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Very cool hike. Pretty hard to stay on the trail mapped out here, but wandering around and getting off path is part of the fun! Take time to climb around on the rocks and stop by the interpretive center to learn about the geology and natural history of the area, Tiburcio Vasquez and all the movies and TV shows that have been filmed here. It's a fun area to explore and I definitely feel like I could come back here multiple times and not get bored.

Brought our small terrier and he had no problem keeping up and hopping around on some of the rocks with us. we didn't take him up the major rock formations, though, so that might not be the safest for dogs.

hiking
6 days ago

Hiked the trail about to the old Pines campground and back - 5 mi round trip. Trail in good condition although lots of loose rocks in the last 1/2 mi or so to the top. Water in the creek but muddy - it had rained a couple of days earlier. Very pretty by the creek and excellent views up the last part.
- Bill Barclay

Only went as far as the ridge. The majority of the trail was good, but Mother Nature is making frequent and numerous strides to take back her territory with dirt and scree. I'd want to hear from someone else before doing it again after the season rains. The third sign from the trailhead is not clear if you are not familiar with the trail. The Lion Canyon Trail is on the hill to the left, not up the canyon. Tall grass may obscure the path. Lion Creek had a nice flow because of the recent rains.

We did this hike the Friday after Thanksgiving and it wasn't very crowded when we got there shortly after 9am. The trail was a little difficult to follow but we just made our own trail and had a great time. The trail is rated moderate but could probably be rated as easy, we have been on other trails that were rated easy and we're more difficult. Overall it was a nice hike and recommend it to all. Also when we finished around noon the parking lot was full and many people on the trails.

diverse trail. fun and a good workout.

hiking
18 days ago

Nice hike, but pretty much uphill all the way. Was a great day for this, so I can't complain too much. Good excersise.

hiking
18 days ago

Beautiful trail. The end of the trail is magnificent!

Awesome hike, the highest I've ever been on a trail. I took the challenge as a good workout. It was windy and cooler near the top but there was no way I was not going to complete the hike. The views from the top was spectacular. Next time around I will NOT wear my work shoes and jeans. Ordering hiking boots as I type.

hiking
20 days ago

More incredible than I imagined it would be, for how close it is to LA. I went with my father and we didn't stress too much over trying to stay on the trail, as there are many places where it's easy to deviate and forge your own, scramble over the rocks, and make a good time of it.

Great views. Seen Cub Scout pack getting their hike on! Easy trail. National Hiking Day

mountain biking
26 days ago

great for mountain biking

Our journey into the Sespe Wilderness via the Sespe RIver Trail began at the Piedras Blancas trailhead at approximately 9:08 am on November 10. There were eight of us in our party all destined to go to Willet Hot Springs. With the help of some enlightening paper squares, we journeyed into, across, and within the magnificent rivers of our minds and the valley. Clarification: the river of the valley was dry, but the rivers of our minds ran bountifully. The trail profile is no lie, in both directions you ascend and descend a series of crests which we named in order: Robin's Cut Ridge (bring band aids), Lonely Oak Ridge, Rattlesnake Ridge (ps there are danger noodles), Creepy Creek Cliff Face, Helipad Landing, Up-side-down Spirit Rock, Limbo Cave, and finally Trip Stick Hot Springs (named after a spiritually significant agave stem plucked by Macro the wizard). All jeans will be jorts. Mandatory knifing of jeans is hereby instituted. It was hot, so it happened. There is minimal shade on the trail so while I think we could have made it all the way to Sespe Hot Springs if we had more daylight, I do not think we could have tackled the trail with the same fervor if we had gone in the summer. The hot spring is a bit hard to find, in fact we got a bit lost and did a 25-mile round-trip, but if you follow the cairns/elves you will be successful (also maybe ask some people if you see them, the trail is moderately trafficked). The hot spring is actually up, not down as we had thought. All together a truly awakening and rejuvenating experience. This trail was exactly what was needed to reignite the bonds of our friendship and our spirits. 10/10. Will be returning in 10 years. Here is a list of the wildlife we bore witness to: a family of zards, two rattlesnakes, one coyote, a hawk, lots of sheep scat yet no sheep, a graceful deer, a troop of boyscouts (identified by the size 3 Converse footprints), lichen, blue jays, sparrows, quail, a prospective Cal Poly student, and our deepest true selves. *Bonus: There is one camp uphill from the giant rock stack right adjacent to the spring. Bring your packs up there with you and you shall be rewarded as we were with privacy and easy access to a sunrise soak*

hiking
1 month ago

The first mile definitely made me question my life decisions. You gain 1000 feet of elevation immediately in the hike. After that, the hike takes you exploring through the creek and ends up at an amazing cave. Make sure to bring flashlights, as you could spend hours exploring.

I did this hike yesterday 11/5/18 for the first time. There was little water in the river. Areas were effected by the Thomas fire. Flowers were starting to grow, few white poppies. I liked the gradual elevation and steps. At the top there was a lot of loose gravel and the trail got narrow. We didn’t make it to the top. We stopped at two miles when we turned back. My left foot slipped off the trail because of the loose gravel. Lucky it was just my left leg and I was able to catch my fall with my hands. Be careful when you get higher up. There was some shade at first and then mostly sun.

This hike is very beautiful. It was an uphill climb the whole way up. We took lots of breaks especially in the last .88 of the trail, because it was VERY steep. I’d suggest once you get near the peak to just find a nice open Ming in the trees as the peak is covered in trees and doesn’t have much of a view so it’s not really necessary to go to the very end of the trail. Also make sure to not get lost on the other trails. It got pretty cold going towards the top and very windy. The way down was very hard on my legs and knees but we used some branches as hiking sticks which helped a lot! Overall beautiful and nice hike

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful fall day!! About 80 degrees. Very warm on some of the ascent. Nice to see some water in the creek. Quite a lot of horse traffic!! It was a strenuous hike for us but reached the Pine camp! Recommend morning!! It was a little tricky to
Find the trail head on the grounds of the school! Trekking poles were very helpful!

Some good views. Ends at a barbed wire fence and a “keep out-no trespassing” sign before the actual top. Thanks for the reminder of where we live. I’d hate to get carried away in all that majesty.

Beautiful area but it was so hard to follow this trail. So many washes and false trails that led me and my partner astray. Ended up adding two miles to make it a 5-mile total hike. Ended up on the PCT at some point? I made it out in one piece so I’m not complaining.

hiking
1 month ago

it takes longer to drive here. Beautiful hike but stop at Potrero John on the way down for a more full filling day.

Moderate hike with some shade in sporadic areas. In mid-Oct it was pretty warm, about 75*F around 9:00am.
Came across quite a few hikers so I wouldn’t say it’s a lightly trafficked area. One small area had a row of light brush overgrowing the path but it was easily passable. Mostly single track and beautiful even though there were some burn scars from the Thomas Fire last year.

hiking
1 month ago

3 miles as the crow flies. going up and down hills, it feels a lot longer. great views

Beautiful hike lots of scenery, very short hike down there were a lot of people in the hot springs so was unable to get in or take pic of it. Was really hoping it wouldn’t be busy today. I didn’t want strange people in my photos. Overall good hike.

on Tehachapi Mountain Trail

hiking
1 month ago

Pretty but really steep nothing to grab onto and dusty but soooo worth it

I’m ok shape, middle age, 20 lb pack. Got to Summit Trailhead at 2:00 Friday. Camped about 2 miles from Lakes at 5:00. Saturday hiked around all three lakes and back to car by 3:00.

Middle Lake is prettiest. Some snow, a few hunters. Very similar to Dinkey, Cliff and Jenny Lakes, but no other people.

hiking
2 months ago

Took this trail from Rocky Peak Trail ... nice and awesome scenery easier than Rocky but it was cause I was going down

hiking
2 months ago

Amazing views. Short and challenging hike, We stopped several times to enjoy the view. Came early and greeted with several groups coming up on our way down. The 3 miles drive FS21S05 was unpaved road to the parking lot.

Completed the hike today with my dog. The first portion of the hike is very easy, almost flat. Once the trail splits, stay to the right. If you go to the left, you'll end up at Haddock Peak.
After the trail split, it leads you up several switchbacks that are relatively steep. The soft ground coupled with fallen pine needles could make it easy to slip. Next time I will bring a hiking stick for extra footing.
Once you get to the peak, you'll see large boulders that you can climb on and get an amazing 360* view. It is absolutely worth the hike. You can see the US Geology markings, and there is a red can with lots of paper in it where people sign and date when they completed the hike, as well as share thoughts, poetry, etc. Make sure you plan this hike with some time to relax on the rocks and soak in the scenic views.
The only other thing I would mention is that there's several paths. If you're a novice, pay attention and make sure you go back the way you came up.

Delightful but more challenging than anticipated with some steeper inclines. But we were rewarded with fantastic views and the length was perfect for us (took 2 hours with a couple of short breaks).

mountain biking
2 months ago

this trail was a blast. plenty of easy, moderate and hard portions. couple of benches to chill at and soak in the view.

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