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Someone was asking whether this trail is open. Yes, it is. I was there today 11/18/18 and it was open.

does anyone knows if this trail is open?

Nice easy hike on a quiet Sunday. Great if you like a little bit of history (see the ruins) and small waterfalls.

Wow great hike and it lives up to the difficult rating. Be prepared with hiking boots and plenty of water I went to the left at the start and did the loop that way definitely will feel this one tomorrow.

Karla Gomez has no idea what a review encompasses. It's unfortunate that it's closed due to the recent fires but by no means does it diminish the beauty of it. It's a neat little trail with ample shade and plenty to look at.

Good short walk with a few different areas to see. I particularly love a small pond filled with koi, ducks and turtles. There is a larger lake as well. Great hike overall, now a normal spot for me.

P.S.
If you go to the small pond there is a goose/duck there that looks like a cross between a vulture and duck. Its name is Duckasaurus. Say hi if you get the chance!

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

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

Trail closed due to fires right now

Not very challenging, but do not underestimate the stairs. My buddy was dying on the way back.

Kind of hard to find the entrance. A lot of interesting graffiti everywhere. Very green right now.

We do this hike often...we take the main Burma Trail Road and offskirt on the many different trails along the way to give ourselves a different hike each time...they all lead back to the main path at some point or another. We end at Portuguese Bend and turn around and it ends up being about 5 miles more or less. Really great workout with a lot of ups and downs. Dog-friendly although you will come across horses on this trail so make sure your pup is okay with that. Not much shade at all so bring a lot of water! Really gorgeous views. We love coming here in the springtime when the wild flowers are CRAZY beautiful! If you go in the summer, go early as it gets really warm. Check El Cerro Park for parking first, otherwise you’ll have to find a spot on the road. There are portajohns within the first quarter mile or so.

Good quick hike, awesome pond

Great trail. Good for dogs. Probably not kids, though. Very steep in places.

nice hike it has couple small waterfalls, around 1 miles is uphill and the rest is easy

It was a scenic walk with clear views of Catalina island and a calm ocean. I took the Paint Brush trail section and found a “Trail closed” sign about halfway through it. I only had about a third of a mile to go to connect to the next trail so I took a chance and proceeded since the trail looked well used even though it was closed. Luckily I brought a walking pole that was helpful to get down the steep parts with loose shale rocks. The pole also came handy going down the steep part before the rocky beach. The trail has you walk next to Palos Verdes Dr where the road is hilly and wavy due to the unstable ground. It was interesting to see cracks and holes in the ground due to the earth slowly sliding into the ocean. I took a nice break on the beach before heading back up. My tracking device said it was 3.4 mi down to the bottom and took 1.5 hrs. It took about 1:45 to go walk back to my car at the top of Crenshaw.

Nice but a lot of up and down and much of it is heavily trafficked.

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.

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.

Believe it or not the graffiti (an the unique graffiti house at the bottom of the trail) is the highlight of this trail. Make sure you do the loop clockwise. There is a gate (more like a break in the fence) to the left just at the beginning of the loop. Go through this gate a walk down lots of steep steps. Make a left at the bottom of the steps to continue along the trail. If you choose to do the loop in a counter clockwise fashion you may have trouble finding the steps to go back up (the entrance was not so clear and you have to climb up a ton of very steep stairs. I would definitely recommend doing the loop clockwise.

Nice walk. Saw many birds. Went on Sunday and there was a ranger on premise.

walking
23 days ago

WARNING The entrance of the loop (not the starting of the whole route) is not obviously and can be easily missed!

I thought if I kept walking on the paved road I would eventually go into the loop and loop back, but that didn’t happen. Not until I walked 4 miles did I realized I was probably off the track because the while trail suppers to be 3.4 mile and I haven’t seen repeated scene.

When I walked back in darkness, I checked the map and saw two open parts on the fences under my flashlight, and there were staircases going down. I suppose that’s the loop... it’s really not obvious and clear, I’d suggest everyone to check their map if it’s their first time here, and maybe read the graffiti on road, though there were also misleading ones like “truck —>” and pointed to the cliff.

Other than that, it’s a easy, mostly-paved route, and the scenery is amazing!

Very nice hiking! Beautiful view

We started this hike a bit too late in the day so we ended up only doing portion of what we expected to. The scenery here was amazing the best I have seen in California so far however I have only been here a very short time. The beginning of the hike was on a wide trail for horses and potentially even vehicles so although the scenery was amazing there the trail was uneventful. But as we continued the trail God very interesting and at one point we had an area where the trail was closed but we decided to take a shot at it. That section was very steep and not very solid so a bit slippery going down. On the return part of the trip we cut across on a wide trail as well where there were mountain bikers and it was great scenery but not very adventurous of the trail. Overall this was a great hike however next time I would stick to the trail provided by all trails instead of modifying it for my time constraints. But again the scenery was amazing. Great trail to go with a dog.

Definitely hard for beginners but great motivation to start. A lot of people come through that do it a couple times in a row. The top is worth the struggle though and you can see the back of the Hollywood sign at the top.

I wish it would be longer but it’s still a nice stroll. Good place to get away and clear your head.

very nice view.

trail running
25 days ago

Only ran this once, several years ago during the government shutdown. It was eerie quiet with the campground not in use, and there were deer poking around. A steady up and a steady down, good for training for longer trail races.

First hike in a while and decided to do it to clear my head. A friend told me it’s a great hike with a little bit of a challenge but nothing too hard. Half way through I was out of breath as I was getting over a cold. The hike was fun, challenging and refreshing. If you want to get back into your hiking mood this is a trail to start with.

So beautiful!!!

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