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I would call ahead. Nothing indicated trail was closed( including the forest service website) but after 3/4 mile up the trail it was closed. So our trip was very short. It was ok as far as the trail itself, easy, but mostly looking at semi-dead scrub the whole time.
this was a nice hike. we hiked for 11 miles...5.5 out and then back. I loved the creek, saw three deer, and two beautiful blue birds. I was worried about heading back because it would be uphill, but it wasn't so bad. one of the local gentlemen gave me a bottled water, which was very nice of him. it was 75 there and back on the desert floor in indio it was 92. nice day.
back packed from ramona Trailhead to toolbox springs campground with a 45 pound pack....I wouldn't say this is an easy trail...moderately hard..all uphill to the camp...the trek out will be a breeze...beautiful area the spring is just a trickle. .but it's running..I thought with all this drought it would be dry...nice surprise
The location shown on the app is spot on, easy to find/follow signs from hwy 74 to the trailhead. It's more of a dirt road than a trail all the way up. We parked at the gate where the pavement ends and hiked to the top of the ridge where the power lines cross the trail. We didn't find any way to "loop" back, but from the trailhead to the top of the ridge and back was about 3 miles. Great views of Anza, smooth path, will do again!!