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Fun hike with many spots to stop and take pretty pictures. Not many people around which made this my favorite hike while in Joshua tree!

Just finished this hike, did get turned around a few times as there are a lot of other trails that splinter off, but once we got to the cave it was really neat definitely want to come back and explore more.

Great hike! It's one that you can fit in when you only have part of a day. I'd say the rating is a bit overstated, it's mostly all at an incline going up, but the path is wide and you can take your time if need be. Views at the top are great, the entire San Gabriel Valley area is on one side, and the San Gabriel mountains on the other.

I started the East Ridge view trail from the south end. There is street parking and Port a potties. Bring hand sanitizer. The trail offers several ups and downs which would make it moderate and is heavily trafficked. The path is wide and open and doesn't offer much shade, if any. If you get tired, fork off to the loop which is an easy path. You can tailor your hike to make it longer or shorter, harder or easier.

Fun little hike. Good 1.5-2 hour workout. First half has some nice scenery, second half is mostly scrub brush.

We started our hike at 5:30am when it was still dark. We hiked about two hours. It’s pretty cold this time of year so bring a jacket. We saw some people take a strenuous route but I don’t know where they started from. If you keep to the left you will make it to the top.

Nice place to hike! Enjoyed the scenery although not clear due to the all the wildfires! Great workout!

hiking
24 days ago

Hiked this trail for the first time this morning and it was great. Parking was a little thin by 8:30am on a Sunday but not completely full. Beautiful scenery and plenty of birdwatching to be done throughout this hike, especially near the trailhead. The trail was in good shape most of the way. It became a little more sketchy after the turn toward the summit (away from Claremont Wilderness Park). The sun kept us plenty warm, even in mid-November! Enjoy!

Super dope trail!

saw a lot of deer throughout my trail so keep a good lookout while you are on your hike. Decided to take on the big hill at the divide (where trail gives you the chance to go left or right) go left if you want to challenge yourself. Took me about 3 hours to finish considering my dog was not lasting through the hike. Besides that I definitely recommend this hike if you want a good challenge. Not too much tree cover besides the beginning and middle of the hike so I recommend going on a 75 degreeish day.

This hike is pretty easy compared to its rating. I did it at night, while recovering from a cold. Going uphill sick wasn’t a joy, but the views are worth it! Most of the trail is well maintained with little rock issues. Once you get to the last half a mile it becomes lose, but still walkable. If you are looking to work on your cardio or sweat out a cold, this is a good hike. I didn’t see “shortcuts,” but from the map, they look similar to the path. The part that would make this rated hard would be the uphill motion, but it’s not difficult. It just pumps your heart. This is good practice for anyone looking to strengthen their heart.

hiking
1 month ago

Really pretty, not very challenging, and cool rocks to climbs around in at the end!

Awesome views of Downtown LA & the SGV!

Home Sweet Home!!!

hiking
1 month ago

Power.
8 mile cycle each way from Marina - which makes the hike harder on your legs, otherwise the hike doesn’t burn that much. Lots of people around - less so when you break the loop to the top of Skull Rock. The small loop is one for the kids for sure.

This is a very nice and less talked about park in the West LA area (close to LAX!) I especially love the lake at the bottom of the hill. It was like my very own Central Park next door to me! There is also a beautiful stream w/ a small bridge next to the lake that is nice to relax at. Perfect area for picnics, bike riding, and duck gazing.

Update: I explored this trail again and discovered a beautiful Japanese garden and pond. The perfect setting for taking some nice outdoor photos, laying out on the grass, or having some zen to yourself.

- @justroc @just.trek

hiking
1 month ago

This hike was a good workout! There was a lot of nice layers to the trail too. You feel like you go through a forest, then you take the trail to the top where you go through the canyons, rugged trails, and eventually the rock formations which you can climb and relax on. I especially liked the sunset trail portion of the hikes which loops all the way back to the parking lot if you take the skull rock route in the beginning.

Definitely bring a good amount of water as the hike is roughly 4.5 miles.

- @justroc @just.trek

1 month ago

A lot of people, good views - but take a quieter one, or not weekends.

Short hike with a beautiful view of the coast line. There is pretty heavy mountain bike traffic on the main road.

trail running
1 month ago

Ran it today around 4 pm. Temp. was about 85 but with no humidity to speak of it was pleasant enough. Also, with the sun being rather low there was shade from time to time. FYI, if you do it clockwise, the first 2.5 miles or so is a steady climb.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike!

I got a late start and didn’t get to finish my hike today, I will be returning however I plan to wait until it’s an overcast day as there is no shade on this trail. Trail was extremely clean ❤️

Options for a little longer home or shorter. A slight challenge but a beautiful view.

MUY BONITO Y MUY POCO TRANSITADO POR GENTE Y ESO PERMITE DISFRUTAR LA BIKE

Great hike for those looking to get into shape or simply get their feet wet in the world of hiking. The trail hits you immediately with an uphill climb but one you finish that the rest of the hills on the trail become child's play. There aren't many shade spots so a visor and sun protection is recommended for those with sensitive skin going in the day. Trail opens at 9 and parking gets filled really fast. I usually park uphill a little past the trail entrance and walk down there's no permit required.

Love the scenery! Difficult but worth it.

CLOSED UNTIL SEPTEMBER 2019 DUE TO WILDFIRES

EN LO PERSONAL NO LO VEO TAN DIFICIL ... PERO SI LES PUEDO DECIR QUE YA SEA CAMINANDO, SENDERISMO CON MOCHILA DE 40 LIBRAS, CORRIENDO O EN BICICLETA ESAS 2 MILLAS TE HARAN SENTIR QUE VALEN LA PENA

We never got to try the trail because of the parking. When we got to the "parking lot," there were "No Stopping Anytime" signs. We then drove around and found that all of the street parking was only available to the residents only with a permit. We came across a resident telling a group of hikers that if they left their car in front of his house, they'd get a ticket. We asked him where we could legally park to use the trail and he pointed to a small area where there were three (3) cars parked and they'd used up ALL the legal parking spots. It seems the only way to use this trail is to walk there from an elementary school parking lot a few blocks away but I'm not sure if that's allowed. Plus, we were trying to avoid walking on the concrete around our own neighborhood: that's why we went there! Needless to say, we felt unwelcomed to use the trail by, not only the lack of parking, but also the resident who informed us that the "parking lot" was closed because of "too many break-ins." I don't think hikers are welcome by the area residents.

I absolutely love this trail!!!

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