Socal - Los Angeles County - Castaic NickNames: #TapiaCanyon castaic sport complex
Interstate 5 Exit Ridge Route Rd in Castaic. Park at the Castaic sport complex parking lot located on South Castaic Rd.
Please try to be respectful around the homes near the trail. This whole area is private property and can easily be restricted to MTB. Watch for snakes in the warmer months. Our group almost ran over a rattler on the single track.
The only bad part about Tapia is the goat head stickers. I have gotten a flat almost every time I've been there (especially near the Sport Complex). Avoid the dirt areas in the parking lot. You will (100%) get thorns in the dirt area. I would suggest bringing extra tires (if you have them) and 2 replacement tubes.
Highlander664 a 44 year old Weekend Warrior riding a KHS XCT 556 from Burbank, CA
From the sports complex, south on Castaic Rd, follow the road left across the riverbed, make a right at the T-intersection onto Tapia Canyon Road. Make a left before entering the jail and climb past the movie sets and picnic areas. When the road turns to dirt, the trails begin. Wayside Canyon to the left, Tapia Canyon to the right.
Went up Wayside Canyon, through the Junkyard, came down the north side to a flat area to reach the intersection with Tapia Canyon Rd. I took a spur to the left hoping to rejoin Wayside Canyon before the Junkyard but came up empty-handed and returned to Tapia Canyon intersection. Climbed Tapia Canyon to power lines at the top (interesection with San Francisquito Mtwy). The view below of San Francisquito Canyon is pretty nice. Took a trail off to the left to a yellow gate and descended down the singletrack (Kona Trail) to Tapia Canyon. Once at the bottom, took the singletrack to the left (Carl's MTB Trail) which parallels Tapia Canyon to the bottom by the SCV Jail. Followed the recent race course (still marked from the Tapia Canyon Classic last month).
Steve K a 23 year old Racer riding a Giant Trance X3 from Cal Poly- San Luis Obispo