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After reading the reviews I was prepared to see a lot of trash and graffiti everywhere and tons of people but I didn’t encounter much of that. People must be picking up after themselves!

it's decent. very heavily trafficked. it's a challenge for a new hiker definitely!

trail running
16 hours ago

Signs were poor, but trail was great.

Love it!

Not very much shade, but an amazing view at the top with the railway ruins! Bring yo’ sunscreen.

our first time here going up was a great cardio workout make sure and pack a light long sleeve for sunny or windy days.

Great hike with good LA history at the top. It’s all up hill with very little shade so plan accordingly with water and a hat. Also it’s street parking and it can get busy. Dog friendly

My first time going there. made it all the way to the top. Worth the walk, great view.

hiking
13 days ago

Really pretty, not very challenging, and cool rocks to climbs around in at the end!

hiking
17 days ago

Power.
8 mile cycle each way from Marina - which makes the hike harder on your legs, otherwise the hike doesn’t burn that much. Lots of people around - less so when you break the loop to the top of Skull Rock. The small loop is one for the kids for sure.

Distance:
5 miles to Echo Mountain (2.5 up and 2.5 down)
10 miles to Inspiration Point (5 miles and 5 miles down)

Hike through some unique LA history as you churn those legs upward to the Echo Mountain resort ruins. The trail has constant elevation and is a really solid workout. Once you get to the ruins (2.5 miles), take a break, explore the remains, and eat your lunch or snacks here. It is quite enjoyable yelling into the echo phone and hearing your voice reverberate through the mountains - it really carries through clearly!

Now if you want to make this hike special, I HIGHLY recommend going from the ruins and trekking all the way up to Inspiration Point via the Sam Merrill trail or the Castle Canyon (both these entrances are marked with plaques that look identical). This is where the trail gets more isolated, rugged, narrow, and is much steeper! The Sam Merrill trail once you get towards the top, brings you through the backside of mountain where you venture into the shaded wilderness of the woods - really loved this change in the landscape. The Castle Canyon trail ascends up much faster and steeper than its counterpart and is a major workout where you will be huffing and puffing until you get to the top. Be aware of potential mountain bikers trekking down these trails, I was pretty shocked to have 3 of them go by us as the trails were narrow, quite impressive honestly. Once at Inspiration point, soak in the views and lay down before heading back to the trailhead. They have these cool, hollow telescope tubes that are labeled by LA's neighborhoods (silverlake, venice, etc). These aren't actual telescopes but if you had one this would be the perfect time to use it. There are also a good amount of hawks or ravens up here so make sure to gaze and be amazed as they soar around you, I even saw one doing some tricks in the air!

A beautiful mountain hike that is not too far from the city!

Parking: There is free parking at the base of the trailhead.

hiking
20 days ago

This hike was a good workout! There was a lot of nice layers to the trail too. You feel like you go through a forest, then you take the trail to the top where you go through the canyons, rugged trails, and eventually the rock formations which you can climb and relax on. I especially liked the sunset trail portion of the hikes which loops all the way back to the parking lot if you take the skull rock route in the beginning.

Definitely bring a good amount of water as the hike is roughly 4.5 miles.

- @justroc @just.trek

mountain biking
20 days ago

I loved this trail, but it is not moderate. There are one or two easy sections and the majority of the trail is moderate. But, Camarillo Trail is rated difficult, this is seen on the trail maps that are at the trail. So, how is the trail? Well most of it is double track with probably around 30-40% single track. It has a mix of smooth to rock and technical trails. This means that if you are a beginner to moderate skill level you can ride the trail and walk down and up the parts that you can't. In short, I really enjoyed this trail and I will definitely come back to help me improve until I can clean the whole trail.

Disappointing amount of graffiti at Hermit Falls. Well trafficked trail. Nice once you get off pavement. Can take the leg off to sturtevant falls loop back on the paved trail to add another 2.5 miles or so.

21 days ago

A lot of people, good views - but take a quieter one, or not weekends.

Was excited to do this hike and it was definitely different considering the scenery and that you are right along the stream. But that being said, we didn’t make it to the punch bowl. The arrows were less clear at the end and we were with our pup and the rocks were getting bigger and it had become more dangerous than was comfortable for us. It sounds like there are multiple ways to get to the end - we tried to stick to the red line on the All Trails app Esther than the dotted line. Thinking the dotted line could have actually gotten you there and been easier than the red line, which was right along the creek. The dotted line seemed to be out in the hot sun, which some people were referencing in their reviews. We likely won’t do it again but if we did, we would go the dotted trail route. Would be cool if someone else could confirm that for others using the app!

Very nice hiking! Beautiful view

great hike

very nice view.

hiking
24 days ago

Virtual Hike: https://youtu.be/Y-k3wI7lq8g

I hiked here recently because of the Halloween season. I had heard about Pumpkin Rock through a friend and decided to come out from LA to check it out. Seeing pumpkin rock surpassed all my expectations. There are quite a number of ways to hike up to Pumpkin Rock, although I chose to take the route where Apple Maps indicates the start of the trail. The trail starts alongside a golf course and goes up the ridge of a fairly barren hill with chaparral. Once at the top of the hill, continue hiking over a somewhat flat slight decline from hill top to hilltop until you run into Pumpkin Rock. You really can’t miss it, it’s bright orange. There’s a bunch of cool graffiti and smaller “pumpkin rocks nearby, so there’s a lot to see. Some of the graffiti is better than others, although there are some very artsy pieces. The views from Pumpkin Rock are spectacular. You can see over the town of Norco, and on the other side you can see one of the valleys just south of Riverside. I highly recommend this hike, especially this time of year. Get festive and go hike this one for Halloween.

Hope you enjoy!

Playlist for the trail: https://spoti.fi/2AqxCAx

hiking
25 days ago

Pretty cool seeing Pumpkin Rock up close.

So beautiful!!!

Sooo fun!! Easy and awesome sunset with the photo op!!

hiking
29 days ago

Great hike!

on Pumpkin Rock Trail

hiking
1 month ago

enjoyed the hike went on the windiest day ever but it was well worth it.

Absolutely loved it. The scenery is beautiful and definitely a challenge for beginners.

hiking
1 month ago

The hike was very clean, there were many trails available. I was pleased that I saw no liter, just graffiti, which is typical. I took my kids (8 and 15) with no troubles. Will go back again!

walking
1 month ago

This is not a hike. More like a walk. Going to the cross and flag is all incline but it’s a paved road so it’s not difficult. The rank of EASY is correct. Great for pets and kids of all ages. I love going for walks or hikes where the end result is something amazing. This has 3...the large cross, flag and view. PARKING: Best place to park is at the Ryan Bonamino park.
BEST TIME TO GO: Early morning as there is no shade and it gets very crowded by afternoon.
ADDITIONAL INFO: The trail to the right side of the mountain is harder than the left. Also there is a tower with a bridge that you can go on.

Great hike! Not sure why this is rated moderate. It's definitely easy. It's flat the whole way. The trail gets a little messy sometimes and you have to go over rocks and cross the river but nothing crazy. This was absolutely lovely.

Great trail with beautiful views. Wish people would pick up their trash though. There are many trash receptacles on the trail so please put your empty bottles, etc in them.

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