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I guess it was alright? wouldn't mind going again.

Pretty good hike. Very nice view at top but not that hard.

Make sure to bring a potato!! Fairly easy until the incline. There is a section that splits between the easier longer route to the top or a shortcut but it is really steep! Overall, great scenic hike with an awesome view at the top.

hiking
7 days ago

Parking is available at Bracket Field (and the cafe serves good food too!)
You have two options to begin the hike. The first is to continue west on McKinley to the trailhead, or the second is to cross McKinley and follow the fence along the golf course (this option drops down into a small valley and reconnects with McKinley before the trailhead). Today I chose the second option.
Once on the main trail there will be some asphalt but as you proceed to Tree Line Trail the dirt dominates... leading you to the south portion which has excellent views of the lake and the San Gabriel Mountains. In the middle of the hike you’ll cross the Puddingstone Dam. I used this stretch of straight asphalt to walk backwards. Why backwards? It strengthens your knees and improves your balance!
As you loop the lake there are restrooms and picnic areas and on the north shore, playgrounds and boat docks. And, you’ll share the trail with cyclists and runners... all the while serenaded by honking geese, Happy hiking!

This is a nice hike but there sure was a lot of people hiking that day!!

Easy hike, mostly flat with little climbing involved. My Fitbit measured it to be 11.3 miles in total. You’ll definitely get wet when crossing the River a few times, so bring water shoes or a change of shoes/socks. Water was up to my ankles in early Jan. Took us about 5 hours in total.

Be prepared for the incline and take some potatoes! The view is worth the hike on a clear smogless day.

hike was great. Be sure to bring a potato up there too. lots of shade. It's about three miles long.

great view at the top. lots of incline at the start but definitely worth it! if you go early in the morning you could enjoy the view alone.

hiking
14 days ago

Great hike going through west trail, and east trail. Also, good for jogging, and running.

it was one heck of an adventure.
from beginning to end, crossing the stream and climbing over rocks. definitely not for beginners as I heard a lot of people complain lol and short of breath.

This hike never gets old! I have been doing this hike every other week for the past six months for the exercise and for the fantastic view of valley below this peak. On a very clear day you can see well beyond downtown LA (looking west) and east towards San Bernardino. If you are fortunate to be up there when a marine layer of clouds roll in, the view is much more spectacular! Not much shade so take a hat and be sure to take more than a bottle of water (I normally take at least four bottles - more on warmer days). It amazes me that I see quite a few people hiking up the trail with little or no water!!! On warmer days flying bugs can be a nuisance so repellent would a good idea to take along. The hike itself is doable (I am 62 and slightly overweight) and I have been averaging about 1:10 going up and less than an hour going down. Give it a try!!!

I am visiting from the east coast and decided to give this hike a try. Pretty solid overall and the many stream crossings kept it interesting. I completed it in just under 4 hours with a short break at the bridge for pics. It is difficult to follow the trail at times but rather easy to get back on point. The trail notes in AllTrails were very helpful.

My garmin had it at 10.24 miles.

One oddity is the number of homeless that seem to make the trail home. There appears to be a rather large camp close to the beginning and then I saw a couple more along the way, including upon my return own actually had a fire going. It just seems like there is lots that could go wrong and I am not sure why the rangers allow it.

4 stars for a great hike but the homeless and lack of trail markers keep it from a 5 for me.

Enjoy!

fun, 2 hour round trip and that's with a few quick breaks. def worth doing

Amazing never ending hike. I started at 1. If I would of started earlier I would of kept going.

Best view of LA

Very short and easy, and up to your choice to do dirt path back and forth, or a combo of dirt path + paved road. The only “hard part” was the big steps (giant wood slats insert into the dirt), it was kind of steep but if you take your time it would be fine, and that part was short anyway.

Many people and a lot of dogs of all kinds came with their master/walker. The dog show was the highlight and it’s rather entertaining than working out.

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hiking
20 days ago

This is a exhilarating hike!
Park in the ranger station parking lot and grab a fee envelope from the entrance stand directly across from the station... place your $ inside and begin your adventure. Follow the asphalt road about 0.20 mi. and take Trail Scout Reservation for the Ben Overturff Trail to your right. After about one mile of dirt road you will arrive at the trailhead (on your left).
Over the next 2 miles will gain 1000 ft. elevation using switchbacks and short bridges as you experience tree covered meadows and gently rolling streams of the canyon... and I paused often to enjoy the morning breeze of this glorious outdoor exploit.
Up next you will see a Deer Park Cabin/Restroom sign. If you choose the Deer Park Cabin option, (after about 100 yds.) you can learn a little bit about Ben Overturff. If you choose the Restroom option, this will lead you over to the Monrovia Canyon Truck Trail, reconnect with the original asphalt road, and guide you back down to the ranger station. All in all, a great day. Happy hiking!

trail running
20 days ago

I love this place!!! Great workout and the views are amazing. Watch out for the bikes but for the most part we all have shared the trail without a problem.

Beautiful trail with ever changing landscape. Only 4 stars because all the homeless people camped out is a little unnerving for people hiking alone. While we had no issue, it was the first time I’d experienced a trail with people living on it.

I absolutely loved this hike!
Beware of the advice and notes on this trail however, it is probably inaccurate. It rained a little bit a week or two ago (we aren't in the throws of our biggest rains yet), and the river and trail has moved by sheer force of nature. It is evident that this trail changes, constantly.
This is good and bad, it's a new adventure; but it also means to be prepared for something new.
The river was full and we had to cross the river in places where in now hugs the cliffs, and the water was so deep that I think in only one place were we able to stay dry.... prepare to have wet socks at least when the rainy season starts.
The grade is easy, so it's a moderate hike despite the distance. There are a lot of yucca around and on the trail, so also prepare to get poked, a mild ouch.

hiking
25 days ago

Pretty views of the city, but extremely dry most of the year

hiking
26 days ago

I'm gonna disagree with whoever wrote the trail description. Wearing road running shoes will not give you the traction you need on the steeper sections. Trail surface is heavily compacted from heavy usage. My road running shoes were not giving me enough traction. Trail running shoes or light hikers will do a lot better. I got lucky and found an open parking space at the upper end of Fuller Ave. Made my day

this hike kicked our butt we measured it with Strava at 11.2 miles round trip had to cross the river six to eight times each Direction there's five or six spots that are pretty treacherous if you don't pay attention and the cactuses or yuccas are sprouting and we got stabbed about six times so be careful and you're going to get wet there's just no way around it cuz the water is up so in my opinion you're better off walking across the river then trying to balance yourself on the rocks overall a very challenging hike it took us six hours and 45 minutes but we took our time I don't recommend it for beginners but if you're in shape give it a go

I loved this hike! You park at the sheriffs station before the kiosk and you pay for parking by getting an envelope at the kiosk and paying $6 on weekends and $5 on weekdays. Hike up the paved way and one the left side you start the trail up toward the Trusk Boy scout camp. Stay to the right of the trail all the way up! It’s a loop either way. There is a small Short cut and it continues through the loop. There is a water source for the dogs and this is a very dog friendly trail. Please keep your dogs on a leash! The trail is 70% covered And has a great incline! The trail gets fairly small coming back down you may need poles. Very beautiful hike that teaches you history about the area.

A good morning workout!

really enjoyed this and no issues with any drop offs. started at the Greek theatre entrance and didn't quite do the full loop as I went into the observatory as a final leg. awesome views of the city and not a bad angle on the Hollywood sign

hiking
1 month ago

Got there at 6am on the money. Just me and a few other people. Not a bad hike! Can’t wait to do this again! But yeah get there early was leaving around 8ish and it was starting to get packed!! Still worth the wait. The views were amazing!

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