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1 day ago

About a half hour mellow hike before a more drastic ascension of the mountain. I would love it if it the whole way weren't loose rocks. I've got pretty good hiking shoes, but this started wearing on my ankles and knees.

Was looking forward to a more challenging hike, and decided to give Chalk Mt. a try. It started off nice and smooth. We heard about the waterfall near Berry Creek Falls and decided to take an extra 4 miles to see that! That was great. We then, trekked back down and started our ascend up on the Westridge Trail to Chalk Mt. This was by far, the most difficult hike I've ever done. The ascend up was torturous as we were attacked by bugs, then the sun just beat down on us, draining us of our energy. We were lucky enough to spot a person as we had gotten lost. Luckily, he had a map and pointed us in the right direction. The ups and downs were really bad on my toes, ankles, and knees. Not even halfway done, we ran out of water. We definitely suffered from dehydration. My recommendation, take LOTS of water. One measly water bottle won't cut it. Due to our detour to the waterfall, this ended up being 21 miles overall. You definitely need to go mentally and physically prepared before you tackle this one.

Another of my go-to trails when I can't drive far. Dixie Peak offers such a lovely 360 view.

hiking
9 days ago

I love this trail - it's my go-to for during the work week. Two bit extends it, which is well worth your while. But be sure you have proper hiking footwear because when the grade increases, there is a lot of loose rock.

12 days ago

Great trail for a moderate workout. Lots of shade.

hiking
21 days ago

Good trail! Same one as LV Yates Two-Bit Peak Trail also on this site!

hiking
26 days ago

Great hike. Have good shoes and lots of water on you.

mountain biking
27 days ago

beautiful views, demanding but enjoyable climbing, varying routes and additional mountain peaks to conquer

Not too bad of a workout. I would say this is a little more of a moderate trail. I hiked up to the top with my thick, chubby one year old in my kid carrier without too much excursion and I'm not the most fit guy out there. I would definitely suggest a good pair of hiking shoes as there is an abundance of loose rock and jagged, technical terrain the closer you get to the summit. The stickiness of my Vibram outsole was a difference maker, especially going back down with an extra 40 pounds on my back.

Beautiful hike with a great climb up chalk mtn. and a nice stroll back down through the redwoods.

This is my “go to” trail because it’s just under an hour round-trip and it’s a good workout. Plus, it’s never crowded. Depending on when you go, the parking lot could be crowded, but that is mostly because of the mountain bikers who use the other trails. You never see a crowd on this trail. There is definitely a lot of loose rock, so you have to pay attention. And, the 1st mile or so is somewhat flat and somewhat boring. But, after that it becomes a lot more interesting. And, once you get to the top, the views are spectacular! Also, it’s a very friendly trail. Almost everyone you meet will greet you with a warm hello.

6/22/18: Aptos Creek Trail remains impassable—If you are up for the 15-16 mile round trip detour (my track said 17.9, but I parked as far as the main entrance station), the falls is absolutely beautiful and secluded right now. I stayed for a couple of hours, laying on the smooth rocks and swimming beneath the cascade, which was a nice reward for the grueling trek up. Surprisingly not very buggy, but as always, check yourself and furry friends for ticks! I might do this again soon and make it an overnight by camping at the West Ridge Trail camp. There are a few large downed trees to scramble over and some overgrowth as you get closer to the falls, but my dog and I handled it with no problems. I took Donut Trail to Big Slide to get off the main road on the way up, but I wouldn’t recommend it in the uphill direction, it was killer, narrow ankle twisting single track up a really steep grade. Lots of mountain bikers as usual, but all very friendly and courteous of my off leash dog.

Mt Wittenberg and Sky Camp will give you some nice climbing and amazing vistas. Bear Valley is a nice 4-mile amble back to the visitors center.

Sky Trail is a nice mix of sun and shade. Bear Valley is basically all shade.

Couldn't find a marked trail down to Arch Rock, so I'm wishing I would've accounted for that and built a loop with Kelham in it.

Heads up: plenty of poison oak on sky trail.

Arrived shortly after opening and had the trail to myself until almost the top. Good workout but way too rocky for me given my tendency to roll my ankle. A little more busy on the way down but still only passed about 15 hikers. Parking lot was full when I finished. Minus the rocks, a good alternative to the crowds at Piestewa.

Spent a little time on the 8, L.V. Yates, today. Started on 304 east, up and over the mountain and then down onto the 8. Essentially a flat trail with few tricks,i t does trail way off out of Piestewa Peak Park, eventually to 2 Bit Peak and 100, Charles M. Christensen. Today I just hiked for a ways, a few miles, then turned around and went back. A pleasant hike.

Not super scenic, but a good alternative to Camelback Mtn. and Paiestewa Peak. Similar distance and elevation gain without the parking hassle.

Great 3 day weekend backpacking trip.

love this combination of trails - challenging, beautiful.

Awesome loop, especially if you op for meadow trail. Has a nice ascend

Trail is still very much impassable - the bridge work-around is no longer there so there isn’t a way to continue on the trail. If you want to see Five Finger Falls you’ll have to take the long way up and around - you can access the trail and falls further up from Aptos Creek Fire Road to White’s Lagoon Road to Big Slide Trail, but it’s steep and much longer.

Note: when they get this trail fixed up you can hike it from Porter Family picnic area in summer which will cut out about 4 miles of what AllTrails says the round trip is.

Great trail, very challenging. Took it clockwise and I’m glad I did because the first half is mostly an ascent up to Chalk Mt. and through Chalk Mt. Rd. so I was glad to get that out of the way first, and the second half is more or less just a leisurely stroll through the woods. Took me about 8.5 hours as I also did the extended loop through the 2 falls.

3 months ago

beautiful and perfect for a day!

This was a very strenuous but rewarding hike. We started at the Waddell Beach, climbed the Skyline To The Sea Trail and the Westridge Trail, all the way to the Chalk Mt. Summit (1,609'). We then followed the Chalks Rd, Canyon Rd, and the Anderson Landing Rd to the Sunset Camp. From there we decented and visited the Golden Falls, the Cascades Sliver Falls. we continued on the Berry Creek Falls Trail, West Waddell Creek and the Skyline To The Sea Trail back to the beach. Total distacnce was 20.6 miles with elevation gain 4,000 ft, the steepest grade was 47%. It took us total 9.5 hours to complete the hike. It felt really good afterward. Beautiful views from the mountain and the falls.

Good workout and great views of the valley from the peak. Watch your footing if you are not accustomed to rocks.

Very rocky trail, it is only moderately difficult in my opinion.

Extremely beautiful area, easy to miss turns on trail though. Ended up back tracking to find the right spot. Climb is tougher towards the the last half mile, had to climb switchbacks to get to the two bit summit.

AMAZING VIEWS!!! The hike had its moments with a few hills , but for the most part the hike was pretty easy. It took about 4 hours to get to the falls and backs . 11 miles

Great trail, awesome incline towards the peak. Lots of loose rock but almost no crowd! Great views of the whole valley. Parked on Tatum and used trail 100 to meet with the trail to the peak.

This is a good trail! I think the hike has more than one name- at some point there’s a sign that says two bit peaks. It’s a moderate to hard hike that has great views of both Piestewa and Camelback.

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