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hiking
7 hours ago

This trail is definitely more trafficked than lightly. I would put it moderate to heavy. The waterfall is beautiful. Last mile is the hardest

hiking
19 hours ago

one of the most beautiful falls i've been honored to see.

these are the exact coordinates to the trailhead:
34.305323, -118.255444 (34° 18′ 19.2″N 118° 15′ 19.3″W

you need an adventure pass, parking is limited mostly just alongside the road.

there's a clear sign towards the trailhead. there's some cabins at the beginning so be mindful of noise and trash since residents live there.

follow the trail. you will hit a sign that says "trail not maintained by forest service" but it's pretty well maintained by hikers. you'll have to cross the stream a few times. depending on what time you go (whether it's rained recently or not) is how high the water in the stream will be. we never get rain in socal, but it had rained 2-3 days prior to our visit so we figured we'd take advantage and i'm so glad we did.

if you keep following the main path, it leads you to the top of the falls. there's a downward path to the right a little bit before the top of the falls that you can take that leads you to the base of the falls. someone tied a rope to help you climb down and it helps so much.

loved it so much we did it twice. we took our six month old pup and he had no problem. he loves climbing rocks and crossing streams. it really was beautiful.

hiking
5 days ago

Beautiful hike. Felt like I was going through different climates at certain stages. The rope down to the falls can be iffy but once your down there its gorgeous. There was some water on the falls but not gushing.

perfect hike for a good workout but not too difficult. A few up hills. very peaceful. Not a lot of people on the trail. beautiful rock formations.

It’s amazing.

Amazing. Beautiful hike. Small waterfalls but fun to climb them

Totally under-estimated this trail. Went after a rain storm in January. Clean, barely any dog poop. Saw three people while on it (don't doubt that it gets busy during weekends). Narrow path at certain points. Rocky. Steep elevation in some areas. The "waterfall" was a trickle... Beautiful tree grove.

hiking
15 days ago

New Year’s Day hike, beautiful place. Did a total of 6 miles, about 750 foot of elevation. Good rock scrambling at the end of each trail, where someday I hope to see waterfalls running. Dog people watch out first little bit of the Elsmere (sp?) trail, near the parking lot, there was a crazy amount of broken glass. I also recommend parking in the first, upper, lot if you can since each time I’ve been there some idiot is doing donuts in the gravel lot spraying rocks all over nearby cars.

The trail is closed :(. Due to fire damage!

Great hike with variations over landscapes, vegetation, and elevation. Wish to see more water falling in my next visit.

Nice place ,, it does get crowded after like 10am ,,, nice quick hike with lots of nice rock formation ,Great for kids to run around and climb

beautiful rock formations beautiful scenery great hike Trails were great took my 19 year old 17 year old 10 year old and 4 year old daughter with me the climb rocks we ran down steep hills overall this is a beautiful place to take the family boyfriend or pet. moderate-difficult only if you want it to be. safe for kids. at least mine.

Nice and easy with the kids and dog. Really nice with the snow on the ground

hiking
27 days ago

This hike was awesome!! This week, there was still some ice on the ground so it made the trail muddy and slippery. But plenty of great views and huge rocks to take pictures on! I highly recommend this to anyone in big bear!

1 month ago

What a gem of a hike. So much here to see geologically and botanically speaking!

hiking
1 month ago

In 1870's, Tiburcio Vásquez, one of California's most notorious bandits, used these rocks to elude capture by law enforcement. Although Vasquez came from an accomplished family, he chose the outlaw path and dreamed of reclaiming California from the "Yankees". One of his criminal acts involved the heist of 500 lbs. of silver from a Death Valley mine owner. The stolen silver was never recovered and legend has it, the silver is still hidden somewhere in Vasquez Rocks! His name has since been associated with this geologic wonder. However, in 1873 his life of crime hit its lowest point. Vasquez and his gang robbed a store in Tres Pinos (just east of the Salinas area), which claimed the lives of three innocent bystanders. After evading a posse (and a $1000 reward) he spent the next two years eluding law enforcement as he worked his way south into the Los Angeles area. In May 1874, Vasquez was captured in West Hollywood and in late May, he was moved by steamship to San Francisco where he would eventually stand trial in San Jose. And in January 1975 a jury trial for the three murders did not take long, four days followed by two hours of deliberation. Vásquez calmly met his fate (death by hanging) in San Jose on March 19, 1875. He was 39 years old.

Finally, if you want to see where Dracula, starring Bela Lugosi (1931), Apache, starring Burt Lancaster (1954), Blazing Saddles (1974) Star Trek (TV and film), Power Rangers, The Flintstones (1994), Planet of The Apes (2001) and countless other films and TV shows were filmed (and hunt for missing silver), go to Vasquez Rocks! You can hike and climb where all your favorite characters lived, died, and battled.

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked this trail with my dog. Easy, short. Perfect way to start the day

hiking
1 month ago

Burned our.

Very cool hike. Pretty hard to stay on the trail mapped out here, but wandering around and getting off path is part of the fun! Take time to climb around on the rocks and stop by the interpretive center to learn about the geology and natural history of the area, Tiburcio Vasquez and all the movies and TV shows that have been filmed here. It's a fun area to explore and I definitely feel like I could come back here multiple times and not get bored.

Brought our small terrier and he had no problem keeping up and hopping around on some of the rocks with us. we didn't take him up the major rock formations, though, so that might not be the safest for dogs.

hiking
1 month ago

This was perfect to take our 3 year old on a short and simple hike.

hiking
1 month ago

One of the nicest close-in to Los Angeles hikes. There are a few "steeper" sections but truthfully this is a very moderate hike. One wanders between canyon and exposed hillsides, so I would not recommend this one on a hot, sunny day. Cooler days, or early mornings are best. Although not maintained, the trail is fairly well preserved until around the 3 mile mark, and then it does get a bit overgrown, but still passable. I have yet to go beyond the 4 mile mark and so do not know how open it is, but it should connect to the Condor Peak trail at some point. Further up the canyon there are multiple stream crossing, so if water is running it might be best to wear water-proof boots. On weekends, the trail can be fairly busy up to the falls, but beyond that the traffic is light. Very nice and pleasant.

Nice and easy lots of quartz

We did this hike the Friday after Thanksgiving and it wasn't very crowded when we got there shortly after 9am. The trail was a little difficult to follow but we just made our own trail and had a great time. The trail is rated moderate but could probably be rated as easy, we have been on other trails that were rated easy and we're more difficult. Overall it was a nice hike and recommend it to all. Also when we finished around noon the parking lot was full and many people on the trails.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful trail in the snow. There are markers to help guide you through the snow. The views you get of the lake and Big Bear mountain are fantastic.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful trail in the snow. There are markers to help guide you through the snow. The views you get of the lake and Big Bear mountain are fantastic.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful trail in the snow. There are markers to help guide you through the snow. The views you get of the lake and Big Bear mountain are fantastic.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful trail in the snow. There are markers to help guide you through the snow. The views you get are fantastic.

Easy trail with pretty views. Well marked in the snow!

diverse trail. fun and a good workout.

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