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this hike is long, but has equivalent elevation gain to nearby hikes and so is actually a fairly mild hike. there is very little steep climb, and the views at the end are gorgeous! and to clarify, it's ~6.5mi round trip (despite being out-and-back). trail markers aren't super clear, so make sure you reference a map and don't end up on the fire roads and down the wrong trail!

with many breaks and pauses for photos, this hike took us about 3.5hrs. perfect hike for dogs!

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nice trail. good views. poor parking.

Trail is closed indefinitely due to a fire in the area. Also the road up to the trailhead is very rocky like off roading, beware if you don’t drive an SUV. Get there early as parking is extremely limited.

Haven’t actually hiked it, just wanted others to know as it’s not posted anywhere!

Great hike, took the entire family, lots of shade

hiking
20 days ago

Beautiful forest hike. View is spectacular but it needs to be very clear to see the ocean and Catalina. Nice view of San Gorgonio peak. Went at 6am to avoid the mountain bikers.

Great choice for trail running. Not crowded at all. I train for ultras on this trail. After summiting San Bernardino peak you can continue on to other peaks nearby as the trail continues east.

mountain biking
22 days ago

Loved this trail and wish it wasn't so far from Los Angeles. Having grown used to riding the San Gabriels, where you pedal up for several miles and are rewarded with amazing descents, this was a welcome, but challenging change. Skyline starts off with a short climb and then winds it's way up and down flowy single track surrounded by amazing views. The trail has something to offer anyone who enjoys xc mountain biking: occasional rock gardens, small drops, burmed twists through forrested trails and switch-backed hillsides. I'm not used to riding at such a high elevation, nor riding over constant rollers, so the trail did leave me a little winded by the end, but definitely looking forward to visiting it again soon!

As a side note: I parked at Aspen Picnic area and rode through town to the trail head at the top of Club View Drive to make it a loop. I imagine it could be done as an out and back if you have that much time and energy.

We are so sad! We arrived to the trailhead only to find this trail closed due to the fires. There was no indication here on your app that it was closed and based on all the reviews, one being two weeks ago, we wouldn’t have known it was closed. Apparently this whole area was evacuated two weeks ago. At least according to the locals. Don’t drive all the way here! Trail is closed. Check with forest rangers first. $5000.00 fine. I look forward to hiking this peak as soon as it is open again.

Cool trail and very peaceful but we were surprised that the grand view point at the end actually faces away from the lake. Was a lot of work (3.3m)! .5 mile or so into the trail has the lake views, we didn’t realize that from all the pictures and assumed they were of the end!

Great hike! Packed my lunch and took a break just before getting to the top. Lots of shade so it’s a comfortable hike in the summer heat.

Best hike in the area

good workout in the city, gets crowded though and too much dog poop

hiking
1 month ago

Mostly uphill, and not a loop. Actually an out and back. Took me about two hours to do because I took my pup, he’s a little out of shape, so we stopped a few times so he could catch a breather. Most of the hike is uphill and was plenty cool because of the wind. For parking, go ahead and park in the residential neighborhood. There’s signs that say you’ll be ticketed but like I said, we were there for a little over two hours and nothing.

This is a great trail, with lots of shade along most of the route and loads of beautiful vistas. Take a lunch and have a meal at Grand View Point before heading back down.

Park at Hoover Elementary: Alta and Broadway. All over street parking is permit only.

Good hike, lots of fun! Saw a few deer.

Absolutely beautiful hike. My favorite of the 6 pack of peaks. Went on 7/4 and wasn't too crowded, however the dirt road leading up to it was difficult for my husband's crown Victoria.

Lovely trail. Fantastic views

The view is a valley..for such a harder trail. Shade and peaceful on the way though

Clocked 16.25 miles from the trail head not 15 like stated in the review. Started at 5:55am trying to avoid to heat wave that was supposed to hit, fortunately the weather was perfect! Loved the trail, very well maintained & easy to follow. Manzanita flats & the views from the top were my favorite! We came across a few groups of other hikers but not to many which was great. I would definitely hike this trail again.

5 stars because The trail is well maintained and easy to follow. The grade is good for running and hiking. Passed Only a few dozen people all day. Parking was filling up by 630, was 7/4 holiday so maybe irregular.

Good starter trial..

My son and I did Pine Knot Trail and really enjoyed it. The trail was well marked and the shaded. The views are amazing! It was a great way to start the 4th of July!

I loved it!!! Took my 3 month old German shepherd and tired him out too!!! Definitely one of my favorite trails, make sure to bring water and comfy shoes(I accidentally grabbed my workout shoes-not hiking shoes!!) overall, it was an intense workout, but great for beginners!

5/24/18

I really enjoyed this trail! I went during the week and saw about 5 other people all day.

The trail is a steady climb for the first couple miles then levels off, meandering through manzanita trees and pines then picks up elevation gain steadily toward the peak.

Limber pines looks like a great place to overnight camp.

I had my first mountain lion sighting on my way back down the trail. I heard rustling and saw dust, then a mountain lion in full sprint in the opposite direction from me. It didn't want anything to do with me for sure. Scary but exhilarating. Just blew my whistle and made a lot of noise the rest of the way down.

Went for a weekend backpacking trip. Started the hike up at 8:15 Saturday morning and reached Limber Pines around noon. The trail is steep at the beginning and was definitely a good workout with packs. Packed 2L each and we drank all of it on the way up, you need it when it’s 85 degrees!

After setting up camp at Limber Pines, we refilled our water at the small stream about half a mile above the campground. If you’re staying overnight, water treatment (tablets or pump) is a must. Limber Pines was pretty crowded on Saturday night.

Made our way to the peak with a day pack. The views at the stone bench just before Washington’s monument were spectacular!

Made the hike back down in less than 3 hours the next morning! Excellent views and a challenging but fun hike up. Definitely glad we camped instead of doing it all in one day.

trail running
1 month ago

My first time at Turnbull Canyon was intense!! I super enjoyed the inclineSSSS. There were many of them. I really loved that there were different ways to go, though it’s easy to get lost. My girlfriend and I came down a different route, ended up at a parking lot we didn’t enter through, and walked about 3/4 mike to get back to her car.

If you’re not parking at the little parking lot (near Orange and Greenleaf), you can park by the elementary school near Alta and Broadway and walk to Beverly, which takes you to the trailhead. Not a bad walk.

All in all, I enjoyed the run, sweated a lot, and would recommend to anyone for walking and hiking as well.

We started early in the morning while it was still cool. The sun came up and we had to shed a layer and we got swarmed by a bunch of mosquitoes, we sprayed on some repellent, once we were on the move again we no longer had bug issues after that. Water was still running down the side of the mountain and all the wildflowers were in bloom. They were so colorful, red, white, purple, yellow, and orange. We stopped a lot to enjoy the beautiful backdrops of color to take pictures. So, the hike took a little longer then planned. Hardly anyone on the trail. The trail gets narrow with over grown bushes in some spots, I'm glad I wore pants to protect my legs. The views from the top were amazing. This was a wonderful hike with wonderful company. So glad we all had the day together.

No where to park!!! Not cool

Started 7:00 a.m. 56 degrees and sunny. Arrived at the peak at 12:00 p.m. Windy and coolish at the top. Started with shorts, a long sleeve t-shirt and a very light weight jacket which I put on and off throughout the day. Beautiful views and the Manzanita was spectacular. Trail is not steep but just long and steady. There was water just above the Limber Pines camping area. I brought along 3L of water and used 2L.

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