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trail running
2 days ago

Nice hike. More easy than moderate. Many people seen wearing only very simple shoes. Than it can't be very difficult. Great views but the lake disappointed a little.

Fun hike, great views.

Great hike, took the entire family, lots of shade

hiking
15 days ago

Beautiful forest hike. View is spectacular but it needs to be very clear to see the ocean and Catalina. Nice view of San Gorgonio peak. Went at 6am to avoid the mountain bikers.

hiking
17 days ago

Back your car into an open space near the sign for Green Valley Campground and walk through the campground. There are several restrooms at the campground and the trail head is at the far end of the campground past the closed rd sign. At the first fork stay to the trail on the far right to 2N13A. Take that trail all the way to the peak. The last mile or so was covered in shale and kid of slippery especially on the way back down. It takes a bit of a rock scramble to get to the actual peak and there were plenty of angry red ants near the top so be careful where you sit. There were also a lot of gnats in the morning and a fair amount of shade. Not some much shade or as many gnats on the way back down. You can see Lake Arrowhead and Big Bear Lake at the top and there are some other pretty views along the way. Counting the walk through the campground and on the closed rd to the trailhead we clocked about 8 miles to the peak.

Cool trail and very peaceful but we were surprised that the grand view point at the end actually faces away from the lake. Was a lot of work (3.3m)! .5 mile or so into the trail has the lake views, we didn’t realize that from all the pictures and assumed they were of the end!

Great hike! Packed my lunch and took a break just before getting to the top. Lots of shade so it’s a comfortable hike in the summer heat.

Time: 10:45am at beginning of trailhead
Followed AllTrails map.
Temperature: 80s.

If you stick to the All trail map, the mileage is pretty accurate. Very little shade on this hike. Path is narrow in a lot of areas so be careful.
If you stop at the location specified in the map, there’s a shaded open area with rocks to sit and lay on next to the river/ stream which was green from the algae but still nice and serene.
There were quite a few dirt bikes at the beginning before the trailhead which kicked up a lot of dirt. They don’t tend to slow down so watch out. Apparently it’s a thing here. The majority of hiking trail does not allow motorized vehicles.

A couple of reviewers mentioned a waterfall on this trail. You need to detour off the trail down a pretty steep hill to go to Aztec Falls. This was about 1/3 of the way in so look out for it if that’s what you want to do.

Tip: bring extra water if weather is hot
Bring poles if you go down to Aztec falls. It will help.

Best hike in the area

Went here on a Friday afternoon, no one else was at Aztec falls, was beautiful and surreal. Very steep hike down to the falls; I basically sat down and scooted whole way down, and climbing up was a bit hard, had to find rocks and branches to pull up on. The falls were very worth it! While hiking on trail by bridge heard a noise, looked down to see a huge rattle snake less than a foot from me! We also saw other small snakea crossing the trail! Easily got to Splinters cabin parking area in Nissian Maxima! Beautiful, would highly recommend! Defiantly check out the waterfall, was the highlight of the hike! Very special when no one else is there! Was weary about some of the reviews stating that there was trash all over by the falls. There were a few cans but that's about it, still very beautiful. One of the best hikes in the area! Very much worth it.

This is a great trail, with lots of shade along most of the route and loads of beautiful vistas. Take a lunch and have a meal at Grand View Point before heading back down.

Great hike!!! But it’s Splinters trail to PCT. Legit 7 miles of uphill both ways.

My first 14er, the challenging hike was worth the views !

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike. Wasn’t able to make it the whole way because of a large thunderstorm.

good hike with great views from the peak. very steep near the top. my dog also liked it.

This trail was awesome! i went with my friend we are both beginners and we had a great time jumping in the water is so cold and refreshing. It is a very short hike to get to the main pool we did not go up the whole trail we stopped at the main pool in the pictures and explored downstream a bit I recommend this for hikers age 2-adult I saw a 2 year old trooper there and some older crowds this hike is great for all ages just watch out for rocks and snakes. Also you need a parking pass but I think you purchase them in town somewhere? There was no office there to purchase them and there is no cell service.

Lovely trail. Fantastic views

hiking
1 month ago

Easy gradual incline. Great views through different types of terrain. Tracked my hike at 7.0 miles

The view is a valley..for such a harder trail. Shade and peaceful on the way though

hiking
1 month ago

Completed today, 4th July! Repeat to all reviews. Hot. Drank 3 Liters out. Wore good Light weight pants an sun shirt. Really help with all the thorns snags and biting things. One 4’ king snake. Great training hike.
Hike out no joke.

My son and I did Pine Knot Trail and really enjoyed it. The trail was well marked and the shaded. The views are amazing! It was a great way to start the 4th of July!

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike that is 7 miles with a gradual uphill climb. Great for a morning or late afternoon. Also kid friendly if your kids have been out hiking a few times.

I chose to park where the pavement finally ends, and walked in. The road is too rocky for my car, and it’s not a far walk to the trail head. I would recommend going in the cooler months though, because we were surrounded by people who came just to hang out at the river and drink. However, once you continue past the bridge, and go about a mile or so, you’ll find yourself alone with nature again. The trail follows the river from high up on the canyon, but it eventually “ends” at the river, where the water is pooled up — and there’s a sign where you can read about a rare species of toad that lives there. If you do plan to go during the hot months, just remember to bring a hat and plenty of water and you’ll be fine!

Nice view at the top. Well marked trail and and fair amount of shade. We started the hike at 8 am on a Friday and saw about 20 people total during our hike. It took us about 1.5 hours up and 1 hr down. There is a campground about half way up with a vault toilet which was a pleasant surprise. The ascent was easy but I would say this trail was moderate due to the length which we clocked at over 7 miles. Would go again.

great hike. once you're at Grandview, beautiful view of the big bear valley.

This trail was really nice. A lot of switchbacks at the start but levels out towards the end. Really nice high elevation rocks and pines towards the lookout. Would absolutely do it again.

hiking
2 months ago

The views and scenery on this trail are top notch; you won't be disappointed. We started it in the late afternoon and came down at sunset; the conditions were perfect. It ended up being around 7.2 miles for us, not 6.4 as this listing shows.

hiking
2 months ago

Moderate to Difficult. Took me an hour and 45 minutes, but we'll worth the views at the end.

it's everything you'd expect from Big Bear fresh air pines swaying clear skies and Epic views of BB lake... they say thiers 300 days a year of Sunshine Up here its true, love this part of my World

2 months ago

Did Gray's Peak this morning. it's currently open for the season, it opened during the memorial day weekend. it's a great 7.5 mile round trip hike and I definitely recommend. It's a moderate to difficult hike with a lot of shade. located in Fawnskin (north of big bear lake)

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