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29 days ago

I’ve done this hike a couple times and it’s convenient because there is great parking and a bathroom, as well as being close to the campgrounds. It’s a steep hike though into the valley and I never saw anyone else hiking it. However I did come across a cougar the first time. Although I think I scared him more than he scared me.

I really enjoyed this hike. However, the grotto was actually hard for me to find! When you get to the bottom of the ravine, there’s a wide open shaded space. From here, it was unclear where to go. I tried two ways. To the right there is a small trail. I followed it for about a mile but it was overgrown by tall grass and seemed to never end. I circled back and went left from that open area. There are lots of rocks here. It didn’t seem clear that I was on a trail. Then suddenly there are large boulders. They can be challenging to climb but if you go up to right, you can more easily navigate down. Eventually you’ll see the grotto beneath you. To get to it, you have to go up to the right and scale more rocks. This then brings you back down to the ground level with the grotto! Woo! I got a little lost getting back out. Watch out for poison ivy!

hiking
1 month ago

Definitely MODERATE, not easy. Very pretty but lots of rocks so watch your step!!

2 months ago

Where the trail ends the real fun starts : boulder jumping and climbing, canyoneering....

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful trail with lots of great places to stop and admire nature! I would rate it a "medium" instead of "easy" since it's mostly uphill/downhill. We will definitely be hiking here again!

2 months ago

Enjoyable trail. Good for trail run. Narrow single lane path that skirts the side of canyon. Pretty much two directions - all the way down, then all the way up. So if your planning to run up, reserve energy.

Note that there are sections with an abundance of Poodle Dog Bush that do creep into the trail. With a narrow passage that skirts the edge, be careful. It will take ninja like skills to avoid. I did make a tiny bit of contact with tips of leaves. Hoping for the best.

If you aren’t aware of Poodle Dog Bush, pleas look this up, it’s effects can be much worse then poison oak. The tiny hairs get into the skin like stinging nettles, but the effects are far worse and more long lasting.

hiking
3 months ago

My group hiked this on 6/14. We began the trail from a turnout on a the highway instead of the circle x ranch entrance. We began around 12:30am and we made it to the grotto around 2:00am, the hike back was pretty fast. We made it back to our cars around 3:30am. This route added 1mile each way to the trail. SkyHighHikingGroup. We get together and hike at night. For all the busy bodys and late night owls. We are based in Los Angeles. Great hike, good workout. There was water in the grotto, hike was easy but the return did make most of us break a sweat. Recommend.

hiking
3 months ago

Parking and vault toilets are directly across the street from the trailhead--a recreation pass is required to park here. Started at 7AM in June and never encountered other hikers for the duration. Pretty trail and scenery with increasing shade as you descend into the canyon. The trail is very narrow, with several areas of loose dirt and gravel. The creek bed was mostly dry, except for about the last 50 meters of the hike where there was a different input that provided a nice flow of water through a couple of steps of rocks--this is likely the "waterfall" referred to in other reviews. Along some stretches, the vegetation had overgrown the trail, but still easily passable. Nice hike, good exercise, some breeze, plenty of birds, lizards, squirrels and some wildflowers still in bloom. Check yourself and your dog for foxtails--they were very abundant along the trail. My GPS tracked just over 6 miles for this hike, out and back.

hiking
3 months ago

Steep trail in some parts- bring sturdy shoes. Beautiful views of the canyon. Quiet, serene & shaded.

3 months ago

Great hike. But it didn’t feel like an easy one. There’s lots of climbing towards the end to get to the grotto

Easy walk ocean setting

hiking
4 months ago

great hike with great views.

Great family hike!

hiking
4 months ago

So far is one of my favorite hiking trails around LA, great views, nice walk, birds, people,dogs, little lizards, squirrels, picnics areas, camping places so good, and the arroyo is not dry at all

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful trail, and very quiet. Great views at the top and a cool riverbed area and campground towards the bottom. We went on a Saturday afternoon and only saw two other people. The trail is frequently very narrow and crumbly, so watch your step. It’s an upside-down trail, with all the ascent on the way out, which can seem daunting but it wasn’t so bad, never felt too steep. We started down the trail at 1pm and found that by the time we started heading up, it was mostly in the shade, so this is a good one to do in the afternoon.

Note there’s tons of poison oak in the lower portions by the stream, some of it right in the trail, so beware and consider long pants if you’re particularly susceptible to it.

p.s. the description on AllTrails mentions a waterfall, but we couldn’t find it. The trail kinda peters out at a campground clearing, and we explored along the stream a bit further but didn’t find a waterfall.

4 months ago

nice trail didnt finish it though I was the only one hiking it this morning so I decided to cut it short . will definitely hike it again and finish it for sure ..

5 months ago

Nice quick trail with a beautiful stream and waterfall. At the end u can climb to ur heart’s content... depends how daring u r. We all enjoyed it kids included...

5 months ago

Done this trail a few times. It had water year round 2017. Nice technical trail once you get to the creek. Great half-day hike.

hiking
6 months ago

Favorite trail to take with kids. Just hard enough to keep them challenged without too much complaining, fun boulder scrambling opportunities. Bring a lunch and wear a bathing suit if it's been a wet year, kids love to splash around in the water.

hiking
6 months ago

This was an enjoyable hike that was moderate (or easy if you are an avid hiker). There are some beautiful views going down the switch backs into the canyon which was perhaps my favorite part, and some nice creeks in the canyon. The trail is narrow at places, but very doable. There were only two down trees when I went, and both looked to have been there for a long while. It's mid march and even though there has been rain, there was surprisingly no snow on the trail, despite snow on surrounding mountains - it was however very cold during the decent, but not as bad on the return as you are hiking back up since you're working harder on the way up. It's not steep however, and if you are in shape it will be easy. It was a nice hike, I would give it a B. Cons are that you decent first and I prefer working towards a peak as the end goal, or a big waterfall. There isn't much of an end wow factor, but don't let that deter you. It's still really lovely.

hiking
6 months ago

Beautiful trail! Spectacular views of the mountains covered in snow beyond the canyon below. Streams were flowing stronger than usual but crossings were easy.
The trail does thin out in some places so be mindful of where you’re putting your feet. I really wish this trail went further down the canyon, it ends just after a picnic area where there’s a barrel for fires. I tried following a trail that nearly disappeared and bushwhacked for a while before I turned back.

6 months ago

Absolutely beautiful little trail. Driving to the trailhead itself offered gorgeous views of the mountains, canyons, and distant oceans.

The river beds were all dried up, but there is some flowing water when you get down to the grotto. The trail itself is pretty easy, but more towards the moderate side considering some of the loose rock on the somewhat steep inclines down into the canyon.

Although I was wearing long sleeves and pants, I did find a tick on my dog and one burrowing in my side when I got home, so please check yourselves if you do this hike.

hiking
7 months ago

Fun trail , would say it’s a little more then easy but isn’t moderate. Great work out .

7 months ago

cool trail Little Rock climbing towards the grotto which made it even more fun, didn't come across any kinds of wild life unfortunately

hiking
7 months ago

Went hiking with my wife, a buddy & my husky and found that the grotto was great location for first time hikers. It was a bit windy and we got there early to beat that samo traffic (arrived @840am). Road to ranch is a bit windy and you’ll need to be mindful the cyclist’. Will be going again soon!

hiking
8 months ago

The trail was reasonably challenging. The trail is VERY narrow & has a number of fallen tress in the path. Along the trail are steep slopes of very loose soil/gravel. So mind your step. There are few small streams to cross as you get closer to the bottom until you walk into a dry riverbed. The trail actually extends beyond the point on the map. We walked roughly an additional mile & ate lunch on some big rocks next to the stream.

The hike, for us, was more moderate/hard and the erosion & steepness of the slopes at times made it a bit harrowing a couple of times. The scenery was similar from the top until close to the end. We took both our dogs who really enjoyed it. It was a great hike in the woods but not as much variation in vegetation & scenery as we tend to prefer.

p.s. there was no waterfall but may have been that hiked in mid-January

hiking
8 months ago

This trail needs to be closed to mtn bikes
Riders are not staying on the trail causing bad erosion
Riders are not yielding right of way to pedestrians or equestrians
Save the arroyo Ban the bike

hiking
8 months ago

Pretty trail. Plenty of shade. Decent variety of elevation so no single section is uphill or downhill for too long. Dogs are allowed until you get down into the riverbed.

10 months ago

kid friendly (age 4&6) make sure to stay to the left once you hit the rocks or else you are stuck walking through the rocks all the way to the grotto... pretty fun alot of climbing over rocks

hiking
10 months ago

Hake, if you say that dogs are not allowed on this trail and the description above says that they are allowed on a leash, who do I believe?

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