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California whitewater, Piru Creek

Los Angeles Ventura county, Pyramid Lake to Lake Piru section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS IV     15 miles
  The scenic beauty of California and the cool fresh water beats anything. If you've been whitewater rafting and kayaking outside this state you might find the rivers here a bit more challenging, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that quite a few of the sections here are not easy. You might have to settle for a hotel a bit away from the river if you want to stay the night, but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping
    in your car. The campgrounds here at Piru Creek are pretty good. The beautiful Sierra Madre scenery is an added bonus. There are a few other stretches in this river system that can be paddled as well. This stretch of Piru
Creek is 15 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class IV section. The starting point is not too far from Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, as you can see on the road map further down. No matter if you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this is an area with not too many other rivers for that. A bit of exercise and just hanging out with mother nature have people coming from far and near. If you have the time you can  
make this a two day trip, so go ahead and pack your camp stove.

Briefly about the general area:
If the weather is perfect here at Piru Creek, you can go for a hike along the Canton Canyon Trail. Hungry Valley State Park is a good place to check out on a pretty day, and going for a hike along the Pothole Trail will let you absorb the natural beauty of this vicinity. The surroundings of this river have so much to offer. While you're here at Piru Creek you will meet lots of folks from close by Piru. A journey to Castaic Lake State Park when you're here at Piru Creek is never a bad idea, and close by you stumble on good places like Ruby Canyon.

Piru Creek, Pyramid Lake to Lake Piru road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.

   

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OUTDOORS
These outdoors activities are available near Piru Creek.
 Whitewater Near Piru Creek:
Piru Creek, Los Angeles / Ventura County, 3 miles away
      Class IV - 15 miles long (Pyramid Lake to Lake Piru)
Piru Creek, Ventura County, 7 miles away
      Class II - 4 miles long (Lake Piru to Santa Clara River)
Sespe Creek, Ventura County, 28 miles away
      Class IV-V - 31.5 miles long (Lion Campground to Highway 126 bridge)
 Ski Areas Near Piru Creek:
Shirley Meadow, California , 65 miles away, 600 foot drop, 3 lifts, 7 runs
Mt Waterman, California , 69 miles away, 1300 foot drop, 3 lifts, 10 runs
Mountain High, California , 75 miles away, 1600 foot drop, 16 lifts, 62 runs
Ski Sunrise, California , 75 miles away, 816 foot drop, 4 lifts, 24 runs
Mt. Baldy, California , 81 miles away, 2100 foot drop, 4 lifts, 28 runs
 Hotels Near Piru Creek:
Rodeway Inn Magic Mountain Area, Castaic , 11 miles away
Days Inn Castaic Six Flags Magic Mountain, Castaic , 11 miles away
Courtyard Santa Clarita Valencia, Valencia , 14 miles away
Embassy Suites Valencia, Valencia , 14 miles away
Econo Lodge Gorman, Gorman , 14 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Piru Creek:
Oak Flat - Whitaker Peak, Castaic, 3 miles away
Blue Point Campground, Ventura County, 3 miles away
Hollister Campground, Ventura County, 5 miles away
 Trails Near Piru Creek:
Pothole Trail, Ventura , 4 miles away,  10.6 hiking miles, 2168 feet elevation difference
Canton Canyon Trail, Los Angeles , 4 miles away, 7 hiking miles, 2124 feet elevation difference
Bailey Trail, Los Angeles , 4 miles away,  7.2 hiking miles, 1111 feet elevation difference
Devil Canyon Trail, Los Angeles , 4 miles away,  17.6 hiking miles, 2574 feet elevation difference
Agua Blanca Trail, Ventura , 6 miles away, 20.2 hiking miles, 6134 feet elevation difference
White Mountain Trail, Ventura , 8 miles away,  19.4 hiking miles, 3500 feet elevation difference
Whiteacre Peak Trail, Ventura , 8 miles away, 4.5 hiking miles, 1954 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Piru Creek:
Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, Thousand Oaks - CA , 23 miles away
Channel Islands National Park, Ventura - CA , 40 miles away
Castaic Lake State Park, California , 10 miles away
Hungry Valley State Park, California , 12 miles away
Fort Tejon State Park, California , 19 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Piru Creek:
Sky Golf Course, Simi Valley , 16 miles away
Tournament Players Club At Valencia, Valencia , 16 miles away
Elkins Ranch Golf Course, Fillmore , 16 miles away
 Lakes Near Piru Creek
Pyramid Lake, Los Angeles , 3 miles away
Lake Piru, Ventura , 7 miles away
Castaic Lake, Los Angeles , 11 miles away

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