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Always my favorite hike...I've posted more of an over all opinion 10 months ago, if your interested. BUT I just want to remind every one IF YOU PACK IT IN PACK IT OUT!!!!.....That includes your peepee paper, dog poop, your poop, and tampon applicators! If you can remember to pack TP you can toss in a few bags to pick it up and pack it out....for goodness sake PLEASE PEOPLE...this is not your or your dogs personal bathroom!!!!!
Great hike to the waterfall but was busier than I anticipated thus, arriving and starting early is recommended. BBQ and picnic areas available, as well as a Camp Store! Trails were easy to locate, navigate, and were well maintained. Some rock hopping involved but nothing too strenuous.
Best workout for the distance. Just put your head down and keep walking. Challenging but lovely. If you're feeling motivated to do more distance when you get to Jones Peak you can take the saddle over to the Mt. Wilson Trail where you come out just south of orchard camp. About 9-10 miles round trip.
Did this hike today. Green and wet and beautiful. Be to chantry no later then 7a if going on the weekend. Took upper winter creek trail to mt Zion and then down to sturdevant camp. From there took Gabriellino trail back to chantry. Was around 8 miles. The trek up to the lot is one hell of a way to end a hike. Not sure what reviewer Mike is smoking but I want some. This hike is nowhere near 22 miles. Mike needs to buy a map lol!
Nice short hike. You'll see some camp grounds along the way. Eventually it ends at a small water fall. Very shallow. But a nice spot to picnic. Medium traffic, but pet friendly. If you keep going, for an extra 5-6 miles. You'll end at the peak of Mt. Wilson. However, to preserve the fall please don't climb the wall surrounding the waterfall. I've seen people get stuck because they're reckless.
Good hike. I'm a frequent hiker and took my wife out for this one. She isn't a big hiker and she did good. Take a good amount of water, camelpak for ease of hiking. For beginners, take your time. Don't rush. There is a lot of climbing on this but the view is worth it at the end. Recommend to start relatively early to get good parking. LA Forest / San Bernardino Permit required for parking. You can also purchase an annual permit. There is a small market. Ask around.
Loved this! Super long and tough (at least for me, a moderate hiker), almost consistently uphill, but beautiful with a really cool observation deck at the top. Took us about 8 hours, granted we spent well over an hour at the top taking pictures, walking through the observatory museum and snacking. All in all, we walked about 15 miles. I don't know how, since the trail is 12, but I guess we wandered a lot at the top (and parked a far bit away at the bottom).