Lots of trails and a moderate level, It's a little hard to find the trail head from the Willacre parking lot.
Loved the rainforest area! If you want a longer hike park at Willacre, hike the Willacre loop and as you exit the park to enter the street portion the trail head is on your right between some pretty fancy houses.
Pretty solid hike. The only thing that I didn't like so much, was that there were homes surrounding you for much of the time. I prefer to feel like I'm away from the city/civilization a bit more. But if that doesn't bother you bon voyage. I'd recommend it none the less.
Enough climbing to satisfy an intermediate hiker's itch, but easy enough for a beginner hiker that's feeling a bit adventurous. I had a bit of an issue with the fact that you can still hear plenty of car engines and the rush of traffic from some areas of the trail, but there were areas that did offer seclusion from society. The "Rainforest" in particular was very nice. I found the trails well maintained, with no real blockages or brush to push through. Many areas were pretty densely wooded and provided fantastic atmosphere, but when the view opens up you're mainly greeted with views of the city and expensive houses. I have to say that this hike was a bit anticlimactic, with no real point of interest at the end, however if you can adopt the "It's not the destination, it's the journey." mindset, you'll have a good time.
One note that could be helpful: When you see the sign near the trail head that says "Trail ends in .7 miles.", look to your left. There's another, slightly harder to spot sign indicating the Dearing Mountain Trail. We missed it the first time around and figured that maybe the .7 mile trail would lead to the Dearing trailhead, but we were wrong, and it added 1.4 miles to the trip. However, the .7 mile trail is fairly flat, and would be nice for someone looking for a quick walk.
The Trailhead has a great overlook from Mulholland Drive down into the San Fernando Valley and across to Burbank and Glendale. The trails at the start are shaded with overgrowth and beautiful trees. The trail is clear with switchbacks and great views. The "rainforest" is very short but verdant some times of the year. Great for adults and dogs, hikers and joggers. Narrow for young children in some sections of the path.
Free street parking available if you can't find parking in the lot. Narrow trails at some places so be careful. Dog friendly. Little creeks and scenery make this trail interesting. I don't think this one is for kids due to narrow trails. Small trails constantly popped up. Having GPS came in handy.
This hike lets you feel like you're really deep in the foliage. There are some sunny spots, but it's mostly shaded by the many trees there, both still standing, and fallen over. The trail starts out wide, but after the first turn, you're diving into a narrow path that allows for only one hiker. It heads downhill for a bit, but then has nice variations to push you harder, and then let you rest. At the 'T' (once Dearing Mountain Trail ends), I headed left towards the "rainforest" and continued on until I hit a fence behind some really nice houses. After that, I just double-backed it back to my car - where there's lots of free parking, by the way. This trail seems less tramped and crowded. Just watch out for poison oak in the summer.
I went hiking on this trail with three others on Memorial Day. We went to the left towards the "rainforest" and backtracked in a loop after reaching the fence on the west. It's a lovely trail with a combination of scenic views and cool woodland. It wasn't very busy either. I would recommend!
This is a fun trail! It wasn't crowded around Sat at 9am but when we were getting back to the car around 11:15 it was getting crowded. We started at the parking lot & headed down to the canyon. Lots of options to either zig zag or take a steeper route. Some spots are easy & gets hard towards the end where the stairs have been washed away so gets steeper. Lots of greenery & even Canopy of trees along the way. Ran into their Rainforest area, which was nice & almost a natural jungle gym with the fallen trees. We circled back after we reached an open area that seems to be an open park area. Not many critters, just watch the bees & beehive that you need to pass through. Nice views & about a 2 hr hike
Love the Fryman Canyon on a whole, did most of the Dearing Trail towards Coldwater, but then turned right at the Tree with the bench, to head down to the fire road, then down a bit to the first right heading back uphill to continue the loop. I think it was around 3-4 miles in total and took us an hour/half or couple hours. Loads of fun, lots of topography and valley views...definitely in my top 5 closest to my house. The free parking is a plus, and there's a little bit of a 'workout station'.
Deborah L. on Dearing Mountain Trail
Really enjoyed this trail. It's a work-out if you're not used to going up and down. I wore sneakers when I should have worn my hiking boots. Not a lot of people; but went on weekday. Views are beautiful. Creeks are nice. Saw lizards, hawks, etc.