I've written a review before on this location but since we can't edit them, decided to add some add'l information.
Yes the joy of this Hike is getting to the Top and taking pics with the Big Pumpkin. But either before you leave or before you get started go take some pics of the horses. I missed this the first time out and didn't see it in any reviews.
When you get to the Trail head walk the trail that's to the left along the Fence. That is a quick quarter of a mile or so to get to the horses..... then so visit the Pumpkin.
And although people say this is an easy Trail. It's not. The incline can get brutal. So take your time. And definitely wear shoes with traction.
Fun place to visit around Halloween time. Make sure youre wearing closed toed shoes and keep an eye on kids, lots of broken glass around. Graffiti is fun to see but not exactly PG-13. Wouldn't want to be there after dark! It was a very easy and mellow hike however, very enjoyable. It did smell like cow poop though, phewy. Went the day before Halloween and the weather was awesome, cool and crisp. Nice views of Norco.
Since we thought it might be busy to hike it near Halloween, we decided to go the day after Halloween. I woke up a little late, so we opted for the shorter route (~1mi) in order to get to work that day.
Hike was a little challenging but wasn't bad; mainly inclines on the way up but definitely worth it at the top. For the 1mi route, I would have classified it a moderate difficulty, but since it was short.. I suppose I can understand why people would say it easy. All in all, great short workout and photo op!
I believe they use this trail to build horse's stamina, so be aware the trail has loose gravel and is sandy.
I'm stuck between a 3 and 4 for this hike because although my 4 year old had an AMAZING time, the trail is very dirty and the graffiti on bigger rocks surrounding the area just brings down the beauty of nature. I know this boulder is painted but this hike is famous specifically for that boulder. Despite the graffiti, it's a great trail for a short family hike. Just watch your step as it can be very steep. I'll definitely go again since my daughter loved it
This was fun hike. We had our 1 year old and dog. The trail is not stroller friendly but our daughter walked some of the way and we took turns carrying her the parts that were too hard for her. Like ya of hills. Definitely a hike to do on a cooler day or first thing in the morning. The pumpkin rock was fun to see but there is a lot of graffiti on the other big rocks. And someone thought it would be funny to paint a penis near the mouth of the pumpkin. But you can easily stand in front of it to cover it up in pictures.
Fun little trail with good views from the top and the pumpkin is definitely a unique feature. My kids loved seeing the pumpkin. The area around the pumpkin rock is incredibly littered with large and small shards of broken glass however. Disappointing! I've got pretty young kids who kept slipping on the smooth sand topped rocks around the pumpkin and falling on the glass. Aside from that it was fun. Bring water and expect no shade at all on the trail.