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it's a leisure walk. very pleasant.

So 1st part of this trail is just a steep but short hiking trail. The rest of it is for climbers only. While the visitors center heavily discourages bouldering and blazing your own trail, many have done it *cough cough for thrills, and at the top theres a cool circle of rocks that people have put together. You could get to the nearest peak from there, but again it requires trail blazing so be careful (snakes) and mindful (there are unofficial trails, but minimize your foot imprint and dont trample, also dont smoke ANYTHING) *not that I have smoked in mission trails, just seen it and it makes me shudder thinking of one cigarette butt or flying pipe ember can just set a whole place ablaze, so just dont!!!

this is a nice Easy hike. 6.6 miles no big hills. only down fall is you can see houses and the road is only about 100 yards from eagle rock...

An awesome trail for running, and working on steep inclines!

at his south trail killed me going up the stairs!!!! someone said to me the stairway to heaven, it was to hell. I was dying my dog made it! he loved it!

Excellent moderate hike! Mix of forest setting and open space. Trail well maintained, marked, easy to navigate. Eagle Rock was awesome! Great run back to start off trailhead.

14 days ago

Easy to follow, fire/utility road is main trail. Some good elevation swings make it challenging!

Great hike got lost twice trying to find stairway to heaven.Don’t expect directions to it just follow directions to south Fortuna you will see the Stairs in the distance

hiking
16 days ago

Short but sweet! This is a fun trail that’s pretty technical. We went at 8:00am on Friday and only saw a few other hikers on the trail and a few rock climbers at the crest doing their thing. The trail is quite narrow though so if it was crowded I don’t think I would have enjoyed it much.

It’s nice to run down the trail and walk back up.

Great hike for kids and dogs!

Diverse scenery. The eagle rock does not disappoint.

Took the dog with us, it was rough the stairs to go all the way up makes it seem like you made it but no it's still less than a mile left lol. over all it was a good workout, awesome.

Short hike, but great views! saw some rock climbers. I wore my hiking boots because I was not sure what to expect, but glad that I did because there was lots of opportunities for a clumsy person like myself to roll their ankles haha. Took less than an hour to complete, which allowed us to take in the view and have a snack!

very sad to say...no clear begining... so crowded I could not even enjoy it...for me not a fun adventure

walking
24 days ago

took the north entrance to the south and walked back to my car since it was in between open gate hours took 2 pups and we all had a good time

Beautiful trail with some good shade.

A really mild, relaxing hike! There is plenty of nature and rolling hills to see. Not much incline, and there is a pond at the base of the hike!

Great hike! Some hills that were a great workout and otherwise a pleasant walk!

hiking
1 month ago

A flat and easy trail. Good for quick hike to enjoy the outdoors. Saw different types of birds. A descent outing.

This hike, while better in the spring, is always a favorite of mine when I’m visiting family in So Cal and have half a day for the drive and the hike.

Today about 8:30-8:45 am, my 14-year-old son and I were in Oak Canyon South (just a bit beyond the first bridge after the Grasslands junction) when we encountered a pack (5-6) of large coyotes. Two crossed immediately (about 5 feet) in front of my son, going into the brush on our left side, while the rest of them were above us on the right side. One of these stood looking down at us. I was surprised that they didn't seem afraid of us, so to be on the safe side we backtracked out of the trail. It was a cool experience, but unnerving at the time. I enjoy this trail and we will be back.

Awesome trail!

Great transitional trail from oak woodlands to chaparral. There are some exceptionally old oak which do not fail to impress. Highly recommend this trail when there’s some inclement weather, or just post weather.

Uneventful hike.

Great hike!!

Great work out. Watch out for some areas of lose gravel. So many trails out here I love it.

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