“Let the beauty of what you love be what you do.” – Rumi
Fish Canyon Narrows is located in Castaic, CA. This hike is an 8 mile out and back hike with lots of terrain changes from jagged rock formations, streams, and forest-like surroundings. Be prepared to see tons of poison oaks as well. This hike takes you to several different places at once and definitely worth every single mile. There is barely any elevation gain and the only thing that will wear you out is the length of the hike.
Below you will see the entrance to the hike. You may park on the side of the road. This doesn’t seem to be a well-known hike so expect to be alone most of the time. You’d probably see one or two other people along the trail. I was smart this time. I went with a group. I heard there are mountain lions and bears in the area.
The picture below is the road leading to the hike when you turn left. If you go straight, it will lead you to the lake which is also nice but definitely not the one I’m talking about here.
You will see this cool rock formation along the way.
The picture of the flowers growing in the middle of the field caught my eye with the amazing view in the background. Pretty as a picture.
My favorite part of the hike was when the terrain suddenly changed to this and I was completely delighted by the scenery.
There’s a little bit of stream crossing but it doesn’t matter as long as you have waterproof hiking boots you should be fine.
Once you reach the campground, you can veer to the trail on your right and find this sweat lodge that was used by Native Americans for ritual steam baths as means of purification.
It was definitely a perfect way to spend my Saturday morning. If you are ever in the area I suggest you give this place a try.
Bel’s tips for this hike:
1. Do not go alone on this hike. There is safety in numbers. I suggest going with a group. It is also quite easy to get lost.
2. The hike could easily go past 8 miles. Bring lots of water.
3. Bring food. You will get hungry during this hike.
4. Wear waterproof hiking shoes/boots. There will be times where you might be crossing across streams. It’s also very slippery. Be careful. I recommend the hiking boots below.
5. Wear long sleeve shirts and hiking pants to help avoid poison oaks. Please see links below.
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Let me know if you’ve done this hike or if you have any questions. I would love to hear from you.