Almost made it to top but ran out if time. it was taking me longer to get to the top because of the constant uphill which I enjoyed but had to stop frequently since it was warm and there wasn't much shade but will do the trip again because I want to get to the top!
This trail is nothing but "moderate" it is hard!!! Beautiful but hard.
We suggest do the loop counter-clock-wise, so the climb is easier and gradual.
Start the day as early as you can when it it still cool. We did it in late August, started at 7am, by 9 we were really hot. The whole trail took us 3.5 hrs walk, with some breaks and many water stops.
Obviously water, hats, good walking shoes are a must. Walking polls can really help too especially on the steep portions of the trail - and there are many...
There are many short cuts along this trail, we suggest not to take them. Stay on the main trail as Snakes are abundant in the summer, especially rattle snakes.
All in all this was a very good experience, and the view is breathtaking, especially from the look out point all the way to the top. Don't miss it.
Went up 16/August/16 and loved it. We saw a coyote on our way down, pretty close to the end. We also took the harder route, which is no joke. You can get all the exercise you can handle on this trail. Good times, great valley views.
Pretty sunny and open, definitely bring a hat, sunscreen and plenty of water. ;)
Lilia A. on O'Melveny Bee Canyon Trail
Summertime start early has no shade great views of SFV good cardio