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Can Staples reviewed Eagle Rock via the PCT
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First PCT hike for me! Great views, the eagle at the end was super fun and surprising! Very Instagrammable :) polite hikers out there. Definitely a family friendly hike. Pretty easy! A San Diego must.

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A good desert trail with a mix of ups, downs and flats. I would not say this is a hard trail, but some parts are sandy. Trail is very easy to follow for the most part. Started our hike at 9:30am in early April, took us 3-4 hours with breaks. Wear lots of sunscreen. There is a nice bathroom at the parking lot.

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Kerry Schuster reviewed Eagle Rock via the PCT
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Fishing

Gorgeous!

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Andrew Wallace reviewed Indian Trail Loop at Pipe's Canyon
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HikingGreat!

Really satisfying mix of terrain. Went in early April. There was water in the creek on the way up.

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Jacky Vasquez reviewed Rope Canyon Trail
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such a cool hike

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Gerardo Morales reviewed Eagle Rock via the PCT
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HikingGreat!

Very nice trail, we really enjoyed the trail from beginning to the end, we took a lot of pictures all over the trail.

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Devon Word reviewed Eagle Rock via the PCT
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Beautiful easy/moderate hike. First half of the trail walks under tree canopy and alongside the creek, lots of shade. Second half is high desert running into wide open meadows, little to no shade until you hit the rock! Trail is well marked and mostly flat

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Joshua K reviewed Eagle Rock via the PCT
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BackpackingGreat!

Amazing with beautifulscenery, offers plenty of shade until the last mile to eagle rock.

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Alexandra Meadows reviewed Eagle Rock via the PCT
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HikingGreat!

Wonderful, easy trail! We clocked in right at 6.5 miles and the first 1.5 is shaded. Took our dog and it was a very dog friendly trail!

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Rob Schumacher reviewed Eagle Rock via the PCT
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Recela Meador reviewed Eagle Rock via the PCT
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Such a beautiful trail...from an oak tree-lined start of the trail with the soothing sound of the creek to cacti- desert bush path and finally to the open flower-a-bloom preserve to a grand end of the trail: Eagle Rock!!! The trail is easy to follow, well preserved with a couple of tree blocking the path but path goes around it or over it with no problem. Lots of birds singing...sooo beautiful hike. thank you Lord!!!

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Michelle Uruchurtu reviewed Eagle Rock via the PCT
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WalkingGreat!

Beautiful walk! No hiking shoes needed. No shade the last 1/3 of the trail.

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The full loop is well worth it, great change of landscape along the trial, and amazing views at the top!

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Angie Hermenegildo reviewed Eagle Rock via the PCT
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Great hike

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Jill Linderwell reviewed Indian Trail Loop at Pipe's Canyon
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I really enjoyed this trail. It took me 3 hrs and 15 minutes, it was hot and I took lots of water breaks. Really well marked and well maintained trail. Nice clean bathroom at the ranger station. I wouldn't call it hard, lots of short inclines, the hardest part was not slipping on the downhills.

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HikingGreat!

Trail well marked. Lots of varied terrain which is difficult to find on so many “desert” hikes. Great scenery. Saw a baby rattler...a real rattler not the ones in Pioneertown. Definitely go to Chaparrosa Peak!!

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Laura Burnham reviewed Eagle Rock via the PCT
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What a perfect day for this hike! The first half is nicely shaded by beautiful trees that run along a clear stream. The last bit is definitely exposed, but the views are endless and the wildflowers are in bloom! Eagle Rock is pretty cool and worth the photo op. This was my first time hiking on the PCT and I really enjoyed seeing the through hikers .

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Counterclockwise is the way to go to really appreciate the views. We kept thinking we’d already seen the best view when another one would appear around the bend. There’s a tiny brook to follow for quite some time, shade and cool breezes (in the middle of the desert!), ruins, incredible rocks, and beautiful views. Really fun coming across so many different types of terrain.

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Damon Attaway reviewed Eagle Rock via the PCT
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HikingGreat!

Great little walk, took lots of pictures!

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This is not a hard hike. Maybe moderate but very worthwhile with great views.

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livia cournoyer reviewed Eagle Rock via the PCT
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HikingGreat!No shade

easy and beautiful trail with a fun rock at the end

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Angry Hiker reviewed Eagle Rock via the PCT
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BackpackingGreat!

really nice hike that is yet again becoming populated thanks to social media. Again with the stupid speaker hikers. idiots climbing on the rock, then there's the annoying drone flyers totally killing the vibe and peacefulness. seems like they and the speaker people should get together and jump of a cliff.

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Christina McGuire reviewed Eagle Rock via the PCT
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Overall a great hike, balancing forest and desert landscape. I would say the hike is leaning toward moderate more than easy. Sometimes it becomes very windy which can be a nuisance. It’s shaded for about the first half and then no shade for the last half, so sunscreen is necessary.

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Melanie Hackley reviewed Eagle Rock via the PCT
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Beautiful, easy hike with awesome views. Definetly wear a hat and bring sunscreen because most of it is not shaded.

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Jody Dougherty reviewed Eagle Rock via the PCT
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Lori Lori Gentry reviewed Eagle Rock via the PCT
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Jody Dougherty reviewed Eagle Rock via the PCT
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Mike Muncey reviewed Rope Canyon Trail
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Rope Canyon 3/27/2021 WARNING: Last rope going up (or first rope going down) is UNSAFE due to DAMAGE. The 25 FT long yellow rope at the top of the 20 foot wall. See pictures!!! Rope Canyon is a slot canyon in the Mecca Hills Wilderness east of Indio and Mecca California with a Canyoneering rating of 2AI. See Canyoneering Rating System (https://www.canyoneeringusa.com/intro/canyon-ratings ) for more details. The Technical Class rating of 2 means no technical equipment is required. Due to in-place hand-ropes, this is considered to be just a scramble. The Water Flow rating of A means this is generally a dry canyon during normal hiking conditions and you won’t be swimming though anything. The Effort Rating of I means you’ll be spending a couple hours or less on this adventure. You can make this a longer day if you like by hiking additional canyons. And this doesn’t include the time stuck on I-10 in traffic  My wife and I did a loop hike going up Ladders Canyon and then coming down Ropes Canyon. As a general rule, never trust in-place equipment that you haven’t inspected. And with fixed ropes, you can’t inspect the critical part until you’ve climbed up it. But by going down the canyon instead, you can inspect the anchor and wear-point on the rope where it goes over the ledge. Our loop was extended a bit due to a navigation error where we missed the short-cut from Ladders to Ropes. But this was actually an enjoyable deviation and I recommend it if you have an extra hour. After completing Ladders and the added loop at the top, we arrived at the first rope at the top of the Rope Canyon. Our goal was to practice and refresh some repelling skills in preparation for some future adventures. Rappel #1 (R1) is a 20 or 25 foot rap off two bolts down a vertical wall that has some foot holes in it. The in-place nylon webbing was threaded directly through the bolt hangers which is not a best-practice due to added wear placed on the nylon. It should be threaded through smooth quick-links instead. The in-place yellow rope was worn badly where it contacts the ledge. This rope is UNSAFE and needs to be replaced ASAP. We used our own rope (which we pulled) to do the rap. After some cool scrambling down the canyon we encountered a drop of about 5 or 6 feet. I was able to down climb a couple feet and then jumped to the sand. After a bit more hiking you come to the next rope. This one was bolted, properly webbed through a link and in reasonable shape. But we came to rappel, so we did. Rappel #2 (R2) we did as a two stage 30 or 40 foot. After dropping 10 feet to ledge, you have another bolt and could reset. But our 100 FT rope was able to reach, so we did the second stage without resetting. From there, it is just a hike down a fun and a very narrow (in places) canyon to the exit into the main canyon near the parking lot.

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