Great hike. Would have been better if we were actually able to make it to the bridge, but the recent rain storms seem to have made the river quite difficult to cross. We weren't able to make it more than about a mile and a half in. There were other people on the trail as well who had previously hiked it and knew the route, but were unable to make the river crossing due to the high level and rushing waters. Maybe if you go with the bungee company they bring tools to help cross the rushing river? But it was still a great hike! Had to do some bouldering over a few steep rocks, so it felt like an adventure! There was even a small waterfall! Definitely going to try this hike again when we haven't just had a rainstorm.
Beautiful trail! The hike in and out can be quite dodgy if you don't know what you're doing, but it is certainly a worthwhile trek to the bridge. Bring lots of water, snacks, and sunscreen. Also please port your trash out. There are places that are starting to look awful because people don't pick up after themselves. Also leave your tagging supplies at home. Stop ruining nature for the rest of us!
There were sections where crossing the stream was absolutely required for us and I wish I had planned my footwear better. The trail seemed pretty crowded, and while it is long, I would not call this hard. Rather moderate in my opinion.
Amazing trail, great experience, for a person that loves hiking but doesn't have enough time in his hands, this was a great one to do! Yes it's a long distance and almost took most of our day BUT was all worth it! Was able to see rams and the trail it self up to the bridge is great!
This was a great hike. It kinda kicked my butt, but I wasn't ready to hike that far. The river was a bit higher than normal I think. There had been some pretty good rain fall a week prior. I imagine if we'd gone right after the rain the river would have been even higher.
Bring a lunch! Had we had more food, we'd have been happier hikers, I think.
When we started out at 9:40am it was 36*f. We went Dec. 18th. We all wore a fair amount of layers, so it wasn't too bad once we started moving. I just wish I had on a windbreaker, sometimes the wind was cutting my layers. It was very windy at the bridge.
The bridge was very cool, knowing the history. All along the river you can see signs of the old smaller bridges and sections of road that washed out in 1938. I sort of wish the forestry service would utilize the bridge pylons for hikers to cross the river, but it just keeps things more interesting having to find your own way across.
This is a great trail! Don't be worried about it's rating of "hard". If you hike a couple of smaller trails here and there building up, then you can handle it. But just remember to bring extra socks, small towel or water proof boots. You will get wet in sneakers. The rocks are slippery and the trail crosses many times. Bring snacks and a lunch and lots of water too.
Did this with my wife and son, plus dog, on Christmas Day, 2016. This was one day after a big winter storm moved through and we found snow in the last 800', with 3" on the summit.
As far as 'routes' go (as opposed to 'trails'), Rattlesnake Peak is relatively mild. Once the right exit from the closed Shoemaker road is located, route finding is simple: just follow the ridge, mostly on a surprisingly good user path.
The brush is a non-issue after the fire a few years back. No real need for long pants.
There are a couple of sections of steep stuff, but mostly it is just uphill hiking of the sort where you can simultaneously enjoy the view.
I recorded about 9 miles and 3500' of gain. 5 hrs round trip, 6 hrs with stops.
Highly recommended for anyone reasonably fit. The views and setting is sublime, there's solitude and quiet - and nothing really to get you in trouble.
Nothing too special about this hike. Was kind of disappointed in the lack of beauty of it but that's what you get hiking around LA sometimes, especially if the trail is popular.
Starts off nice being in the greenery and next to the shallow river. As you go you cross multiple times and eventually it widens out in between the mountains. Stick to the river for a majority until you come to the really wide spot about 4 miles in, then head right up the trail.
Bridge itself is meh. Cool how it's out there but nothing all that special about it. You can tell that if you were to keep pressing on past the bridge you would be in more of a mountainous ecosystem surrounded by pines.
All in all took our times and finished the 10.2 miles in 5.5 hours
This hike is about 10 miles round trip. Dog friendly, and parking gets full, so come early. Vault toilets available before heading out. Multiple water crossing (be prepared to get your feet wet or remove your shoes). The hike itself is easy, mostly flat and leads up to the bungee jump site. Nice area to to watch people bungee jump or have your snacks / lunch.
A great hike! Closer to 11 miles than 9 if you decide to scale down/back up the rocks to get down to the creek under the bridge. I did it in September when it was still pretty hot, so I'd just recommend bringing a lot of water so you're prepared in. Case of dehydration. Otherwise, entirely lovely.
Great view and well maintained hiking trail. Enough hiker traffic to ensure your safety, but not too an excess. Loved bungee jumping at the bridge. Definitely be going back again without bungee jumping activity to fully enjoy the amazing scenery that the trail offers!
So the first three miles of this hike is a fire access road with two tunnels. After that the AllTrails map just stops and there is a marked path to the right which dead ends and an unmarked path to the left (refer to my uploaded pic of the map from my Fitbit). The unmarked path to the left is a very steep incline up shale and through thickly overgrown bushes that see little to no traffic. Once up that incline you are on the peak of something and can see Rattlesnake Peak in the distance. However this was unknown at the time since the AllTrails map just stops at the junction and indicates the hike is only 5 miles in/out. However when I got home and looked at the map provided by Fitbit it became obvious that this trail is much longer to the peak. You MUST wear long pants/sleeves for this trail since the bushes are primarily cat's claws and yuccas and overgrown. I always wear long pants/sleeves so I was fine but my partner wore shorts and a tank top and was full of scratches by the end of it. Also (other than the two tunnels) there is absolutely no shade on this trail. Honestly I would not do this hike again or recommend it with Baldy so close. If you just want a challenge, Ice House Canyon up to Thunder Peak is a 15 mile hike with a 5000ft incline and you don't need a machete to do it. Rattlesnake peak trail goes from huge fire access road to absolutely no defined trail where the AllTrails maps ends yet as you can see from the picture of the map from my Fitbit you are no where near the peak. Maybe there was a junction we missed, but as an experienced hiker I am very good at finding trails and am almost certain (99%) that we took the right path (the left line on the map). If I were to do this trail again I would have to use a GPS tracker with real-time tracking in order to make sure we hit the peak. As opposed to my Fitbit which tracks the GPS but can only be seen once the hike is finished and uploaded to the website (in other words you need service).