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trail running
20 hours ago

quick lil workout. I wish it had less people though

went up today July 28th, trail was closed. also read to her to trail was a bit rough would not recomend if in a regular 2 wheel drive car.

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nice trail. good views. poor parking.

This trail begins with a moderate and steady rise (~400 ft) over the first mile and is semi-flat the remaining 2.3 miles to John's Meadow campground. I say "semi-flat" because there are numerous elevation changes, but nothing sustained for more than a quarter mile or greater than 100 ft and most are short drops and rises of 10-20 ft as the trail navigates the contour of the side of a mountain, avoiding steep sections, large rocks, trees, etc. The defining quality of this hike is most of it is on the side of a mountain, which results in a narrow trail with smallish fixed rock and thus requires attention for about half the hike. It's the north face, so the vegetation is denser than other areas and there is even moss and ferns in some sections. Most of the views are of the peek-a-boo type, shrouded by trees, but in a few areas there are open vistas of the expansive green valley below and Big Bear mountains on the other side of the valley. Just before reaching John's Meadow the trail drops to Forsee Creek. Crossing the creek in August was not a problem, although it was clogged with wildflower and tall dense vegetation. Up the creek is a lovely rising valley framed by San Bernardino Peak in the background, which is part of a prominent mountain ridge that includes San Gorgonio. John's Meadow campground is no big deal. It's situated on a hillside with many tall trees standing and scattered logs and other debris from fallen trees on the ground -- it's not my picture of a meadow. I hiked out about a third the way with my wife and six-year-old daughter then continued on alone. I returned from the campground hiking pretty fast and even jogged some of the downhill sections for a return time of 51 minutes. If the distance is correct (3.25 miles each way), that's approx. 15-minute per mile. Round-trip time was 2:05. Beside my family, I did not see another person this Saturday afternoon. While it was great to be in the mountains and nature, I rated this hike 3/5 because when I hike on the side of a mountain for a considerable distance I hope for more than limited views much of the way and because on an out-and-back of this length I hope for something worthwhile at the far end (e.g., waterfall, lake, outstanding view, summit, etc.).

Great hike.My Wife and I are in pretty good shape and got in a seriously good work out. Saw Hollywood sign from top and bottom.Both incredible views. Bring plenty of water.The water spouts along the way were not working,they look like old pipes that are probably unreliable. There are an incredible amount of intersections on this trail.There is even a 5 point intersection.I used my all trails pro gps app and just tracked ourselves and checked at various points along the way.Its a good thing I did because some trails do not reconnect with each other and you will end up in a different area of the park! No shade but amazing breeze.Plenty of free parking.

End of July hike; while the creek beds were bone dry, a good majority of Serrano was buggy and green with poison oak. I wasn't wearing any repellant (I know...) and I still made it out alive with most of my flesh in tact. Serrano makes for a really beautiful hike so long as you're not spending most of it trying to run away from biting bugs. If you like green, it might be hard to appreciate the part of the trail that becomes Old Boney - especially in dry grass fields that seem to stretch for miles. I think Old Boney was probably my favorite though, mostly because there were less zealous biting bugs, bu that doesn't change how awesome this trail really was. The climb up was challenging, but there's such awesome desert-y flora on the way. I'd do this again! But with more water, bug repellant, and a mallet for the persistent bugs who won't die.

good workout in the city, gets crowded though and too much dog poop

hiking
1 month ago

Mostly uphill, and not a loop. Actually an out and back. Took me about two hours to do because I took my pup, he’s a little out of shape, so we stopped a few times so he could catch a breather. Most of the hike is uphill and was plenty cool because of the wind. For parking, go ahead and park in the residential neighborhood. There’s signs that say you’ll be ticketed but like I said, we were there for a little over two hours and nothing.

Park at Hoover Elementary: Alta and Broadway. All over street parking is permit only.

Good hike, lots of fun! Saw a few deer.

best hike ever

This is one of my favorite local hikes! It can be done as a lollipop loop using the Sam Merril Trail as the base. When you reach the top of the Sam Merril Trail you can take the Castle Canyon Trail (which is really awesome and wild but pretty strenuous the 2nd half). Or you can stay left and keep going up the mountain about 3/4 of a mile on the Sam Merril Trail until you hit Mt. Lowe rd. Then make a right and take that about 2 3/4 of a mile until you hit the Mt, Lowe Campground. And then only 1/3 of a mile more up to the right to Inspiration Point. Once there you can go back down the way you came or do it as a loop. The Mt. Lowe Rd. way is a little longer but not as steep. I like to do this hike as a sunset hike...the views are amazing. I usually make it back to the halfway point near the old hotel as night has fallen. The views of the city at night are breathtaking.

Good starter trial..

I loved it!!! Took my 3 month old German shepherd and tired him out too!!! Definitely one of my favorite trails, make sure to bring water and comfy shoes(I accidentally grabbed my workout shoes-not hiking shoes!!) overall, it was an intense workout, but great for beginners!

hiking
1 month ago

Comfortable, great scenery, ocean breeze, not over demanding, plenty of meadows and vegetation, occasionally horses on the trail.

horseback riding
1 month ago

re: the wording "future Los Angeles River Bike Path" is incorrect. That is an equestrian trail and bicycles are not allowed in any manner, way or form - riding, pushing, carrying: NO BIKES ALLOWED. Please fix your map.

trail running
1 month ago

My first time at Turnbull Canyon was intense!! I super enjoyed the inclineSSSS. There were many of them. I really loved that there were different ways to go, though it’s easy to get lost. My girlfriend and I came down a different route, ended up at a parking lot we didn’t enter through, and walked about 3/4 mike to get back to her car.

If you’re not parking at the little parking lot (near Orange and Greenleaf), you can park by the elementary school near Alta and Broadway and walk to Beverly, which takes you to the trailhead. Not a bad walk.

All in all, I enjoyed the run, sweated a lot, and would recommend to anyone for walking and hiking as well.

No where to park!!! Not cool

It was a tough hike !!!!

on Whiting Ranch Trail

2 months ago

Fabulous hike!! Last 3/4 of a mile is on Portola Parkway though...kind of a bummer to end such a gorgeous hike.

I loved this hike! I took the Sam Merril trail to Echo Mountain and took the left turn onto the Inspiration Point trail. The signs are pretty easy to follow. The signs will tell you it’s 8.7 miles but I had a couple GPS trackers that told me I did a total of 10.6 miles.
The Echo Mountain portion of the trail is really busy, almost annoyingly so. Once you turn off to the Inspiration Point Trail the crowds die down dramatically. I think I passed 2 people the whole time. It was very cloudy and overcast once I got to the top and there was zero visibility but I still enjoyed watching the fog roll around the mountains.
There are picnic tables at the top so bring food and have a little picnic, it will be well deserved!
The little signs make for great photo ops too.
I definitely recommend this hike and will try it again when the sun is out to see how far I can see out.

My first time on this trail. Was able to go to the front of the a Hollywood sign and then took the trail to behind the sign 1 additional mile loop.Could see the Hollywood reservoir. Nice views of the Griffith observatory . Great city skyline views.

hiking
2 months ago

A little hot for dogs, not very much shade. But a nice hike

hiking
2 months ago

We did the 5.9 mi loop with kids (youngest was 9). Billy goat was best trail. I’d go up and back the same way. I didn’t like the last section walking on the street. Go up and back from Ralph’s.

Awesome trail for hikers. Yet there are tons of bikers as well. Maybe ore bikers than hikers on this trail. Just be careful especially in the curve. Some bikers have manners, they carry bells and tell you how many people are coming behind them, but some bikers have no manners, don't carry bells and they come done the trail with full speed. If you are hiker, start hiking super early before 6am or after 10am, Bikers tend to start around 7am ish.

Really good walk. Take some water.

hiking
3 months ago

Exceptional trail! A lot of hard work went into creating and maintaining this trail. It’s a great way to spend a Saturday morning. The overall distance from the parking lot to the old campground and back was 8 Miles (according to my wife’s Fitbit).

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