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Great trails overall. There's something for everyone. Nothing too extreme but there are sections that'll definitely test you. A great place to practice your off-road skills. Best during winter/ spring time.

Very rewarding experience once you get to the top no matter what vehicle you take there. It could be extremely easy and difficult at the same time -depending on what trails you go go for - which makes it perfect either for a 4x2 with good clearance or a heavily modified 4x4.

off road driving
15 days ago

Managed this trail in my stock Wrangler Sahara. Definitely worthy of the hard rating. Also the tip about going south to north is accurate. There are a couple of gnarly descents at the end. But overall this is a beautiful trail with lots of fun obstacles.

hiking
17 days ago

HOLY HECK this was a tactical trail. If you have bad knees, this is not the trail for you. Don’t let the 4.5 mileage fool you. I’m in great shape and it took me over 4 hours to do the out and back. Bring gloves if you have them. My hands were bleeding from the rocks.

I have climbed Mt. Everest four times, plus several Himalayan summits. Condor peak hike, especially its last section where fake summits make you frustrated, interested me with a tinge of such extreme climbs. yet both the lowest - countless switchbacks - and the middle - more bushes and less steep incline - sections are so monotonous and uninteresting. I'd call this therefore an athlete's course. 1.5 times tougher and longer than Mt. Lukens trail, so to speak.

Super cool views and the perfect quick hike to get your heart pumpin!

As everyone has already said, it's closer to 11 miles. Took the loop counterclockwise and found I had some decent protection from the sun on the way up (left the trailhead at 9AM in the winter) the other half of the loop has a lot of rock walls and high brush so even at noon I wasn't in the sun a lot.

Really expansive view of the Southland from the top. Well maintained, easy to follow, quiet.

The Dragon's Back scramble route to Arlington Peak is a full-body workout with fun and challenging route finding and gorgeous scenery both at your feet and out over the Pacific.
Recommend going with someone who knows the route. Many big and awkward moves make for frequent joint injuries, especially ankle and knee, so go with a friend and place your hands and feet carefully.

this was a surprise I didn't expect to see the panoramic views that you find two and a half miles up we didn't have any traffic we were all by ourselves and it was as peaceful as could be and the views were spectacular you could see Catalina from end-to-end and you could see San Clemente unbelievable

hiking
1 month ago

This trail is in my backyard (practically) and I'm very happy for that. It's definitely not my favorite trail, but happy it's here, nonetheless. It starts at the high school and for the first mile it's pretty level. Then it starts to climb at a moderate grade. If you're a PT trail runner, this might be a fun one for you ... at least it is for me. I typically switch from hiking to trail running this trail. In the wee hours of the morning, it's moderately trafficked (surprisingly). The weekends are heavy. I've only been as far at 4.5 miles out and turned around. I bring my pup with me every single time and have her off leash. She loves it!

This is the holy grail for me of trails in Santa Barbara. Rock scrambling up a ridge with beautiful views of Santa Barbara and Mission Canyon. I recommend continuing on up to La Cumbre Peak and circling back down via tunnel trail. Beautiful hiking.

this is a great trail and i always come here to run.. there's different trails for everyone to be able to do from easy to hard. if ur brave enough go to the flag would be a awesome view. i can't seem to log in my workouts anymore which sucks,does anyone know why or if they have the same problem?

off road driving
1 month ago

Not very difficult, but fun trail. I did this trail from Rowher to Bouquet several times. First time was around 2011 in a 2009 4x4 Tacoma long bed with a 6" lift on 33's. Never shifted out of 2wd high. Did the trail again with my ex in her stock, 2012 VW Tiguan FWD on street tires. I made it over fine, but there were a couple of areas where taking the right path was key. Also, momentum helped to get through a few parts. The last time I did the trail was 2 weeks ago in my stock 2018 Chevy Colorado ZR2 4x4 diesel, but did not need 4wd at all. I chose to take the steepest way down to the Bouquet and I put it in 4wd low to let the engine do the braking. I agree it is much easier going south to north, but a stock 4x4 is not required. The fwd Tiguan made it over the mountain just fine.

Pretty difficult hike and can be dangerous, but worth it. Recommend using hiking shoes with good tread and/or hiking sticks. I started with the left side to get the upward steep part out of the way and it was the right choice. It could’ve been dangerous going down on that side and I was able to enjoy the rest of the hike without much difficulty by getting it out of the way. Steep part only last for 1/4 of the trail. There’s a bench at the top of the mountain and an amazing view. Parking for this trail is by wooden posts where a concrete structure can be seen.

off road driving
2 months ago

Nice!

off road driving
2 months ago

Love this trail. Very steep and difficult tho. I have a built 2003 4runner on 33s, no lockers. It's easier going south to north (from Rowher to Bouquet) but doable the other way. Don't take your stock 4x4 on this trail, you'll take a beating.

Supper good! For full-size truck!!

off road driving
2 months ago

Beautiful trail with nice views. You need to have a 4x4 vehicle. I completed this trail with my 3rd gen 4runner (bone stock).I was told that there is a alternative route which requires you to have front and rear lockers, but i guess it wasn’t on the main road. Overall it’s not a hard trail just requires 4x4 and good tread on your tires. Also, momentum is the key for this trail.

The trail is blocked off at Lake Hughes Road, so you have to park on the road and hike in. The road goes steadily upward toward the intersection. I took the first trail on the right, which required climbing over a mound that seems like it was put there to prevent motorized traffice. The trail beyond was overgrown and washed out in parts, but entirely navigable, remote, and beautiful. It was a gorgeous Saturday and I saw one other person the entire 3.5 hours of hiking.

This was a fantastic hike. A bit of endurance needed. My Fitbit said 11.4 miles so don’t worry once you pass the 9.8 AllTrails states.

Not a lot of people were around during my hike. I saw maybe 4-5 people and a few bike riders.

Definitely worth doing. Especially since Mt Lukens is apparently the highest peak in LA city limits.

off road driving
3 months ago

Great fun with varying levels of difficulty

Pretty good morning workout. The way up was the steepest ive veer hiked. You could probably crawl thats how steep it is. Really liked this trail, it was a major challenge getting up, but the fire road on the way way was great, i even jogged it down.

This is ones of the hardest best hiking in the valley, going all the way up to the fire department, and coming down the street. ❤️❤️❤️❤️

I hike this one for a quick hard workout twice a week all year round , summer is brutal and almost stepped in a Rattlesnake but I take it to Whitney canyon and dip right into the waterfalls during our rainy season

hiking
3 months ago

This was no joke, by far the hardest trail I’ve ever done. Very difficult to find as well, but the views are so worth it. Bring lots of water and fuel to replenish your energy. It was only about 80 the day I did it, but it’s like you’re baking between all the rocks.

hiking
3 months ago

❤️

hiking
3 months ago

Excellent trail for a quick workout. Best on weekday mornings as it gets crowded. You’ll be done in about an hour. Great way to start the day

I hiked this trail and I have to say the climb to the trail at the top was very steep indeed. Certainly no fun to come back down. The trail at the top is really nice though. Great views.

hiking
4 months ago

On Saturday September 8, I returned to this hike solo, starting before 7am this time with 5 liters of water. This hike is a good test of my fitness as you gain 2000 feet in the last 2.7 miles after you leave the fire road and head into Los Padres on the trail. And I am not talking switchbacks here, the last 2.7 miles to the Divide Road go straight up and can be a little treacherous as the trail has eroded in places. And it was HOT. I finished my water coming back when I hit the fire road and I had five miles to go! Lots of trucks surprisingly on a weekend. Love this hike, as I stumbled off the trail some nine hours later, I was exhausted and exhilarated.

I love Veterans Park

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