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bugs
muddy
rocky
4 minutes ago

Completed this hike with the venture of seeing a waterfall! There are several midway through the trail that make you think it is the end, but the trail keeps going and the climbing gets more intense as you go up. There are many places where you have to use your resources to get up and noticed several people starting to go back at this point. It’s slippery and muddy. Best to wear waterproof holding boots or cascades so you have some traction. My friend ended up falling 6 foot from one of the big boulders trying to slide around a slick area as we were coming down. Thank god she is just bruised, but be mindful that this path isn’t just a typical hiking trail. Make sure you give yourself enough time to get out before dark as well. Due to her fall and gathering our bearings, we were exiting in the dark and not properly prepared with lights and so forth. Nothing to guide you out but sounds! Hands down amazing though! Enjoyed every second!!

Excellent after a rain, especially for the full experience at the falls, but be aware that it makes it super muddy and you'll have to cross the creek several times - bring waterproof hiking boots to protect against the water and all the rock climbing you're going to have to do. Lots of dogs on the trails, both big and small, but I saw plenty of dogs of all sizes who needed to be carried through some parts, so keep that in mind when you bring your pooch! The hike itself is GREAT - one of the best in OC! though because it's so popular it gets super packed.

hiking
rocky
2 days ago

Beautiful waterfall at the end of a great hike! The first half is a flat walk, and the second half you’ll be climbing over boulders and rocks as you follow a stream to the waterfall. Super fun!

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

hiking
2 days ago

Black Star Canyon

hiking
muddy
scramble
2 days ago

Beautiful trail, but definitely not for inexperienced hikers wearing vans. Lots of slippery mud along very narrow, steep paths adjacent to steep drop offs. Don’t let the short distance fool you - this is a challenging little hike. Totally worth it if you have hiking boots.

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
off trail
over grown
rocky
scramble
3 days 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.

great starter goes young kids, they love the cave

hiking
9 days ago

It is a short distance hike. There was plenty of water but due to recent rain, the water was muddy and dark brown. Sad to see the graffiti.

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. :)

hiking
14 days ago

Really neat nature walk (considering it's roughly 0.2 miles one way lol) it's a very interesting cave. Despite it being really short it's a definite must visit as the surrounding area is really interesting as well. Got to see a group setting up the area for a future Toyota commercial so that was also cool.

The burnt trees still remains, Dripping Cave trail closed. Winter time is good for me to hike this area because of the cool weather.

walking
18 days ago

A pretty short and neat trail. Just for some walking and great for dogs. The cave is pretty cool and small. Would go back again.

Lots of parking if you come around 7-7:30. After that it gets packed on a Saturday.

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
20 days ago

Excellent hike! Highly recommend hiking boots and gloves!

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.

Fuck ya

Took our kids (7 and 9) down the trail to the beach. Recommend wearing good shoes vs tennis shoes. Was a fun experience and really cool rock features.

hiking
22 days ago

Nice short hike with a moderate elevation gain. Really cool to see the rock climbing.

nature trips
22 days ago

I’ve been hiking this area for over 40 years. It was a once spectacular area. Do to the insane amount of GRAFFITI it has ruin the natural state of this area. Also the trash left behind by others. Myself and my hiker buddies remove trash as we hike, please do so. Also if you see TAGGERS report them. Get their car license numbers. A few years back the area was painted over to try to cover the GRAFFITI but these cockroaches have come back and made it worse than ever. Even the great John Muir was disgusted by GRAFFITI back decades ago. If enough of us complain to the authorities they will monitor the area.

Short but pretty cool. You get to see some rock climbing going on.

great hike! first half is a flat fire road, the second half is legitimately climbing through boulders all the way to the fall. no water at the fall, it’s completely dry, but i think it’s been dry for a while. the graffiti and lack of signage is why i gave it four stars but otherwise a great hike!

One of my favorite trails! It’s a really fun trail but lost of bouldering. Leads to two beautiful waterfalls... when there’s water. There’s hardly any shade from the parking to the actual trail head.

Found this to be more of a mountain biking trail, but very enjoyable the same. Thanks

this trail was awesome. had back surgery last month and i still made it to the fall. great workout.

nice easy trail, obvious trail so no issues there and decent views...

hiking
1 month ago

Honestly, the "hike" itself -- a short, gentle climb up a very wide fire road -- is nothing to write home about.

But, Holy Mackerel, Batman! It leads... to the Batcave! At least in the campy 60's TV series.

It's still a fun place to take out-of-town visitors or young kids. In addition to the small cave, stone labyrinth, and views of the Hollywood sign, you have a good chance of seeing some kind of shoot, as the caves remain a popular filming location.

hiking
1 month ago

Don’t let the hike into the waterfall fool you. (It’s dry at the moment) if you continue on once you reach the falls, there will be a steep incline to your right with a rope to help guide you to the top. If you are going with a group I would recommend to climb very cautiously and call your rocks as they head down. If you are bringing a dog, it’s do-able....responsible? It all depends on the owner. Haha just make sure to have a person down at the bottom to catch your dog incase they slip, unfortunately they don’t have thumbs like us to try and catch themselves. There is a beautiful photo op once you reach the top with a 8” foot cross being propped up by rocks. I would keep a look out for the bike trails since that will be your best route to go back down unless you want to bust your ass and have achy knees for the rest of the day and go down the same way you came up. Overall, we hiked for 5.5 hours and conquered 10 miles. You will be tired for the rest of the day. Guaranteed. And if you’re not, then you suck.

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