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4 days ago

Short but sweet. Would be a fun hike to take visitors.

took this trail many times with scouts... beautiful, shady, mostly easy.

Got their early and was drizzling rain. Gorgeous hike. I really enjoyed it! You will cross a small stream several times but you wont get your feet wet. They say this is a popular trail and I can see why. I recommend hitting it early to beat the crowd.

10 days ago

I remember this place as a kid. I used to go camping with my parents at Mountain Lakes which is just up the road a little further. We would meet tons of people at Mt. Lakes all around our age. This was back in the 80's (I was like 8-10) and I guess one of the others (teenagers) knew about this place. So we all went and it was amazing. We walked the whole way so it was a long walk but well worth it. I have seen waterfalls in Hawaii so obviously this doesn't come close to those, but to see one in the middle of that area was amazing. It was like a secret place then and there wasn't really any graffiti or things like that. There was a path, kind of, we climbed up and around to get higher up too.

11 days ago

We thoroughly enjoyed this waterfall, minus the tagging on all the rocks of course. Today was beautiful. There were giant clouds bringing in some light sprinkles, and the waterfall had a steady, strong flow. I'm personally a fan of climbing over rocks, so that plus the waterfall is why I rated this a 5. In all, we saw only 4 other people doing this hike, so I enjoyed the opportunity of sharing nature with just my boyfriend. I definitely plan to visit this hike again!

14 days ago

This was a really fun hike. I spent 2 nights at Kelly's Camp and an interesting snowy night the last night. This trail is really beautiful with lots of views.

This hike was perfect for the day we went. We ended up going right after a mild snow day, still some traffic but not heavy. It was absolutely beautiful. We didn’t make it to the top, we stopped at about 3.5 miles and turned back, I didn’t wear the right shoes for how slippery the ice was. Regardless, hiking in the snow was beautiful, temperature was mid 30s, making it perfect for a cloudless day hiking in the snow.

Awesome hike! Beautiful trail with some good inclines. Parking is a struggle - get there early. TIP - the interagency pass (America the Beautiful) can be used for parking here so you don't have to pay for a single day pass

How do you go when it’s closed , is there security/cops that’s there watching?

24 days ago

great little hike to start on. narrow trails, that take you on gradual slopes. when you arrive its a little anti climatic as you are approaching from the top of the falls, but a quick scramble down the rocks can lead to great photos. dogs may haveca hard time after the falls as drops down the boulders are a few feet or more. great hike to do in conjuction with sturtvant as you can follor the right side of the river to the bridge and connect with the more popular trail.

Way too many people, easy hike, lots of mean dogs, rude teenagers, a lot of people playing shit music. Won’t be back unless I backpack to a cabin far away.

Great trails for kids lots of bikers but at least they were friendly.

It was fun but to get to the start of the trail it takes four miles of off road driving and an extra quarter mile walk. While on the trail, there is a stream and there are areas where you have to cross the stream while walking on rocks. Since the trail is out and back, there are lots of people walking back and forth so if you are walking through a small, narrow area, you have to watch out.
At the end of the trail, there is a waterfall but it’s probably not as big as you’re expecting. I feel like in order to get to said waterfall, you have to be careful, and really climb on rocks and over the stream. You can have children and dogs on this trail.
At the beginning of the trail, after the extra walking, they have a wagon of water bottles you can have only asking for a small donation.

Great waterfall! There was ice down the side adding to the beauty. Trail is hard to determine, but there was enough traffic to figure it out. Have to do a lot of boulder walking so that makes it moderate, but it is a very short hike. Other than the boulders it was not too bad for a lady with two knee replacements!

Great starter hike. Arrived 830a and found parking about half a mile away, trail was clear, nice cabins, pretty scenery, dont go in the toilets, enjoyed skipping across "river crossings" the water was flowing well at the falls. walked in a bit, the dog loved it.. but the incline on the way out could be an issue for some. lots of shade was a plus.

good little workout on this hike. enjoyed the scenery and the waterfall at the end was nice. it was extremely crowded and we had to park about a half mile down the road. the parking lot was full and many people were parking on random pull outs down the road (we did too). you'll need an adventure pass. there was a large group (at least 60 people) when we went, so it was crowded. nice overall.

Parking- we chose to use the lot near the Ralphs on Portola & Market. The cost is $3 and the machine takes dollar bills and cards.

Trail- we did the Borrego Trail which was great...green with shade and a little bit of water; Cattle Loop( I think) was too short to really say much about; Red Rock Trail which is a must-see with the reddish sandstone cliffs; Mustard Trail which was kinda boring; there are many other trails and there were hikers, runners, and bikers...no dogs allowed

Best Waterfall ive seen. I hiked to the top of the water fall, little dangerous but good experience. i liked going inside the bear caves and enjoyed the cold breeze and the rocks

Its a beautiful trail. We went with our 4 yr old and he enjoyed most of it. Quite shaded. The canyon itself is gorgeous. Would love to frequent it.

excellent trail running along a creek that changes monthly. lots of fallen trees and rock. so many great stops, including old cabin foundations.

although it's rated as difficult, the first few miles are pretty easy.

29 days ago

One of the most popular trails around the area. Expect large crowds! Come to the Chantry Flats EARLY if you don't want to hike to the trailhead, this place fills up faster than Mr. Krabs who saw someone touching his money. You will need a day/ annual adventure pass.

Check out some of photos from the hike! see the crowd for yourself :)

Super easy, very beautiful trail, follows a dry riverbed. Lots of birds and pretty plants. Rock formations are awesome and varied, make sure you climb some of them, if you'll manage to climb up to the top you get to enjoy even better views. Pretty scenic and super easy flat trail.

Borrego Canyon trail is a biking trail, but Red Rock Canyon is hiking only.

1 month ago

Nice nature hike. Diverse plant life, particularly enjoyed the scent from fig trees and sound of croaking frogs in the late evening.

I went hiking on Monday early morning. It actually was a bit crowded with bicycle riders.

1 month ago

1) first part of the hike you have to cross a creek. You will get wet. *there is a bridge that is on "private property" that we used so we wouldn't get wet
2) 1/2 of the hike is very very rocky! Wear good shoes.
3) graffiti is everywhere though I don't mind seeing the art
4) must purchase a parking pass from the Ranger station for $5 (or AMPM from other reviews)
5) very windy today and there were some rocks that fell from the mountain so don't walk too close (in the rocky area)
6) over all this was a great hike with a beautiful waterfall at the end. There were enough people around to ask "which way to the waterfall?"

I love this trail , also one of the best I’ve hiked in So Ca.. Very beautiful with so much vegetation. The creeks during the rain or right after is the best. It plays a great part for a more marvelously flowing waterfalls. Four tiers of it makes it magnificent.Watch out for cactuses though they’re everywhere. Trails are a bit narrow if you’re afraid of heights or falling stick to your left at all times. Parking is free! But unfortunately this trail has been CLOSED for nearly two years to be exact. I am totally waiting for it to reopen.

This is a very cool short easy hiking trail. It starts with a 1/2 mile paved fireroad with about 400 feet of decent right out of the gate, then drops you at a bridge and a creek with another bathroom. The trail then turns to dirt and narrows and continues along the creek the rest of the way. It is mostly covered by trees so lots of shade. There are a couple easy creek crossings required and then boom, 1.5 miles in and your at the falls. It is nice and pretty clean. Lots of rocks or areas to sit and eat at the falls. I'd say this hike is very easy other than, oh yeah remember that initial 1/2 mile with 400 feet of decent?? Yeah that is all uphill at the finish, which again, for almost any hiker is still easy; however, for small children that part could be challenging, and that part is basically the only part that is actually direct sun as well. All in all still an easy beautiful family trail. The only reason I dont give this 5 stars is the parking. There is a small parking lot at the trailhead and restrooms. However, we arrived at 8am and not only was that full, with several desperate people driving in circles hoping to catch someone leaving, but cars were parked all along the road down the mountain (on both sides) which is pretty much marked everywhere either "No parking" or "No stopping" signs or painted "No parking" on the pavement. Despite all the signage, people were parked all over the area, with their vehicles sticking out into traffic way too much, along an already narrown road, which then causes all those people from those cars to have to walk up the mountain to the trailhead completely in the roadway, as vehicles were blocking the shoulder all the way. Extremely dangerous, especially for kids, which this trail is covered with. We were forced to park exactly 1 mile down the mountain from the trailhead, which hey, we're hiking, so not a huge deal, but the circumstances are less than ideal if you show up at 8am. Prior to that, i cannot speak for, but still a cool trail I recommend.

Nice easy hike, too crowded. Doing this hike once is enough.

1 month ago

Easy to miss! Keep left! Don't go right! Spent most my time going up the stream on the right and ended up too far from where it was. If you spent more than 20 mins to get there then you probably went the wrong way. Look for a sign covered with graffiti. And yes, there is only one parking space and you need the day pass from the ranger station.

1 month ago

Drive in is funner than the hike.

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