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The best way to go is ride a bike to the trail head hike to the to the water fall and back and then it’s nothing but a down hill ride back to the parking lot.

As the trail begins, patches of fall color appear accentuated by the soft sounds of a meandering creek… a very pleasant start to cool and cloudy morning. The top of Potato Mountain (3414 ft.) is my destination. It's one of the smaller peaks in the San Gabriel Mountains and it's certainly dwarfed by its snowcapped big brothers. Nevertheless the trail is wide and steady. Following the tradition of my fellow hikers, I leave a commemorative potato on top of the concrete water tank. But before descending back down the trail, I survey the horizon with my eyes and to the west appears the unmistakable LA skyline. And this is quite a hiking treat as the city is over 40 miles away!

This trail is so much fun, you have to climb over stones but it's not super difficult.

Great beautiful trail.

not really a good trail for taking a photo..

Love this trail so much. Unfortunate there's so much graffiti. Looking to start a cleanup group to get rid of the graffiti/trash if anyone's interested...

good trail. Took my dog and all went well. Hiked up to where you start climbing over some rocks to get the waterfall, but decided to turn back after a family said there wasn't any water. hopefully that changes soon, definitely want to come back when there is water

Great hike! It's one that you can fit in when you only have part of a day. I'd say the rating is a bit overstated, it's mostly all at an incline going up, but the path is wide and you can take your time if need be. Views at the top are great, the entire San Gabriel Valley area is on one side, and the San Gabriel mountains on the other.

Shady. Well maintained. Really pleasant trek.

This hike was a little more challenging than I thought in that the boulders were vertical but it was so worth it. Haven’t rock climbed like that in a long time. I definitely recommend hiking boots and pants as my son wore running shoes and shorts and his ankles and calves took a beating. I wore hiking boots and pants and was very comfortable sliding down boulders on the way down. No waterfall but still a lot of fun.

hiking
12 days ago

Nice enough to give it a shot. But please don't advise people to go "after a rain" without giving some head's up that means a good day or 2 with no chance of more rain. Most of the trail from the road to the falls is in a creekbed canyon subject to flooding. I worry since most hikers in the area only really know drought conditions. Too much road walking and too many inexperienced hikers for our tastes, but a nice hike nonetheless. Especially if you read up on the haunted history of he area beforehand.

Saw two adolescent brown bear cubs wrestling at the top! Then they noticed us and got their mom. We didn’t think it was a good idea to stick around for a group pic.

Relatively flat first half followed by creek bed uphill climb progressively getting steeper with some bolder scrambling. In a wooded canyon. Pretty overall.

nature trips
16 days ago

Great for the pups! Easy parking. Less crowded during the week. Best after a rain.

Nicely shaded and a great workout. Not heavily populated

I started the East Ridge view trail from the south end. There is street parking and Port a potties. Bring hand sanitizer. The trail offers several ups and downs which would make it moderate and is heavily trafficked. The path is wide and open and doesn't offer much shade, if any. If you get tired, fork off to the loop which is an easy path. You can tailor your hike to make it longer or shorter, harder or easier.

hiking
19 days ago

Great moderate hike! Not too crowded. The way up was a little steep at times, but felt like a great way to be apart of nature. We took the dirt road back down which was a nice easy way to end the hike.

Fun little hike. Good 1.5-2 hour workout. First half has some nice scenery, second half is mostly scrub brush.

hiking
21 days ago

11/23/18 Great hike! The ascent going up is a great cardio workout! Entire loop took roughly 2.25 hours. The entrance into the trail is a bit away from the park entrance. After you walk by the ranger station you’ll see a bear shaped sign that reads “Trask Scout Reservation”. Follow that sign to the right. The road is closed off but that’s the direction you’ll need to go. Follow the paved road a fair distance. It will wind up the side of the mountain. At the end of the paved road head right onto a dirt road for a short walk. Eventually you’ll see the trail head on your left. About half way through near the bathroom sign, we saw a black bear. It was more afraid of us than we were of it. But it sure did get my heart pumping. Per previous posts we had purchased bear spray for the hike. Glad we did! Weather was perfect. Bring plenty of water! Enjoy the hike.

We started our hike at 5:30am when it was still dark. We hiked about two hours. It’s pretty cold this time of year so bring a jacket. We saw some people take a strenuous route but I don’t know where they started from. If you keep to the left you will make it to the top.

hiking
26 days ago

Hiked this trail for the first time this morning and it was great. Parking was a little thin by 8:30am on a Sunday but not completely full. Beautiful scenery and plenty of birdwatching to be done throughout this hike, especially near the trailhead. The trail was in good shape most of the way. It became a little more sketchy after the turn toward the summit (away from Claremont Wilderness Park). The sun kept us plenty warm, even in mid-November! Enjoy!

Super dope trail!

saw a lot of deer throughout my trail so keep a good lookout while you are on your hike. Decided to take on the big hill at the divide (where trail gives you the chance to go left or right) go left if you want to challenge yourself. Took me about 3 hours to finish considering my dog was not lasting through the hike. Besides that I definitely recommend this hike if you want a good challenge. Not too much tree cover besides the beginning and middle of the hike so I recommend going on a 75 degreeish day.

This hike is pretty easy compared to its rating. I did it at night, while recovering from a cold. Going uphill sick wasn’t a joy, but the views are worth it! Most of the trail is well maintained with little rock issues. Once you get to the last half a mile it becomes lose, but still walkable. If you are looking to work on your cardio or sweat out a cold, this is a good hike. I didn’t see “shortcuts,” but from the map, they look similar to the path. The part that would make this rated hard would be the uphill motion, but it’s not difficult. It just pumps your heart. This is good practice for anyone looking to strengthen their heart.

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!

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

I did this one again. Only did A free miles. Took my dog (older). So I cut it short. Will do the full hike next visit.

First few miles are flat and kind of boring the last 1.5 is where the fun starts. Took my dog. Just a few spots she needed to be lifted to help her up or down. Not sure I would take a dog I couldn’t carry but I did see a few people with bigger dogs so they must have found a way around the bigger rocks. Fun trail even though the water wasn’t flowing.

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