ends. Here you will find Piru Creek, which flows from Pyramid Lake down to Piru Lake. There is a gnarly trail that goes down stream. Lots of water crossings, big rocks and goog fishing holes. Definately for the very advanced nutjobs ;)
On the east side of HWY 5 is a paved/dirt road that heads up to upper lake Castaic. Worth checking out. Its been many years, but we used to be able to ride our dirtbikes (motorcycles) there.



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Review Date
August 28, 2002

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Demented Fantasy , from Valencia

Summary:
This trail is terrible! Stay away, do not come down from the North. Leave this trail off your list. The Pros that train here and race here every year do not know anything. Just a little sarcasm.
After the fires a couple months ago the trail was tore up from the bulldozers but both inner and outer loops are becoming quite nice again. Gotta keep riding the single track to pack it down. Overall this ride is probably intermediate but becomes a little more advanced if you add the outer loop with its roller coaster single track. Enjoy!

Recommended Route:
Follow the paved WARM UP Path to the Northeast corner of the lower lake. You will see a white water tank. The trail starts just pass the tank.



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Review Date
April 3, 2002

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Hack , from Castaic

Summary:
About 7 miles of riding. A couple fun single track sections. A couple moderate hills to climb. Nothing's been bulldozed for a golf course. I think that guy is on crack. All these trails are within the park and will remain untouched by development

Recommended Route:
There are several different routes you can take here. It's not highly rated on this page, but I really enjoy riding here (I live almost on the trail) Go through the entrance, hang a left, ride down the road until it comes to the bottom of the hill that climbs up to the top of the damn. There is a trail head on the left and right of the road. I usually take the one on the right and follow it up and through the whole park. Nice hourlong ride.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Towsley is the best ride in Valencia area. Or Mt. Pinos up north



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Review Date
January 15, 2002

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Steve , from Valencia

Summary:
Good overall trail. The course was plowed in June as another noted, but has been ridden enough to be fun again. Lots of climbing and many singletrack options make this a fun ride. If you take all the s/t opts then 2/3 of the ride is s/t. The MESP course mainly follows the fireroad, you got to do the singletrack!

Recommended Route:
Park at Castaic Sports Complex (5FWY off at Parker (RT) to Castaic (RT) down 1/4 MI on left, Park. Ride back to Parker and go Right (now Ridge Rte) past Lake Hughes Rd to Park entrance. Enter and make 1st left and go to far parking area where trailhead starts (look for paved ramp at curb on left). Take trail past water tank and make 1st Rt, follow around trees and keep right to singletrack climb. Continue on course to upper lake campground area where you'll cross the paved road. Continue across rd past gate onto fireroad follow to top and look for tracks cutting to rt and back (singletrack that parallels fireroad). Either way you go you'll come to another singletrack (s/t) option that drops down to the lake, runs around the lakeside (~1mi) then climbs back up to the fireroad (f/r). Continue rt on the f/r and look for another s/t taking off on rt that parallels fireroad again. When you come to the gate (end of f/r) bear left onto s/t and follow ~2mi to fork. The trail going rt & up is the "Pro-loop" and will take you to the "Grapevine DH course" which is off the top, just look for the s/t that starts at the bottom of the fist DH. It's a fun DH, rollercoaster like, crosses the f/r once and then terminates at the bottom gate just shy of the trailhead. If you skip the Pro-loop just continue on the left trail and you'll pick up the lower portion of the DH course and end up at the same place.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
San Fernando Road, Charlie/Tapia cyns, Towsley Cyn, East Cyn, 5 Deer.



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