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I got a late start and didn’t get to finish my hike today, I will be returning however I plan to wait until it’s an overcast day as there is no shade on this trail. Trail was extremely clean ❤️

Love this hike when there is running water to walk in and two beautiful waterfalls (one you can climb up to the top of in to a little cave) it rained yesterday. Does anyone know if it was enough rain for a waterfall?

I believe moderate/difficult/intense is a good level describing this trail. Only reason why i’d go pretty high is because the second half is where you’re going up the river bed. and that means your climbing up boulders. No doubt you’re gonna get dirty when it’s raining. Today was raining after a quick thunderstorm the night before, but there wasn’t any running water. Kind of anti-climatic, but i’d like to go back when there’s running water. the way back is a lot easier, and if you’d like, you’ll be sliding down rocks and jumping from 4-5 feet. good boots or similar would be needed because of all the gravel and river bed rocks. The sad thing is that many boulders and rocks are tagged and some are inappropriate.

MUY BONITO Y MUY POCO TRANSITADO POR GENTE Y ESO PERMITE DISFRUTAR LA BIKE

Great hike for those looking to get into shape or simply get their feet wet in the world of hiking. The trail hits you immediately with an uphill climb but one you finish that the rest of the hills on the trail become child's play. There aren't many shade spots so a visor and sun protection is recommended for those with sensitive skin going in the day. Trail opens at 9 and parking gets filled really fast. I usually park uphill a little past the trail entrance and walk down there's no permit required.

Love the scenery! Difficult but worth it.

CLOSED UNTIL SEPTEMBER 2019 DUE TO WILDFIRES

EN LO PERSONAL NO LO VEO TAN DIFICIL ... PERO SI LES PUEDO DECIR QUE YA SEA CAMINANDO, SENDERISMO CON MOCHILA DE 40 LIBRAS, CORRIENDO O EN BICICLETA ESAS 2 MILLAS TE HARAN SENTIR QUE VALEN LA PENA

We never got to try the trail because of the parking. When we got to the "parking lot," there were "No Stopping Anytime" signs. We then drove around and found that all of the street parking was only available to the residents only with a permit. We came across a resident telling a group of hikers that if they left their car in front of his house, they'd get a ticket. We asked him where we could legally park to use the trail and he pointed to a small area where there were three (3) cars parked and they'd used up ALL the legal parking spots. It seems the only way to use this trail is to walk there from an elementary school parking lot a few blocks away but I'm not sure if that's allowed. Plus, we were trying to avoid walking on the concrete around our own neighborhood: that's why we went there! Needless to say, we felt unwelcomed to use the trail by, not only the lack of parking, but also the resident who informed us that the "parking lot" was closed because of "too many break-ins." I don't think hikers are welcome by the area residents.

I absolutely love this trail!!!

I’ve done this trail many times and up to the Indian Village. Amazing views!

This is a nice short urban trail. I started near yellow gates, that read "Not An Entrance".
Pros
- Easy Parking
- Well lined trail
- Limited # of people
- Nice views
- Good workout regardless of fitness level.
Cons
- Dirty
- Heat
- Dusty
- Short length
I highly recommend this trail for anyone. Bring enough water, hat, cooling towel, and a potato. Do not leave your potato :).
It can be steep in certain parts if you're not used to trails. Also, do not go during peak heat times if you are not accustomed to the temperature.
Enjoy!

rock climbing
20 days ago

Great workout and trail. It gets pretty tough.

If you catch someone doing graffiti on rocks please let them know they're not welcome.

best part about this trail is the free parking! Clairmont P.D let me know to put away any valuables in my trunk to help avoid any thefts. so far so good.

No water at the falls but still a great hike, definitely a work out though once you get to the rocks. I've been here before when there is water and it is amazing, will be coming back but probably after some rain.

Beautiful view

Hard.. very inclined but beautiful trips

EXCELENTE AREA MUY CONECTADO CON LA NATURALEZA Y ACTIVIDADES AL AIRE LIBRE CORRER CAMINAR BICICLETA Y SENDERISMO

I remember this hike from earlier this year. I'd say it's more of a hike than a running trail..

One of my favorites!

hiking
1 month ago

had to park about 3/4 mile down the street, which wasn't too bad, as most of the other reviews have said. Decent trail, fire road size. When we got to the top, there were a few different ways we could go, so options are good but we didn't have time to explore further. More like an out and back for us this time but we would like to go back and try another trail. our hike was 4.75miles, 800 ft elevation (did the short hill at the top twice) in about 1:30 minutes

Great hike route. Moderate-Hike, with my long time buddy Paul. Nice trail, streams, great place to lunch. Recommended.

YOU CAN DO A DIFFERENT ACTIVITIES MOUNTAIN BIKE, HIKING, RUN, WALK ETC
NICE VIEWS ...

So, for my tips about this trail. Bring about 1-2 liters of water, a hat, sunscreen or get ready for a tan. 3/4s of your time here will be in the sun. There are two shortcuts on this trail. Yes, there 2 shortcuts because they are SHORTER. That is a short cut. The East side shortcut is about a mile less than the trail for those who aren't aware. The West side shortcut is about a half mile shorter. It is also harder than the normal trail but not for long. It's about a mile less than the paved trail but not for the fragile. It is much much steeper and I recommend nobody to take this side DOWN at night. I usually push up the paved trail and run all the way to my car down the paved trail down about 3-4 times a week before or after my gym sessions. I know this trail very well and can say anybody who has the will CAN do this hike with enough time, water and some good hiking partners :)

I do this trail often, its a great workout. There are 2 ways up to the actual top of potato mtn. Several trails extending into Claremont Wilderness! I opt for the steeper less traveled better view side. (People like to say its a shortcut but it isnt maybe a few steps less but a lot steeper forsure If you don't know the trail I'm talking about then you can't comment on it being a shortcut like that guy ^^^ that just left his review commenting on SHORTCUTS he has no clue about! ) I've clocked both trails in distance. Slightly west of the actual trail after the left turn up just past where the bees used to be. (broken down fenced flat area before the final climb up) To the right it's only a few steps shorter. You can see the path up to the top. The ones that call it a short cut are usually old or out of shape or have no clue what they're talking about but still no it alls are out there! No offense to anyone. Wish it was less crowded like it was a few yrs back but nothing lasts forever. Holidays are definitely to be avoided.

I made the mistake of bringing my bike on this trail and I am not a serious mountain biker. I did not intend to take my bike to the top but to leave it at the saddle because I had plans to chase geocaches on the west side of the saddle. Seeing that side was steep too I ditched my bike at the saddle and walked down a couple miles before turning around and coming back to the saddle then made the climb to the summit. After that I descended to get my bike then road slowly and safely down to my car on Baldy Road. This August day started off cool and overcast at 7am. Between 9-10am the overcast burned off and it got hot fast as I was ascending the summit. Good Labor Day exercise!

walking
1 month ago

Great trail to start with, will loop but easy to miss the right turn after the water tower. Biggest downfall is the parking, there is none and city ticket you which is Unfortunate since all we are doing is enjoying our very own city.

Good combination of shade in the beginning 1/3 and awesome scenery of the surrounding hills in the second 2/3. It was overcast today so the view wasn’t as spectacular as I’m sure it is on a clear day. It is a good strenuous workout but I wouldn’t put it in the Hard category. Don’t be afraid of it if you’re just starting out. I would recommend a knee brace for the downhill back if your subject to knee issues. Should bring a potato and a sharpie.

Definitely worth it for the view at the top. Not recommended for a beginner unless you like a challenge. It is all inclines so unless you have already been conditioned to withstand miles going up, beginners beware you will tire out.

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