I went there today as my first hiking trip in AV area ( I just moved from the Valley). After reading that dogs are ok on a leash, I took my dog BArkely and what a disappointment. There are many signs saying NO dogs allowed. What a disappoint. Someone needs to correct this misleading information about dogs allowed.
Started at the camp site trail I am 60 and in better that average healt. It was 85+ degrees on June 20 when I started wasn't too difficult. trail gets iffy at the top (hard to follow) but several different ways to the top. great 360 degree view of the Antilope valley. Will do it again but maybe next time when it's cooler or much earlier. 6$ to park but you can park right outside the gate and walk in if you wish
Basically forgotten about little location. The gates are never open, but you can easily park on the side of the road and walk inside. The trails are poorly maintained and narrow so it is VERY easy to stray from the intended trail and find yourself turned around for awhile. Nonetheless, the entire property is surrounded by a fence and you will eventually locate the trails again if you keep walking. Also, the area is extremely clean with very negligible amounts of litter. The ground is flat so it is extremely easy for beginners. There are picnic tables at the entrance as well as trash bins and a porta potty which is fairly well maintained.
I walk these trails every year around the Spring and Fall. It is my first hiking location so I am rather fond of it. It is a nice place to go out and simply become lost in the desert as you are unable to hear nearby traffic and it is far away from the city. You can make the hike as long or as short as you want.
I wouldn't advise arriving during snake season because the trails are too narrow in places to avoid a rattler. However, I will admit in all of the years I have been coming here I have never encountered a snake.
Lots of desert plants, small critters, and a probable chance of spotting a coyote. I bring my dogs and never run into a single soul. Personally I give it 5 stars but when compared to other places there isn't a lot to see to be honest.
This is an awesome hike ! We started @ the picnic area to the small butte , and all the way to the top of the highest peak of the tallest mountain . Amazing views from up there , took some great photos ; and if you really made it there is a plastic bottle that has a small pad in it to write your name and date for all of us that made it ! the flowers were still blooming and the sun at this time of the day and year was not unbearable and towards the afternoon cooled down some . I highly recommend this hike , take plenty of water with you , and snacks with you .
Took this hike in late March, while the desert flowers were still in bloom, a week or two earlier may have been a bit better to witness the desert floor covered with color. The hike itself is a good journey, starting at the day use picnic area and heading towards the "little butte" which is just a small hill and then heading out towards the larger peak. Keep in mind you go through a fee different types of terrain from compact dirt to loose sand to the granite rock. Most of the assent is done on the loose sand adding a bit to the difficulty. Once you reach the top you have just some amazing views in every direction. All in all it made for a really good half day hike.
Great 1/2 day moderate hike up to the 'saddle'. Awesome Joshua Trees..(terrain is similar to J.T. NP). DO NOT go on a high-wind day (typical to the AV). Best time of year would be fall or spring. Winter is too cold & summer is too hot. Great views of the San Gabriels, Edwards AFB, Tehachapi Mtns., & the AV. Camping available. Stop at welcome center on your way in (which is usually not open), hike a few hundred yards out to an awesome vista for good photo op.