Very pleasant day. Ended up with 9.5 miles by the time we included Boulder Loop which we highly recommend. Varied terrain and views throughout. Some open meadow, some tree covered, shady trail. Reminds us a bit of certain sections on So Cal PCT. Nice combination of elevations. Not a difficult hike but a very nice workout. Would do it again.
Got a late start so kept it short Did a quick loop via the Ranch House to Sage trail and up to Stanley Peak. Beatiful views of Rodriguez & Palomar mountains as well as Woodson and others to the south. From there continued down to Dixon Lake and then home. Fun short day :)
Nice hike. Went through east grade to hidden springs, to engleman oak, cougar ridge, boulder loop. The first time I went early in the morning and saw a coyote and on the top of hidden springs I saw a deer. As always take plenty of water. I went through two liters. Had some snacks. You can mix in crest trail and others for more of a challenge.
If you're looking for a good workout, this would be it. Following close to the suggested route, there were plenty of uphill stretches that help with a bit of cardio, and even more so on a bike. You climb up high enough to get some decent views to the west and south, then when you get to the shelter at Boulder Loop trail you get an eastern view. (and today I got shelter from a sudden downpour) As you loop around to the north of Burnt Mountain, you get several views to the north. Then you give back all of that elevation gain on a descent to the trailhead. There's varied terrain to be seen, including oak groves, ridge trails and mountain meadows, There's also several geocaches waiting to be found.
Go early in the morning way better ... it took me 3 1/2 hours at a nice slow pace... not very active person.... but I finished it! got turned around on cougar ridge and bolder trail so just a quick heads up there are 3 hills in the hike that whoop my #** and one steep down hill . For views on the trail was nice lots of bunnies and humming birds ... not a very active trail in the morning started at 6:30am-10:00 am saw maybe 20 people max.. good like my fit but said 10.4 miles but I did get turned around ... agin do the hike in the morning gets way to hot in the afternoon not much shade after 9 am ..... ps dirt parking lot is free but no parking after dark .....
Moderate hike with lovely views! The road getting to the starting point can be rough, but the trail is definitely worth it. There are several trails to choose from, and most are frequented by bikers. Saw lots of deer tracks and a coyote as well.