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closed
1 month ago

Just updating for this year that grey’s peak trail is closed from Dec 1- April 1st according to the signs posted this year. There is no where to park and lots are snowed in. It’s a bald eagle breeding ground so got to let them do their thing!

off road driving
2 months ago

Fun tail only went about a quarter into it but had to turn around. Don’t bring your wife on the trail

Overall great trail. The fire road to the trail head was closed for the winter season right off rt38 so the first mile or so to the trail head is a flat gravel road. Would have liked to do a little off-roading in the jeep! For good reasons tho there was plenty of packed snow and ice about .5 miles on the fire road. Once at the trailhead the entire hike was packed snow and ice at this point. Glad I brought microspikes! Didn’t see a single person out there but I had my dog and a friends dog with me and they loved it. Only hiked about halfway up the trail it was pretty tough in the snow and didn’t wanna push the dogs too hard in the deep snow. I’ll be back to do this trail to the summit come spring when the fire road is open to the trailhead and there’s less snow on the ground.

off road driving
3 months ago

Though I wouldn’t put this trail as necessarily black diamond difficult there are a couple spots you you definitely need more than stock clearance and rear lockers are helpful. Half way through there’s a nice V’d rock drop that plays with your mind more than your rig. All in all very fun moderate trail which can be made more difficult if you want it to be. This will also drop you into John Bull.

Definitely a difficult trail. After watching a wrangler skid and crunch some metal I decided to turn back. It is a rock climbing trail not expadision. Not super enjoyable unless your aim is to climb. My 4runner with 2.5 lift and 33s made it but when it came to a two foot climb over a rock I decided I like my car too much. I watched another 4runner make it up the two foot climb with help from a guide but he definitely crunched his rear stabilizer bar. I was told there are two really hard obstacles on the trail and then after that it's smooth sailing. You definately need a lift, sliders, skid plates and air lockers to complete this trail and you will acquire some rock rash also one of the obstacles is a low tree so if you have a high roof rack or tent on top it's not going to work. Mainly we just didn't enjoy having our brains rattled the entire time.

great spot to visit when there is snow. There was a lot of spots for sledding

fun but challenging trail.

on Grays Peak Trail

hiking
3 months ago

Did this hike with my son (11) and two dogs. I thought the phrase "Are we there yet?' was limited to road trip, guess not. This trail is on the easy side of moderate. Nice clearly marked trail with steady inclines. The trail is also a favorite with trail runners.

Awesome trial! Beautiful scenery! If you’re looking for a challenge this is s must hit.

we did the hike in 3 hours 15 minutes round trip ages 8 to 56, 11 people was a great day a coulpe Marines an Army RANGER and Family's all in all good day RLTW

What a nice hike. Beautiful view and autumn all over. Trail is well maintained and easy going out and back.

hiking
4 months ago

We did this hike today! Perfect weather since there isn't much shade. Our Runtastic app did say that it was about 8.1 miles total though...not 6.4. Not sure where the discrepancy lies but it was excellent!

We started at pct crossing at 2n71, straight up to the top. Training run for Whitney for the kids. Trail training for me.

We did several trails this weekend. This and Bertha peak are pretty close to each other. I think this is harder than Bertha. It’s a pretty lengthy steep climb for about the second half going up. I got pretty winded. Still a great hike. I had done it once before and will do it again. Great view from the top.

off road driving
4 months ago

A few challenging obstacles, but mostly a moderate trail. My 4Runner with 3" lift and 33s took some hits to the sliders and skids tho so I don't recommend for stock 4x4s. Scenic views of big bear lake and you end up in Holcomb Valley, which is great for camping.

hiking
4 months ago

Great trail, gorgeous views. Can be a bit difficult if you’re not used to the altitude, or a bit out of shape.

hiking
4 months ago

Great hike. Not too difficult. Perfect day and great trail.

hiking
4 months ago

Great hike - well maintained and generally well marked trail (tho the All Trails app was definitively helpful); gorgeous views along the way, nice diversity of plants trees rocks and bushes. We had a bald eagle soaring above us for a while which was awesome. Took us 2 hrs to the top and maybe 1:40 back. Nice mix of sun and shade for us. You need an Adventure Pass to park which costs $5 and is available just a mile up the road at the Fawnskin Market. Highly recommended hike.

Great two day with a overnight at dry lake. Plan on fetching water from the spring.

Did this hike last Friday and was surprised how vacant it was. Only saw one other person on the trail. Beautiful views of San Gorgonio wilderness. Ended up hitting the trail from the old road which had to offroad about 6 miles to get to the entry. Made it up and back in 3.5 hours. Would definitely recommend.

Did this hike this past Saturday. Like most other reviews you can skip the first mile by driving down the dirt trail in off the 38. We went about halfway and parked by other cars but could have driven in even further. From where we parked round trip was 13 miles according to my Fitbit. We brought our dog (and her backpack) and she did about half the hike on her own. The least favorable aspect of this trail is how rocky the path is. It was hard on my feet so I can only imagine how hard it would have been on my dog if we didn’t have a pack for her to hitch a ride in. Other than that great weather, great views, and now I’m feeling sore but accomplished!

hiking
5 months ago

A mostly mellow hike to one of the smaller peaks near Big Bear. Lots of trees. Trail is well maintained. The best panoramic views are actually to the west / north on the final mile or so to the peak. An Adventure Pass is required to park at the trail-head.

love everything about this trail

on Grays Peak Trail

6 months ago

Beautiful hike. Not very shady. Can be quite hot during midday. We went in the late afternoon. A good option to consider.

What a great hike! it had been 19 years since I last hiked this mountain. The All Trails app is so awesome and helpful. There were a couple times when the trail wasn’t clearly marked. One was on the descent and there was no marker for the San Bernardino and Vivian creek Trail but the app got me on course. Also while approaching Dollar Lake, there was a meadow where the trail basically disappeared with no markers but the app was right on. I was amazed at how many people were at the summit (approx 60) on this day. Weather was a perfect 63 degrees with slight wind until past Dry Lake then it picked up and increased all the way up. Consumed 4.5 liters of water. Last source of water on the way up was about 1/2 mike from Dry Lake with a small spring bubbling up on the trail. Lots of dead trees from past fires and saw 3 blow over from the wind. No wildlife to speak of except birds.

Beautiful trail but don't go mid day. Hanna Flats all the way up to Gray's Peak is not worth the view at the top.

off road driving
6 months ago

Perfect trail for a first timer. Great time and technical at times. Will definitely come back.

walking
6 months ago

Hiked this trail today with our 8 and 5 year old kids. We made it about 1.5 miles up (elevation change of about 250 feet). We stopped at the turnoff for the Gray's Peak trail. Kids complained, but that's what kids do. I'd say it was a moderate hike. Nice way to spend an afternoon. Lots of views of the lake along the hike.

hiking
6 months ago

Loved this trail. Hiked with my 16-year old daughter and my black lab.
Fun and great views!!!!

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