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Does anyone know if this and/or the Grotto trail are back open? I'd love to check at the Grotto after all the recent rain fall!

hiking
4 days ago

Hit this hike Sunday 1/13, with a group of 6, right between storms with absolutely PERFECT weather. 28 degrees at 7am when I arrived, still at or below freezing when we started at 8. Had to stop once or twice early to dial in the proper amount of layers, settled with regular wind/water resistant pants, quick dry T shirt and light weight pullover. Obligatory wool socks/water proof(ish)boots. Beanie for good measure on the way down.

What can I say, as soon as you get done taking in the spectacular views in one spot, just hike for about 20 more minutes to be blown away again. This continues all the way to Suicide Rock which does not disappoint! We started early and everything was covered in a fresh powder that packed nicely and just amplified the experience. On the way back(passed a few groups headed up) it was warming up and melting so it was almost a different hike coming down. All in all 7.5 miles, 1956ft gain 3hr 45 min and a kick ass time.

Great hike. The beginning had the most elevation gain and then flattened out a bit so if you can get through the first half hour, you will be fine. It started snowing hard on our way up but but we finished the hike. The snow made the hike just that much more spectacular. It felt like a winter wonderland. No views from the peak though due to the snow and clouds. Thankfully we brought a ton of layers because it got very very cold near the top with the heavy snow.

Sandstone peak is all time for short hikes with an awesome view. Especially when it’s clear. Always pretty quiet during the weekdays also. Hiked this the day before the Woolsey fire came through.. Saw the Oaks fire start while sitting at Tri Peaks Point.

Great hike, steady up-hill the entire way up, back down was very easy. Beautiful views the entire way. Will definitely go again.

Beautiful trail and not many people on it. It’s challenging and it’s close to 4 miles up with a 2,000ft elevation gain (according to my Apple Watch). There was snow/ice is many places so make sure to wear hiking shoes and not tennis shoes. Dress in layers. It’s chilly, especially if you go early in the morning like I did.

We did this trail in reverse so we would have the uphill section first. Great New Year’s Day hike! Lots of friendly people along the trail.

hiking
14 days ago

Great work out if you keep the pace up. We made it up and down in 3 hours. Great views at the top!

I can't begin to describe the happiness this place gave me and my family. We celebrated fathers day here, 4th of july, Earth Day, we picked up trash here once a week. This is basically our backyard. The views,peace and serenity were amazing and I will cherish the memories made here. I hope that IF this reopens, people will respect the land. I can't tell you how many trash bags we have filled up in the year we decided to pick up trash. The idiots who blast country music and throw their beer bottles/cans with no care do not deserve to come back. They were the trash. I am specifically speaking of Jeep Hill & the fire trail. I don't see those on here.

Absolutely stunning. A wonderful hike filled with beauty and spectacular views.

hiking
16 days ago

Beautiful hike that’s the perfect mix just-strenuous-enough, sweeping vistas, beautiful trees, and hiker-friendly boulders (not slippery). Can take more slowly if you want less difficult.

Not the greatest for outdoors feel. You can hear the freeway and nearby cars passing by and not really anything to look forward to at the end.

hiking
17 days ago

Beautiful hike, very steep! Well marked trail

hiking
17 days ago

Hiked this trail on 1/1/19 - so beautiful with fresh snow on the ground! I Did not need micro spikes but hiking stick may help some on the way down! It was a little bit windy at the end, dress warmly! Trail is well marked.

This Hike was challenging for me cause of the 3 miles uphill but I made it and it was totally worth it. Beautiful views.

Cool trail

Took the dogs with us on this hike. Although it was a little narrow in parts, we all enjoyed the walk and the beautiful scenery. Lots of other furry friends on the trail today!

hiking
19 days ago

Beautiful hike! Was one of my first adventures back from Washington and it wasn't a dissapointment! Idyllwild is beautiful this time of the year and the scenery is gorgeous! I'm going again and I am hoping the Gov. is still shut down this week so I won't need a permit!!

excellent training Trail

hiking
19 days ago

My 4th time and finally found the falls...

Really tough terrain, it's fun boulder hopping but not for a beginner.

It's about 8.9 miles from the parking lot due to zig zagging across the water.

Very cool Aquatic life in riparian section.

Amazing views, fresh air, steep but manageable inclines, scenery, nature...just beautiful! You must obtain a permit to hike to the top and be watchful of sunset times so you don’t get caught in the dark.

this was a steady incline on a fire Road all the way to Henninger Flats if you measure it from the Eaton Canyon Nature Center parking lot it's 8.2 miles round trip if you park on the street you can cut almost two miles off of that some beautiful views from the top a lot of pine trees and solitude

Really nice walk

Easy fun hike

Absolutely perfect - so beautiful, challenging, and easy to do in one morning or afternoon!

Gorgeous day, great views, nice to find snow on Christmas Eve. Hard packed snow was easy to navigate with hiking shoes or boots.

25 days ago

This trail was nice and open! I liked the wide, dirt path all the way up, which was perfect for a conditioning hike. I recommend doing this hike in the morning on a hot day since there is no shade at all! The trail also wraps around the mountain a lot, you get a lot of different and beautiful views. I definitely recommend!

Hiked this trail this past weekend and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It's an easy out and back trail with beautiful views. It was a perfect hike during this holiday season. The smell of fresh pine trees really put me in a holiday spirit. I look forward to returning to this area to try other trails.

Micro spikes highly recommended. Icy patches off and on in lower elevations. Snow gets deep near the peak. Trail may be hard to follow after fresh snowfall. This is a moderate trail but not one I would go on without the proper gear. Saw people heading up at nearly sunset as we were coming down who were under-equipped and without any concept of how long the trail takes to complete. Be safe, not sorry, especially in the middle of a government shutdown which means no rangers out patrolling.

Nice walk lots of traffic on weekends

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