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Fun hike, no water as of 12/09/18 even with the rain earlier in the week.

This was actually 6 miles. No water in the falls, but as everyone else has stated, still worth the hike. It’s just beautiful at the pool!

This is actually a 6 mile loop well maintained trail. The water was barely flowing from the top of the waterfall but the bottom reservoir was full. The landscape of the waterfall was simply beautifully and well worth the hike.

Trail was well maintained and the folks up front checking permits were so helpful and friendly. It heated up on the way back which was close to noon in December, so bring plenty of water as they recommend. It was more or less a hike through the desert. Overall a good work out. I was told snakes were around, I didn’t see any (amen).

This was a great little hike / trail. Overall the path was very easy to follow, well groomed, there was plenty of parking, and halfway through you get an awesome viewpoint.

If you are looking for something that is easy, or quick, this is the hike for you.

One of our favorite hikes in the area

Notes:
-$9 per person to enter the area
-Could be extremely hot in the summer, it was perfect on a 65 degree winter day, it’s cooler once you get in the canyon with shade and water
- The camp store 2 miles up the road is worth the visit even though we typically skip those, they had some very cool Native American artifacts and items
- Bring lots of water

Nicely managed hiking trail but will have to keep your dog on leash the entire time. Updated note that contradicts the recreation.gov website is that you do not have to bring a print out of your permit if you have the digital version. They accept digital permits, they just haven’t updated their website to reflect the change yet. Happy trails!

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!

Absolutely loved this hike! Went on a Monday morning and didn’t see another soul. Just about an hour round trip with a mix of running and hiking. Totally agree with other reviews: stop at the bench, it gets less nature-y if you keep going and end up in the neighborhood.

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

The first 3 miles is down hill (easy), but heading back is challenging. I recommend bringing your hiking poles. The waterfall is currently dry, but the bowl still has water. Lots of fresh animal dropping, so be alert and careful. We started at 7:15, started to warm up after that so bring plenty of water and sunblock.

Great views of surrounding area. A lot of the trail has burn damage from a recent wild fire.

hiking
17 days ago

11/21/18 This was our first hike as a couple! The road that leads into the trail is still closed. The rangers were very helpful in helping us navigate to the start of the trail. We made a few wrong turns but we were able to navigate back on the trail. The app is so helpful! Our entire hike ended up being 11 miles (lol) and took 5.25 hours. The oasis at the end did not have any water but some palm trees at the bottom of the canyon. Very cool view. Weather was perfect with a nice breeze which was welcome. If you want to save yourself a couple miles I’d suggest driving up to the camping area where there is parking near the group sites and entrance to the trail. We would definitely do this next time.

PERMIT REQUIRED BEFORE HIKING!
Visit RECREATION.GOV. Didn’t know about the permit but it was still a great well maintained hike! Trees were different colors and looked beautiful along hike! Loved it!!

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.

Nice hike. Trail is well maintained and marked.

Had trail all to myself! There's a slight steep climb from the get-go if you begin at the old water pump station off of El Monte Road. Great views!

hiking
25 days ago

Great workout, cool desert Mountain View’s with very little people around (saw no one on the hike but a handful of people at ground level). I agree with another review that the bench should be the ending, after that you end up amongst houses which is random.

It would be better if you allowed bikes.

Beautiful place

hiking
28 days ago

Beautiful little hike however no water in the creek right now but still beautiful. I got 4.8 miles. When the trail turns sharply to the left it climbs quickly. If you take the left trail near the Y you would have an easier time of it but I enjoyed the climb. You are supposed to pay a fee but I tried calling twice and also tried the internet URL but not functioning which also happened to another couple. A nice day out and about.

Beautiful hike, Nov 9/18
I would rate as easy right now due to lack of water in the creek. I will definitely do this hike again in the winter. We took Coffman trail on the way back and that gave us a bit of a climb and some great views! it didn't make the hike any longer

5/5 stars, great views of the park, some cool boulders and the oasis at the end was cherry on top! Definitely worth the trek. We had to start from the campgrounds and do the loop behind the Cottonwood Springs campground due to the road being washed out. Added an extra 2 or 2.5 miles, making the hike about 4 hours total.

Amazing views.

Did this hike two days ago. Cottonwood Trail, the main trail to Lost Palms, and the road to it, are closed due to being washed out from floods. If you want to hike to Lost Palms you can park at Campground A-B and take the trail toward Mastodon Peak. Once you pass the gold mine and Mastodon Peak go down the hill to Lost Palms Oasis Trail and take a left. Then it’s the Trail as normal to List Palms. This way adds about 1.5-2 miles to the normal hike. Great views as always.

Looks as though this hike will have a few new views soon. Sign posted for new community, Near the dead end gate area. This is a fun hike though and we have added to this hike in the past to make it even longer. Always nice to get away from the hustle and bustle.

Nice little loop, great for an easy, short hike.

Amazing hiking. All the trail was very quiet so you could hear the sound of nature.

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