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hiking
2 days ago

Loved your review Rashid! Agree. This hike is one to remember.

Amazing hike ! Lots of snow , bring micro spikes and poles .

Phone read 7.34 miles in 2 hours 3 min with 2084 ft of elevation gain. First 2.75 miles are a gradual consistent incline. Last mile to the top is a quasi scramble. Hung out at the top for 10 minutes to sign the book. No shade whole way up. Views of downtown, Catalina, and snowy peaks.

You gotta make it to the Wisdom Tree! Bit of a tough incline but it’s worth it. And if you press on to the Hollywood sign the you can get right behind it and take some great photos. Love the American flag at the top too. God bless Hollywood and the US of A!

off road driving
4 days ago

a moderate off road. It more challenging after ot rains the loose compact samd creates a challenge.

Wow! What a workout this was. This was my first legit hike after coming into town I thought I was going to die on the way up (I’m being extra dramatic) but it was amazing and well worth the cardio!!! The view was phenomenal!! Definitely a must do!!

Such an amazing hike! If youre unsure of where to go there is a friendly staff at the nature center that offers you maps of all the trails available with their level of difficulty. The trails are clean and it is such a great way to spend a day out.

did this one a few weeks back it was lovely. not too crowded.

hiking
10 days ago

I needed my hiking sticks for this hike. Be sure to climb the big rocks at the top. There’s a rope to help get up...the view from the top of the rocks

hiking
11 days ago

Scariest hike ever. I'm talking about the cable portion, it is steep as hell and even steeper than photos when you see it in person. But it is do-able you just have to focus on moving to the next wooden board. The wooden boards I believe are spaced out 10 feet from each other from the bottom of the dome to the top. It took us about an hour just to get to the top because there was traffic lots of people going up and down simultaneously. We had to take turns for those coming down and those going up. To get to the top without traffic should only take maybe 10-15 mins to give perspective on what traffic does. Also the traffic IMO makes it more scary because you have to hold onto the cables even longer.

I'd recommend using gloves with a latex coating to help with the cables as it gives your hands much more grip and you'll avoid blistering your hands like many other people.

I'd recommend doing it if you want to face your fears. Just take it one wooden board at a time until you reach the top and you'll be fine. Lots of people did it and have done it.

Would I do it again? Probably not lol just because it was scary as shit. BUT DO IT ONCE AT LEAST :D

Third time doing this trail on a stunning 48 degree day. Hard enough to keep you warm and cool enough to stop and lounge on a few of the big boulders. Amazing 360 degree views from the top.

hiking
15 days ago

I find the app description lacking so I’ve decided to put my own experiences here:

Difficulty: 6/10 (intermediate-hard)

Duration: 2 hrs up, 2 hrs down

Distance: 7.7 miles

Parking: parking lot (need pass)

Views: 9/10; Antelope Valley, Angeles Forest, (N, NE), LA basin (S), 360 at the peak

Incline: intermediate, last mile is pretty steep and some rock scrambling.

Technical: single track dirt, some rock scrambling last mile, some steps

Equipment: hiking shoes (Merrill mesh), north face convertible pants, Underarmor T-shirt, (camelbak w water), hoodie, gloves, beanie but took them off after warming up

Weather: mid 40s

Shade: some sections of shade, a lot from southern mountain shadow

Environment: forest and desert vegetation

Wildlife: birds

Bugs: none

Details: intermediate uphill most of the way, last mile is pretty steep spots with some rock scrambling

TIPs: cooler weather makes this hike easier and more pleasant, sign in at the top

PROS: a good hard work out and amazing 360 view on top

CONS: none

Scott H (aka Swiper)

Amazing hike. A group of us did it after thanksgiving. A little bit of ice when we started at 630a. Not enough to justify the extra weight of crampons. The canyon looks prettiest during morning light. I would have started earlier with headlamps to see the sunset from closer to Indian gardens. Took us about 7hrs to get back to our cars. The last three miles is by far the hardest part on tired legs!

Busy at the top, but the crowd thins as you descend. A great hike with great scenery.

Great trail. Lots of choices once you get up there with more difficult options if you choose to take them. Otherwise it's a pretty simple road with a lot of great views

Really easy walk, I wouldn’t consider this a hike.
Well maintained and really pretty views from the top of the hill.
Just a bit of dog poop on the trail. Please pick up after your dogs guys.

off road driving
17 days ago

This is a fun trail with some gnarly off-shoots! It’s a great place to test your rig and yourself. Great for folks new to wheeling, and some great views for everyone!

One of my new fav LA hikes! It was awesome!! Tough incline but great work out and totally worth the view!! Wear hiking boots if you can.

this trail is rated hard could not find the waterfall felt like I was walking forever and still the waterfall is nowhere in sight. the view is beautiful camping is great brought my dogs with me and they had a blast but be aware there are a lot of rocks so watch out for their paws

Good hike and great scenic views. I could feel the oxygen start to thinner out on my way up. I shouldnt have hiked alone but no one would dare go with me especially at a high level. Be careful when climbing up the rocks as they start to be slippery with ice building up. Overall it was worth it.

off road driving
22 days ago

Went through this trail a few times already. Great, close to home, trail. Rangers show up on busy days to warn or look for people driving on unmarked paths/off shoots. Some off shoots are intimidating and still working up the confidence to run through them.

Did it on 11/17 and had perfect weather!! Chilly up top, slight breeze but I still had a T-shirt on.

Moderately crowded on a Sunday late morning. The bottom part of the loop (from trailhead to Wisdom Tree to Mt Lee) is very pretty with clear trail; backtracking and heading up the loop counterclockwise the trail isn't really much of a "trail" at all. We ended up treating the bottom part of the loop like an out and back and then after getting back to the trailhead, went out and back on the first leg of the loop (clockwise) which had better trail. Overall a really nice LA hike and a good workout.

Amazing hike did this back in September and forgot to put a review, but this hike is beautiful! We left early in the morning at 2am and it was perfect going up in the dark with headlamps and enjoying seeing things from a different perspective rather than going later like 7am so heading down you see everything that you didn’t going up so it makes the hike better since it’s pretty much a 10hr hike. Going up early at 2am and not knowing much farther you have to go was just great, but to just keep moving and the hike went by quick because by the time daylight started to show we were at the base of sub dome. Heading down was quick n easy, but by 10am traffic rolls in and makes it difficult.

Leave early for the hike to make the cables with little to no traffic. Make it before 8am cause up top people start to roll in and head down the cables with traffic is a pain to wait for people to pass n continue to descend.

The hike in general starts pretty easy for those that hike normally. The hike gets tough when you hit the foot high steps n they continue to get higher n higher, but that’s why you start early n you don’t see how much farther you have to go. Sub dome is just the same a bunch of foot high steps, but aren’t to bad if you go early and rest at the steps. Cables were surprisingly easy both up and down. Down is easiest, but going up isn’t bad if you have RUBBER GLOVES. Crazy beautiful site seeing going up cables and top. Used my GoPro and the videos are awesome.

Pack some good food and 4L of water. I managed to make it with 3L and have some left over,but it’s probably because we left early in morning.

Go prepared (food&water), go early, proper gear (boots&gloves, don’t forget permit, and enjoy the views going down.

hiking
24 days ago

What can I say, basically nothing beats this for a day hike.

Great hike!! You get a great workout out of it. Amazing views, a good amount of ups and downs to keep it fun and interesting through out the trail.

hiking
26 days ago

Fun trail

Got here round 730 ish not to crowded. This place just turned into my favorite hike! You gotta try this!!

great hike, I love idlewild

Did this trip in August. Absolutely loved it! Beautiful scenery! First backpacking experience. Camped midway which was fun and hiked to peak next day. The altitude was a new challenge, but not too hard. A wonderful getaway!

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