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Hike/Bike up Fish Canyon (Castaic)

 
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PostPosted: Sun May 23, 2010 7:42 pm    Post subject: Hike/Bike up Fish Canyon (Castaic)  Reply with quote

KitFox posted a TR a while ago about this place, and I've been wanting to check it out ever since.  The strangely cool weather today made perfect conditions to bike the first couple of miles (on paved road, then partially paved/part dirt road) and continue on foot when it got too sandy with stream crossings.

Notable events:  The canyon is paved with concrete for a while.  Wall to wall!  The best animal tracks I saw all day were immortally encased in it.



Also, it rained....and it was cold...????

The scenery here is great, and it feels like hardly anyone goes here.  A big plus in my book.  I expected great tracking, but didn't find it - just a little too late, and all the nice mud has turned to sand.  Still, there must be some good wildlife here and I hope to see some on my next visit.  Just got a ways above Pianobox Prospect before the going got too brushy to want to deal with anymore.  (It really wasn't bad - just hadn't planned to be out all day, that's all)





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PostPosted: Wed Jun 09, 2010 5:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

very nice scenery and trip,weird about the concrete ...like majority of places.
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Location: North Hollywood, CA

PostPosted: Fri Dec 27, 2013 11:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nothing really to add here...but I think one of the walls in the short narrows has been bolted since this trip report....because its either too hard or to simple to take the trail back down for 5 mins after a 100+ ft climb, so lets install 9 bolts(2 every 20 ft or so) into the wall Confused I did spot a couple short conglomerate waterfalls though, so that made my day.

I think I was fortunate to get to the Narrows with fading light and just before the leaves had fallen




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Conglomerates...barely a trickle thanks to no rain.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 30, 2013 7:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote


Neat area. I go through there often. I was releasing three rehabbed bear cubs in the old Cienega campground the day my partners were shooting at Christopher Dorner in Big Bear.

The narrows was where excess concrete was poured during the making of Castaic Dam. It's 6' thick in some places. Every day the on-site batch plant would mix up more concrete than could be poured so they put it in the canyon bottom. The idea was to help ensure a possible escape route for the LADWP employees when Templin Hwy would slide. The FS maintained the road out to Lake Hughes Road until an interim District Ranger decided they didn't need to do it any more. I don't know that they ever had DWP employees leave the power plant that way. When Templin Hwy would slip, it was never bad enough to make someone drive through the canyon, all the way out to LH Rd.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 31, 2013 9:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Six feet thick!  No wonder it has survived.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 01, 2014 8:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It is showing the effect of time in a couple places. I think more water flows under the slab than over. A couple of the spots have re-bar showing.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 13, 2014 12:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just found out that this area was actually closed. There was not one single sign about Fish Creek being closed. There were some signs that
Redrock canyon was closed...those signs being in a closed area already? They didnt say anything about a Powerhouse closure either.
Sincerely, the Invader(see article below)

http://scvnews.com/2014/01/12/did...-closed-dianne-erskine-hellrigel/
"...Hundreds of people have violated the closure order since the fire, erroneously believing Fish Canyon and Salt Creek were not included in the order....There are others who don’t care what the Forest Service says, or even that the forest closure exists. These are the people who cause the most damage to the forest, and indeed, in time, I hope, may be subject to the $5,000 fine for invading the area and up to six months in prison. And if a group goes in, it is subject to a $10,000 fine and six  months’ imprisonment. People who violate the forest closure need to rethink their own selfish motives and consider the consequences of their actions. Most of the entrances to the Powerhouse closure are marked with signs indicating the area is closed. Some of the signs have been removed by “ambitious” visitors...."
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