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This was a nice easy hike, although we did encounter some mosquitoes in the beginning, so be sure to have some repellent as they seem to be friendly creatures! Some nice views of the lake, and you could see the smoke in the air from the Carr Fire.

I enjoyed the hike this trail provided. Being close to the lake make sure you spray yourself with insect repellent

went last year. got whooped and had the time of my life. anazing area. can't wait to go back.

hiking
18 days ago

Easy and interesting. Drove along Camino Cielo afterwards. Perfect for an after work outing

it's beautiful when it rains. the right amount of light hits through the trees and the stream to your side keeps it from being too quiet. it's a bit short but perfect for having a picnic at the base

Easy hike to take the kids. Plenty of shade spots and open trail!

hiking
1 month ago

Well maintained trail, with a lot of shade. If it weren’t for some step spots this trail would be rated as easy. The falls are definitely worth the hike, and there are swimming holes everywhere along brandy creek trail, but the water is about 40 degrees!

Fabulous climb

This was a great starter for small children. The ruins make it feel like an adventure and the views are fantastic.

Cool walk, but trail quality is not all that great

hiking
1 month ago

We enjoyed this trail and think most people would. I’m not saying Brandy Creek Trail is hard but it can be challenging.

Or would be hiking. I’m sure the trail is beautiful but it’s $6/day to use this area, even with a Recreational Lands Pass (its some kind of special recreational permit). Sorry, but there are lots of beautiful places around here that are free. We got out, got right back in, and won’t be back.

Not much of a hike but a very cool view.

Nice little trail in a beautiful setting

Not really a hike but great views.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful, short loop with scenic views of the surrounding canyons. We had a dog with us and it was great for her. It’s mostly single track with some steep downhill exposures. Some points are rocky but for the most part it’s smooth and well maintained. We did it clockwise. Towards the end of the loop, the trail becomes grassy two-track. Bees and butterflies everywhere right now. Watch for snakes, and horse traffic (and poop).

Amazing trail. This hike was a challenge for me. The time I did this hike,I was a lot heavier and had trouble breathing. I would like to go back and do it again.

walking
2 months ago

Short walk to great views.

Beautiful views, perfect spot to watch the sunset!

fun and easy "hike", it's really walking down a dirt road to the castle. The views of the horizon from the castle are amazing. I would def do it again, but be warned it is easy and super short.

easy trail, moderately steep on some portions but no clue why its rated as hard. boring hike most of the way, once you get into the crags its cool. the dome scramble isnt bad, reviews on here seem to reflect pansies not willing to live a little. pilot rock is way more dangerous and thats a breeze. do yourself a favor and summit the dome

hiking
2 months ago

Easy hike.

hiking
2 months ago

Gorgeous and scenic, this hike is located a few miles inland and starts out relatively moderate temperature-wise, but quickly turns hot as you enter the canyon — bring lots of water. Lots of wild flowers and expansive views, if you’re into photography it’s worthwhile to bring a camera. Enjoy this hike, it’s a beauty and not too strenuous at all.

Beautiful trail in the shade and is well maintained

hiking
2 months ago

This hike was harddddd. It was completely uphill for the first half, and if you’ve taken a couple months break from hiking like I have then it will be a struggle for you. But the views at the top are lovely and scrambling up the rocks was pretty fun. A great workout and fun time overall! Just make sure you bring lots of water (did this hike in 90 degree weather and wished I had brought more with me) and enjoy!

Cool old structure, not really a trail more just a dirt road. With ease of access the Castles is filled with instagram models and littered with plastic Starbucks cups and straws.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful trail, got my heart rate going.

off road driving
2 months ago

Went up after heavy rain and was surprised it was open. Awesome views, blue difficulty, most stock 4x4s can get through when it's dry.

Such a pretty and fun hike we started at the wrong start point so it added 4 miles to our hike but I didn’t mind at all the views all around were pretty and fresh air..they don’t tell you that you will need a parking pass when coming here but since I hike all the time I got the 40 dollar one for the entire year it’s a lot of ups and down but soooo fun

trail running
3 months ago

Gotta check this out!

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