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Is short but it gets up and down rocky medium effort needed.

rock climbing
3 days ago

This hike is supershort but it's a lot of up-and-down to 3 to 4 waterfall, totally worth it. We took our four and six-year-old and had a blast. Go after it rains.

I really enjoyed the hike, beautiful scenery and waterfall, plan to hike it again.


rock climbing
6 days ago

beautiful trail. though little water on the falls, still extremely beautiful place.

10 days ago

Good time! Beautiful and peaceful.

11 days ago

good trail

this trail is listed as moderate, but I'm gonna say its above moderate. its a beautiful hike with fantastic scenery. trails are clearly marked. you will need a usf parking pass. they do come thru the lot and ticket.

Great trail, easy path to follow, great and challenging for kids. Would do again.

Great trail for running/training. Went up today with friends and two dogs. We left with numerous tics and fleas. Weather was chilly. Been here in the summer and don't recommend it. I never go anywhere in Cleveland national forest in the summer because everything seems hot and dry.

17 days ago

Hiked 6.5 Miles in/out, good enough to go back and finish exploring.

20 days ago

Went the day after Christmas and encountered:
-full parking at trailhead
-multiple groups, kids, dogs
Respect this cool spot and leave it better than you found it for everyone to enjoy by packing out the trash you find.
Easy to follow trail takes you to top of falls.
1.4 miles round trip.

off road driving
29 days ago

Did this trail in a Subaru Crosstrek (thank you Subaru for making rugged little cars capable of taking a beating) anyway, 91/2 inches of clearance and skid plates did help, wouldn't recommend any clearance below that. We went both from Ortega to just below Santiago Peak and from Maple Springs to Modjeska peak on different days,be warned, there is a NASTY NASTY rut about 400yds below the summit of Santiago Peak, it's all the way across the road and is very deep (probably a foot or deeper), we almost ripped the front bumper off trying to get through it and never did. There are some very tough spots that have had several rock slides and are only loose shale, parts of the trail are severely washed out, and there are some spots where you don't want to look down if you're afraid of heights (on the Ortega side, Maple Springs isn't as bad) the forest service does close this trail during the winter (Novemberish-Marchish depending on weather and trail damage from rains) and there is no OHV access during that time from Indian,Harding,Bedford or Maple Springs,(truck trails) or from off Ortega hwy. It's a fun trail, but it is trying at times and we took a couple pretty gnarly hits on the skid plates so be wary of loose rock, washes, and some nasty terrain. Beautiful view once you hit the peaks though that made it worth the beating.

off road driving
1 month ago

Very scenic but all of the dirt roads have been closed off to off-road vehicles only bikes and hikers were allowed