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Once you get to the Grandview you won’t regret it! It’s such a beautiful view. The trail is moderate and I recommend the adventure.

Super good trail! Beautiful view of lake! Once on top of the overlook,beautiful view of valley

Awesome trail did this on 4/4/18 it was a bit challenging at rimes but well worth the view at the end. give yourself time to enjoy before you have to go back down.

Hiked this trail 2 weeks age and the trail was snow bound last mile or so. Dry Lake was completely snow bound. Beautiful! Yesterday’s hike was completely different. Just traces of snow on the trail only at the very top and The snow was completely gone up top. Dry lake was wet again. Beautiful! Very good time to hike this trail. Sun was out, but there was a cool breeze making it very comfortable!

Love this hike! First time I did it in the winter with plenty of snow on the top couple of miles. Was a cold start around 8am, but the sun came up quickly and it turned out to be a beautiful day to hike. No snow for the first half of the hike, but after the creek crossing and the beginning of the switchbacks the snow was constant to the top at Dry Lake. Snow was pretty frozen in the morning, but I kept from slipping by hiking in previous footsteps. Should have put my micro spikes on, but was lazy. Dry Lake was beautiful full of snow, but cold and windy, so I didn't stay too long. Took my time going down, with several breaks to enjoy my thermos of coffee and bagel. Only ran into a hand full people along the way. Got back to the trail head around 2pm. Was pretty tired because hiking in the snow took its toll. Great day though. Would highly recommend this trail anytime, but the winter hike was special.

Just went Mar. 06, 2018 for the first time. Early morning start. It was cold but the hike was easy up until the steep descent. Friend and I both made it down with maybe one slip and a stubbed toe. Hot springs were great to get in and relax on a cold March morning. Warmed up some and the sun was out all day with a cool breeze. Headed out around 5 and wasn’t paying close attention and we ended up on the PCT. Had to back track at some point and find our way back to a fork that we missed. Just added an extra half hour but boy was it tough going up the steep terrain with daylight fading fast. Just pay attention to not get on the PCT. and bring headlamps like we did in case you get off track and have to hike in the dark. Ha! On the plus side, when we arrived at our parked vehicle the night sky was glowing with a ton of stars. A tough hike but def worth the beautiful day!
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Super fun hike, as easy or challenging as you want to make it! We only spent 1.5 hours, but did a bit of bouldering and had fun in the couple inches of snow on the trails. Heads up: you need to buy a pass to park your car at the trailhead, but some locals told us they visit often and that the rangers usually only check in the evenings. Still, I would go for the pass over a hefty fine!

Beautiful trail! Lots of "BAM!"s (Beauty Appreciation Moments) from the massive redwood trees at the beginning, the sweeping views over the mountains, and the snow!

As of Saturday Feb 18, trails were clear below around 9000ft, and microspikes and poles are highly recommended above that elevation. We passed some people barebooting it, but it was quite slippery in some parts on the packed snow.
Jackdaw Springs where we camped was well sheltered from wind. There was some flowing water but it was very shallow (1" of water or so) and muddy. The last mile or two before Foresee Creek was quite windy, we were glad we had our hardshell jackets+pants. We didn't find water at Forsee Creek, so we cut short our plans to continue to Bernardino Peak because we didn't have enough fuel to melt snow.

It snowed a little this morning (Sunday Feb 19) in Angelus Oaks, so conditions have probably changed on the trail.

Amazing hike with beautiful scenery. Could be challenging for some but the view is well worth it. I plan on doing this hike again very soon.

Super loved this hike! After reading the reviews I brought hiking poles for the last steep part and it helped A LOT with stability, would definitely recommend that. The springs are amazing, several different pools and a cold area to swim in as well.

1 29.18 | group of 4, me and 3 other buddies, one who is not an avid hiker (he died 3/4s of the way, but we got him to push and he lived & absolutely loved the trek down!). we started around 6:45a. phenomenal! lots of snow, knee deep in parts. icy in parts as well. overall, not bad and temperatures were perfect, about 40 all day. we got back to the start about 12 hours later right before sunset. we stopped for 2 hours at dollar lake for lunch and to absorb the majesty. we have all been to dollar multiple times prior, but never with snow. completely different hike than when dry / no snow! poles are a must! have fun!

off road driving
2 months ago

Great off road trail with two harder obstacles. Took 3 hours with photo ops taking our time. Moving time was 1.5 hours.

One of my favorite hikes I've ever done. The majority of the hike is easy - the only thing that's hard is the last little bit before the springs. Going down is super steep and sandy, so watch your step. While dogs are allowed on this trail, our dog (and half our group) didn't make it past the final slope down. This slope is also challenging on the way back up - I needed plenty of breaks and probably should have brought much more water than the 22 oz. I had brought with me.

There is nudity at the hot springs, so if that makes you uncomfortable don't go. They also recommend that you do not drink the water and do not submerge your head under the water.

The hot springs are beautiful and incredibly relaxing and so worth the tough hike back up the trail.

I absolutely love this trail. It is so peaceful and beautiful all the way through especially the view at the end. I started the hike in the early morning and there weren't that many others until I was on my way back down.

off road driving
2 months ago

Lots of tight turns and plenty good obstacles.

Great hike. Like the others have said, its a steep descent and ascent at the last 1/2 mile-3/4 mile of the hike. No one in our group really slipped and had a fun time descending. Ascending was hard but still fun. I wouldn't recommend this hike for novice hikers - mainly because of their worry of going down the ridge and slipping and then the climb back up. A few in our group did not make it all the way :(

The hot springs are beautiful. Make sure to visit all seven in varying temperatures and depths. Bring food to snack on, but please make sure to carry any trash out! Water shoes with good grip would also be ideal to take because of the algae on the rocks make it easy to slip inside the small pools of water.

Take plenty of water. It is not recommended that you drink ANY of the water near the hot springs, even from the source.

Just got back . Did a gear shake down that didn't go well. To cold for iPhone after a couple miles. I wasn't the only one up there although it wasn't crowded at all. You could summit and many I talked to did. Cramp-ons needed so I came up 1,000 ft' or so short of the top. My water bladder froze during the night but all my other gear worked well. This was a spur of the moment thing for me but I am going back to get some pictures and get to the dang top. Watch the elevation change. Made me a little dizzy on the way up so be prepared for that if you think it may take a toll on you. I did a face plant into a large bolder but my teeth are still intact :

Beautiful and brisk. Poor Big Bear has no snow but it allowed for a beautiful hike and views that were beyond compare!

hiking
2 months ago

Did this hike on February 3rd with my fiancé and dog. Like others, we had to hike from the road to the trailhead to start. About half of the hike was on snow, and some sections were pretty steep and required extra care and a slower pace. At 12 miles and 3k+ elevation gain topping out at 9950+, this hike pushed us to our limits. Luckily the weather was good. It would be difficult to find the trail in bad weather.

I would recommend this hike to advanced hikers who want a real challenge and are willing to spend most of the day on the hike. All in all, the hike took us about 5 hrs and 45 minutes. We took a couple breaks for snacks and water and pictures as well.

Last thing is to be careful of icy conditions during this time of year. Both my fiancé and I slipped and fell on the way down one time, and had a few other scares. Make sure you are outfitted with proper gear and bring plenty of water. Have fun!

Absolutely beautiful. Amazing bridge and creek.

Awesome hike my group ended up doing today bc Sugarloaf was closed. Very easy. Took my sedan and parked when I got to the sign that reads 'Splinter's [something that I forgot lol]'. i suggest parking there unless you have a better car for dirt road as the end of the 1/4 miles left to the trail parking is pretty rocky and lower cars would prob not manage.. you can go slightly past the sign, but after the small paved portion, I wouldn't risk it. Nice views of the river and you cross it once before arriving to it again. Started the hike at 8am and by the time we were heading back, it was much warmer with about half the trail shaded. Very remote, only saw 2 other parties and a couple dirt bikes could be heard in the distance.

Completed Sugarloaf Mountain Trail in 6hrs, over 12.6 mile in/out, at 3,228ft.

The dirt road was closed and I had to hike one mile to get to the trailhead. The ranger said not to hike it, but I did it anyway. I wanted to reach the peak and see the view of Mt. San Gorgonio.

Good for building and strengthen your endurance. Very hard with extreme inclines, not for beginner hikers. Advanced hikers, need a partner! Highly recommended during this time of condition (February 2018). I was the only hiker, there!

The trail conditions need to be maintained: it was covered with overgrown heavy vegetation, rocks, icy-snow, and soft snow that made it hard to located the trail. I got detoured and lost. I couldn't find my way back down because of the sun light reflected off the snow, which made it very hard to see my footprints and path: so I made my own pathway down the mountain. I got to admit, it was scary. Need a good sense of navigational skills. Must stay on the trail!

Need clamp on's (boot snow chains)! Man, I am tired! I recommend not hiking this trail until it is fixed.

I am proud of myself for doing this - it was a difficult hiked due to the trail conditions.

loved this trail did this during the santa Ana's when it was 90 in the valley but up here a cool 60 and hardly a breeze beautiful trail through forest and boulders and an absolutely stunning view at aptly named grand view

Very dangerous, easy to get lost, extremely steep. Don’t go if you are uncomfortable with nudity.

off road driving
2 months ago

Fun off road trail, second obstacle can be tricky when wet.

We hiked and backpack Mt San Gorgonio at 11,503ft over 22 miles, November 2017. The nights were so cold, below 40F, that our toes were frozen that we couldn’t even feel them and endlessness sleeping nights. Hiked in the dark for 6 miles without headlamps using the night sky to navigated our descent back to base camp from the peak and the trails.

off road driving
2 months ago

I conquered this with the help from an off road crew of great guys!
I have a stock JKU 4 door and made it by going slow and easy!
Beautiful trail and the rocks are amazing sounding as you ride over them! It’s surreal!

Awesome trail! Has everything you’d want - inclines, views of the lake, dig friendly, decent distance and not crowded. Will do this one again and again.

wonderful view!

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