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hiking
1 day ago

I don't recommend any body using alltrail map to explore this trail. Is Not safe is not accurate and you can get seriously hurt..

Fun and easy hike and the fall was beautiful. The parking lot was closed because of fire season. The incline from the parking area was the hardest part and added a mile to the hike. When the parking lot is open I would recommend for children.

1 = Access
2 = What to wear
3 = The hike itself

1. The trailhead does NOT start from either of the parking lots. You have to walk through the area with the picnic tables at the far end of the large parking lot, and then across the road you'll the relatively nondescript trailhead. Just download the map and follow your dot directly to the trailhead, you'll think it's off but it'll take you there.

2. Easy, highly exposed first few miles, then a solid 1-1.5 miles uphill. They aren't switchbacks, and it's very loose gravel and sand, so go with good shoes. You would be fine in tennis shoes, but a lightweight pair of hiking boots would make the last stretch nicer. Also, WEAR PANTS. There is lots of sharper foliage and you will be glad you wore pants.

3. The overall hike has some very nice viewpoints and overall varied and interesting terrain. There are alot of false peaks so if you reach a vista and think its the top, look for the steel box and to see if there's a clear continuation of the trail. As people note, it probably is a little longer than 6.8 miles, but 2 hours up and 1 hour down is a reasonable estimate if you're moving steadily, not including time you spend chilling on the peak itself. Bring water if you're going in the summer because it will get hot!

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hiking
7 days ago

The views on the way up and especially at the top are simply outstanding. Overall this is a much easier hike than C2C, but the long steep ascent is total murder on the legs. Quads in particular get hit quite hard. Hiking poles would probably help give the legs a break. Going back down is a little tricky in spots, due to the loose sand and rocks, but nothing careful foot placement (and grabbing on to surrounding brush) can't solve. On a Sunday I saw lots of people of varying fitness levels at the summit, so this is a doable hike as long as you do it at a pace that's right for you. In terms of water, for me 5 liters was perfect.

Loved the first few miles.
You'll know you've reached the peak when you see a strawberry shaped ornament.

About 90% of this hike is shaded which is very nice for comfort but limits the view points. I guess it was nice to change it up from the dessertous terrain of SoCal. It was also nice because I got a late start but didn’t get caught in the worst of the sun. Btw parking is rough if you get there late, I parked 0.8 miles from the trailhead.

Started out this hike with what felt like a million other people, I was not excited and kept weaving around them. Around mile 4 where it splits off to summit Wilson, just past sturtevant camp, everyone disappeared. Yay. But I was immediate joined by eight million mosquitos. Luckily I had some bug spray, if I do this hike again, I’ll bring a head net. As others have said, the summit left much to be desired. No log book, signage, etc plus people can drive there so it doesn’t give you the same sense of accomplishment.

Worth mentioning, when you get to the burned area just before the peak, there is load of poison oak? I’m terrible at IDing plants but someone told me it was poisonous and what it looked like, it was scary especially with my dog but I think we made it out unscathed.

Made it up in 4 hours and down in 2.5. Overall not a bad day but def not my fav hike in SoCal.

I hiked what I think is this trail today, although I am having trouble reconciling the map with the description. I hiked clockwise from Mulholland to Bent Arrow to Temescal Canyon to Garapito Canyon. Bent Arrow does not follow a densely wooded creek, so there may be another trail. I did see one on the map called Bay Tree trail; however, it must be farther east on Mulholland. However, when I used GPS and compared where I was with the map, it showed where I was supposed to be. It also comes out right at Garapito. Anyway, I really enjoyed the hike. Garapito Canyon is very pretty, and would probably be quite lovely in the Spring. I think hiking this loop counterclockwise might be harder than hiking it clockwise. Otherwise it is not hard at all, if you hike at all.

Great views at the top. 2.5 miles of easy hiking and views, then climbing starts. For us the round trip was 7.6 miles. We started late, about 9– dont go later. It was hot by the time we were heading back.

I liked this hike a lot of inclines which is what I prefer. It starts off with a very steep hill going downward, this part will kick your ass in the end, but that's the hardest part. This hike is full of views of the hills and all the cabins! This is an old camp ground. Parking is $5, even if you park on the street which I thought was stupid!! I removed a star for that alone. Women be advised if nature calls they have no feminine care on site, nothing that can be purchased either. The information office said people would vandalize them. Lol ok...

off road driving
10 days ago

Really nice!

off road driving
10 days ago

Love this trail. Very steep and difficult tho. I have a built 2003 4runner on 33s, no lockers. It's easier going south to north (from Rowher to Bouquet) but doable the other way. Don't take your stock 4x4 on this trail, you'll take a beating.

Supper good! For full-size truck!!

This hike was intense. I will for sure do it again. The view is amazing .

Definitely a great hike but get there early during the warm months to beat the heat and beat the crowd. I’d also suggest taking Castle Canyon to Inspiration Point and come down through the Sam Merril trail since Castle Canyon has a lot of rocks on steep inclines that might be dangerous to travel downward on. We got that tip from a stranger as we started heading back down Castle Canyon. Safer way to travel down is definitely Sam Merril. Great views.

off road driving
13 days ago

Beautiful trail with nice views. You need to have a 4x4 vehicle. I completed this trail with my 3th gen 4runner (bone stock).I was told that there is a alternative route which requires you to have front and rear lockers, but i guess it wasn’t on the main road. Overall it’s not a hard trail just requires 4x4 and good tread on your tires.

Keep in mind the change in temperatures from the bottom to the top.

really super for kids and dogs. wonderful hike

indeed a very hard hike. it is actually 3.6 miles one way so 7.2 miles overall. lots of lizards but didn't spot any snakes. view from the top is good

good hike not to bad..

Great hike with a good elevation.
I will not do this hike in the summer

Did the Devil's backbone on the way up, came down Baldy Bowl trail. Coming down was a killer. But a great challenging hike!

Great for the sunrise. Amazing views from the top and on the way down (I went counterclockwise). For a stretch you hike down the gentle backbone of one of the mountains and get amazing views of LA and the canyons. Saw a bobcat in the am by the entrance/river. Followed Justin’s recording and didn’t end up straying from the path. On a weekday hike not very crowded. Not much shade. Trail is varied—some scattered rocks, some packed soil, some river runoff and fire trail. Overall a great hike

Reached this peak on the second try after taking a shortcut that led to Mt Lawlor instead...the views are definitely worth it but the last stretch is no joke! make sure to pack plenty of water...we brought strawberries as well as strawberry milkshake IPAs, perfect celebration for the top!

off road driving
27 days ago

Great fun with varying levels of difficulty

trail running
29 days ago

My favorite trail in the DTLA area. Completely empty during the hotter months and at midday, busy during the afternoons and evenings. 4-5 miles of trail if you hit everything or do the main loop twice.

Be careful, there is a vicious pit bull chained up at the cabin at the trail head. Today it was out on the trail and bit my hiking companion. We left and the family still didn’t have it under control. It was terrorizing other hikers. Not sure what to do since the bite wasn’t disfiguring but it was bloody. I am not sure if it warrants police action.

Nice long trail, would rate this one as moderate not hard. The parking is free unless you pass the stop sign (be sure to fully stop or you’ll get ticketed) and it’s a brief uphill walk to the trailhead. The initial portion is fairly easy with some incline. The trail the takes you down through a Topanga Canyon neighborhood (just a few houses) which is interesting (saw an abandoned car on the trail). Once you get through the neighborhood, the incline begins on a fire road and is steady for about a mile and a half. You can then continue on for just a bit to relax/detour at Eagle Rock at the top. From there we took the descent into Garapito trail which is further down in the canyon and mostly covered. It’s a single track and well maintained. Our group got stung by wasps which hurt like a mother, must’ve hit a nest or something. Watch for poison oak, we passed it a few places on the Garapito. The trail will dump you out into a fire road where you then continue on an incline up towards the parking lot. I drank about 2 liters. Part of the trail is exposed so be sure to wear a hat and sunscreen. Took us about 4.5 hours with a 15 min break and clocked in a little over 9 miles. Great views, long hike but fun!

We went shortly after it rained, so in the part of trail that Teresa (previous poster) mentions where it gets a bit narrow, we didn’t have any issues with slipping because the sandy dirt was firm from the rain.
Unfortunately, the waterfall was nowhere to be seen, even after the rain but — it’s a fun trail regardless. It has a nice mix of winding through dense vegetation and hiking around the hillside.
We went on a cool day, but we still brought a fair amount of water for us and our dog.

Consider making this hike a loop by continuing past Jones Peak down the Connection Trail to the Mt. Wilson Trail and back to the town of Sierra Madre.

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