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Great hike with much greenery after recent rains. Strongly recommend the alternate route on the way back.

Easy beautiful hike. It’s busy, first half had the trail to ourselves 90% of the time. Second half was busier, passed or was passed every 10 minutes. Also used by horses and bikes.

hiking
17 hours ago

Great trail. Lots of elevation gain. Smooth wide paths lead to the stream in winter. Then the climb gets more uneven, narrower, shady here and there after about a mile. Many spots to sit and chill after viewing the main cluster of palms. Take the alternate route down for amazing views of Borrego.

awesome trail. felt more like exploring than going on a hike. be sure to cross over the railroad tracks to get to the hike. it is misleading because there is another trail that takes you along the tracks. takes you to a nice viewpoint, but not the arches. follow the green rectangles on the ground and you will find it easily.

One of favorite! Beautiful views, great work out!!

amazing area and amazing walk

Awesome trail! Very busy though.

great trail. good shading for most of it. good views too

Definitely an ankle twister! I’d recommend wearing good boots because it’s quite rocky terrain when you’re not on the steps. The views at the summit are worth it, especially if you climb up a bit more and face camelback. I arrived around 7:30am on a Tuesday morning to avoid the crowds which worked. Parked in the first lot (which was still almost full) and started on the alternate summit trail across the street. Only came across a handful of hikers on the way up and had the summit to myself for a while before heading down, where lots of folks seemed to start around 9am. A hiking pole might have been nice too :)

Beautiful hike! Pay the $10 day pass fee at the campground entrance and park all the way in the back. Bathrooms are available and clean near the trailhead and campgrounds. There is a lot of water flowing right now. My feet got a little wet right towards the end. You will rock-hop across the stream several times (pretty easy though). Make sure you take the “alternate route” on the way back to make the loop. There was a lot less foot traffic going that way and you get a different view and vibe. Both ways are great though. I didn’t bring my 18 month old. If I had her in my carrier, it would have been a little challenging towards the end because you need to crouch down to get through the palms into the oasis area, but it would’ve been doable.

$25 for state parks parking lots today.

Easy to get to and very well maintained trail. First half is a wide, uphill path with the second half being a stepper trail up stones. There is a long line to take a photo at the top though. Got up in about an hour really pushing the pace.

Could have been the most beautiful track in NZ and maybe it was few years back when there wasn't proper highway crowded with people walking literally in a queue, some of them playing loud music from teir backpeckers. The lakes in surrunding of people, it spoils the experience quite a lot for me...
The last 8km is quite long if i had new that i would probably didn't pay $35 for shuttle and just go to the lakes and back. (The price is quite unbelivable for such schuttle, i could go 500km by train for this price in Europe:-D
Anyhow i was happy i saw the Mordor.

With Michael josh and jay

It's not very shady and a pretty difficult hike when it's hot but of course worth it for the photo op! It gets very very busy so earlier better than later!

hiking
muddy
scramble
2 days ago

Beautiful trail, but definitely not for inexperienced hikers wearing vans. Lots of slippery mud along very narrow, steep paths adjacent to steep drop offs. Don’t let the short distance fool you - this is a challenging little hike. Totally worth it if you have hiking boots.

Amazing hike to Potato Chip Rock, the wait wasn’t bad. People were very good about trading phones for pictures , if you took their picture , they would wait for your group to go out to the rock and take your picture. Some people complain about the wait, it’s not bad especially if you work as a team.

River crossing was a little wet today, but not too bad. Trail was in great shape.

hiking
rocky
3 days ago

I highly recommend this trail to hike up to the cables if you’re just starting to hike and you are building up your strength and stamina. It’s about 2 1/2 miles into the cables. Trekking poles are great for balance in some areas. Total sunshine so wear a hat and bring plenty of water, especially as the days grow warmer. Happy Hiking!

Not paying $10 to go on a hike.

great nighttime hike.

hiking
rocky
scramble
washed out
3 days ago

Proud to say at age 72 I made it to the top today my second time after 7 1/2 years when I climbed before. Seems like it was much more difficult this time but then again I am much older. It was a perfect day for hiking, the weather was about 62° and sunny skies. The views from the top are spectacular, take plenty of water and a snack. trekking poles are great in certain areas but most the time you won’t need them, definitely you’ll need gloves for the cables.

hiking
3 days ago

nice easy trail :)

hiking
rocky
3 days ago

This trail was a serious challenge, bring snacks, gloves and some tunes (air pods).

Beautiful hike, gave it only 4 stars because there was a ~45 min wait to climb potato chip rock for a picture.

Nice little trail to see a bit of Palomar Mountain.

hiking
rocky
scramble
4 days ago

What a great trail! Tough but absolutely worth it! Gloves are a necessity for the cable portions - and a little upper body strength helps too. But what a fun way to climb! All the way up is beautiful scenery to birds-eye level and a 360 degree view at the top. Amazing!

hiking
rocky
snow
5 days ago

Amazing climb, take enough water especially on sunny days as you need to struggle with stairs and then steep rocky/snowy parts ! Views all way long are breathtaking...

The dark side is the best hike.

trail running
5 days ago

Great heart pumper to get your day going. Up and down in 38 minutes jogging/hiking. Trail running shoes help a lot with the rocky terrain. Dogs loved it! Only met 3 other people on a Friday morning. Pretty good for Mission trails which is always busy.

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