Saturday, November 21 - WELCOME BACK ONE OF OUR BEST HIKES! - Fish Canyon to Piano Box, led by Dianne!
This is an amazingly beautiful area with 37 endangered species. It is prime yellow-legged frog and Arroyo Toad Habitat. Bring your camera. Not only is the area beautiful, but you might see some of the endangered species along the way. Please stay on the trails here, and watch where you step during the river crossings.
This is an 8 mile total, out and back hike, to Piano Box . The only major hill is the asphalt road coming back up to the cars. It is fairly level the rest of the way.
The hike starts on the asphalt road, moves onto a dirt road at the north end of Castaic lake and follows Fish Canyon. The trail here is interspersed with portions of the old cement road from the 1930s. Then we split off the main trail for the trail to Piano Box, a beautiful single track wooded trail. We will snack and rest at Piano box and have ample time to enjoy the canyon walls of reddish rock before returning.
Carpooling from Santa Clarita:
We will meet at the outside gate of Towsley Canyon at 7:15AM for a 7:30AM SHARP departure to the trail head (see below). We will be carpooling to the trailhead above Castaic on I-5, about 30 minutes away.
Please be respectful of your driver's support by contributing something at the end of your carpool to help defray the cost of gas.
Meeting your leader at the trail head:
Meet at the white gate at 8:00AM for an 8:15AM SHARP departure.
Lunch, lots of water (2 - 3 liters), snacks, hat, layered clothing, camera, hiking poles to help at water crossings are recommended.
Hat, sunscreen, shoes with good tread.
It is currently looking unlikely but, if we expect water crossings due to conditions, we will update you on Meet Up. When there are crossings, water shoes are recommended due to algae build up (and 'cos there are 24 water crossings we may encounter, if the creek is running high). If you do not have water hikers, we suggest you wear boots or athletic shoes that can get wet and bring a change of shoes/socks for the return trip home.
Adventure Pass: Not required.
Dogs: Ok, if on leash and well behaved around other dogs/ people.
Directions to Trail head:
Take the I-5 Freeway North from Santa Clarita. About 6 miles north of Lake Hughes/Castaic, exit at Templin Hightway. Turn right at bottom of ramp. Follow this road all the way until it ends at a closed white gate/ concrete barrier. You can park along the road, leave nothing showing in yoiur vehicle. we will meet at the white gate.