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You just gotta love this hike. The campsite is easy to get to, and the hiking options from the campsite are plentiful.
I started in the morning to avoid heat this time of year, but I’ve hit up this trail before midday and it provides a good amount of shade once you make it down to the canyon. The trail starts by the last few houses on the right hand side as you are driving north on Angeles Crest Highway, as you leave La Canada. There’s a turnout usually with a few cars, so it’s relatively obvious where to park. Follow the paved road past the gate and keep following the paved road past the Socal Edison Power Plant. It will quickly turn into a dirt fire road that switchbacks down to the camp. On your way down the switchbacks, there is a cool little “junkyard” of structural materials and what look to be fire road maintenance tools, (I could be wrong). Shortly thereafter, you’ll find yourself at Gould Mesa Camp, which has a good amount of room for campers. I saw someone on a couple trips back and forth using a rolling dolly to bring camping gear down. There were some campers with tents set up and a few runners making the turn back down the other entrance to the campground towards JPL. A serene creek runs through the campsite adding to the peacefulness of the area. I decided to hang there for awhile, but then wanted to explore a bit further, so I followed the sign to the Paul Little Picnic area. Along the way, I encountered some deer, mountain bikers, and a couple other hikers. It’s about a mile from the campground to the picnic area, and you pass the Nino Picnic Area on the way there. It’s interesting to get this perspective of the canyon beneath Angeles Crest Hwy as I’ve driven past there up top many of times. I spent little bit of time on a picnic bench, took some video, and then headed back to the Gould Mesa Camp. The last part of the hike was the hardest; the climb out of Gould Mesa Camp, but it’s not so bad. The fact that it was noon by the time I was climbing back up made it a bit harder, but most hikers should have no problem with this incline.

All in all a wonderful hike and a great way to spend a morning!

Hope you enjoy!

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Loved the hike! The views were amazing and I got great shots of the sign. It is dry and open trail but if done in the early morning it's not bad at all. Definitely bring apply sunscreen and wear hats and sunglasses. We didn't go all the way up behind the hike, but it isn't much further up the trail (maybe like another mile) if you decide to go further up.

hiking
7 days ago

Very nice moderate trail, very shady except for the uphill part. One of my favorites for sure.

Slow and steady wins the race.

This “trail” sucks.

It’s paved for a large chunk of the way, in the sun, with very little shade and there’s no water for the first mile.

Not a great trail for taking dogs especially on a hot day.

It’s a steep decline in, and a steep incline out.

The reviews here are not accurate.

spectacular views, honestly one of the best moderate trails I've visited.

Just a trickle of water at the falls but otherwise the views are spectacular of the surrounding mountains. Saw a variety of different birds, plants and trees. It was hot but most of the hike is shaded thankfully.

Beginning is all downhill to Gould-Mesa trail camp. Past the campground the trail levels out and 2/3 of way in you’ll start hitting pretty stream crossings (decent amount of water for early September). The waterfall at the end of the trail is solid. Coming back you will be in for a decent climb back toward the parking lot.

Do not go anytime after September! The only thing you’ll see is a trickle of water that is supposed to be a waterfall. The water is green, dirty, and gross. This hike was more about the journey than the destination at least that’s what we had to say to ourselves in order to convince ourselves that the hike wasn’t a total waste.

Great hike - and easy for kids.

I did this walk yesterday. Absolutely beautiful! Don't fall for the disgusting portapotties at the beginning of the trail. There are several real restrooms along the trail. Plenty of parking. not much shade, so wear your sunblock.

Took a beginner hiker and her dog and we had a blast! The hike provides great views with a couple stream crossing and at the end is a great little waterfall and pond to cool off in! Wasn’t too crowded either. Definitely recommend if you’re looking for a fun afternoon hike!

This was a fairly easy trail. Gradual incline. It’s really open so hats, sun screens, and at least a liter of water or more if you start late as it will get hotter in the afternoon. We spent about three hours total because we stopped at the Hollywood viewpoint ( front view of the sign) and Mt Lee ( back of the sign) to take in the breathtaking views and for lots of pictures.
There is no trail that will bring you right to the sign as it’s gated and in a protected area, however if you get onto Mt. Lee trail it’ll get you to Mt. Lee just behind the Hollywood sign and it’s as close to it as you could get to the sign. Hope this help, have fun!!!

on our hike down to the waterfall you have to pay attention because you'll miss the cutoff to go down to the waterfall the only sign is a little orange ribbon and a little stack of rocks and we went a mile and a half past it and just happened to see it on the way back overall it's a nice hike plenty of shade and we will definitely come back in the fall when there's more water and we saw a giant gray fox

Got to the parking area right on the highway around 7 AM and we were the first people there. We didn't run into anybody else until right before the picnic area. The water dam area is just past the picnic spot and worth the time to see. Passed a few kids doing their cross-country training on our way back. Overall great hike, few people, and mostly shaded. The climb back up to the car was grueling though

Balade sympa qui parvient jusqu'au pied de la mythique inscription. Par une journée de grosse chaleur, nous avons un peu souffert pour monter (bon, on a commencé à marcher à 10h du matin, notre avion s'était posé la veille à 23h... ça peut expliquer un peu de fatigue). Les rangers avaient mis à disposition des fûts d'eau fraîche à mi-parcours. Le trail lui même n'est pas forcément très intéressant mais offre des vues sympa sur LA.

I’m just starting to get into the world of hiking & camping, this was the first trail on my list & I really enjoyed it! I decided to go in the late afternoon (started hiking around 5) & enjoyed really nice shady areas & beautiful views of the mountains during the second half of the hike. There’s a ton of beautiful greenery & wild flowers/plants, & also ran into a few lizards along the way. The inclines & declines are nothing to be worried about, just be prepared to take a bunch of pictures. I recommend taking the narrow road down towards the larger parking lot, as the incline up after you’re done would be a brutal trek to your car. As a beginner, this hike was nothing too difficult. I will definitely come visit this trail again soon!

Really good hike, scenery and foliage was nicer than I expected. Falls were more of a trickle at this time of year, but still lovely. Downhill on the way in, back up to get out. Dogs loved it-- If your dog is not agile they will not be able to get down to the waterfall. We started at 0630 and were back to the car at 0830, didn't see any other people until we were almost back to the car.

hiking
1 month ago

I'm not a fan of fire road "trails," but at least there was room for my friend and me to walk side by side. This Mineral Wells trail is the closest to the one we actually did. We started at Fern Canyon, then turned west at 5 Points to Vista Viewpoint. We followed the road around Bee Rock, then took a side trail through the Old Zoo and back to the parking lot. No coverage, so it was hot--keep that in mind. I gave five stars, because it was a good workout, nice views and I love Griffith Park. Next time, I'll record.

This is a great adventure.. you need to have good shoes lots of dust and water. We saw rattle snakes so no flip flops...

I took this trail today! It really was great. I took a left at the campground and went on about 4.5 miles more. He trails were clear, quiet, and not crowded at all except for some apparently long term residents at the campground. I’m not sure about easy if you take the left trail as I did I was out about 4 hours and pretty tired when I got back. Good for a shorts and T-shirt hike though. Great choice for close to the city, I’ll go again.

1 month ago

Wonderful ! Most of the hike is under beautiful trees. There’s only like 15 minuets under the sun. The water is cold and perfect for the summer

I love the hike ,because it was hike friendly.

Bear sighting! Well, nearly. On our way out, two groups advised us that our furry friend was about 1/4 mile ahead. We never encountered said bear, but it seemed to be far enough away from the trail and not bothering anybody.

This hike is great!! Meets up with the JPL trail at Gould Mesa Campground. Turn right at the bottom of the hill (where the campground is) to head toward the dam. About 1 mile from the campground bear left at the picnic area to follow the trail to the dam (about another 1/2 mile) - otherwise you're ascending quickly up a mountain. You'll definitely know if you turned the correct way. :)

If you are going to take younger kids out here, I'd suggest using the JPL/Gabrielino trail. The hike back up to the car at the end of this route is B R U T A L. Mostly unexposed, and difficult to do in the heat. Bikers use this trail, so listen out for their bells and consider only wearing one earbud if you're going to wear them at all. Also good advice for the bears.

We hiked 9 am-noon on a Saturday. The parking on Mt. Wilson Road was nearly full including with a bunch of mountain bikers, so it was a delight to find that on the trail, even on a summer Saturday, we only saw about a dozen other hikers and three bikes the whole time. Decided to follow the map hiking out via the road and then coming back via Mount Lowe summit. The Mount Lowe summit trail is easy to overlook and we almost headed on all the way to Inspiration Point, but turned back. There's intermittent shade, especially in the morning, for much of the way, especially the middle 2 miles or so. Easy walk out and downhill on the road, more rigorous steep ascent up to Mt. Lowe summit on the way back, punctuated by handy and charming viewfinders. Great views of the San Gabriel Valley, Los Angeles basin - and all the way to the ocean if you're lucky.

Saw a sweet little horny toad atop of Mt. Lowe, a few hummingbirds and butterflies along the way and what looked like a bunch of tiny squirrels inside the tunnel near the trailhead.

Great moderate hike to bring out of town guests. However, if out of shape, it may be difficult. It’s up hill at beginning and end.

great place to hike..

this was a real easy walk more than a hike but the fence around the lake took some of the ambience out of play but still a fun time

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