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Busy trail for weekend warriors looking for a nice climb. Parking lot gets full by 7am so you will see cars parked on the road on the way up. Trail is easy to follow and the falls are underwhelming thanks to the dry So Cal summer.

lush, densely covered, walk along stream to the gold mine. however, it is very buggy. bring spray or a net to cover your face.

going back up to the ridge the bugs go away and reveal nice city and natural views.

in terms of foot traffic, I ran into small groups every 30 minutes or so.

will go again.

Many options of trails with beautiful views.

3 days ago

Very scenic and enjoyable hike. Lots of bugs though, bring some repellent. Parts of the trail were very overgrown and I could swear I heard growling at one point (!). But I definitely recommend this hike. Lots of shade and different terrain, and seeing the mine at the end was exciting, even if it is closed.

Went hiking here on a Thursday morning so parking was Not a issue. after the short walk to the trailhead we walk on a dusty path until we got deeper into the forest then you see how green and pretty it is. the water flow is a trickle, but I've been here before after the rain and it was flowing and beautiful. Right now it is like "hard mud" the insects are buzzing around the mud and water, you might want to bring bug repellant. I think I swallowed a bug ha ha. it's a easy hike to the falls, please be careful the rocks are huge and smooth. I have very good hiking boots and theres no grip, so slipping is possible and the water is low. I know this is a "cliff jumping" spot but looking at the low water and seeing the rocks I can't believe people jump off this. i think if they saw what's down there when the water is low they would think twice. So easy, good hike. Wish there wasn't so much trash and graffiti but you can still see the beauty in nature. #mountaingirl

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We did this trail on daylight. moderate hike to the dawn mine sign. if you go down to the right, you will see what it used to be the mine. The mine is now covered with steel but you can peak with a flashlight. We couldn't find a way to go in the mine. Even if there was, I didn't wonder around to much.
be aware of the bee hive on the tree on top to the left of the sign that says dawn mine. These bees will follow you and sting you.
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Lots of shade. Nice creek. Took about 3.5 hrs.

hiking
9 days ago

Great hike with family. Good incline, total hike felt more than 3.2 miles. Shade on lower part of trail. Beautiful views of the ocean!

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

camping
14 days ago

Love this camp to just chill and cook. Great for hammocks and good views of town.

Took this trail downward coming from Chantry. Did a solid 24 mile hike. Reviewing this section because I wanted to give a shout out to the chap we bummed water from because we were at dangerous levels of dehydration. Lesson one, this whole area is very dry and has no water to speak of. Exiting from this location coming from Red Box, make sure you have tons of water during the summer.

First hike my daughter went on and she loved it. Great for beginners and nice scenery

very nice trail. lots of shade, water was very dirty bcus of no water flow. other than that very peaceful trail

hiking
16 days ago

Amazing scenic trail. The upper falls is a challenge to get up and down but well worth the effort.

https://youtu.be/ngpoK3gJhhE

backpacking
16 days ago

Great site for a beginner backpacking trip. There is no water at the campground, so come prepared. We hiked up at night with an almost full moon and did not need our flashlights until we arrived at the campground. Strongly recommend going up Friday night if you plan on camping, as you will get better campgrounds. Also, strongly recommend being dropped off and picked up, as parking is in a residential neighborhood and might be at a premium. No open fires on CG, but you can burn wood in the provided stoves.


Great views of the city below.

Overall pretty hike- but two of the trails on this particular route are closed. If you truly follow it - you make your way through area of very loose soil on the RIM trail and the second closure is close to the cliffs/ water. That piece of the trail is completely blocked and no one can enter. All elevation is at the end (as the information shows).

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.

Hot today!! A bit crowded and parking was difficult.
Great hike though.

Nice winding narrow cliff trail with great views. Not for those afraid of heights or children. Up top you will find the old mountain house ruins and history plaques making it my favorite hike thus far.

3/4 mile walk to trailhead from parking. Crossed 2 different snakes within the first .25 mile of trailhead. One was red and black

lots of shade in lush valley, and also good views on ridgetop

A beautiful shady loop with lots of points of interest among the way and breathtaking views from Inspiration Point. I question whether it’s 4.9 Miles as in the description. While the elevation gain is accurate, I think it’s more like 6-6.5 and others along the way agreed. Recommend doing the loop clockwise, as the descent down from Dawn Mine would be a bit more challenging.

22 days ago

Great workout. Nice view in lieu of copious smog. The 'Echo Phone' is a blast!

RPV has limited parking here, so weekends are tough. Lots of people on the weekend. There was another review that said the heard Mountain Lions: we don't have them here, but there are coyotes.

Scenic and historic- good incline!

Scenic and historic!

Great hike with the family!

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