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Amazing views

Obviously a popular place to go! Quite a few people sharing the trail on the way in but drops off the further you go in and becomes more secluded. 0 shade so make sure to bring proper sun protection. The hike back up through Rattlesnake Trail is the best part. Some "mini scrambling" and cool places to rest for 5 mins and enjoy the view. Not my favorite hike in the area but still worth the outing :).

I enjoyed this hike. We took west ridge from the park entrance and over to rocket. Easy to moderate. There are a couple of hilly areas so a good workout. It is mostly open with a tree partial area. A couple of trails are closed because of the recent fire. Had to hike another 1 mile. Definitely worth doing!

No water at the falls but still a great hike, definitely a work out though once you get to the rocks. I've been here before when there is water and it is amazing, will be coming back but probably after some rain.

hiking
6 days ago

It was amazing view! We loved this trail and will come back for the ocean view for sure! We hiked 6.2 miles for 2 hours!! Early morning is recommended as there is not much shade or canopy.

I remember this hike from earlier this year. I'd say it's more of a hike than a running trail..

One of my favorites!

hiking
11 days ago

This is a funny trail. Starts with a park, then bunch of stairs so you feel like you’re more on a masochistic walk than a hike, but eventually you get on a trail that leads up the mountain, and then it’s hiking again. Nice climb, pretty 360-degree view of the city from the top.

Great workout, watch out for flies on the uphill climb. Views are pretty sweet.

Love this trail- great hills for the hikers and plenty of running trails for the runners.

hiking
20 days ago

Great work out with some challenging inclines. Watch out for mountain bikers on the narrow fence line trail portion of the hike. Bring a hat and plenty of water.

On 30 Aug at 19:45 my wife sighted a mountain lion near the entrance before the creek at the time of exiting

It’s pretty good trail. Mixed of bikers and hikers. After about 1.5 miles you’ll see a probably abandoned house and that’s when the uphill starts. It’s a route en zigzag with one side is mountainous the other face the windy open view. I quite like it. I went about 80% to the end and went back, reached 5.5 miles for 2.5 hours on an August Thursday. No warning signs for rattlesnakes. The only perk is that no service for my phone.

hiking
25 days ago

Wonderful hike! Not too crowded and the trail was wide enough for bikers to easily pass. If it wasn't overcast, I'm sure the ocean views would have been amazing...I will have to come back again!

I love this hike for the following reasons:
1. It close to home - anywhere in south LA County or Orange County.
2. It is near the beach, so great views and bonus of spending part of the day on the beach after the hike.
3. Trails offer a variety so you can get the work-out you desire: short, long or difficult.
4. Choice of 4 campsites if you want to stay overnight.

im so unfit and literally couldn’t breathe when i did it but i loved it and wanna do it again

trail running
29 days ago

I ran down this trail after running up quail trail to Serrano ridge and down little sycamore. Running down this trail might be the most fun I’ve had trail running maybe ever. It’s hard in the steeper parts near the top because of the loose rocks, but it’s definitely a good time.

Actually a moderate hiking but look out for the bikers !!!

on El Moro Canyon Loop Trail

1 month ago

Beautiful Mother’s day hike

1.5 Miles up then 1.5 back down. Definitely grab a map at the trail head before adventuring. You can modify by making hike longer by including the willow trail. Some shade provided. Bring plenty of water. Great views. Watch out for bikers.

No water at the waterfall but still a good hike! Very rocky, not meant to climb alone. Bring water! There’s no service on the trail.

If your going just to see the waterfall be warned there is no water right now.

I saw a coyote pup and a rabbit while hiking on the trail. Beautiful views with well maintained dirt roads. Up and down steep hills all along the way. Bring plenty of water - a great trail for running!

Great hike, not too difficult. Only one uphill stretch otherwise very straightforward.

Great trail but that Poles section was tough! Bring lots of water, there is no shade on this trail!

no shade. nice view of the ocean.

hiking
1 month ago

Lots of mountain bikers, pretty views of the canyon and the ocean. Not a bad little trail.

Great hike. First 2.5 miles is along a dirt road with little to no shade. Not overwhelmingly exciting. When you get to around 3 miles in, the fun starts. Its hiking through thickish bush and concluding with a bit of light climbing uphill. In August the waterfall is more of a rockface, but it's a cool little area to relax nonetheless. I'd definitely do this one again

it was a fun hike but there were a lot of yellow jackets

hiking
1 month ago

To get to this trail hard you have to walk 2.5 miles down a fire road. It is flat and easy. Once hitting the trail head it is a 1 mike hike up to the falls. Mostly light bouldering. This is where it earns its rating.

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