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20 days ago

This trip was beautiful. We went for an overnight from Saturday to Sunday. We parked at the cone peak trailhead, which you have to go for a while on a dirt road to get to, but it's nothing crazy. Stayed at Goat Camp for the night, which was gorgeous with easily accessible water. I would suggest parking at the Vicente Flats trailhead instead (about 1.5 miles behind Cone Peak trailhead on the same dirt road) because it splits the trip into more even halves. We thought Goat Camp was midway, but it isn't where it shows up on the all trails map. It's actually a mile or two before that, which made our second day longer than we would have thought.

Also, the loop says on the website that it's 13.9 with 4900 feet of elevation. According to my brother's garmin, which is normally very accurate, it ended up being 16 total with 7200 feet of climbing. Not too much more, but definitely would have been nice to know about beforehand.

Other than that little issue, the trip itself was gorgeous. Sweeping views of the forest and ocean abound with a delightful view of the sunset at Goat Camp. Be sure to avoid all the poison oak, and you'll have an amazing trip!

off road driving
1 month ago

great hike on a well maintained trail

off road driving
2 months ago

Good trail for practicing, learning, or easy simple offloading. Stock height Nissan Frontier in 4WD preformed perfectly. The trail has gotten a little washed out in 1 or 2 areas. Great experience and definitely recommend!

Beautifuul walk

off road driving
3 months ago

Perfect for the first timer. Took my 2016 cherokee trailhawk, stock height, stock a/t tires. was a breeze. Did about half the trail as I was alone and not many people out here. Would recommend for a chill off road experience.

many of the paths are closed and don't even connect....but I made it work and had a great time! bring plenty of water, I also saw a lot of mountain bikers.

4 months ago

Super overgrown trail. Did this with two other people... we are shocked that none of us have poison oak or ivy as we had to dive through quite a few of those bushes to stay on the trail. Parts of the trail are washed out, be careful. Pack lots of water if you’re doing this in the summer months. I had a water filter and thankfully we came across one river that was still flowing. Vincente flat campground is completely dry right now and tons of flys and bugs. Just be cautious if you pick this trail, and be prepared.

off road driving
4 months ago

great for an easy drive with the family. Low difficulty.

off road driving
5 months ago

Ran this trail last night after just after sunset. Super easy trail with a few paved sections. Three or so sections that a low clearance vehicle may want to be a little careful, but other than that, it’s just a dirt road. Caught the end of the sunset, amazing views.

off road driving
5 months ago

Jeep WK 4X4 2' RC , Bilstein 4200, 265/70/17. Easy trail with mostly wide roads that are paved in a couple areas. Amazing views. Only saw a half a dozen drivers out. Camp Grounds were full. Great for beginners or just a mellow day out. Planning on coming back for a winter snow run.

5 months ago

Decided to try something different and started at Forsee Creek to Shields, Anderson, San Bernardino East to West then descended via Johns Meadow. Great views, variation in terrain, and highly recommended except I underestimated the heat and only took 3L of fluid. My dog drank 1L and I ran out the last two hours. She was able to soak and drink at one small spring before the Johns Meadow split and at two larger creeks in the meadow but paranoid me decided not to drink from any and left the filter and purification tabs at home. Big mistake on a hot day that hit 80 in Angeles Oaks. GPS listed about 18.5 miles and 4436 elevation gain. This route is less traveled and I only ran into people descending from San B.

6 months ago

We started at Vincente Trailhead and walked counter clockwise. The diversity of terrain, plants and views is huge.

Early May there was lots of water at Vincente Flat, Goat Camp and Trail Spring.

Shortly before Stone Ridge Trail there were four options of trails. Take the second right if you want to make it to Goat Camp. That’s the right way of Stone Ridge Trail to come to Goat Camp and water.

We added a hike to Surprise Falls. Very steep and a 3 mile walk through the river. Only with water shoes recommended.

Really good hike! Not trekked as much as some other nearby trails. Good views.

Great overnighter! We hit the Mt. San Jacinto Peak also in this trip adding 4 miles. We chose to ascend up the Willow Creek Creek Trail (recently opened up after 5 years, due to fire) essentially doing the trail "backwards". The slope is bit more forgiving with the same amount of elevation gain. Camped at round Valley campground (don't forget your permits, for the State campground and Wilderness pass for Forest land, rangers checking) water not a guarantee here) then summited in the morning, descending the PCT afterwards.

Beautiful trail! Lots of "BAM!"s (Beauty Appreciation Moments) from the massive redwood trees at the beginning, the sweeping views over the mountains, and the snow!

As of Saturday Feb 18, trails were clear below around 9000ft, and microspikes and poles are highly recommended above that elevation. We passed some people barebooting it, but it was quite slippery in some parts on the packed snow.
Jackdaw Springs where we camped was well sheltered from wind. There was some flowing water but it was very shallow (1" of water or so) and muddy. The last mile or two before Foresee Creek was quite windy, we were glad we had our hardshell jackets+pants. We didn't find water at Forsee Creek, so we cut short our plans to continue to Bernardino Peak because we didn't have enough fuel to melt snow.

It snowed a little this morning (Sunday Feb 19) in Angelus Oaks, so conditions have probably changed on the trail.

off road driving
Thursday, November 16, 2017

Took Big Pine Flat Trail on a Friday evening and there wasn't much traffic, only saw a handful of people out there. It's a very easy trail that my stock-height Subaru Crosstrek handled just fine, there were maybe 3 spots where I had to take it slow. There are parts where the trail switches from dirt, to paved, then back again, but most is unpaved. I wouldn't take a sedan on this trail, but a 2wd truck or SUV with decent clearance should be just fine. This trail is fun, easy and there are some seriously stellar views, so go in the late afternoon/evening to catch the sunset!

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Lightly traveled trail with several stream crossings. Loved the peaceful easy feeling provided by this trail. Highly recommend this trail for those looking for an easier less-traveled trail.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Nice trail. Start around 6500 and finish at the saddle around 10500. Around 13 miles round trip. Beautiful weather. Pine trees all the way so plenty of shade and a constant grade up and down, trail is less than 1/3 rocky. So easy on the feet and lite traffic. Only ran into 2 groups of hikers all day. Only thing, don't drive your Honda to the trail head, dirt road is rough!!!! Other than that I highly recommend this hike.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Nice loop trail with the option to bag the Hawkins peaks. With a 5:20 am start I first headed up the service road to the saddle north of South Hawkins. From the saddle I took the use trail up to So. Hawkins for a breakfast break. Afterwards I continued north on the ridge trail to the PCT, this section is recovering nicely from past fires and is quite nice now. Upon reaching the PCT I headed East to Throop peak, and after another break I started my return via Windy gap. Total mileage was 14.2 and 6 hours.

Sunday, June 04, 2017

this was a nice hike, the first part starting in frome the parking area is a little steep but not bad at all, after that it's up and down easy hike, the creek was really nice great view's, well shaded along the way, good trail to do in the summer, good trail to take if you have little ones, just remember to stop along the way and take in the scenery that's what it's all about my fellow brother and sister hikers, enjoy !!

Saturday, June 03, 2017

Its not so flat :D

Sunday, May 28, 2017

beautiful trail. the parking lot is down a ride that is a little rocky (far enough down a road that you kind of feel like your not supposed to be there. the trail is beautiful but narrow so I would say for older kids. the first 1/2-1 mile is the hardest and steep right from the parking lot but if you can push past it you won't be disappointed.

off road driving
Sunday, April 02, 2017

Very scenic route. Lots of spurs for additional exploration. My Jeep Rubicon Hardrock didn't even work up a sweat, but there were a few washed out areas that might prove challenging to lower clearance vehicles. I'd rate the difficulty as a 2 with small sections of 3.

scenic driving
Monday, March 27, 2017

Really nice

Sunday, January 08, 2017

Awesome winter trail with tons of snow. Any 4x4 can do this imo but must have at least 8.5 inches of ground clearance.

off road driving
Sunday, July 31, 2016

Nice trail. Great for beginners.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

As Matt stated, closed at fork with John's Meadow, which we hiked. Nice, mostly pine covered trail with a couple of very small water sources. Lots of bugs in these areas. Passed two guys wearing mosquito netting. Hike it out to end of trail, eat in the shade, then hike it back. Six plus pleasant miles. Great trail.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Great time here with the family!

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