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We’ve seen a bear. We turned around because we’ve been only 2 people and wanted to be save. As far as we got it was nice.

Very nice hike with spectacular views of Brea and Carbon Canyon. The museum is only open for a few hours on certain days so check first.

Not very much shade, but an amazing view at the top with the railway ruins! Bring yo’ sunscreen.

our first time here going up was a great cardio workout make sure and pack a light long sleeve for sunny or windy days.

Great hike with good LA history at the top. It’s all up hill with very little shade so plan accordingly with water and a hat. Also it’s street parking and it can get busy. Dog friendly

Dislike. No shade. Lots of graffiti and trash.

This is a very nice, easy hike with picturesque scenery. Don't be discouraged by the stretch of paved road leading to a more natural, multi-terrain trail featuring sand, decomposed granite, dirt, rocks, boulders, California coastal vegetation and many easy stream crossings along the length of the hike to the USFS dam. There is a nearly unnoticeable incline to the dam. AllTrails reports an 8.2 mi round-trip hike to the dam and back, but my GPS recorded 4.8 mi to the dam (9.6 mi total), with short excursions off the trail for pictures and to allow the dog to play in the stream). The trail forks off several times and offers picnic areas and a couple walk-in campgrounds. There is a small parking lot adjacent to a residential neighborhood that was full at 6:30AM, but street parking in the neighborhood appears to be allowed, at least on weekends. Very shaded early in the morning with longer stretches of open sun late morning heading back to the trailhead. There were very few hikers and bikers early in the morning. Heading back, around 9:00AM, the number of trail users probably tripled--bikers, hikers, runners, USFS on horseback.

Not very challenging, but do not underestimate the stairs. My buddy was dying on the way back.

Kind of hard to find the entrance. A lot of interesting graffiti everywhere. Very green right now.

It’s a beautiful walk

My first time going there. made it all the way to the top. Worth the walk, great view.

hiking
9 days ago

Beautiful and relatively easy hike! Safe to hike by yourself, but I still tried to walk with a couple on the trail since there was a lot of bear poop along the trail! Didn’t see any bears or mountain lions, but only spectacular Mountain View’s. Super fun hike and well worth it! I did the trip in about 3 hours round trip. I took my time at the top and even explore the inside of the mine. Highly recommend.

hiking
9 days ago

Really pretty, not very challenging, and cool rocks to climbs around in at the end!

Great 2ish hour hike! Incline is a bit steep otw up but the views are definitely pretty! No shade so wear a hat!

Fun trip, until I encountered a big brown bear blocking the road when I was getting back. it was getting dark and had to wait until it went away. The bear was not scared of me or all the noise I was making.

Well maintained dirt road, easy to park and find trail head, wide trail and when you get to the last 1/3 where the rock trail begins the terraine gets more challemging but we saw a 4 yr old doing it so really not hard at all. Great trail day!

nice hike it has couple small waterfalls, around 1 miles is uphill and the rest is easy

hiking
11 days ago

Super cool! Mine was closed when we got there, but the entire view was amazing.

Such a cool piece of history.

Went on it today was pretty easy but had a great time and saw such wonderful views

was looking forward to the trial but it was closed today 11/01/18

hiking
13 days ago

Power.
8 mile cycle each way from Marina - which makes the hike harder on your legs, otherwise the hike doesn’t burn that much. Lots of people around - less so when you break the loop to the top of Skull Rock. The small loop is one for the kids for sure.

hiking
15 days ago

It’s unfortunate that it was so graffitied up, but it’s a nice little treasure you wouldn’t guess to be there. We saw a pack of rams on the way in which an experience in itself.

Distance:
5 miles to Echo Mountain (2.5 up and 2.5 down)
10 miles to Inspiration Point (5 miles and 5 miles down)

Hike through some unique LA history as you churn those legs upward to the Echo Mountain resort ruins. The trail has constant elevation and is a really solid workout. Once you get to the ruins (2.5 miles), take a break, explore the remains, and eat your lunch or snacks here. It is quite enjoyable yelling into the echo phone and hearing your voice reverberate through the mountains - it really carries through clearly!

Now if you want to make this hike special, I HIGHLY recommend going from the ruins and trekking all the way up to Inspiration Point via the Sam Merrill trail or the Castle Canyon (both these entrances are marked with plaques that look identical). This is where the trail gets more isolated, rugged, narrow, and is much steeper! The Sam Merrill trail once you get towards the top, brings you through the backside of mountain where you venture into the shaded wilderness of the woods - really loved this change in the landscape. The Castle Canyon trail ascends up much faster and steeper than its counterpart and is a major workout where you will be huffing and puffing until you get to the top. Be aware of potential mountain bikers trekking down these trails, I was pretty shocked to have 3 of them go by us as the trails were narrow, quite impressive honestly. Once at Inspiration point, soak in the views and lay down before heading back to the trailhead. They have these cool, hollow telescope tubes that are labeled by LA's neighborhoods (silverlake, venice, etc). These aren't actual telescopes but if you had one this would be the perfect time to use it. There are also a good amount of hawks or ravens up here so make sure to gaze and be amazed as they soar around you, I even saw one doing some tricks in the air!

A beautiful mountain hike that is not too far from the city!

Parking: There is free parking at the base of the trailhead.

hiking
16 days ago

This hike was a good workout! There was a lot of nice layers to the trail too. You feel like you go through a forest, then you take the trail to the top where you go through the canyons, rugged trails, and eventually the rock formations which you can climb and relax on. I especially liked the sunset trail portion of the hikes which loops all the way back to the parking lot if you take the skull rock route in the beginning.

Definitely bring a good amount of water as the hike is roughly 4.5 miles.

- @justroc @just.trek

Pretty good. The first several miles are tree lined and shaded then it gets out in the open. I didn't finish the whole thing but really enjoyed the first several miles because of the beautiful mountain scenery and tranquillity. I went out a sunday and it was quiet with not many people on the trail.

Believe it or not the graffiti (an the unique graffiti house at the bottom of the trail) is the highlight of this trail. Make sure you do the loop clockwise. There is a gate (more like a break in the fence) to the left just at the beginning of the loop. Go through this gate a walk down lots of steep steps. Make a left at the bottom of the steps to continue along the trail. If you choose to do the loop in a counter clockwise fashion you may have trouble finding the steps to go back up (the entrance was not so clear and you have to climb up a ton of very steep stairs. I would definitely recommend doing the loop clockwise.

17 days ago

A lot of people, good views - but take a quieter one, or not weekends.

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