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no water right now, very overgrown. would be great in season

Really beautiful quick hike. Worth the admission fee. Would also recommend stopping at the trading post look out over Palm Canyon

walking
17 days ago

Beautiful! Bathroom facilities available, lots of parking and several picnic tables. Short and easy hike. Great little oasis :)

Definitely beautiful views, not alot of shade. Alot of different ways to venture off to. Probably would be a little more on the hard side versus moderate due to steep spots, stairs and cliffs.

hiking
25 days ago

Great views. Beautiful day. Great cardio. Steep hills. Saw two snakes (gopher) and a tarantula!!!

hiking
1 month ago

I don't like it no bath for the whaterfall

There are so many different ways to go. I definitely need to come back and explore further. :) Cool trail, though I would have rated it as hard instead of moderate. There is a steep uphill and flight of stairs if you find rattlesnake trail, totally off of the main trail. :) Coming back soon with more water. :)

hiking
2 months ago

Good for kids and pets. Easy for any age group.

on Tunnel Trail

3 months ago

Views are great along the trail. it's a hard trail that is mostly open with no shade. you must take lots of water if you plan to finish the whole main trail. also, hiking shoes would help as it's easy to slide with running shoes.

hiking
3 months ago

This route isn't clear. From the map it appears to simply be a walk along the beach. When Mom and I went, it was not possible to walk past the first beach because the tide blocked the way. Instead, we wandered on the primitive trails along the cliffs above the beach. If some of those trails were marked better and cleared of brush they would form a better route for this "hike." The exploration was still enjoyable.

First beach was crowded, but as you hike north crowds thin out. Interesting caves and little waterfall. Once you get around the point, you’ll have lots of beach to explore w/o crowds. Take your shoes off and get your feet wet!

3 months ago

I like it. Would not consider it as a hard trail . The best time to be there early morning 7-8 am . You can see how clouds move from mountains to the ocean . Gorgeous! Also , you can see Chanel islands

Both trails that run along the north and south side of the creek are CLOSED. Nothing indicated when they would reopen.

It does not make a loop it's strictly going down hill and then coming back up. Definitely a good work out! There are a lot of little trails around the main trail.

nature trips
3 months ago

Pretty. Beach was very crowded so we took some trails off the side of the parking lot. Rugged but our 8 year old could manage. Even better views from up there!

It truly is one of the most unique and beautiful trails ever. It's a real oasis. When are you going to get to see that!

Absolutely Beautiful Hike!!! I would rate this moderate instead of easy. The "easy" rating is misleading. There was also no sight of a waterfall when we went and the trail does not cross over the river like stated. Nonetheless, it was well worth the hike! We hiked in about 4.2 miles and had a picnic lunch at what seemed to be the end of the trail. We then took some time to swim in the river (be careful). We only saw one other group hiking around the same time, and one couple that seemed to have camped out. I would definitely go back and maybe make a mini backpacking trip out of it.

hiking
4 months ago

I am all about interesting rock formations and the rocks are definitely neat, but I imagine this trail is far more interesting to climbers and if viewed from the bottom (much like waterfalls that still flow -- always more impressive from below!). I may have to go back and attempt viewing from below or after some serious rains to see if I get lucky like one other reviewer.

And I must say, it is rather interesting to imagine the life and water that once flowed through this valley.

Beautiful! A waterfall, lots of little caves to explore, tide pools, and an old road carved into the side of the rocks! CHECK
THE TIDE CALENDAR before you venture off so that you don’t get stuck !

Nice view of the ocean from parts of this trail, but the majority of this hike is on a wide, dirt road. This would have been more pleasant on a cooler day or earlier in the day, at only 78 degrees+ it was brutal. Some shade, benches or a water fountain on the trail (like at Runyon Canyon) would be nice for these hot days.

Beautiful! What's better than the ocean and a waterfall combined?! You've got to check the tide times to make sure you get in when the water is not too high. My husband and I took photos and watched the sunset together. Beyond gorgeous!

Cold Springs rd. closed and barricaded heading up to the trailhead due to damage from the fire and mudslides. Parked below and attempted to walk 0.3mi to the trail head, but was turned away by a park ranger doing his rounds. Will try back in a few weeks!

One of the better hikes in the area if you like some variety of bouldering/hiking. Not the best for trail running as most open path trails have been affected by the mudslides. Lots of visible poison oak but I was not affected by it after knowingly walking through it. Fun and not too strenuous. I did not realize the path forked and decided to go left instead but still found some falls and active streams. Fun for dogs too. Enjoy!

Nice, leisurely stroll with awesome views

hiking
5 months ago

Absolutely love hiking here. Last year it was too foggy to see much though. This year we could not only see the hillside but also the sand and surf below. Very beautiful!
Only caveat is that there are several trails. You have to pick one and pay attention to the signs or your app or else you may end up doing a much more longer or more difficult hike than planned!!

walking
5 months ago

This tail doesn't disappoint! Easy and incredibly scenic, the palm tree-lined path follows a natural spring Creek along side stunning canyon rocks. Pick a shady spot to have lunch or meditate. It's one of my favorite hikes in the world. The trail isn't paved, so may not accomdate waffles with special mobility needs. It's a great hike for kids, with lots of lizards and birds to watch, as well.

Very bad trail no maintenance the picnic and bathroom looks like a trash.the trail you can not go through.this has to be a close please,that way you don’t have to drive and lose your time and gas.

That hill coming back up was ooowee!!! But I’ll do it again. Nice walk

I really love this place

Easy trail, gorgeous greenery mixed with the feel of the desert.

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