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i did this tail about a year ago. the first half of the loop was fun but after the decent, well, i didn't expect to be knee deep in creek. i had a friend with me who very much did not like the second half of this trail.

No waterfall and currently there is a foul smell where the waterfall is located. I suggest coming back after it rains, usually this is a nice hike.

walking
8 days ago

Water fall is empty at times but a great short trail.

hiking
8 days ago

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

It was an alright hike. Physically, it had its challenging moments, but nothing not unmanageable.

Because of its location and the high foot traffic, it felt less like an adventure and more like an orchestrated attraction...a la Disneyland.

Though I have to say, there were some very nice vistas

park in the dirt lot off Fullerton Rd...its free. I love how challenging this loop is but be cautious. Someone's car got broken into in the lot and on the trail around a bend was a huge rattlesnake! I saw 3 deer on my last hike here. Use the alltrails app. I got lost the first 2 times.

Easy hike and great for kids. Lots of colorful dragonflies this time of year.

hiking
25 days ago

Great trail! Lots of shade and a nice incline right out of the parking area. Labeled as easy but definitely Gave me A work out.

on Big Bend Loop

26 days ago

Hard, but worth it.

hiking
29 days ago

Why the gates open at 8am is a problem....it was so hot today! But overall a fabulous climb. Yes the first portion is very steep but great views....highly recommend! A great way to spend our 28th wedding anniversary ...

Went on a solo hike on a Sunday. it was difficult to find the trail, the directions on how to get there, from this app, are not accurate at all. I had to stop and Google it. Use this address: 2100 powder canyon trail. it will take to the trail head and the parking lot which is free and it was not busy or full at all. It is a dirt and gravel road and it is very uneven so if your car is low, you will hit some road underneath your car. The trail itself was fun. there are some spots that have plenty of shade but most of it was very open. there are alot of forks and different ways to go that take you to other trails. I stuck to the map and followed the app and GPS. it started to get kinda confusing towards the end but watch the GPS from the app and you'll be fine. plenty of inclines and it will challenge you!

Easy hike through nice houses... Disappointed waterfall but then again it's so cal so was expected

The hike to the ridge was moderate. The views from the ridge are quite spectacular. I would do this again. It is good for a easy going climb and spectacular sunset and view of sandstone formations

hiking
1 month ago

I really got my workout on this hike!!

trail running
1 month ago

Please be careful if you do decide to attempt this counter-clockwise.

I made the mistake of assuming this will be a reasonably moderate adventurous run (since I'm very familiar with the trails around here and am often found there when not working). The trail is washed out so you'll be bouncing left and right across the creek quite often. It gets slippery at certain parts (when most of the rocks have algae / moss). If you're careful and have good traction shoes, that part can be doable. But please be careful! Now when I hit the artificial waterfall, I didn't see anything there (I somehow missed the rope leading up the wall). I instead traced back 0.1mi and found a way to scramble up on the left side to what seemed to be a trail. I had tried to go somewhere on the right but the gates were all locked up and my mab showed that left side was reasonable. But I think the trail I ended up on was abandoned, since it ended. I slipped at one point and kept on sliding. Managed to find a way to hold on to branches, and out of fear of falling kept going up, holding on to whatever I can (which is hard given that there were only a few degraded sandstone pieces that were breaking off, a minimal amount of branches, and lots of dead leaves.) Ended up needing rescuing. Never thought I would ever need that in my life, and certainly not in my backyard.

I admit my decision-making seems off (fear does wonders), but please be careful and don't underestimate this path. And as people suggested, perhaps try to go clockwise or go with a few friends so you can keeo each other in check and not get lost / hurt.

Enjoy the trails and be smarter than me!

was a good hike. went early morning loved listening to the birds. very peaceful.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike next door to me! I dig it just not when it’s 80° or higher! Main reason I always bring my dog and this hike in heat is no way enjoyable to her! It’s great to and gets the blood pumping just bring a hat and some H20! Stay safe my friends!

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.

Wow. Elevation like rocket from the get go. Awesome post

hiking
2 months ago

Loved the first 25 - 30 mins of Big Ben (if you love to jog mountains- this is for you). It’s a straight up hike to the top. Great views and moderate connecting trails that take you too emerald bay... no shade so be careful when you decide to take this hike. Have a blast and LVFT!

Found parking up front but lots of parking on a Monday near the school. Incline was something we both enjoyed as it was not something that lasted extremely long. There’s a part of this hike that is after you come downhill all the way, there’s a beautiful stretch of trees and foliage that made us both fall in love with the hike even more. There’s also quite a bit of shade that made the hike more enjoyable in comparison to Hellman’s Park (in close prox to this trail) that has almost no shade at all. Would come again because of the experience we had—there were also a lot of options for trails which was nice as well. Next time will try the Coyote Trail.

$6 parking cash only. There is a wells fargo close by.

Had a difficult time finding the exact trail (apparently this trail is not one of their trails... It was "man-made"..... That's what I was told) so we ended up just going on a random trail that offered a variety of physical challenges. I still had fun! Not much shade. Bring lots if water and snacks. We saw lots of squirrels and bunnies!

It was a beautiful hike with lots of trees and nature, but there was not much water. We were able to see a little bit of the falls, but it was obvious that the water was going down. So if you want to see the falls, go sooner than later! Still beautiful, for what it is, even though it smells like sulfur.

hiking
2 months ago

The trail here is beautiful! Parking is $3.00, so no complaints there. I took the Big Bend Loop hike, and let me tell ya... I though my fat ass was going to pass out going up that incline... But I made it! I say the first 45 minutes of the hike is the toughest since you are just going uphill, but get past that and it's a breathtaking view and a great hike. I would say it takes about 3 to 4 hours to go around. I have tiny little legs so more on the 4 hour side for me. Make sure you take lots of water and pack on that sunscreen as there isn't a lot of shade. Also, the potties are kept pretty clean, and they even have seat protectors.

Good trail! Some decent inclines in the 1st section, then we hit shade and a cool breeze for a long stretch before another hill towards the end. We went in June on an 80 degree day. Make sure you have water and watch for snakes.

hiking
2 months ago

Really pretty hike! Dog friendly and the waterfall is a great spot to sit before heading back.

Great, easy hike. Dog-friendly and lots of shaded areas.

Family friendly hike. There was resident's honking at everyone to move, there was plenty of horse poop, and the waterfall was dry like trickles falling, and it smelled horrible. when you get to waterfall becarefull while I was there all the loose rocks had 8 hikers fall.

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