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I’m giving this 4 stars only because it was soooo crowded when I went. So my advice to you, don’t go during the weekend!! There was literally a long line to take a picture on the damn potato chip rock. And people take foreverrrrrr since there trying to get that perfect Instagram worthy pic, or their new tinder profile pic. Who knows, i didn’t stand in it. Overall the hike is great, def bring plenty of water if your going during the summer. Great workout, there is plenty of shady spots if you get too tired and need to rest.

This hike is rated hard for the right reasons.
Its a challenging Hike, you will walk up many miles, they are many switchbacks, and will test your hiking skills. The good news is, once you make it to the top, its all Worth it. Here are my recommendations. Take 3 litters of water. take a few snacks, and go on your own paste. There is lots of shade which makes the hike much pleasant and beautiful. I took a hiking stick and it helped allot. This trail is perfect to train your body, mind for mt baldy or other challenging hikes around the San Gabriel or San Bernardino mountains.
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Love this hike, features beautiful scenery throughout. Lots of shades & creeks along the trails from beginning till the end. It averages about 6-7 hours, but worth every minute.

Not really sure why I am writing this review since I've done this hike several times, but here we go, this hike is only as hard as you make it seem, crossing some water and getting wet ads up to how hard it could get, you don't need to get wet in order to cross the water, just be creative and you'll be fine, also, the later you go in the day, the harder it gets due to the sun hitting you directly at the stretch of the hike before getting to the bridge itself, so the earlier you start the better since there is some shade, on your way back it feels sort of like a different hike, which is nice, there is no way of getting lost, follow the stream and you'll be fine.

Good hiking shoes and always recommend since this a rocky hike, several parts of this trail has lots of rocks, the more you hitting for obvious reasons, you will eventually start to feel it and get tired (see where I'm getting with the it's only as hard as you make it seem), bring plenty of water, sunscreen and sun glasses.

It's a fun hike, you feel pretty good once you get to the bridge which you can dip in the water down below. just be careful while getting down there as its rocky and steep, and you will also feel really good on your way back.

My recent group I went with, we started at 7 am and we were done by 12ish, easy 10-11 mile hike, give it a try.

Great views and good place to take a splash

The creek was beautiful and had more flow than I would have thought for this time of the year. The trail was rocky most of the way up but you just have to pay attention a bit. I couldn’t believe it when I got to the top and I found toilets and a water fountain! Are we spoiled or what—-:-) I’ve never seen that before!

Disagree with many of the reviews in terms of difficulty. I found this extremely difficult. The trail goes on and on and on and on. I just summited Mount San Antonio twice (Baldy) + Baden-Powell, and this trail kicked my butt just much harder. I don't know about it being 10 miles either...felt like 20! Never been out on the trail, and wanted to call the Starship Enterprise "Beam me up Scottie". Just reading some of the reviews before I hit the trail about it being moderate is a misnomer.

I wish someone would have posted the truth...this is a difficult hike. This way mentally I would have been prepared and knew what I was in for instead of expecthing this hike to be 'moderate'...moderate my @$$.

Steady grade that seems to go on forever, and the summit is STEEP. Then there is the part before the summit where your descending...well after you descend the summit and think it's all down hill from there...nope...your hiking back up, and THEN down again.

This is not an easy hike I don't care what anyone says Be prepared for this hike because it's no joke. Bring trekking poles, and plenty of water.

View at the top was spectacular...well worth it!

Gorgeous hike. It was a bit chilly at the parking lot starting out but as soon as we began climbing the trail it got warmer. There’s also a good amount of shade until you get near the top. It was pretty chilly up top, had to put all the layers back on. The wooden sign is missing but the flag and monument is still there. We began the hike at 630 and made it back a little before noon. It was starting to get pretty warm when we got back to the lot.

Beautiful views the whole way up. Park your car at lake Poway. $10 parking fee on the weekend. They open at 6:00. I started at 6:30 and it was already pretty busy. The trail is very well maintained and marked. Moderate hike.

I hiked this solo last spring three different times. I included the 1 mile loop prior to going to the chair. It was fun and not too taxing but was great for the up and down of elevation. Good training hikes before hiking the Grand Canyon.

Excellent hike, both vertical and mileage!

backpacking
5 days ago

I hiked in on Friday afternoon and passed about 6 people. Beautiful. Camped.


Hiked out Sat morning and passed about 50 people. Groups of people just stopped and you couldn’t pass. Other times slower groups saw me and would not let me pass. I also never mind people having dogs off leash ... if you can control them ... this was not the case. People also blocked other cars in at the trailhead!! Ended up annoyed.

Who wants to fight through crowds and have to deal with out of controlled dogs? I could have stayed closer to home if I wanted to have these encounters.

I used to love this trail ...

It’s a very cool hike,
I could see how the first mile is hard in the heat, uphill and no shade. But today was mild.
After the uphill in the beginning, it was easy and shaded most of the way.
There is another drastic elevation change as you near the devils chair, downhill., I would say about .5 mile. Coming back up is a bit challenging.
I will do it again.

Currently my favorite trail, however it becomes very busy during the week ends. I would suggest to arrive super early or car pool.

this was the best hike we've been on yet plenty of water plenty of pools deep enough to get in lots of solitude and hardly any people and plenty of shade too

Amazing hike be sure to take plenty plenty plenty of water for the hike back up it’s killer but other than that the hot springs is awesome. $5 per person entrance fee to park at Bowen ranch it is not a 2 mile hike that man is lying he played my soul lol. It’s over 3 Miles almost 4 Miles. P.S. take plenty of water!!!!!!!!!!

Definitely a hard hike. Be careful with sun radiation on the peaks. I'm dark complexion and was wearing sunblock with a neck buff and developed blisters in the back of my neck. Completed the hike in September.

My wife and I hiked this Saturday 9/8/18. We arrived to a full parking lot at the trailhead at around 7:15 Saturday morning. We did find a spot along the road where we could get off to the side adequately. As everyone says though, get here early for a spot. It was going to be 100 degrees in the valley so wasn’t sure we’d hike the entire way today but it was very comfortable temperature in the mountains and much of the trail was covered so not fully exposed to the sun which was great.

It starts off along the creek and the sound of the water is very nice as you hike along!

My wife and I aren’t ones for “dangerous” hikes and we felt very safe along the entire route. Although there are switchbacks and walking along the mountain sides, I never felt uncomfortable. Highly recommend trekking poles and good hiking boots though as there are rocks and gravel areas where you want good footing and poles for balance as well as take weight off your knees etc.

Took me 3.5 hours up with a couple short stops to talk to other hikers. And 2.5 down non-stop. The views are awesome. As for the last few hundred yards to the summit, I’ve read people think it’s steep and the hardest part of the hike....I’d have to disagree as it wasn’t the kick in the teeth I was expecting and really not much harder than any other part of the hike. The hard part of this hike is that it is long....it says 11.6 but by my GPS it was 14. Don’t think you are doing this hike if you haven’t had some training or aren’t at least fit as it is a long way up and back!

Have fun. It’s doable!

hiking
10 days ago

Description here is good and other reviews sum it up nicely - definitely a nice day hike.

like the rock canyons. nice hike

it's not dog poop. there's a lot of coyote scat. but yes why do people brag the poop then this it. just toss the sh!# with no bag.

hiking
11 days ago

As others said, bring lots of water. I carried 3 liters and ran out. Trail is hard to find on the way up - stay to the east side of river. Wore trail runners on the way up and was fine but recommend hiking boots if you have ankle issues. You’ll want stability since there is a lot of rock and loose sand. Wore my chacos on the way back since it was 90+ degrees and the water felt good on my feet. Be prepared to get wet at least to ankles (yes, even in summer when it hasn’t rained in 4 months.)

Some spots have lots of beautiful cool shade and other spots are barren desert with intense heat. Don’t go when it’s too hot or chance of rain.

Don’t forget your adventure pass. Also, DO NOT LEAVE anything in your car. The parking lot was full of glass from several smashed windows. Such a shame.

Not recommended to bring a dog without boots on a hot day. Though there is shade and water, a lot of trail is exposed and hot.
Definity continue passed the bridge, there is a larger river section that people were splashing around in. Wish I’d arrived sooner and could have bungeed, maybe next time.
Parking was limited and the sides of the road where paralleling are tight. We should have got there earlier, think we arrived around 930.

Fun Labor Day weekend hike. Good solid uphill for 3 miles but beautiful views from the top. A bit hot today for my preference.

Great! Food and gallon of water very important. Beautiful view.

Wow what a butt kicker. Diffidently more then 12.1 miles. A good amount of shade through Icehouse but more open to Ontario Peak or Bighorn.. Trail can be confusing when you hit Kelly camp just remember to stay left.

We visited today at around 7:30 am and finding parking was a hassle! Overall getting to the waterfall wasn’t overly difficult however save the energy for the way back, its much more difficult. Overall this is a beautiful trail and is very tranquil. Definitely would recommend it.

Steady gentle incline a good hike for conditioning about 20-25* cooler than rancho mirage and low desert

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