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Short hike down on steep, cliff hugging trail but plenty of shade. Great for year-round hiking and especially in the spring time. Check out the diving pools near the end!

Nice place! Really recommend it

Steep climb but well worth it! The trail is exposed and no water available on trail so go prepared.

Tuff trail the elevation is a teal thing

I took this trail today! It really was great. I took a left at the campground and went on about 4.5 miles more. He trails were clear, quiet, and not crowded at all except for some apparently long term residents at the campground. I’m not sure about easy if you take the left trail as I did I was out about 4 hours and pretty tired when I got back. Good for a shorts and T-shirt hike though. Great choice for close to the city, I’ll go again.

hiking
21 days ago

Beautiful trail! We ran into no other hikers either the entire hike. Its a hidden gem of Malibu.

So my girlfriend and I hiked this one today. We hike at least twice a week between 4-8 miles each hike. This one was definitely not an easy one.
To add to it we kinda took a wrong route before around the campsite and up some little trail of about 2 miles. Wasted energy and end of July heat was so amazing. Lol.
Overall it’s a great hike with beautiful reward at the end. The pond had water btw. It’s a bit of incline for the first 2.5 miles and totally worth it. Not for beginners though. We loved the solidarity cause no one is hiking this trail. We were the only one there. Probably cause it hard with no waterfall reward at the end. Would do it again.

We took the trail from the north entrance of TCyn (Braude Park), and didn’t how long it was. There was so much mist that we couldn’t see 20 feet in front of us. We finally reached a place to get out of the trail and thanks to a nearby sign .08 mile to hub, we were able to find our way out of the park. Lovely, but long hike. Brings lots of water, hat, and snacks.

hiking
26 days ago

Great trail and area, but don't park in the lot near the road. Break-ins happen often and there was even a car theft two weeks ago. There's parking farther in, just past the Edison facility. Park head-in within the arrows.

Bear sighting! Well, nearly. On our way out, two groups advised us that our furry friend was about 1/4 mile ahead. We never encountered said bear, but it seemed to be far enough away from the trail and not bothering anybody.

This hike is great!! Meets up with the JPL trail at Gould Mesa Campground. Turn right at the bottom of the hill (where the campground is) to head toward the dam. About 1 mile from the campground bear left at the picnic area to follow the trail to the dam (about another 1/2 mile) - otherwise you're ascending quickly up a mountain. You'll definitely know if you turned the correct way. :)

If you are going to take younger kids out here, I'd suggest using the JPL/Gabrielino trail. The hike back up to the car at the end of this route is B R U T A L. Mostly unexposed, and difficult to do in the heat. Bikers use this trail, so listen out for their bells and consider only wearing one earbud if you're going to wear them at all. Also good advice for the bears.

We really enjoyed this hike! Not a lot of shade so I’d recommend going on a cool day. Tracking on Strava it said 6.9miles and 2,028ft elevation gain.

Awesome walked, loved the scenery and the waterfall was wonderful.

This was a fun hike. All the reviews were accurate about the beginning being confusing. I parked at the top and walked down the dirt road and saw more parking. Continue to walk up the “private road” and follow it past the houses on the right. After a while you will see a gate past the homes. After that you will only see hikers and maybe a few mountain bikers. I got a little confused on where to turn to start hiking to the peak. You will see a smaller turn to your right and you will bushwack your way up the peak.

We did this to escape the heat in L.A.
Did the loop counter-clockwise from the last turnout before Bukhorn entrance. It's simply a matter of keeping a leftward tangent. Started at 5:30 pm and finished at 9:15 pm. It being July, we used a lot of repellent.
Very beautiful hike, especially with the low angle sunlight, and plenty of shade. But forget the falls. It was just too dry. As the evening sky set in, we took the PCT out of Cooper Canyon instead of the service road. It was worth it because as the trail gets up on to the rim of the canyon, you can see a lot of sky and surrounding mountains with that blue and orange colored sky. We had the trail all to ourselves.
The loop is closer to 8 miles than 6 because we took the trail instead of the service road coming out of Cooper Canyon trail camp. The map shows to use the service road, thus making it closer to 6 miles.

Awesome Trail going In all downhill, coming back all Uphill. Amazing view. Did purchace my adventure Pass.. Did the complete Loop and More Total 8.9 Miles. I love it.

Trail is open again after the fire and in decent shape.

Did not enjoy, lots of trash, only nice part was seeing the horses.

hiking
1 month ago

There was a short, very steep elevation gain. After that, the rest of the trail has very little elevation. There were lots of bikers!!

hiking
1 month ago

10/10 - I adored this hike.
If you're going to do this hike in the summer months I would not recommend starting after 630am. Also, make sure you bring some sort of bug repellent patch or spray. There are only a couple of areas that it's a problem (down in the canyon near the creek), but it's pretty brutal without any repellent. The beginning of the hike is sort of confusing. The AllTrails app kept me from straying too far from the path. Don't turn right at the first fork. Pass the "residence parking" sign and keep going straight, crossing the creek, then you'll veer up towards the right and squeeze past/hop over the gate blocking Stoddard Fire Road. From there you're good to go.
If you are going to summit do as others before me have written, and look to your right once the trail evens out on both sides. If you keep going it's a beautiful hike (I missed the side trail even though I was looking for it), but it won't get you to Stoddard Peak. I did build a small cairn, and hikers at some point before me had kind of bordered the path to the side trail with stones and branches (I will upload photos). Don't even start up the side trail if you don't have enough water, long pants, and trekking poles. It's a bushwacking situation, and very rocky one you get up top. Personally, I wouldn't have attempted it without my poles and a healthy dose of dedication.
There is a peak register at the top. I plan on doing this hike again soon and will bring another writing utensil or two, since all that was in there was one mechanical pencil. The bushwacking is worth it, if you're up for it.

mountain biking
1 month ago

A solid climb to the top will make you work especially near the top. Keep an eye out for single track of the side or the road on the way down.

2 months ago

i would rate this as a easy to moderate trail on difficulty. i think people rate the difficulty based on distance. Nice trails throughout

The hike is fairly easy and short but get there early because it shares a parking lot with a bunch of other hikes (including Mt. Wilson) and it will be full by 7am.
The falls themselves aren’t really that special and they get crowded I didn’t really care for all the graffiti. Kids will be cliff jumping, which I don’t recommend.
Not my favorite waterfall hike in the area but if you’re into jumping off of cliffs, it’s an option.

hiking
2 months ago

6-10 hike for

amazing views of Sandstone peak and Boney, plus very abundant wildflowers but also very overgrown and itchy.

rock climbing
2 months ago

The trail down to the waterfall is nice. Went on a weekday and there were a good amount of people just hanging out near the falls. I don't know how people cliff dive here, looks terrifying! To get down to the pool is pretty hard although there is a rope provided.

The fall in itself is nice aside from all the tagging ):

Found this spot by wanting something like Eaton Canyon but without the crowds. And for a Saturday morning, it was perfect. Pretty, with some people, but for the most part, we were hiking alone. The only downside was what someone else had mentioned which is the hike back up to your car. There’s little shade and was the most strenuous part of the trail being that it is at the end.

More of a walk, not a hike.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice long hike with changing scenery. Definitely go counter-clockwise if hiking. Not overly difficult - not entirely sure why this is rated as “Hard”: Perhaps it’s the distance?

Fun fire roads for easy mountain biking.

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