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hiking
28 days ago

Beautiful hike a bit difficult at points, do recommend downloading the trail.

One of my favorite hikes, did it roundtrip from the first West Fork parking, went up Bear Creek, past the turnoff aways, then back down to continue the trail up to the saddle, climbed Smith Mt., then on to Hwy. 39 and ran that back to my vehicle. Almost 20 miles total.

Really nice, low traffic trail with a rewarding view up top. I hiked this in the end of October and was literally the only person. Signage is a little confusing so keep a close eye on the app. Also, over 25% of the hike is on paved asphalt which I'm not really a fan of. The remnants of the burnt up post at the top is interesting, a lot of molten glass and stuff. If you've done all the well-known San Gabriel hikes, this is a great one to do next!

hiking
2 months ago

A steep, sweaty initial climb, followed by a gradual incline to the saddle. Definitely a fitness challenge to scale the summit, with a half-mile scramble full of rocks and loose gravel. Definitely doable if one takes their time, and worth the view!

hiking
2 months ago

I hiked out to Barley Flats and back from the Angeles Crest Highway. The majority of the hike is on a old, private paved road, while the last section follows an unmaintained trail to the water tower (make sure to wear pants). It's not the most exciting hike, but the views are great. There's also no shade, so bring a hat. I only saw one person on the entire hike, aside from a helicopter, which landed at the base at Barley Flats.

hiking
3 months ago

Great trail, very secluded and very intense ! First mile up is the worst, the incline is insane! the rest is still challenging but a breeze compared to the start .

Fun day hike! Be sure to buy a parking pass for $5 at the “Staging Area” before driving up to the trail head. Last third of the hike was pretty steep and had to scramble. The trail wasn’t busy at all. Very minimal shade so definitely bring a hat and lots of water and start early!

excellent quiet hike

trail running
6 months ago

This was an amazing hike. Not crowded. Had the Trail head all to myself. Climbing shoes not needed. Take lots of water

hiking
6 months ago

It’s a fine hike down to the bottom of the ravine and back. but getting up the next hill seems impossible because the brush has all but reclaimed the trail after a short distance. best of luck!

nature trips
8 months ago

Beautiful trail with amazing plant life, and Wildlife. Please pick up after your dogs and don't leave any toilet paper and other trash. Make sure to take lots of water after the first my and a half if you go for new officials taking area, the trail gets into higher elevation and he gets very warm and very exposed to the Sun. I do recommend going from the official staging area which is another mile or so on Big Tujunga Road.The older Trail entrance is really overgrown and very eroded. So the official trailhead route is longer, but it is a beautiful addition and the larger staging (parking) area makes it worth it.

hiking
8 months ago

Awesome little trail for a day hike. The trail starts with a decent amount of incline to about a mile of flat cruising before a challenging half mile of intensive incline. The views are hidden from you because of the steepness, so you only get to see the views at the top. Nifty little peak with nice views

hiking
8 months ago

Too many drop offs, rewarding views and steep climb to peak

hiking
9 months ago

I love this trail and will definitely keep this one in rotation. Went on a Thursday morning; it was quiet and there was only one other group hiking this trail, so I’ll assume it doesn’t get crowded here. Most of the way up is pretty easy, until you get to the steep part of the peak where you’ll have to use ropes to walk/climb the rest of the way up. The views from the top are breathtaking!

hiking
9 months ago

FYI - this is the same trail/head as Fox Mountain, at marker 4.50 on Big Tujunga, only apparently you continue on for another nearly 3 miles. For some reason Google maps has the Condor Peak trailhead up the road a mile or so and so you'll end up doubling back over a short peak with a flat dirt helipad something or other. Apart from that i can only comment on the few miles i had time for, which was mildly stressful due to the frequent drops off the side of the trail. A more detailed review to come when i finish it's entirety, which looks to be quite enticing and remote.

backpacking
9 months ago

We started on this trail and proceeded to hike down to Upper Bear Creek campground. great views the entire way.

One of a number of favorites

hiking
10 months ago

Another great hike. I only saw one other group of people on it on my way back. I hiked b myself with 2 dogs and we had a lot of fun. The trail is in a god condition, occasionally you will have to jump over a fallen tree or watch your step but overall the trail is well maintained. To walk to the Condor peak you just have to ho straight up the mountain from the trailhead

Great Hike to work up a sweat and get your blood pumping. I would rate this a moderate hike up to the Monument.

hiking
11 months ago

The parking lot is more of a large dirt turn out area that has a white swing gate that is riddled with bullet holes. It's just before the dam so if you see a dam on your right you've gone too far.

This seemed like a really fun hike but like Paige wrote in a previous post the trail is not maintained. At the canyon floor about 2.3 miles into the hike you reach some switch backs where nature has taken part of the trail back. Unless you have a machete you will not be able to go on unless you are willing to push through dead and alive brush.

Leading down to the canyon floor is really nice and is in the shadows of the canyon and will make for a nice little 5 mile out and back hike.

hiking
Friday, November 17, 2017

A good section of this trail is now closed.

Thursday, November 02, 2017

Beautiful views all the way up

hiking
Sunday, September 03, 2017

The views are great throughout this trail; it's well worth the effort. I did it on a hot but cloudy day with a little bit of light rain. The clouds and drizzle saved us from what would've been a scorching trek (a lot of the trail is exposed to the southern sky). I did a slightly different route than the one in this listing though (mine is more direct and totals at 10 miles). Check out my recording.

hiking
Sunday, August 20, 2017

When I went, a good portion of the trail approaching Condor Peak was too washed out and over grown to pass safely (especially alone, I agree with previous hiker, bring at least one, but ideally two or more other people for safety). After a number of passes that were nothing but 45 degree slopes of loose gravel ending in a sharp drop into the canyon, which were hard to get a foothold on, I turned back at about 6 miles in, when the trail required that I cling to a tree while scooting across a narrow outcropping rock not even as wide as my foot, with nothing but a sheer drop below. I missed Condor Peak this time, but will be heading back out to approach it from Trail Canyon trail over Iron Saddle next time.

Also, at mile marker 4.50, when you enter the trail head, look immediately to your right for a sharp uphill trial passing under some overgrowth. This short trail meets up with the main trail after about .5 miles, and saves about 3 miles round trip.

I did the loop yesterday. I made the mistake of starting at noon and paid the price going up the Windy Gap Trail. I didn't realize the section was so hot and sunny. The conditions were better after Windy Gap, though.

There's a section on the Hawkins Ridge Trail (near the junction with Crystal Lake Road) that's overgrown and difficult to find. I recommend bringing a GPS map (I use AllTrails) or having excellent path finding skills. I assume the folks on this forum have at least one of those. Smile

But yeah, yesterday was a reminder that it's summer now and that I should be starting earlier in the day to avoid the heat.

hiking
Thursday, May 18, 2017

Falls Creek Falls is located in San Fernando Valley off the side of Big Tujunga Canyon Rd. Trail head starts at the parking lot which can accommodate 5-6 cars, but parking doesn't seem to be an issue seeing that I spent 7 hours down there and did not see another person the entire time. There was no signage for parking fees, but I had an adventure pass out anyways just in case.

I would rate this as difficult because once you reach the bed of the canyon the trail will become convoluted and at times will disappear entirely. The trail is heavily overgrown with both live and dead vegetation, bringing something to clear is smart. Sometimes you will have to choose between walking over poison oak or wading through the river, waterproof shoes or not, you will get wet. The bushes here are pretty tick infested as well, full cover clothing is highly recommended. Good folks have left behind stone markers and ribbons to help best guide you to the waterfall, but it can still be easy to overlook these points.

This trail isn't maintained and seeing that this is not a popular hike I'd suggest attempting this in at least a pair. It isn't exactly a family friendly hike and I would advise against bringing a dog; there's so much prickly and/or poisonous plants scattered everywhere and at times it seemed unavoidable. I spotted large mammal tracks freshly made by the river and there are also dangers of rock slides in the canyon and I got unlucky enough to see one.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Awesome hike. Lots of butterflies when I passed through.

trail running
Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Amazing trek! BUT - the above description leaves out the fact that the first one third of the trail is on the ridge - giving to extreme drops with heavily throned brush covering the majority of the trail - and you know a Brotha is afraid of heights! Lol.
But once you get into the mountain range itself - fairly smooth sailing. The summit is a bit confusing as there are no markers - I went past what I now believe was the peak, onto a higher peak with a not-so-safe trail; which totaled my in-and-out to be approx 17 miles.
But thank God for AllTrails GPS - Amazingly accurate - and keeps you on course- with the exception of where this trail actually summits
Very hard trek - one should not go alone because of the drops

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