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This hike was perfect for my family. The views are amazing and start almost immediately. Parking is limited and fencing is thin barbwire which was fine for everyone except my 3 year old.

Hiked today. The surrounding area is fire damaged and the smell of char and smoke still lingers. This is the only trail in the area that I found still open. There isn’t a parking lot so you have to park on the road. With my car, there were only 3 cars! The trail is easy to follow, you will cross a stream a few times so trekking poles are helpful but not necessary. Nice, easy trail.

This trail is open, as are the majority of trails in the area

by far one of the best hikes I've been on in California. beautiful and green, for they most part, but i can't say how the Thomas fire muy have affected it

3 months ago

Really fun driving here. Very short easy walk. No need for bug spray in November.

Exactly as described. Nice waterfall at the end, leisurely walk to get there.

Nice and a fun hike with the kids.

This was a very simple trail with a beautiful ending at the waterfall. Wonderful colors this time of year and the moss growing over the rocks had an amazing cascading waterfall too. So pretty! The entrance was a bit hidden but look for the sign that says Rose Valley Falls. The trail that’s gated off is a fire road.

4 months ago

Once you get to the top, the views are gorgeous. Please be aware that I would NOT consider this an easy hike!!! Good luck and bring water!

Perfect short easy trail that is gorgeous- breathtaking! Do it!

Fun little trail, cool waterfall at the end. My 2year old enjoyed it enough to be entertained the entire walk and had fun time splashing cold water on her hands from the waterfall.

great morning workout with beautiful views and vantage points.

mountain biking
6 months ago

Nice ride with gorgeous views of the valley. Easily completed in about 30-45 minutes on bike.

I have not hiked this trail to the top for at least 2 to 3 years and was completely surprised to see the camp overgrown, without running water and many of its trees cut down, but it still has lots of blue jays lol. Also the path has a lot of shrub overgrowth as you get progressively closer to the camping ground. I noticed that my footprints were the only set for at least half a mile, so many hikers may not venture up there like they did in the past. It was a scorcher of a day, and even if it wasn't, I would strongly suggest to bring at least water and a hat. There is little shade on the upper part of the trail and your constantly trekking in one direction, up. I saw little wildlife, except for finches, blue jays, rabbits and lizards, although I did see bear scat at least twice. This trail is a hidden gem and would highly recommend it.

on Potrero John Trail

6 months ago

Early morning just after a rain had some four legged company alone the way, a family of bears they stayed out in front of me then just disappeared into the brush, very cool.

7 months ago

Very easy, dog and kid friendly, and very quick- with a lovely waterfall surprise at the end of your 20 minute 'hike.' Great little family trail.

If you follow the new trail the poison oak is avoidable. Didn't see a single snake. Lots of bugs. Water is GREAT! PICK UP YOUR TRASH!

Lots of poison ivy! Great trail tho! B-e-a-u-tiful!

Cool easy trail to the falls nothing major but you can climb to the top of the falls and see an even bigger waterfall ( when conditions are right). This is sketchy but fun and exciting if your into that sort of thing

A relatively easy 1.6 miles. Much less water now. However, lots of native plants, trees and animals to see. Several water crossings, some of which could be difficult for a person who has difficulty with that sort of movement.

Beautiful trail- seems to be a local favorite. The warnings about the poison oak are real. Wear clothing that covers your legs for this hike. I was told that the poison oak is especially bad during this part of the summer. We made it a few miles in but then there was a pass that was so thick with poison oak we could not go through, there would have been no way to get through it untouched so we had to turn around and head back. Hope that this can be better maintained because it's a beautiful trail and we wanted to see more. Lots of creek crossings so wear proper footwear.

Very fun hike but look out for snakes.

Short gorgeous hike! Bring bug spray covered in mosquitos!

9 months ago

great walking trail with view of the valley

Not a trail to do in the afternoon heat. would like to come back in winter or early morning. There are some views and ample parking. Not a heavily trafficked hike. Nice for peace and tranquility. Downside is all the vegetation overgrowth, which poses a threat for ticks.

short trail. theres a ton of bees and wasps. we were chased for a good while as they wouldn't leave us alone

The first half was pretty, with wildflowers and a few stream crossings. Don't listen to Google navigation as you get close to the trail head, the route will take you to a rocky road that is closed off. Go through the Thacher school instead, all signs say private property but it's open to people going to the trailhead. We didn't see/hear any bears, but after reading other comments I recommend reading up on best practices for avoiding and dealing with bears. Fun, challenging hike!

First half is through beautiful flowers and shrubbery, but with that there are bugs and bees. At the third or fourth stream crossing there's a big clearing and the landscape changes to dense forest. At this point my fiancé and I heard a distinct bear growl that made us stop in our tracks. DO NOT head out on this hike if you're not prepared to deal with bears! We did not have spray and hadn't seen anyone else on the trail that morning so we turned back. Not worth the risk!

love this trail! great clear water, amazing place to get away for a while.

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