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Great hike in our local mountains!! Easy trail to follow. Challenging going up, but quick recovery on the down. Watch out for mountain bikers!!

It’s a good hard trail that’ll keep you in tip top shape. Great panoramic views. Beautiful boulders.

AMAZING HIKE. 100x better than the side with the gate guard. Longer and more challenging. There are some spots that required crawling on all fours but doable. Less people also, and the views are amazing. Enjoy! (:

Excellent 360 view from the top. It heats up quick so best to do this hike in the AM.

Went here Oct 1. the weather was perfect. not too warm and slight breeze. trail was narrow but easy to follow. The steep downhill on the last 1/4 was hell coming back up. But the springs was worth it. Only advise i have is bring enough water, i took 3L and ran dry half way back, and MOST IMPORTANTLY be careful with your footing.

Great little trail. The rocks stacked along the trail were great because it does get a little tricky in some places.

not a beginner trail, very steep. scrambling over boulders necessary. awesome views at the top

on Crafts Peak Trail

1 month ago

The access to this trail is either through a campground, which you have to park outside of and walk through to get to the trailhead; or, you can take a left less than a quarter mile before the campground on forest road 2N13 [a 4x4 vehicle is strongly recommended for this road]. The trail head is the beginning of road 2N13D, and there is ample parking to the right [not paved].
The trail itself is quite easy for the first 4 miles, as it is basically a regular gravel road. The trail/road is fully drivable for most 4x4s until the last mile, in case you want to shorten your on foot trek.
It is possible to drive even the last mile if you have a serious off-road capable vehicle; if you’re not alone and very experienced, you can do this last mile with a X-Terra, TRD, or a Cherokee Trailhawk or better, emphasis on better.
Back to hiking; the last mile has two steep parts, but still not technical. The trail only gets technical on the last hundred feet or so.
I really like this trail for its flexibility and for being very dog friendly.

Nice hike. Steep elevations though. Only saw two small groups of hikers the whole trip.

Great hike! Easy to get turned around on the way up, though unplanned diversions are really beautiful either way. Gorgeous views from the top, lightly trafficked, very peaceful out there.

it's a good lung stretcher.

Where to say about this trail and hot springs. Yes, people are nude. They put a new sign up at the trailhead, so don't miss that like I did. The trail is mostly sand and rock for about 1.4 miles on the delcine and up on the upside, so, apparently people hike up naked because of that first bit. I started this trail at 6 p.m. and ended at 11:15pm. Wear hiking boots, use harnesses for dogs as the trail is very narrow, hiking poles would be helpful but they aren't entirely necessary. There's a copper pipe under the pools somewhere that spits out hot, but drinkable water, so if you don't have to worry about bringing too much water though I always bring a gallon with me in case I get stuck, lol. I will say, there is a very narrow winding trail after the hill that is basically sand. I stepped too far and slipped down the side a bit, but thankfully a guy named Dan had been hiking me back and he saved me. The hot springs are jaccuzi temperature. I'd do this trail maybe a couple hours before I started so I still had sunlight to see the springs without a headlamp. I had a great time.

2 months ago

Steeper and loose rocks last mile of the hike. Peaceful and beautiful! At the closed gate bear right then at next fork bear left. Took 2.5 hours up and 1.25 hour back

amazing experience

2 months ago

This hike is as advertised. Great out and back trail that at times is hard to follow. There is definitely some bouldering skills necessary as you reach the summit. Took me longer than I anticipated mostly because the trails are not always well marked. It would not be a good hike for beginners but I enjoyed the challenge. Not much shade so an early morning or late afternoon may be best. Bring plenty of water and something to put in the box at the summit.

We loved this hike. The view of the top is an excellent and unexpected view of Victor Valley. Make sure you bring something to add to the geocache at the top. There was some good stuff up there when we went. We looked for climbing routes and we did a little bouldering on the way back. The trail was a little tough to follow some times but it made it an adventure.

2 months ago

Upon arriving at the camp ground I was confused as to parking and where the trail was so I parked back down the road in an open field where 2N13A starts which took us around the camp ground. Once we got to where 2N13D split I noticed the route though the camp ground so we took that on the way back and it all made sense. The hike was easy going with beautiful views all around. We saw to deer ahead of us cross our path. There were also lots of birds and chipmunks. Toward the end the climb became rocky and we exerted more energy in our climb. Upon arriving at the peak we were rewarded with views of lakes, a ski area, and the other peaks in the area. We sat and enjoyed our snacks and then took in the view a little more before heading back down. One thing I really liked was being the only ones on that trail. When we started we passed a man and his dog and on our near the end we passed three young men who were just starting their hike. It was so peaceful and quiet. On our way out we drove through Big Bear and they had a popular hiking trail by the road that had tons of people coming and going. I was so happy with our choice.

Great trail with some fun scrambling at the end. Too bad the power of Christ compelled some dipshit to spray paint a gobbledygook bible passage on a boulder at the peak.

love this trail. I've both hiked and MTB it

great trail. alot of fun. not too hard

Very fun trail with awesome views!

3 months 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.

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.

No parking and huge potholes- couldn’t find the trail :(

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.

off road driving
3 months ago

Running a stock JLU on 35s. Definitely tested the Jeep, but with spotters and a good line we made it through without major issues. Some scraped skid pans and rock sliders, but that’s what they’re there for. Happy trails

I grew up hiking on this trail and still love it. The 360 views from the top are definitely worth the trek.

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

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.

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