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Very nice hike enjoyed the water pools didn’t get to see any waterfalls but well worth the hike.

The new bottom half trail is much easier to follow and it really helps preserve the habitat on the bottom part of the falls. The new trail takes you directly to the second of the 3 falls. There is plenty of water running from the top of the falls. The weather was perfect for this great hike.

hiking
2 days ago

We did this before sunset & it was really enjoyable from the top. It definitely can be busy, especially during the weekends, but it’s do-able. It was pretty easy. The incline wasn’t bad at all. Just watch footing for slippery rocks.

Bridge, tunnels, and abandoned train cars are really, really cool. The rest of the hike becomes really, really boring! It's 14+ miles of COMPLETELY flat walking. The only elevation gain was climbing 2 small hills because 2 tunnels are blocked. So don't expect any cardio.

The nudist colony is also pretty interesting. Well-kept, welcoming community with funny signage. There's a buzzer at the gate, you drive to the office (follow signs), talk to the nice receptionist and pay $5/person (cash or card), and go back to the gate to park and start your walk. You'll hit the train tracks after 1 minute. Take a right (North) and follow the tracks the entire way to the trestle bridge (7 miles). There are abandoned cars less than 1 mile into the hike, then you'll have some fun walking through some tunnels of varying lengths.... and then the boredom of monotonous walking will start creeping. And obviously it gets worse on the walk back. The tunnels are your only reprieve from endless flat walking.

In hindsight, mountain bikes would've been PERFECT!

We didn't encounter any security (Saturday in mid-Jan 2019). It took us 7 hours out & back. That's a fast walking pace plus adequate time to stop and explore the cars, tunnels, and bridge.

There are 2 tunnels that are blocked off. The 1st you'll scramble over a small hill. We went just to the left (West) of the tracks and came down just to the East of the tracks. Pretty easy, but allow space between people in case you kick a rock down the hill. The 2nd tunnel you'll follow an obvious walking path around the hill. It's a long wraparound to the left (West) of the track. Careful of cacti.

All of the structures are in good condition. Most of the bridges you cross have metal grating for walking. But watch your step! If you're not paying attention, there are gaps and some trip hazards. ... and there are caved-in tunnels that you'll see next to the current track route. They are cool, but be careful because if they caved in once....

Note there is zero water and zero shade at high-noon except the tunnels and cars. However in the winter, the morning sun was behind hills the the southeast for much of the hike. Most of the hike is along the western side of the hills.

Enjoy! Too bad it's not a 5-mile round trip hike. Because the unique sights are awesome, but they're too few & far between. If you have mountain bikes, I HIGHLY recommend going that route instead.

Great hike, beautiful views on the way up and down. Get ready for some steep up and downs the whole way. Took 5 hours round trip, 2:45 up, 2:15 down. 2 liters of water was plenty. Would be brutal during summer, highly recommend during winter months. Peak has nice rocks to have lunch at.

I took the Eagle Peak Trail with my 11 yr old son this weekend. Great hike, views on the peak were more than worth the hike out. planning on falls trail after coming rains. Well worth the drive out.

hiking
3 days ago

Love this short yet Steep hike. Beautiful views.

1st time hiking Kwaay Paay. Intense quick hike. Very steep. I surely had fun. Loved the stairs. I'll definitely do this more often. I usually hike Cowles mtn... love it, but it's always crowded unlike Kwaay. Saw only 7 people during my afternoon hike.

Perfect weather for a hike today! Glad we did it probably won’t do it again. It was on our list and happy we can cross it off. We clocked “round trip” 15 miles from parking lot to summit. Highly recommend bringing your hiking poles, softened the highs and lows of the trial. Went on forever! It was a nice hike and we had optimal weather beautiful cloud coverage with a cool breeze. Nice view, in my opinion not that great of a reward for the work you put into it. Now that was a HIKE! My toes are killing me! Glad I did it... NEXT!

Unas vistas hermosas el sendero súper bien. Agua corriendo de las cascadas ,solo si es recomendable llevar zapatos de montaña.
El camino para llegar mucha curva pero vale la pena súper recomendable el lugar.
Fuimos el 1/10/2019

Hike was great but the road getting there was nerve-wracking! One lane, blind turns on steep cliffs with no guard rails, gravel roads for the last couple miles, through water. Wasn't sure we were going the right way but google maps worked. Bring a four wheel if you have one and get ready for white knuckles on the Russian Roulette road but maybe I"m the only one who felt that way. So glad we made it back. Hike had amazing scenic views!

This trail is definitely no joke. I completed it yesterday by myself. You definitely want 3 or more liters of water and plenty of snacks, drink water before you arrive not coffee like me.. My phone tracked 12.7 miles in and out(I explored a bit at the top adding about .5 miles) it’s not the distance that was difficult for me, but rather the ups and downs on the way back my knees weren’t conditioned for as I haven’t hiked since about 6 months ago up At Yosemite. I completed it in jeans and tennis shoes and small back pack starting with a sweatshirt. A few areas on the way down I was wondering how some hiking boots would have helped soften the blow.

I arrived at 7:30 am and luckily they were opening the parking lot because the sign says 8am to 5pm. It was in the 70s during most of the hike, perfect weather. I can’t imagine doing this hike in the summer, you couldn’t bring enough water. I got back to my vehicle at about 1:10pm after spending maybe a half hour or so at the summit. On the way down I had to stop several times as my knees were cramping up. I didn’t experience any wild animals, just a few passing hikers on the way back down.

I highly recommend for the view and the challenge. Will be doing again in the future.

great quick intense hike. part of the trails are narrow so be aware if you have your pup with you.

hiking
6 days ago

My first San Diego area hike. It was tough on my legs, but the views were fabulous. Folks on the trail were friendly. It wasn’t crowded, but we went on a Wednesday late morning. Puddles towards the top in the shade were frozen, but there was plenty of sunshine most of the hike.

I’m nearly 65 years old and did this hike at a slow and steady pace with poles. Definitely doable if you hike regularly on hills and have good strong legs. I didn’t find it too bad...I was surprised. If you’re not use to hiking steep hills over long distances this hike will kick your butt at any age. The view at the top is the best...well worth it.

Great short climb hike up, 1.2 miles, and fun trail run down. Did this hike after hiking Cowles Mtn. Not too many people during week midday.

Went here Sunday 1/6/2019 for the first time. Pretty easy getting to the falls and a bit winded coming back due to incline. Not hard though. It was so gorgeous and zero people until coming back. Waterfalls were running, I'm curious to see them during Springtime. I was able to see where the other trail was and it definitely would have made for a more difficult trek, this 'new' path was nice. Great views and lovely weather once the sun came out.
One thing that I must add that was a bummer was the amount of trash at the trailhead. There's plenty of trashcans but the wind probably blows it out or animals rummaging. Cans could probably use lids.

hiking
9 days ago

This was a great hike. I’d definitely do it again. Got a bit lost climbing over the boulders but finally found the trail! Beautiful views and you definitely need to climb the rope to the cave.

I just did this hike. it's much easier on the new trail. I jogged part if the way down and it only took 28 mins. the way back up took me about 38 mins. the falls were flowing pretty good.
Note - you no longer have to buy the Cleveland forest adventure pass to go to this hike.

hiking
9 days ago

Great trail to prepare yourself for some of the more difficult hikes throughout the east county.

Well defined trail.

Winter/spring is definitely the time to check this one off your list. Beautiful hike, falls were running, not many people out, perfect weather. You are completely exposed during the whole hike, so make sure you are prepared.

We did see a rescue helicopter fly through the canyon, but it didn’t stop here :).

Nice hike. Go in the spring when the falls are running

but it's hard when you go up the hills and it gives you a leg work out and makes it a muscle

it was so fun we are good hikers cause of hiking

Going up was challenging but still OK. The 7 mile trip from the summit to the parking, man that was hard. Other than that it’s pretty much doable if you have experience trekking. Be safe out there!

It’s is one of best hikes. It has beautiful views and an awesome accomplishment!! It is very hard and I suggest you train yourself well before taking this challenge!!

A bit uneven with it's trail in some parts but a good leg workout you'll definitely be sore. Can get crowded but manageable.

hiking
12 days ago

Excellent hike! Highly recommend hiking boots and gloves!

Pretty straight forward, high traffic hike. Start at the top, hike down to the water fall, turn around and hike up. Short scramble through a creek bed, nothing serious. Waterfall was very but there was a large pool at the bottom that was full. Very picturesque, and other routes to get to other vantage points of the waterfall are around. We clocked more like 6.2 miles on this hike. As I said, it’s all down hill to the waterfall then all uphill back.

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