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lush, densely covered, walk along stream to the gold mine. however, it is very buggy. bring spray or a net to cover your face.

going back up to the ridge the bugs go away and reveal nice city and natural views.

in terms of foot traffic, I ran into small groups every 30 minutes or so.

will go again.

19 hours ago

Very scenic and enjoyable hike. Lots of bugs though, bring some repellent. Parts of the trail were very overgrown and I could swear I heard growling at one point (!). But I definitely recommend this hike. Lots of shade and different terrain, and seeing the mine at the end was exciting, even if it is closed.

Great hike. Wide trails. Hot as the morning stretched on. We passed just a few sycamore and oak trees along the way providing an opportunity to rest and drink some water. Saw some mountain bikers. The chaparral was dry as to be expected in September but the breeze was nice. A few sporadic wild flowers greeted our small crew of hikers along the way.

Great hike. Many interesting things to see.

Virtual Hike: https://youtu.be/fmPD8Ikc0UM

You just gotta love this hike. The campsite is easy to get to, and the hiking options from the campsite are plentiful.
I started in the morning to avoid heat this time of year, but I’ve hit up this trail before midday and it provides a good amount of shade once you make it down to the canyon. The trail starts by the last few houses on the right hand side as you are driving north on Angeles Crest Highway, as you leave La Canada. There’s a turnout usually with a few cars, so it’s relatively obvious where to park. Follow the paved road past the gate and keep following the paved road past the Socal Edison Power Plant. It will quickly turn into a dirt fire road that switchbacks down to the camp. On your way down the switchbacks, there is a cool little “junkyard” of structural materials and what look to be fire road maintenance tools, (I could be wrong). Shortly thereafter, you’ll find yourself at Gould Mesa Camp, which has a good amount of room for campers. I saw someone on a couple trips back and forth using a rolling dolly to bring camping gear down. There were some campers with tents set up and a few runners making the turn back down the other entrance to the campground towards JPL. A serene creek runs through the campsite adding to the peacefulness of the area. I decided to hang there for awhile, but then wanted to explore a bit further, so I followed the sign to the Paul Little Picnic area. Along the way, I encountered some deer, mountain bikers, and a couple other hikers. It’s about a mile from the campground to the picnic area, and you pass the Nino Picnic Area on the way there. It’s interesting to get this perspective of the canyon beneath Angeles Crest Hwy as I’ve driven past there up top many of times. I spent little bit of time on a picnic bench, took some video, and then headed back to the Gould Mesa Camp. The last part of the hike was the hardest; the climb out of Gould Mesa Camp, but it’s not so bad. The fact that it was noon by the time I was climbing back up made it a bit harder, but most hikers should have no problem with this incline.

All in all a wonderful hike and a great way to spend a morning!

Hope you enjoy!

Playlist for the trail: https://sptfy.com/1zKm

We did this trail on daylight. moderate hike to the dawn mine sign. if you go down to the right, you will see what it used to be the mine. The mine is now covered with steel but you can peak with a flashlight. We couldn't find a way to go in the mine. Even if there was, I didn't wonder around to much.
be aware of the bee hive on the tree on top to the left of the sign that says dawn mine. These bees will follow you and sting you.
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hiking
4 days ago

mon.09/17/18

1:00 pm ~3:00 pm
it was little bit hot but still ok cuz of koo wind.
no parking or not sure we should park at enterance but did anyway.
somebody broke car window eventhough we cleaned everything and nothing was inside. ㅠㅠ

Lots of shade. Nice creek. Took about 3.5 hrs.

hiking
6 days ago

Great hike with family. Good incline, total hike felt more than 3.2 miles. Shade on lower part of trail. Beautiful views of the ocean!

This “trail” sucks.

It’s paved for a large chunk of the way, in the sun, with very little shade and there’s no water for the first mile.

Not a great trail for taking dogs especially on a hot day.

It’s a steep decline in, and a steep incline out.

The reviews here are not accurate.

hiking
11 days ago

My friends and I met at 8am in an overcast and very foggy morning. We were attacked by a swarm of very aggressive black mosquitoes in the parking lot, by the trail head. I immediately used Deep Woods insect repellent towelettes but it was not enough. They covered our clothing, backpack, hair, and bit my friends and I through our clothing and anywhere my wipe didn't swipe. We ran out to PCH where another friend kept a bottle of repellent spray in the car, and we covered each other. We then hiked past the trail head to higher ground as fast as we could. As we got above the fog, we left the swarm. The trail is a steady smooth climb all the way up 2.7 miles, offering spectacular views. The fog below rewarded our efforts with great photos! I would do it again, just be armed and prepared next time!

Beginning is all downhill to Gould-Mesa trail camp. Past the campground the trail levels out and 2/3 of way in you’ll start hitting pretty stream crossings (decent amount of water for early September). The waterfall at the end of the trail is solid. Coming back you will be in for a decent climb back toward the parking lot.

love this place

Early morning. With 2 dogs. Very nice facilities at trail head. Rocky trail. Bring trail shoes or boots. Narrow single track trail. Spectacular views of Crescenta valley. Only about 40% shaded. Might be better to do at dusk. Steep. Med to hard climb.
Overall a fun hike!

hiking
17 days ago

Great hike for a Saturday! There is potential to make this hike up to 10+ miles. It was neat to see the old MASH filming site. Nice change of scenery throughout the hike. The earlier you go, the less people. The trail starts getting busy around 8:30. Highly recommended!

Cool hike. Easy to moderate incline closer to the falls area. Worth the hike. No water last weekend Sept 1 2018. But cool being under where the water fall would be. Also steep decent into falls area but very manageable with rope that is there.

A beautiful shady loop with lots of points of interest among the way and breathtaking views from Inspiration Point. I question whether it’s 4.9 Miles as in the description. While the elevation gain is accurate, I think it’s more like 6-6.5 and others along the way agreed. Recommend doing the loop clockwise, as the descent down from Dawn Mine would be a bit more challenging.

Scenic and historic- good incline!

Scenic and historic!

on Trail Canyon Falls

20 days ago

this trail has a little of everything.

Great hike with the family!

hiking
21 days ago

It was a pretty intense hike for a beginner like me. I went on a Saturday and ran across 15 other hikers on this trail (September 1, 2018) It’s a lot of up hill and not much shade. The beginning of this hike is beautiful but the middle to end is uphill and no shade at all (bring sunblock) I also saw lizards, dragonfly’s and a deer! No falls at the end, kind of bummed but gives me more of a reason to go back ☺️ Took about 3hours round trip.

Tips:
•Bring enough water
•wouldn’t bring small dogs
•walking stick
•sunscreen
•picnic area half way through hike

**Also I didn’t have an Adventure pass and had no problems**

A great hike for when friends and family are in town visiting. That being said, if you're able and wanting to put in some more mileage elsewhere, you can get much better views that aren't as crowded.

Fantastic hike! Give yourself about 3 to 3 1/2 hours to complete. It can definitely be finished faster but allow yourself some time to scramble on the rocks. Trail gets a little confusing at times, just used the map to help me navigate.
Also be sure to leave before the 8PM as the gates to park close.

Nice moderate hike. There’s some elevation gain but nothing drastic. A little shade as you go but mostly you’re under the sun. Went on a Saturday afternoon and came across only a handful of people. Overall I enjoyed it. Just don’t expect the falls to be moving if it hasn’t rained in a long time.

I haven't been hiking in a while, I joined my friend Yvette today and we had such a great time on this trail. Seeing the house ruins and waterfall and the view of the ocean made our day.

on Malibu Lake Trail

1 month ago

Great moderate hike for the whole family. Always nice to see the original M*A*S*H Site.

Went on this hike yesterday, under overcast skies most of the way. Easy hike but ran into mosquitos about 2/3’s up the trail. Bring your bug spray! Nice views but no wildflowers this time of year.

Got to the parking area right on the highway around 7 AM and we were the first people there. We didn't run into anybody else until right before the picnic area. The water dam area is just past the picnic spot and worth the time to see. Passed a few kids doing their cross-country training on our way back. Overall great hike, few people, and mostly shaded. The climb back up to the car was grueling though

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