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Love this hike in the morning. Great sunrise over the mountains.

easy enough to do for someone who may not be very fit!

hiking
15 days ago

Beautiful trail! We ran into no other hikers either the entire hike. Its a hidden gem of Malibu.

So my girlfriend and I hiked this one today. We hike at least twice a week between 4-8 miles each hike. This one was definitely not an easy one.
To add to it we kinda took a wrong route before around the campsite and up some little trail of about 2 miles. Wasted energy and end of July heat was so amazing. Lol.
Overall it’s a great hike with beautiful reward at the end. The pond had water btw. It’s a bit of incline for the first 2.5 miles and totally worth it. Not for beginners though. We loved the solidarity cause no one is hiking this trail. We were the only one there. Probably cause it hard with no waterfall reward at the end. Would do it again.

This is a vigorous hike. The trail was clear, but is was sometimes difficult to stay on track. The app really helped. It took me a little over 6 hours to complete this hike because of the heat. I would stop often to cool off whenever I could find some shade, which is difficult at times. I will do this hike again when it is cooler. There are a lot of uphill sections. Bring lots of water!

Where the trail ends the real fun starts : boulder jumping and climbing, canyoneering....

I love this trail and as a local I go at least twice a month. In the summer you should definitely start as early as possible because there is little to no shade. It’s a beautiful view of the ocean with lots of wild flowers along the way. As someone hiking alone occasionally you can walk alone but have someone walk by every couple minutes.

Beautiful mountain views on this trail! Had all intentions of doing an up and back (from midpoint in the loop) on his one, but 2 1/2 hours in, I headed on back - about 3 miles in, the maintained trail becomes an unmaintained trail. Not a bad thing as you can still follow the “trail,” but trekking this one by myself I did not feel comfortable scrambling the steep rocks up to the top of the mountain.
The trail ascends fairly quickly and steadily with few breaks in the incline and little shade initially. The trail itself is wide and well trafficked (I only saw a group of 4, and another group of 2 coming down, but it’s a Tuesday)…as you head towards Danielson’s Monument it becomes a single track with some coverage. As you pass the monument the trail becomes unmaintained and you’ll be scrambling up a steep incline with washed out ravines and large rocks. I would read the other reviews for info on the second half of the loop if you attempt that.
My mileage total was 6.8 and it took me about 4 hours. Hike would be better in cooler weather for sure!

I spent all day at this hiking site!
The main trail is intensive at the beginning with great views of the mountains and city. After reaching the top there’s a cool rock structure you can climb for a much better view of the sunset!
From there the rest of the trail is much smoother. Towards the other end of the road ( Franklin Canyon Park) there is a lake (no swimming) with tables benches to seat. There is parking and has access to restrooms on both ends of the trail (Lake Dr) and Franklin Canyon P! Totally recommend!

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful trail with lots of great places to stop and admire nature! I would rate it a "medium" instead of "easy" since it's mostly uphill/downhill. We will definitely be hiking here again!

Nice views and ocean breezes, lots of bees and active hives though, its a shame it burned up...

Great hike if you like some challenge and don’t have a lot of time. Wear sunscreen as you are quite exposed.

Great views of ocean and canyons. Wide paths for hikers and bikes. Trip out is mostly uphill and return trip mostly downhill. No parking at trailhead, need to park on residential street leading to trailhead which can be very limited at times.

Fairly moderate incline; is nice for a quick (usually takes me 1-1.5 hours walking) hike. Love to take the dogs here when it's cool enough. Great views. Water near the end for humans and doggos. Parking is occasionally full, but I can always find a spot nearby in the neighborhood.

hiking
1 month ago

There was a short, very steep elevation gain. After that, the rest of the trail has very little elevation. There were lots of bikers!!

hiking
1 month ago

love this park but haven't been since they re-opened. does anyone know the cost to park now
thanks
Paul

hiking
1 month ago

One of my favorite places to hike. It’s more of a walk than a hike. I’m surprised it was ranked “moderate”. Nice wide trails. Beautiful view at the “top” where the dog water fountain is.

This is a great hike. Took me 5 1/2 hours to complete, including the walk to and from Sunset to get to the loop. The whole trail is open, but many sections of the Backbone Trail are covered over by tall weeds. I think this will be a regular for me.

This was one of the more scenic hikes I’ve done in LA. The views (on a clear day) are amazing and once you hit the peak you get a nice [reward] panoramic view of the shoreline and cityscape. I clocked in 7 miles from start to finish on this one. I would rate this as an easy to moderate hike. It’s an incline for most of the way up (not TOO steep but does give you a workout) but there are many parts of level ground. What makes it a bit more strenuous is the distance. The trail is exposed so bring hats, wear sunscreen and bring water. I went around 2pm and ran into hikers/bikers maybe every quarter mile or so, not too busy. Saw people coming up to the overlook point from different trails so assuming many other trails lead to this peak.

mountain biking
1 month ago

A solid climb to the top will make you work especially near the top. Keep an eye out for single track of the side or the road on the way down.

Started 8:45am. Weather misty entire hike. Started clockwise. 5.4 mi in, Will Rogers trail closed (why rated only 3 stars). Tried anyway: Trail completely overgrown, miner landslides, then heard large animal coming my way, so about 50 to 100 steps in turned around and returned way I hiked in. So only 10.5 mi hike. Hike up was beautiful though.

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Hike here four days a week and it’s a lovely trail. I’ve never encountered any scary wildlife. People are very friendly.

We went counter clockwise and had a relatively flat trail for about 4 miles. We ended up going on Wood Fire Trail which had a long steep incline. After we made it to the top we had a heck of a view in all directions. We finished the 10.2 mile Loop in about 2:51.

The lower portion of the hike is on paved paths and the upper portion is on wide fire roads. There is a bit of climbing, but not too challenging due to how short the hike is. Cool views from the Observatory, as always.

hiking
1 month ago

My group hiked this on 6/14. We began the trail from a turnout on a the highway instead of the circle x ranch entrance. We began around 12:30am and we made it to the grotto around 2:00am, the hike back was pretty fast. We made it back to our cars around 3:30am. This route added 1mile each way to the trail. SkyHighHikingGroup. We get together and hike at night. For all the busy bodys and late night owls. We are based in Los Angeles. Great hike, good workout. There was water in the grotto, hike was easy but the return did make most of us break a sweat. Recommend.

hiking
2 months ago

I'm laying here after hiking and I don't know if it's the sun or just taking the more challenging parts of trail but I'm tired... lol This is a nice hike. What I like about it is that it is challenging enough to hike/run without being disappointed that there were no ocean views because of the haze. There is no shade so be sure to stay hydrated or hike closer to sunset. This trail is dog-friendly so be on the lookout since some people some don't pick up after their dogs.

The fire road trail is wide and paved in a way that is versatile enough to hike/bike ride and have your dog off-leash. On this particular day it was kind of hazy so I didn't get the clearest views of the ocean but I read that in a clear day you can see to Catalina. Always be aware that not only are there lizards and snakes but also dog poop to watch for. Also know that some of the mountain bikers come down hill quickly so be alert.

This was my first time but I found out about it because I wanted a trail that was close enough that I could take the dog with he visits. I like that there is a parking lot but also adequate street parking. Respect the neighborhood and when you visit we shouldn't have to worry about permits when the lot is full.

With nice views, a versatile trail and being another gem on the west side I can say that I would recommend this trail for those looking for a little bit of a challenge. Stay hydrated.

It’s steep. Scenic. Decent feel of a natural setting in LA, which is no small feat. The walk is easy but steep. Not technical by any means but my 7-year-old would struggle with it. My teens loved it. Great views of the LA skyline.

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