Escape the bustle of Los Angeles with a visit to Castaic Lake, a freshwater reservoir tucked into the Sierra Pelona Mountains that lie to the northwest of LA’s urban sprawl. The area is known for its many natural pursuits, from hiking to fishing to swimming to boating. Spending time at the lake recalls the pleasant vacations of yesteryear when a week-long stay near a lake included hiking, campfire songs, and roasting marshmallows.
While LA has a myriad of entertainment options, Lake Castaic offers visitors a chance to renew and refresh in natural surroundings. There are several Valencia hotels that make a convenient base for exploring in all directions.
As one of the only freshwater lakes in the greater Los Angeles area, Castaic Lake makes the perfect getaway for classic leisure activities like swimming, water skiing, boating, jet skiing, and kayaking. Fishing also tops the list of activities, with sportsmen pulling bass and trout from its waters. There are facilities for enjoying a full barbecue or picnic and a boat ramp for launching all manner of watercraft.
Rent a boat or try your hand at paddleboarding on the sparkling water. There’s a designated swimming area to enjoy frolicking in the water with picnic tables and restrooms nearby. You can also catch some sun with a relaxing snooze at the water’s edge.
In addition to the full range of water sports available on the lake, the area is well known for its many hiking trails. The Castaic Lake Trail Loop is a moderate trail ranging for six miles over fairly level ground. There are pretty views over the lake and plenty of wildlife, including many species of birds, and there are wildflowers in the area to enjoy.
Hyatt Regency Valencia
A spectacular outdoor fireplace graces the dining area of this luxurious getaway. Lounge by the pool or stretch out the kinks from travelling in the on-site fitness centre. Check out their website to take a look at what they can offer you during your next trip.
Economy lodgings that offer nice, basic rooms, Continental breakfasts, Wi-Fi and free parking. It’s also close to Six Flags Magic Mountain and Six Flags Hurricane Harbor.
A laidback, ’50s-style diner offering classic American and Mexican dishes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Chi Chi’s Pizza
The area’s favourite Italian restaurant, with a large selection of pizzas, finger foods, and pasta dishes.
Las Rocas Bar and Grill
Mexican specialities served in a cheerful environment are the highlights of this mid-range restaurant.
The closest airport is in Burbank, but the area is also served by Los Angeles International Airport.
The Antelope Valley Line of the MetroLink travels from Los Angeles to Santa Clarita. There’s a local bus system in Santa Clarita which travels to outlying points as well as taxi service in the area.
Rent a car at the airport or visit the individual rental office of any one of several international companies located in the area. Interstate 5 is the main travel artery for this part of the valley.