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on Vital Link Trail

1 day ago

Booty blast for sure. Cool views. Fun to run down.

hiking
2 days ago

Great hike, serious vertical up and out of the loop. One hour or more on the way up. Lake surrounded by granite walls.

hiking
2 days ago

Great hike, serious vertical up and out of the loop. One hour or more on the way up. Lake surrounded by granite walls.

Tried to get to this hike this morning via the road from Mecca. The road is still closed at the Coachella Canal Road on 66 Ave/Box Canyon Road. ...I was not sure how to leave a comment without giving a star rating, so gave a 1 star but that is not a rating on the hike itself?

hiking
5 days ago

Difficult, yet approachable. Steep, but manageable. Great view! Will definitely be back.

Consider making this hike a loop by continuing past Jones Peak down the Connection Trail to the Mt. Wilson Trail and back to the town of Sierra Madre.

It’s a tough hike definitely, I did it the opposite way round to most people. I started by parking on the Brand library road then headed off right past the kids park, there is a drainage ditch on your left you can head up to hit the trail but I walked past the chain barrier up an old windy access road that ends after five mins in a kind of clearing, look right and take the sharp incline path/scramble then head left up the ridgeline to join the trail. Five mins of hard slog up the hill then when the radio masts are in sight take the left path off the sharp incline, it seems to be dropping away and does for a while into the canyon but soon starts to rise again. This will then give you an hour of twisting path slowly gaining height but very hard still, especially with the sun beating down on you.
At the top of the mountain after taking in the amazing views you head for the radio masts again keeping on the high paths. You just need to eyeball the long semi straight path all the way down the ridge as the right turn off is easy to miss. Then it’s a jog and scramble down the sharp decline everyone has been mentioning for their initial start point of the hike. Took me two and a half hours. Trashed!

hiking
8 days ago

We hiked it in the beginning of Oct. - it was cold - so you may want to dress properly around that season.
It was challenging a bit but definitely worth it!!! a beautiful little lake, great view on the way down - highly recommended!

Box Canyon Road is closed. 10/7/18. There’s no way to get to trail. We went for a different hike in the area. My co-worker said a man went missing on the Ladders hike after the rain storms last week. Not sure when they will be opening the road.

Heads up! Box Canyon Road is blocked off due to being washed out.

hiking
14 days ago

First time visit to Ladder Canyon/Painted Canyon. My wife and I were there on 9/29/18 and arrived about 09:30am. Hike was excellent! Good little work out and the ladders were a fun new twist. Trail was very easy to follow, just follow the arrows. Even though it’s becoming cooler, it was still a hot hike. About half way through you hike up and out of the canyon for a nice view of the area and small view of the Salton Sea. You will be exposed with no shade for about 1.5 miles so bring plenty of water and sunscreen. I ended up sharing my water with some young hikers that didn’t bring enough and were hurting for it. Walk back is in the canyon and had intermittent shade. Overall fun experience and great little workout.

I heard a lot of complaints as far as the accuracy of the trial goes and I fixed that problem. Ran this on 9/28/18 exploring but mostly figuring out the Accuracy. Please use my recording for future reference and do not try to hike or run this without a serious level of fitness for your own safety

Wear real hiking boots or hard soled shoes. You can actually drive down closer to the start of the real trail. The All Trails App has you starting in the neighborhood and walking half a mile up the trail start. Some parts might be tricky during high tide so be mindful.

The challenge was real! Quite the incline from the start, especially since I made my own starting point up an old access road and then scaled the side of a mountain to eventually find the trail.
Great workout and amazing views.

This has a fantastic view and perfect for a one-day workout

hiking
22 days ago

Great hike, very challenging. Get here early as there is no shade. Very steep and slippery at times, not for beginners. Keep an eye out for the old car in the ravine on the way down!

Just did this hike this morning. It was a great hike with amazing views and good incline. Saw 2 deer on the trail, which was exciting. My friends and I hiked it counterclockwise and there were areas near the top that were quite slippery to the first tower. I’m glad we did not have to go down that way. Coming down was a little boring, but I’d definitely do it again.

Great hike. Wide trails. Hot as the morning stretched on. We passed just a few sycamore and oak trees along the way providing an opportunity to rest and drink some water. Saw some mountain bikers. The chaparral was dry as to be expected in September but the breeze was nice. A few sporadic wild flowers greeted our small crew of hikers along the way.

on Shipwreck Trail

hiking
26 days ago

It was well worth the millions of rocks we had to walk through. We recorded about 6.5 miles total maybe because we took the long way. I’d recommend coming back up past the shipwreck to just walk a regular path back which was probably around 3.3 miles.

hiking
29 days ago

Really fun hike and hot! Went on Saturday and temps reached 104° I froze my water bottles the night before and had cold water the entire hike as the ice was melting. theres an arrow at the beginning of the trail that veers you left. avoid that trail unless you want to climb ropes so I headed back and started over this time going straight until I saw the second arrow pointing sharp left that's where the ladders are at after you climb some boulders. Thank you Jennifer Murphy your review was really helpful. I ignored the white arrow with the (?)
and ignored the ladder to my right. went straight ahead and stayed on track.

Loved the solitude. Extremely rocky but brautiful. Ruined a boot and was saved by a cole haan shoe that I came across and salvaged the lace. Be wary of the tides

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful trail. Husband and I hiked to Fern Lake in the springtime. Bring plenty of water and a packed lunch because you'll want to hang around and spend some time up there once you make it to the lake! It was short but hard, very steep at times. We tried it again in the winter and hiked up to knee deep snow and only made it to the creek crossing. I wouldn't advise going any further than that in the snow. But still beautiful to see.

Hiked during 95 Degree weather and oh boy was it hot. Saw about a thousand lizards on my way up. No snakes. When I reached the summit, there is a bench with fields of plants. Dozens of giant butterflies we're flying all around me, it was quite majestic.

Overall this was a beautiful hike, and extra fun with the ladder element. Amazing views of the mountains, sky, and you can also see the Salton Sea. We started around 9 am which was later than planned, but made it out around 12:15 so wasn’t too bad. I would definitely recommend a hat and long sleeves for when you’re exposed on the upper ridge in the summer. On the first half mile and intermittently throughout the last two miles there is shade. There are white painted arrows on the canyon walls and rock-shaped arrows on the ground to help guide you. There’s one difficult part where you see “Up (?)” in white paint. We took the path first, but it looked like we were off of the trail so we walked back and went up the ladder disregarding the question mark. The gravel was quite loose, but we made it to the top. However, then it said we were on the ridge and also not on the trail. Once we were up there was no going back down that way. We took a left based on the map’s guidance and eventually it converged back into the correct trail so we were fine, just in the open sun much longer. Bring plenty of water!

hiking
1 month ago

(Hiked late morning on Thursday, September 6th)

LOVED this hike. It's a relentless uphill grind, almost no level ground: a calf, glute, thigh and lung punishing 1600 feet of elevation gain in a relatively short period. The first half or so looks out over the town of June Lake, then the trail turns and gets super quiet - and steeper. Right after the signpost for Yost Lake it gets even steeper and rockier, then mellows out in a really beautiful tree-lined forested area. Then it gets rougher, and rockier again right before the trail opens up to a magical, beautiful and isolated alpine lake. We had the place to ourselves for hours, and didn't wanna leave. One of my favorite hikes in Mammoth, but unless you're a seasoned backcountry hiking triathlete, don't let the reviews calling this easy fool you. It's tough!

The AllTrails app went absolutely bonkers on us on this hike, on a pretty new and fully updated iPhone X. We'd be standing still or sitting down taking a break and it would show us wandering all over the mountain. According to the app it was 3+ miles to the lake - not round trip - but again, it was being really wacky so we don't know what to believe. It sure FELT like 3+ miles to the lake.

I love this narrow little trail and I love the difficulty. Wear a bear bell and be mind-full though we have bears regularly in this area.

trail running
1 month ago

It was a nice short and sweet (and steep) trail to a lake. We initially missed the turn to Fern lake and headed a mile or so towards a different lake (Yost) but once we got back on track and reached Fern lake it was worth the slight setback. The lake is pretty devoid of people and the aspens changing colors in early September made the reflections even more special. I’m docking a star because there were crazy mountain bikers coming down the trail and almost crashed into us.

hiking
1 month ago

I took the drain pipe down to the shore and veered left heading to the shipwreck. It’s a long haul through often unstable rocks. I would not recommend this part of the hike for small children and dogs, nor would I recommend hiking this section alone unless you are an experienced hiker. It would be very easy to turn an ankle, and I had no phone/internet connection while I was at the shore. Once you reach the shipwreck, you have the option of scaling the cliff wall with hands and feet (dangerous and not recommended) or turning back to go the way you came in. Either option is unsavory if you are injured or exhausted. In the end, I’m glad I went. The wreck had some creepy factor to it which was fun, but I would not do it again by myself!

hiking
1 month ago

Had a good time. Started at the parking lot right where Paseo del Mar splits off from Palos Verdes Blvd. There are a couple of ways to go down the bluff but I ended up taking the Drain Pipe way. This trail is hard only in the sense that getting down and back up the bluff is a shuffle and the whole trail is on rocks. Would def recommend taller hiking shoes for ankle support and cushy socks.

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