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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarApril 3, 2021
Hiking

I did this trail counter-clockwise. When I set out, the morning was cool and foggy with low visibility. It was still very pleasant. The best part of this hike is from the Coal Canyon trailhead up to "Mini Moab". from Mini Moab to the top of Sierra Peak Is pretty strenuous but not particularly scenic. I decided to take Pipeline Trail down. I had heard that it was steep, but was still very startled with how steep, loose, and really treacherous the road is for about a two mile section. I didn't fall, but only by the grace of God. There were several spots where I slipped and skidded a bit.I do wonder if this trail would work a little better if you are heading uphill, instead of downhill, like I was. It would be a killer workout, though. Right now, there is some construction on the Santa Ana River Trail, and I hope they build better some parking areas, or otherwise increase hikers' ability to access these trailheads without a 1.7 mi walk along the pavement to get there.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarMarch 24, 2021
HikingNo shade

Regular parking lot for the Santa Ana River Trail is temporarily closed for freeway construction. Signs on Green River Road lead to the temporary trail parking lot relocated to an office building at 4740 Green River Road - about 3/4 mile from the regular parking lot. Decided to take the longer way up to Sierra Peak - Included Picnic Rock and Pipeline Peak to make it a 3-Peak journey. Trail is a groomed fire road, easy to follow, and gains elevation at a reasonable clip. Strong wind gusts all throughout the day. Hike down from Sierra Peak along Telephone Trail and Pipeline Trail is VERY steep - lots of slipping and trying to find a navigable path. The total hike for Picnic Rock, Sierra Peak and Pipeline Peak was 14.8 miles and 2,950ft gain.

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Hiking

Tough but rewarding hike. Parking lot still under construction so add some street mileage to the overflow lot.

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Very good intense workout.

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Didn't finish but decent

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJanuary 31, 2021
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Beautiful. Saw one person on the dirt all day. A few on the bike trail to get to the trail. Going clockwise is recommended. It was definitely a challenge to get up. Poles were essential for me on the steep parts, especially being slick from the rains this week. Make sure your cardio and quads are prepared. Loved the views all the way throughout. Trail was wide which made walking next to my wife comfortable. From the temporary parking lot and back was 13.77 miles. Enjoy.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJanuary 18, 2021
Hiking

Brutal climb up pipeline , very steep and rocky . I would highly recommend taking your hiking poles . Parking at 4740 Green River Road (1/2 mile) from the bike trail then walk another 1 1/4 mile make a left under the 91 freeway the the trail begins ! Great workout

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Hiking

Brutal climb going up nice gradual coming down quite a workout and today the winds were about 30 to 50 miles an hour

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarDecember 26, 2020
Hiking

Steep for the first 5 miles getting to the top, great workout! Trekking poles helped. This trail has no shade, so start early if the weather is hot.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarOctober 24, 2020
HikingNo shade

This is a nice loop trail. I went clockwise (up pipeline & down coal canyon trail). This route is steeper on the way up & an easier descent. Saw very few people (couple of hikers & some cyclists). It was cloudy & cool during my hike but the area is very exposed. Plan accordingly. The HikingGuy has a turn by turn guide for Coal Canyon that is useful for getting from parking lot to start of the trail.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarOctober 19, 2020
HikingNo shadeScramble

A great workout! The whole trail is wide and easy to follow. I would recommend starting to the left just after passing under the freeway. The uphill is shorter and you don’t have to scramble down on the very steep parts, but wear good shoes to avoid slipping. Aside from the bike path at the beginning, I saw no other hikers. This side of the state park is very lightly trafficked during the week. Bring water and snacks. Enjoy!

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HikingGreat!

Checked this one off my list today. Got on the trail at 6am. Continuous uphill for 7 miles. This trail is nice for conditioning. Poles come in handy for a couple of steep downhill slopes on the way back.

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HikingNo shadeRocky
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HikingBugsNo shade

Did this today! Great views! Hot and minimal shade. Started at 430 am so we can be back down before 10. NO people except last 2 miles on Coal passed a few bikers. Great hike for hill work out.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarJune 19, 2020
Hiking

First couple miles up are not hard. Then the REAL steepness hits in. Yeah, it’s steep. that’s seriously the best thing about the hike. Getting up on top was lack luster. The way down is blah as well. During the steep part, there were bugs. Not the type to bite, but that fly in your mouth. However I didn’t see another person the entire time I was on the trail! Not 1!!! So that alone was a win. I did see some on the walk/run/bike paved path that you have to take for a mile to get to the trail from your vehicle though. The actual time on the trail would be subtract 2 miles, because of that paved part from your car to the trail.

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