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15 hours ago

My 3.5 year old, 7 year old, husband and I completed this hike. It was a few weeks after the rain so a bit muddy in places, but fun! We packed our lunch and ate on the red rocks and then headed back. With little legs it took us close to 4 hours with a short lunch stop round trip. We all thoroughly enjoyed it!

The road to the trailhead is closed aprox 2 miles prior. This will add an additional 4 miles to your hike. Be sure to plan. The water flow is pretty steady and the waterfall is gorgeous. Expect crowds at lower elevations. Watch out for mountain bikers and dual sport bikes. Gorgeous views to the east with snow capped mountains. Visibility to the west is very limited and no ocean views because of winter weather.

this trail is bad ass the first mile is all dirt there's some cool bumps of dirt and little hills for off road cars and trucks after that one mile you enter a Forest so beautiful you park your car and start walking alone the creek till the trail stops !!! awesome

Nice hike, very easy to get through and plenty of nice scenic spots. Met plenty of fellow hikers on the way. There was a gate that said the path was closed, but people went anyway (might have been temporarily closed). The pay station was broken, so I just parked at the nearby Ralphs. It was muddy and a bit rocky when I went. The red rocks were worth the trek.

can someone tell me if this place lets you off road now

24 days ago

One of our favorite hikes, my boyfriend and I love going up to the flag pole in the morning before work. The view is awesome and there's sage growing everywhere. It's a little steep at times and because of the recent rain, it's a little rocky and parts of the trail get narrow, but it's not an issue if you are a regular hiker. Bring sunscreen if you burn easily and plenty of water, especially on hot days. Shade is limited.

loved it

Fire road for most of the way until about the last mile or mile and a half. You will notice the peak off to the left of the trail by seeing a cluster of rocks that you haven't seen along the way. That day I went was pretty clear (12/26/2016) I was able to see Mt. Baldy & Catalina in the distance.

Initially it's very easy with very little incline. There's a few little side trails you can go on which are unmarked. It can be mildly dangerous because of all the rocks. At the end of the trail, it dumps you into this cool rock formation but you can also go and climb up to the top of other ones. I climbed up onto a ridge beside the creek and had a great view of the valley. It's relatively short and kid-friendly. You can also avoid paying for parking by parking at the supermarket but you didn't here it from me!

this hike was pretty cool. we only went as far as the first major waterfall, about 2 miles in. the trail is overgrown but you can see where it is. at this time you will have to cross streams a few times. wear long pants. its beautiful. go while there is water.