Have you ever wanted a local place where you can relax and unwind after a stressful week? Those mountain trips are great, but who needs another long drive? Well, here in your own city we have Wilderness Park. This park is conveniently located in the San Gabriel Mountains at the top of Highland Oaks Drive. A peaceful place that is great for families, small groups and even individuals. Wilderness Park has a nature center with many animals on display and a pond to enjoy. Come out and take pleasure in the wonders of nature that are located in your own backyard.
Great hike and very physically demanding specially if you carry more than 15 lbs. the waterfall is currently dried up due to the severe drought. Be very careful, I had a scary encounter with a black bear and her cub. The black bear stalked me and I thought she was surely going to charge. I was by myself so I made a lot of noise and eventually I had to climb up to once of the cement dams that was nearby. The black bear lost interest after that but it was definitely scary. Overall great hike thought!
Just completed this trail less than two hours ago. It was okay for me. Since I've been walking in the woods for most of the time, there wasn't much of a view for me. I'd prefer routes where I can see the sky and mountains and everything beneath them. If you prefer to stay away from the sun, go for this trail.
This is a great hike, which can be easily done in a few hours. This trail is popular with people, especially on weekends, so be ready to walk to the trailhead. I'd recommend starting this trail by going to the Falls first, which will save you the climb on the road in the way back.
On Saturday July 23, 2016 at 5:30 am I started my hike around 7:am I arrived at ORCHID CAMP. it was very quiet and I was tired because of pain in my leg muscles I decided to rest and eat some boiled eggs I had with me. It took about 5 minutes and I saw a hiker and talked to him and he said is continuing his hiking. I looked at the path was uphill and I decided to go back, as soon as I got to the big fallen tree around 75 feet away there was a big BROWN BEAR looking at me, The bear started coming toward me I was scared did not know what to do but I decided to yell and scream at him. I was lucky because the way the area was located my voice was echoed and seemed I am very large and raised my walking stick. at one point I was thinking this is it and I am going to be eaten by the BROWN BEAR. because of my voice was echoed that saved me and the bear went to the upper path hid behind the bushes. I decided to come back and all the way I told all the other hikers about my encounter with the BROWN BEAR. On the way back I was making more noise than before because I was alone.
My biggest lesson was do not ever go alone in the hike again and be prepared in case of it happens again.