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We went this past Saturday. The trail is relatively flat for the first 3-4 miles though rocky and ,at points, hard to discern. Due to all of the rain this winter season, the river is flooded and as of this weekend there were 6 river crossings (not river crossings like skipping over rocks - this is 2-3 feet of fast moving water). Be prepared or try the hike in the spring!
Good solid training hike for other longer vertical trails (Iron Mountain, Cactus to Clouds). Nice 360 views at the top but just really exposed the whole way up and down. The trail is actually fairly easy to follow (went in February 2016). Cool to do but I probably won't do it again.
Did this last week and it was beautiful. River crossings can be tricky since current/winds were very strong but you should be fine as long as you're careful. Total of 12 crossings (round trip) so you're going to get wet. Other than that, this is an easy hike (not much elevation gain) with great views all around.
This is one of my favorite areas in the Angeles National Forest. I first discovered it when I hiked the East Fork Trail a few years back (Bridge to Nowhere).
This time, however, I decided to try the Heaton Flat Trail to see what else is out there. I didn't go all the way to Heaton Saddle, though. Instead, I stopped at Bonita Peak (a mile or so before the saddle). The Heaton Flat Trail also goes to Iron Mountain, which is supposed to be a real ass kicker.
The hike to Bonita Peak isn't easy, though. It's a steep climb and has barely any shade. I imagine it's brutal on a hot and sunny day (the recommended months are October to April). Make sure to bring extra water.
The views are incredible. I went on a clear winter day and was able to see numerous peaks and canyons and even Catalina Island. The trail is lightly trafficked and overgrown in parts, but I never lost track of the path.
Next time I'll make sure to go all the way to Heaton Saddle (and eventually to Iron Mountain).