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For a continuous moderately paced hike, you can make it up to the summit in 1 hour. If you start right before 7 the mountain will shade you up until the last mile of the hike. Between 2- 1 1/2 mile point from the summit there seems to be an endless set of steps that are pretty challenging. Past the potato chip rock there is not much else and a radio station that ruins part of the view, but overall a decent hike.

Awesome hike! a full 360 view at the far end, nice mix of easy and harder trails and an unstoppable urge to shout from the top of your lungs! We went midday and only met a couple of other hikers on the trail. However we saw Marmots!

hiking
4 days ago

Parking for this trail is on Foothill Parkway, not in the neighborhood. This was a great hike. I did it in the evening starting at 5:30 PM. Total hike to Beeks Place and back was a brisk 3 hours for me - I am pretty fast and ran part of the way down. I watched the sunset on the hike down and enjoyed the city lights from Corona. I highly recommend an evening hike - there was a lot of shade on the way up and hiking after sunset was not an issue - lots of ambient light and there were other hikers and MTBs too. I had a great view of the crescent moon with Jupiter trailing in the western sky with a lovely view of Mars to the south. When I got to Bleeks Place, the gate was closed (easy to go around) with a sign that said "Closed to all uses" with the Trabuco Canyon Ranger Stations phone number.

hiking
6 days ago

We drove in and parked at the base of the rock. Easy, quick scurry up to the top. Beautiful views, I would highly recommend to anyone visiting Sequoia National Forest.

What a spectacular hike! Not only is the scenery beautiful but the animals along the trail are as well! We saw deer, marmots, quail, squirrels, and grouse! The short trip to the top is well worth it! My daughter and I did it on 8/8/18. I’d recommend hitting the trail early. We started around 0730. By doing this you avoid the crowds, the heat, and the haze hasn’t really had an opportunity to build up. We had Little Baldy all to ourselves! The view is breathtaking. I can only imagine what the view looks like on a clear day!

Awesome workout. Pretty steep and rocky at times but the views are amazing. Worth the pain

Awesome trail, friendly people along the way just enough incline to get a good workout

Did on a hot day. Bring a lot of water! worth it for the fun potato chip rock pictures!

This hike makes you work for it. One hour up & 30 minutes down. I started before the sun and there were plenty of other friendly folks on the trail.

Start early in the summer, it gets hot, but everyone says that. I was prepared for the heat and started before 7 and was surprised how windy and cooler it was above Devils Backbone. Never took off the extra long sleeve until I arrived at the ski lodge on the return trip.

hiking
14 days ago

You can still access this trail.

TRAILHEAD: To find it, go to the Starbucks by Glen Mor. Walk down the street (Box Springs Rd.) toward the mountain. In a few minutes, you'll see a sign that says "No C Trail Access," so keep going straight. Then you'll see a second sign like this, and there's some wood on the ground to help you cross over from the street onto a path. This is a few houses down before a green fence. Cross the wood and walk down the trail. It will lead you to a brown fence. Scoot across the gap under the fence (you'll fit). Go up a little and you'll now be facing some train tracks. If you turn left and walk a few feet, you'll clearly see the start of the trail. If you had turned right, you'd see two "No Trespassing" signs close to each other, so you'd know you're not going in the ideal direction. If you follow the main dirt trails, it will lead you right to the C.

TIPS: It took me 2 hours to complete the trail from start to finish, but I took my time. I recommend taking at least 2 liters of water, especially if you go when the sun is out. Watch out when crossing the train tracks, so you don't die. Expect to see graffiti on rocks throughout the trail, but the C didn't have much writing on it to my surprise. As for difficulty, I'd say it's moderate--not a piece of cake, but also not so hard that I considered quitting.

If this helped you, thank me by picking up one piece of trash when you hike. Enjoy!

Beautiful views with challenging terrain.

A challenging hike with beautiful views!!! The potato chip rock at the peak was indeed very instagram worthy..

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17 days ago

This is a fire trail that is maintained & a good conditioning hike but for a good workout take the short cuts. Unfortunately the recent fire has closed the trail for a while.

Great workout

This was way to hard for me and I didn’t realize it until I had already started. We did a night hike cause the full moon happing and I didn’t get that far cause the elevation plus the steepness of the hike was way to much for me and totally kicked my butt and I had to turn back around. If you are an experienced hiker and are extremely Athletic you will love this. The view is gorgeous at the summit from what I heard.

21 days ago

It’s open and the weather was great...started at 6am...

hiking
21 days ago

It’s a glute buster to start, but pretty amazing to change through so many biomes. A head lamp will help for cave exploration and definitely fill your camel pack full of ice because it gets warm!!!!

DEFINITELY read these reviews before taking this hike!!!! It is worth it once you get to the top but getting there can be challenging especially in July when I went!!! Bring lots of water, hat, shades, and wear light clothing. Enjoy the workout!!!!

Loved this trail when I hiked it the first time. Unfortunately, I went at 7am and the trail was closed due to excessive heat. :(

This is an amazing hike but NOT FOR THE SUMMER! I went with a group of 6 including myself and we left way too late. Should note it was the end of July at 10am. Moderate hike but the sun is what killed us. Legit almost thought I was going to pass out. If you go during the summer don't bring your dog, and bring a crap ton of water!

Awesome! Worth it when you get to the top

Extremely hot, and no shade at all. Wait for half an hour for the potato-chip photo. Good workout but too hot.

Great hike but it’s rated hard for a reason. I am an avid hiker and it was challenging. If you are looking for a less strenuous hike, start in Ramona. On a positive note, it is BEAUTIFUL & a great workout.

Amazing views! Bring trekking poles :)

One of my favorite hikes to do to prep for major peaks. It’s nearby for anyone living in the LA basin, the lodge at the top of the notch is a great place to relax or snack up if you need to, there’s always lots of people so you are not alone, and has plenty of steep places for a challenge.

Very nice hike. Trail is well maintained and not too difficult. We started at about 6:15 am and it was still too crowded for my liking, but the scenery is beautiful and it is a good work out. If you go beyond the Potato Chip rock there are great boulders to relax on and enjoy some solitude!

hiking
1 month ago

nice hike, lots of up hills and down hills. able to finish the hike in 3 hours. beware that there are a lot of ants and ant holes. bring a hat as there isn't a lot of trees and shades.

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