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I liked this trail, it had a few different paths you could take to give different scenery which could be confusing to know if you are heading in the right direction but I’m adventurous and enjoy that kind of thing. Some of the hills are difficult but if you hike regularly they aren’t too bad. Will do this one again!

I’ve done it twice. Great trail.

Beautiful trail

Just beautiful. Wonderful way to spend Thanksgiving!!

...I'm coming back...lots of ups and downs...could have used poles in several places (left them in my car

Try again

watch out for the mountain bikers. There are a lot of them. Other than that, take the left steep incline for a better workout experience!

Great Hike and views.

I Actually got my hiking partner and myself lost in these mountains... 12 miles later, feet bloody we made it back.

This trail is a great quick weekend workout.

Great trail with magnificent ocean view but there is no shade at all. There is $15 parking fee when you park Moro Canyon Trail as All Trail shows.
Drive to Crystal Cove Trail to avoid paying fee. It’s free there.

Long and steep, but diverse with great views.

Awesome trail. It's near by if you live in Orange and is fairly easy.

Good hiking trail for a moderate workout. I was expecting nicer views but not bad.

A very intense workout. Hiked this one today 11/24/18. Some snow at the top and very icy in some areas i didnt have any hiking poles so it was scary to walk on ice dont recommend it (had to step on the rocks to pass through). I can say it was easier than San Jacinto, but probably because it was few miles shorter. Views throughout the entire hike are just amazing. No parking permit needed if you park on the street up the hill from the Ranger Station. Be fit if you plan on beating it at this time of the year.

great place for kids love it

Time: 6 hours

What began as an attempt at the C2C ended at the tramway. It wasn't because I couldn't have continued to the top but if I had, I might have been too wiped out to enjoy the rest of my vacation to California which included other hikes.

I left around 5:45am, the sun wasn't quite yet up but the sky was beginning to lighten. Note: Parking at the museum garage is free but doesn't technically open until 6am so if possible park on the street along the garage. About halfway up the Museum Trail I was able to take in the gorgeous sunrise. Around 2000 ft. I encountered a more senior group of hikers, all retirees that hike the trail weekly and refer to themselves as "Skyline Addicts Anonymous" - or something like that. Around 300ft I encountered a Big Horn about a quarter mile away galloping down the steep side of a valley. He was quite hard to pickout since he was well camouflaged amongst the rocks and dirt but definitely one of the highlights of the hike. Around 4500 ft the heat started to kick in. Around 5000ft I passed a duo who'd left almost three hours before me at 3am but were still optimistic on reaching the top. The final climb (5500 ft - 8000ft) to the tram station is definitely the most brutal, you feel as though you're on a constant stair master and someone is slightly decreasing your oxygen allowance every 20 minutes. I made it to the top around 11:30am and had a coffee at the bar while I charged up my phone to grab an Uber at the bottom.

mountain biking
2 months ago

The majority of this trail is easy, but Scout Hill, East Ridge, and Eucalypti Trail are closer to moderate. I have hiked this trail and mountain biked this trail many times. The start is on the street which means you won't have to pay for parking. If this is close to where you live I would highly recommend checking it out. Most of this trail is double track with probably around 1 mile or less of single track, but it can still be quite fun.

I rated it 5 stars due to it being a challenging hike both mentally and physically. You have to dig deep in this one and the last few miles are brutal. I’ve done many local peaks and r2r2r and this by far takes the cake with mental toughness!

To quote Homer Simpson, the end “Sucks Diddley Sucks. Almost 1/3 of a mile on PORTOLA PARKWAY. Put BS!

2 months ago

2nd time up this trail. Started at 5:30am and finished within 6hr:17min... the hike is easier than Iron mtn but intense nonetheless. A good workout with amazing views of the sunrise over the 3Ts. Great training for C2C. Took 7l of water but only drank 4.5l. Highly recommended- but not for the leisurely stroll

Three of us started the hike Oct 19,2018 at 1am. Weather was great, saw lots of other hikers. It was up, up, up all the way! Over 8,000 feet elevation. Recently did Rim to Rim and down n out in the Grand Canyon and this hike was comparable maybe even harder. We originally planned to do the summit, another 11 miles but were beat by the time we got to the tram. You definitely need to be in shape for this one! Bring lots of liquids and a good pair of hiking shoes!

mountain biking
2 months ago

I have come to Peters Canyon for a while, but only recently for mountain biking. I typically start by Lower Peter's Canyon Reservoir and then go left at the sign. Then around the lake, I would recommend taking Cactus Point Trail. Next, I take the main fire road back until Scout Hill and then continue on East Ridge until Eucalyptus and then the ride is over. It is fairly steep at some spots, but is still relatively easy. I love this trail for hiking, and it is good for biking but there are definitely better places.

Great work out with amazing view.

on Old Mount Baldy Trail

3 months ago

Brutal and gorgeous. Read the other reviews, you don't want to do this if you havent done San Gorgonio, San Jacinto etc. I met one other person on the trail who returned because of high winds on the Big Horn Ridge. By the time I made it that far the wind had calmed down somewhat and I plowed on. I made a detour to West Baldy - quite nice and completely deserted. I took it really slowly and had several breaks for snacks and some sketching, Took me ten hours in total.

3 months ago

Went solo on this trip the last week in September in 9 days/8 nights. One needs a permit and there is an easy system to sign up on-line either through a lottery system in March or there are walk-up intermarry possibilities if one has a flexible schedule. Also, routes can either be clock-wise or counter clock-wise in layout. The hike could be comfortably be done in 7 days/6 nights from a mileage perspective. I would rate this as 'hard' but not that 'difficult' in that there is +/- 25,000 ft. of elevation gain and loss for the whole hike, 2k-3K per day on average. It is hard as there is so much up and down. Hiking poles for me were a must. It is not difficult in that it is, during the summer months, a heavily traveled trek and the trails are generally well maintained and easy to follow forest paths. Each day you at going up and down at least one major 2K+ foot section between camps. With side-trips, the 93- 96 mile trek easily ends up over 100+ miles. I took the alternative 'Spray' trail in the northwest as this route is higher up, with closer views of the mountain. There are mountain goats, elk, dear and bear and, the ever present marmots. The weather cooperated, for the most part - 4 days of sunshine, 3 days of overcast, 1 day of rain and 1 day of snow (at 6,000 ft.). The temperature was in the 50s during the day which made for excellent hiking conditions, without overheating. There were no bugs and few people in the camp sites in late September. One is rewarded throughout with spectacular views of the mountain, hills, valleys and rivers as well as different scenery on each day as one heads through different sections and climate zones. In late September, the colors of the bushes change to fiery reds, oranges, yellows and purples - all providing a stark contrast to the bare mountain terrain they grow on. The Wonderland Trail takes one through barren outcrops, subalpine meadows, old growth forests, 'burned' out sections that are regenerating, talus fields and, of course, raging glacial river valleys which leave their silty/rocky deposits below. It is 'hard' because of the elevation gains and losses. All bridges were in place and markers in riverbeds were easy to spot as one navigated low lying sections. I enjoyed the campsites as they all have backcountry privies that are convenient and bear poles for your food/trash at night. In late September, there are few that you are sharing with. One of the pluses for this type of hike is that in each corner of the park, there are cache points to pre-stage food if you choose not to carry it all with you. Further, all campsites, save one, had stream, lake or other water sources near by so water for cooking and drinking was not a problem. Few trails of this length are as well laid out and maintained, with spectacular scenery, and this is the grand daddy of them all. Take the time - it is worth it.

Be prepared to see wildlife!

It is hard and time consuming go early and bring a good amount of food and water pace yourself you will do some serious climbing here. Also prepare for high wind possibly on the summit

Great place to run. Lots of challenging trails Trails are well marked.

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