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Hiking

Great trail. Steep. Not sure signs with distance were accurate. Don’t go on a hot day. On a Thursday it was still fairly busy.

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Gabriela Cortez reviewed Mount Baden Powell Trail
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HikingIcyMuddySnow

Hiked yesterday. Still a lot of snow and it gets deeper about 2-2.5miles in. Highly recommend spikes/crampons and poles as other fellow hikers have mentioned. Beautiful views and very challenging hike with the snow. Did not make it to the top but I will come back once the snow is gone. Not gonna lie, hiking back was dangerous as the snow was more slushy from melting in the afternoon and made it more difficult to pass through in very narrow areas. Which also made it more scary since a brush fired started in Big Pines and Big Rock Creek Road. We started smelling and seen the smoke really close to us and at the time we didn't know where it was coming from, but we knew it was very near. If anyone decides to do this hike in the snow, be very careful.

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nick jones reviewed Condor Peak Trail
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really nice trail for the first 6 miles, steady inclines and well maintained. was a little messy the last couple miles, and the final push was a tough half-scramble straight up the mountain there were a couple fallen trees blocking the trail, i set waypoints for where they were. one of them was tough to get around

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarApril 4, 2021
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A little crowded but a hard and challenging hike. Nice sections with lots of wooded shade but quite exposed and hot on the descent. Took 6 hours round trip plus relaxing and wandering around at the top. Cafe, bathrooms and observatory closed.

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Nitika Yadlapalli reviewed Condor Peak Trail
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Hiking

trail is super awesome! the last part is very steep and has some scrambling but is totally doable. not tons of shade so definitely bring a lot of water and sun protection

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Emma Emma Petersen reviewed Mount Wilson via Little Santa Anita Canyon
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started at 730 on saturday and found street parking in neighborhood.

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Jonathan Salinas reviewed Mount Baden Powell Trail
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Hiking

Amazing hike, killer views, %90 cover on ice and deep snow. Make sure you bring the right gear to be safe.

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Luis Moreno reviewed Mount Baden Powell Trail
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Good workout bring plenty of water

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HikingBugsGreat!

The directions from this website takes you directly to the trailhead. Unfortunately, you cannot legally park near the beginning of this trail. I parked about 1/4 up the Chaney Trail Road and began my venture there. Once off Chaney Trail Road, the trek takes you onto the actual Chaney Trail. Be careful for fast-moving mountain bikers. After a short time, you'll be on an asphalt road that leads you towards the cutoff to Dawn Mine. This section of the hike is a beautiful riperian area. You'll follow the stream in a well shaded environment all the way to the Dawn Mine. After exploring the mine, you'll ascend to the loop junction. I went clockwise and started up the Tom Sloan Trail to the saddle. This is a continuous but manageable ascent to the saddle. I started encountering annoying bugs around this section, but the views continued to be beautiful. If you decide to take the other way (counterclockwise), it's a continuous steep mile or so to the (old railway) fire road. The saddle is a main junction intersecting five trails. Once there, you'll notice spectacular views of the surrounding mountains! It's easier to use your downloaded map in order to take the correct trail; otherwise, take the trail that indicates "Mt Lowe Road 1.2 miles". From the saddle, it's a continuous ascent to the road. You'll make a left on the road and continue to ascend via the road for a short while. This is the tricky section. Monitor your map directions or you may miss the turnoff. At the turnoff, it's a steep ascent to the Mt Lowe West Trail. Once on the West trail, continue ascending to the summit. My Garmin watch indicated the summit was 7.5 miles from the trailhead. Once finished at the summit of Mt Lowe, it's mostly a continuous descent via the West Trail to a fire road then a quick turnoff to the old Mt Lowe Tavern & Hotel that burned down in 1936. You'll get to explore the ruins of this once magnificent place. After you're finished there, get back onto the fire road which was actually the old Mt Lowe Railway that took visitors from Mt Lowe to the Tavern and Hotel. There are several informative signs along this road that provide history of the railway. Continue to descend via the road until you reach another historical information sign (# 4, I believe). This is the other tricky section so try to monitor your AllTrails map or you'll continue on the fire road. From the sign, you'll descent via the Sunset Ridge Trail (I believe). The sign said it was 2.4 miles to Dawn Mine; however, it was actually MUCH shorter to the mine. Once at the loop junction, continue past Dawn Mine and return the back the same way to the trailhead. This entire trail is in great shape and has a little bit of everything. It'll be a long day but well worth your time. Enjoy!

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Naho K reviewed Condor Peak Trail
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HikingBugsGreat!No shadeRocky

Bring lots of water!

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Doug Brantley reviewed San Jacinto Peak Loop Trail
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Stunning views, definitely challenging. Mostly snow and slush above Strawberry Junction, microspikes help most at the peak and in the morning when the snow is compact. Camped on snow at Little Round Valley and it was epic!

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Korina Salas reviewed Mount Baden Powell Trail
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A challenging trail! if snow is still there tack on another 2hrs to your hike. We saw some people slide down but if you trek it down it's definitely at least 5hrs for an overall roundtrip. The views were amazing, but the snow depths and constant pulling myself out of snow sinking ate up my energy. Carry some cold brew or green tea with some water ofcourse because you'll need the boost!

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HikingGreat!

Trail was in good shape. Lots of flame retardant staining from last years fires near the top. No snow on trail.

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Abbey Everson reviewed Mount Baden Powell Trail
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HikingIcySnow

So amazing! Very snowy. You really need to be determined to get all the way up there, new dusting of snow on top of 2’ or more in places. After the “bench” things get trickier. As temperatures rise going into April things may improve but for now and the foreseeable future spikes/crampons, ice axe (not necessary but helpful). Because of the conditions the couple of miles up feel really long and arduous, don’t think you’ll be finishing this quick, plan for cold cold temps (you’re on the backside of the mountain...) Cold and windy up top as well (27 on my thermometer with 20-40 mph gusts brought the wind chill down dramatically). We caught a beautiful sunset and trekked down under an amazing moon rise! Couldn’t ask for more. I also suggest making a warm hearty meal at some point to help with the calorie burn. I didn’t quite believe the trails label as “for experienced adventurers only” but after trying it during winter conditions I’d have to say that’s 100% true. Be safe out there!

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Hiking Yoda reviewed Condor Peak Trail
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This hike is so awesome and extremely underrated. I hiked this 3/26/21 after eyeing it for months. I’m so glad I did and I have to reiterate the other reviews who compliment the maintenance of this trail. I can confirm that the entire trail is well groomed with no bothersome overgrowth. I started around 8am and parked in a turn out off the hwy. I’m not sure if this was legal but my car was still there when I got back. The beginning of the trail isn’t exactly clear and it’s kind of buried under some brush across from the parking area. The first 3.5 miles are on a fairly narrow trail that loops up and around the mountain. Once you come to the fallen tree across the trail, this signals you have reached the section that gets much more narrow and precarious. Easily passable but you want to be cautious and patient at times as some parts reminded me of the devils backbone. I believe at the 5 mile mark, you can take a right up to fox mountain. I skipped that but will def come back to give that grueling quarter mile ascent a shot. From here your about 2.5 miles from the peak. The last quarter mile veres off slightly to the left and is a solid rock scramble at times. I could catch a glimpse of other hikers footprints but however I made it to condor peak was good by me. The peak itself is a boulder marked with a tree but if you continue on for maybe 0.1 miles you will come to a large clearing to relax and have lunch. The views were solid too with Mt lukens to the south and strawberry peak to the east. I headed back down around noon and the weather was absolutely gorgeous the entire day. Finished around 4pm after clocking about 15 miles round trip. I passed only one other hiker the entire day but that was expected. I imagine this trail isn’t to crowded on weekends either so I would definitely come back here in the summer. Highly recommend to anyone looking for a quiet trail but a nice long workout too.

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Strenuous hike and a great challenge as soon as you leave the parking lot your hiking in the snow the last mile or so before the top your the trail disappears and then you scrambling straight up the mountain the rest of the way to the summit. And yes very cold and super windy crossing the ridge up to the summit. Views always amazing

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Antonio Villalobos reviewed Mount Wilson via Little Santa Anita Canyon
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This hike is and always will be one of my top 5 hikes of all time! Very beautiful and therapeutic.

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HikingGreat!

Video I took of the hike. https://youtu.be/i47s_rG2u-s So in case you don't know, all trails from Chantry Flats is closed. This leaves this trail and the trail from Eaton Canyon as the only routes to take up to Mt. Wilson. This one is nothing like the Winter Creek Trail or Sturtevant Camp trails. A steady incline throughout the hike. Hike is along a well defined trail, and seems to be constantly maintained. First Water had plenty of water in a stream. Also was nice place to relax before the crowds. Orchard Camp might have had water, but didn't really check. From this point on, there really is no water available. Once you get to the Crossroads, you really see the effects of the Bobcat fire. The Winter Creek Trail leading down to Chantry Flats is taped off and closed. There are a lot of dead trees along this small stretch of the trail. Once you get to the fire trail, you can see the remnants of the phoscheck drops on some of the rocks. And you can really see how close the fire got to Mt. Wilson Observatory. The final stretch of the trail to the Observatory was open when I did the hike. Although the Cosmic Cafe was closed. Overall, this was a fun hike, and will be doing it again.

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Christopher Abbey reviewed Mount Baden Powell Trail
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HikingIcy

It's a cold one up top but bring your crampons and your poles and you should be good! I would also recommend bringing your stove and cooking up a warm ramen at the top!

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Victor Flores reviewed Condor Peak Trail
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HikingGreat!No shadeOff trailRockyScramble

15.5 miles, 4k ft of elevation gain. did this in cool weather, would not do in direct sunlight

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