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Very fun trail especially after a rain. Although it gets crowded later in the morning, there are lots of paths to take to avoid the traffic jams on the trail. I think the trail continues on after the first major waterfall

***ALL TRAILS CURRENTLY CLOSED DUE TO UNSAFE CONDITIONS***

The trail was awesome! It rained all last week so there was lots of water in the creek and falls. The water made it a bit tricky, but it was worth it to see a waterfall in this area. Glad I wore waterproof hiking shoes.

hiking
bugs
muddy
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over grown
rocky
scramble
1 day ago

Pretty difficult hike for clumsier people. There Are a lot of rocks to climb and jump off. If you’re shorter that may present a difficulty. The trail meanders a lot so it seems like you’re jumping from side to side a lot. You will have to eventually get your feet wet so plan accordingly. Don’t forget your socks like I did -_- came 3 days after the heavy rains we got on 1/15/19. Mud is still really slippery, and the rocks themselves are slippery too. Saw a lot of dogs so it is dog friendly. Be prepared for a long hike it took about 4 hours round trip.

Due to government shutdown you have to park down the hill by the nursery. This adds 2 miles to the hike. Right now because of the heavy rain last week the water is really flowing and so beautiful! There are many stream crossings to get to the waterfall so be ready to get your feet and lower legs wet. We hiked with our dogs and children and it was a great time! Very beautiful hike and i highly recommend going soon to see this volume of water.

An hour and a half drive from downtown LA, this trail is best to arrive early at because of all the traffic from Mountain High, a neighboring ski slope that is before the trailhead on the road in. Plan to arrive at 8am or a little earlier to beat the traffic.

On 1/19/19 the trail was covered completed in snow after the first quarter mile. After the first 2.5 miles, it was hard ice covered. It was about 60 degrees and sunny so not many layers needed. The top gets colder so packing a layer in case is important.

Pack spikes, poles and crampons to ensure you have everything you need to make it to the top of the hike.

Gorgeous views at every turn at turn. Will be coming back soon! Enjoy!

hiking
2 days ago

I took a slightly different trail which was shorter but it was lovely.

trail running
2 days ago

My go to for trail running with my dog off leash. 5 mile and a 7 mile loop. I prefer to run on the ridge and stay away from the fire road. Love this trail up on the ridge. Come up for sunrises!

Great waterfall hike!! Easy 1 mile to Falls from camp ground. If u park in upper lot & take trail down it’s an extra 1.5 miles RT. Also lots of shade. Has options to add more miles on upper trailhead. Sunset Ridge can go on for miles...

Easy trail to follow. Was pretty slippery and muddy when we got down into the falls entrance. People were friendly. Trail was clean. Would do it again. Easy one for the dog too. :)

Bridge, tunnels, and abandoned train cars are really, really cool. The rest of the hike becomes really, really boring! It's 14+ miles of COMPLETELY flat walking. The only elevation gain was climbing 2 small hills because 2 tunnels are blocked. So don't expect any cardio.

The nudist colony is also pretty interesting. Well-kept, welcoming community with funny signage. There's a buzzer at the gate, you drive to the office (follow signs), talk to the nice receptionist and pay $5/person (cash or card), and go back to the gate to park and start your walk. You'll hit the train tracks after 1 minute. Take a right (North) and follow the tracks the entire way to the trestle bridge (7 miles). There are abandoned cars less than 1 mile into the hike, then you'll have some fun walking through some tunnels of varying lengths.... and then the boredom of monotonous walking will start creeping. And obviously it gets worse on the walk back. The tunnels are your only reprieve from endless flat walking.

In hindsight, mountain bikes would've been PERFECT!

We didn't encounter any security (Saturday in mid-Jan 2019). It took us 7 hours out & back. That's a fast walking pace plus adequate time to stop and explore the cars, tunnels, and bridge.

There are 2 tunnels that are blocked off. The 1st you'll scramble over a small hill. We went just to the left (West) of the tracks and came down just to the East of the tracks. Pretty easy, but allow space between people in case you kick a rock down the hill. The 2nd tunnel you'll follow an obvious walking path around the hill. It's a long wraparound to the left (West) of the track. Careful of cacti.

All of the structures are in good condition. Most of the bridges you cross have metal grating for walking. But watch your step! If you're not paying attention, there are gaps and some trip hazards. ... and there are caved-in tunnels that you'll see next to the current track route. They are cool, but be careful because if they caved in once....

Note there is zero water and zero shade at high-noon except the tunnels and cars. However in the winter, the morning sun was behind hills the the southeast for much of the hike. Most of the hike is along the western side of the hills.

Enjoy! Too bad it's not a 5-mile round trip hike. Because the unique sights are awesome, but they're too few & far between. If you have mountain bikes, I HIGHLY recommend going that route instead.

backpacking
7 days ago

This trail can be done in two days if you take the early ferry into Avalon and the mid day or late ferry out of Two Harbors. I did it January 11-12. Despite the mild temps, it seems to be in the off peak season. Lots of great scenery, elevation changes, and harbor views. However there are more power lines, fairly significant erosion, and other man-made changes that would otherwise result in a 5 star rating.

Check out the Wrigley Botanical Garden before starting from Avalon. it will help you identify some of the plants you see along the way.

I did this route as an easy-ish trail run, hiking uphills and running flats and downhills easy. My mileage was showing 12 miles and it took me 2 hours and 26 minutes going counter clockwise. Lots of traffic on the last 1.5 miles up to skull rock. A lot of overgrowth on the first half of the loop, at times making me wonder if I was on a game trail vs a real trail. Singletrack trail for most areas with some other fire roads mixed in. Wished I would have worn pants and long sleeves, may have had a small poison oak reaction

The trail was almost entirely snow covered but mostly packed down and easy to follow until close to the very top, when the footprints diverged and several paths led straight up to the ridge. Traversing the steep and snowy ridge from there up to the summit was a little sketchy—I probably should have had an ice axe but made do without one. Microspikes and trekking poles were enough. Managed to find a tiny dry spot under a tree on the other side of the summit to set up my tent with a beautiful view of Baldy. Cold and windy, but very beautiful!

backpacking
8 days ago

great hike. river crossings, switch backs, coyotes, Bobcats, foxes seen here regularly. clean and maintained to a certain point then it gets real wild where you see no sign of pple. great views after the steep switch binacks.

Road closed for THREAT of snow 01/12/19

mostly snow covered trail as of 1/11...with snow in forecast. great hike, had a blast as this was my first hike in snow of this much

backpacking
15 days ago

A classic to be done by everyone who loves the mountains and culture. 11 days is a good time limit. memories for a lifetime. lots of people and friends to make along the way. the variants are often the best parts of the Tour.

It is a good hike, just be careful while stepping on rocks. You could slip and sprain your ankle. Otherwise its not too difficult.

This trail is so much fun!! I love rock climbing so this was a very fun trail, the last mile or mile and a half are fairly challenging. There are even more options to climb once you reach the now dry water fall. There is quite a bit of graffiti but nothing that affected the beauty of the trail. Parking is free, the trail itself was fairly busy for a Saturday morning around 8 am. I will definitely be visiting this trail again soon!

hiking
16 days ago

Nice hike and geat views of mountains.

Definitely wouldn’t call this a lesser known hike. Granted we went New Years Day, but starting at 8am on an exceptionally cold(for SoCal) and windy day, we were about the 10th car in the area. Passed probably 60 people on the way out and the parking was completely full.

The trail itself is actually only about a mile through a creek bed. The first 3ish miles are all on paved/hard packed road. Once in the creek the place really comes alive! As you progress up the boulders get larger and larger leading to some great fun climbing and hoping around. For those who wish to skip climbing, there is several paths around that hug the creek bed. The waterfall itself was dry, but a rope has been set up so you can climb up it a bit and explore the cavity the water has created. Once your done, scramble back down the creek hit the road and you are home free. Clocked 7.4 miles in 3.5 hrs leisurely.

Decent views, good fun scrambling, but LOTS of graffiti. Sad to see so much defacing in a reasonably secluded area, it was borderline distracting.

it was fun!!

Awesome views of the ocean and Catalina, good workout.

Beautiful trail

my wife and I did this with our infant and dog. the road was closed so we parked by the nursery at the bottom of the hill and made a nice 5 mile round trip. once you get to the camp site it's only half a mile to a really beautiful little spot. don't forget to be prepared to carry out your trash, there are only trash cans by the camp site!

Great hike overall. Some inclines and downhills but nothing to step and unmanageable. I haven’t hiked in awhile and it was more on the moderate then easy side in that sense but for an avid hiker should be a breeze. Once you get to the streams half a mile before the waterfall it gets pretty shady but also fun navigating the trail. I’d definitely go back again!

Due to the partial government shutdown, the gate leading up to the parking lot is currently closed. You can still park at the bottom and walk up an extra 3-4 miles though. Wish I could have known this before driving an hour and a half!!!

Beautiful hike with a lot of shade from trees. Similar to Eaton Canyon but with a smaller space to hang out at the ending waterfall. Great for kids!

Hiked this trail about a week ago and it was a killer workout. There is still a ton of snow when you get towards the top and it was really difficult to stick to a trail because it disappeared and there were footprints going every direction. Definitely recommend the spikes for your shoes and hiking poles.

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