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on Heart Rock Trail

23 hours ago

Amazing place ❤️

hiking
5 days ago

Easy, fun and beautiful. I’ll go back in a Heartbeat ❤️

Where or where do I even begin... Firstly, regardless of what's written here or everyone else who spoke their minds... let me tell you how this trail led to me and my wife almost dying. It all started when we found the semi trail, I say semi because let's face it, it was barely a trail to begin with. Dead leaves and trees everywhere, making it almost impossible to know if you're going the right way or not, and making it hard to keep going. Now this next part I will admit is more our fault than the trails and I should have known better being an avid hiker, but needless to say, I was feeling adventurous and thought, let's do it. As a quick side note, I don't know how so many people took pictures of this "Lewis Falls" but there isn't any waterfall at the end of this hell road, just lots of rocks. As we get far enough, mind you we got there pretty late, it was roughly 3:45pm, we decide to hike up the steep incline, thinking if we get a better view we'll find it or at least get to a road or path. That was a grave mistake. As we climb our way up, on our hands and knees, not looking down for fear of our lives, the sun starts to set. We finally make it to the top and it was not what we were expecting. A bunch of small trees with thorns and branches everywhere making it really hard to get through. Not a path, and not a way to see anything aside from the city which seemed like was one thousand miles away. As we brawl our way through the thick brush, getting scratched up and cutting our pants and hands and legs, there was even a branch that hit my left eye which was very bad. My contact broke without me realizing and it was excruciatingly painful. We reach the semi top and find a spot were there were less of those thorned bastards, and decided to wait it out til morning where we will make our dangerous ascent back down. It was cold, we were running out of food and water, and my eye and arms and legs were throbbing as were my wife's as well. The night seemed to drag on forever as the sun refused to come up and while she was able to sleep for a few hours I stayed very much awake in case of any animal noises that were too close. I kept looking out at the city of Azusa and was determined that this will not be the night my flame gets extinguished. Time had never gone so slow in my life and my appreciation for being surrounded by people and buildings began to increase steadily. Now, I'm sure many people go camping and to them it's not a big deal, to stay in the mountains over night, but with little resources and no fire, and the thought and possibility of not safely returning home, it was very rough, and I know that many people have been stranded before, and so I can now be a part of that statistic. As cars were passing far away we signaled with our flashlights and screamed HELP, but no one stopped. We realized we were on our own. Somehow my wife managed to get a signal and we called 911. We told them where we were and just before the decision was made to get a helicopter, her signal faded and the call was lost. The sun finally slowly manages to peak through the horizon my body made movements before I could even think. I was breaking branches and clearing a path for us so we can get through without damaging ourselves more. We make it to the edge and start to slowly but carefully slide down. As we reach close to the bottom we hear voices and it was the Search and Rescue Team. We tell them we are fine and are coming down. They inform us to stay where we are and a helicopter is coming. I was worried it would be an expensive ride so I encouraged my wife to keep slowly sliding so we can avoid it. We got to the bottom just as the helicopter arrived and we skipped the ride. We talked with the rescue team, two really great guys who I was as happy to see as any of my close friends. We walked back with them and there were police cars and twenty people waiting for us. I was so thankful and grateful to see them all and apologized for causing alarm and panic and for calling them to begin with since we were able to get back on our own. It was one hell of an experience, one which neither my wife nor me will ever forget, and we have pictures and videos to prove it in case you think I made this all up. But alas, we are home, safe and sound, with cuts and bruises and splinters everywhere, ruined and torn clothes and holes in our boots but still alive. A little wiser now and with a new appreciation for living in a tiny apartment and being surrounded by people. One star because we are still in pain, and it was rough, but really this was a story which we will have for the rest of our lives and a chance to prove, we were able to overcome the obstacles and survive.

Nice trail!

Easy quick hike. Stayed awhile taking pics. Towards the end u have to go to the right and the heart rock is at the bottom.

hiking
10 days ago

Such a beautiful and easy hike!!!!

hiking
17 days ago

We took our 4 year old and it was an easy hike for all of us. Went on black friday. Crowd was average and we did not have any problems finding parking. The creek has very less water at this time of the year, so there was no waterfall near the heart rock. Nevertheless, a beautiful hike through the forest. The heart rock itself is fascinating to view. Would love to go again in spring.

hiking
26 days ago

Really awesome hike! Went here after my former partner visited in the spring and felt its magic- I wasn’t disappointed by the beautiful views and majesty of the desert. A little tough on the way up because a good amount is sand or on a moderate grade. Recommend to go if you’re ever in need of a peaceful climb and some healing.

Not the most picturesque area due to past fire. Couldn’t really tell if we were even on the right trail until to late. Ugly, dry, fire road went uphill until it just dead ended about a mile up Had no choice but to turn back. Saw two possible other ways to go? But without knowing what was ahead , because there are no trail signs whatsoever, and running out of time we just called it a day.

hiking
1 month ago

Dull but easy hike on a wide equestrian path, leading from one parking lot to another. Meh.

Great trail we went with our 2.5 yo that was able to do the bulk of the trail and we we're able to carry her the rest of the way.

An easy short hike but very enjoyable. A great warm up hike. It’s nice to find water in the creek and an actual flowing falls this time of year. We did this hike and then moved on to Crystal Lake and did the Windy Gap Trail.

Simply beautiful

hiking
1 month ago

loved it. definitely not for kids! too many places where they could fall.

2 months ago

It’s a good place for a morning run.

$6 day use parking fee so bring some cash!
Beautiful hike! Sandy, ZERO people, a true hidden gem! A bit of a trek outside of LA (about 2 hours) but worth it. Amazing 360 views of the desert and the mountains. The trail is pretty well kept until you get close to the top where it tends to disappear and then reappear again. A good amount of rock scrambling to get up to the top but hey, that’s half the fun!!

It is a 4 when water is in the creek it would be a 5. I would say it is easy to moderate vs just easy. For a first hike for children they definitely need to watch their step.

Very pretty.

horseback riding
2 months ago

I really like these trails. For the equestrian its better to go on a week day to avoid the many bikers that use the same trails. We encountered bikers even on the week days but they all seem very polite. Beautiful meadows and tree line most of the trails.

nature trips
2 months ago

Beautiful, fun and easy hike. There was no water when we went on Sept 23rd, but was still such a nice hike. A little bit of an incline on the way back out, but my husband and I are always taking our kids (2 months, 3, 5, and 7 years old) out for hikes, lake/river swimming and fishing, 4 wheeling and camping trips so they didn't have to hard of a time. We just let them go their own pace. We lucky when it came to other hikers. The parking was great and we seen maybe 4 other party's hiking. We defiantly want to go again.

hiking
2 months ago

Great East and HOT ! Loved it great little power walk ! Rockie terrain for a little bit nothing crazy ! Great views of the scenery !

hiking
2 months ago

Love coming in the morning when there first open to take a short little 1 mile jog around the park a couple of times.

hiking
2 months ago

Very easy hike. There’s a lot of shade so no matter what time of day you go it’s perfect. There were also a lot of butterflies everywhere you looked.
The heart rock was cute too :)

This was a beautiful trail! I did get lost getting there at first due to missing the sharp left turn to the road that gets you to the trail. We parked right in front of the camp sign but there’s two additional parking areas closer to the actual trail. My specialness went tru a closed gate and it was a nice and easy walk up with a paved trail (FYI). Unfortunately no water, but the rocks were cool to look at. We went back tru the actual trail which I LOVED due to the scenery but I had to take a few breaks since the air was thinner. I’d definitely recommend this trail!

hiking
3 months ago

This trail was awesome, very easy trail. We got there in the even. Enough time to hike the trail see the heart ❤️ rock and explore the trail surrounding. Dried out stream but still worth the drive.

Cool trail

hiking
3 months ago

Brought out full grocery sack of trash and a full backpack full of trash.
Please take your trash with you.
No water in falls, but overall good hike.

Good to hike early spring after some rain. Just down from Heart rock kids can slide on a rock into some cold water.

on Heart Rock Trail

hiking
3 months ago

Went earlier today and it didn’t disappoint me except for the fact there wasn’t any water, but the hike and scenery was amazing. The kids loved it too. Definitely going back but when there’s water.

very nice ran into three bears.

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