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    Stephanie Magnien Rockwell checked in to Hollyridge Trail

    over 4 years ago

    Stephanie Magnien Rockwell reviewed Mt. Hillyer Trail - from Horse Flats

    about 5 years ago

    I got started a little late in the morning on this hike, about 9:40a, on a hot day and since the trail is exposed for a lot of the time it was a little tough. Also, most of the elevation is gained in the first 3/4 of a mile. Once the trail leveled out a bit it was a really enjoyable hike. The views are great. It was difficult to know when I had actually reached the top of Mt. Hillyer so if you start down a big hill, know that you've passed it. There are a couple of other starting points for Mt. Hillyer. Starting at the Chilao Visitor's Center will add a couple of extra miles; starting at the Rosenita will decreases the milage to a bit over a mile RT. I started at Horse Flats Campground and had lunch at one of the campsite's picnic tables afterwards. The campgrounds have bathrooms but they're not for the faint of heart. There's no water at this campground.

    The Station Fire has given Poodle Dog Bush a great opportunity to thrive on this trail and in many other areas of the Angeles National Forest. The consequences of touching this plant are similar to poison oak so if you don't know what it looks like do a quick internet search before heading out on your next hike. I'm not kidding when I say it is prolific right now. My rough description of Poodle Dog Bush is that it looks similar to a marijuana plant with pretty little purple flowers and has a stinky scent. I posted a photo of it to this hike.

    Stephanie Magnien Rockwell checked in to Musch Trail

    about 5 years ago

    Stephanie Magnien Rockwell checked in to Eagle Springs Loop Trail

    about 5 years ago

    Stephanie Magnien Rockwell reviewed Murray Canyon Trail

    over 5 years ago

    Really nice hike. For the first half mile you hike in the open desert before getting into the canyon where you spend the rest of the hike. The entire canyon is a beautiful palm oasis; a small waterfall greets you at the end. The hike has very little elevation gain. I recommend getting here right at 8am when the park opens to beat the heat. It's too bad it doesn't open earlier.

    Stephanie Magnien Rockwell checked in to Murray Canyon Trail

    over 5 years ago

    Stephanie Magnien Rockwell reviewed Arch Rock Nature Trail

    over 5 years ago

    Super easy hike to see an iconic Joshua Tree rock formation. Starts at the White Tank campground. There's no water available at the campground so byo!

    Stephanie Magnien Rockwell reviewed Pine City/canyon Trail

    over 5 years ago

    Great easy hike amongst the Joshua Trees, Junipers and Honey Mesquites. You have to drive down a well maintained dirt road to get to the trail head. There's a bathroom at the parking lot.
    I took the spur a bit past Pine City up to a vista. The extra mile (rt) was well worth the view.

    Stephanie Magnien Rockwell checked in to Pine City/Canyon Trail

    over 5 years ago

    Stephanie Magnien Rockwell checked in to Pine City/Canyon Trail

    over 5 years ago

    Stephanie Magnien Rockwell checked in to Arch Rock Nature Trail

    over 5 years ago

    Stephanie Magnien Rockwell reviewed East Fork Trail (Bridge to Nowhere)

    over 5 years ago

    Great LA local hike. Took me about 5 hours to complete. Today was the perfect day to go, not too hot (I started at 8am) and the water level isn't super high. On the way to the bridge there wasn't too many people but I passed dozens on my way back. I read a few reviews that said the trail is hard to follow but I didn't have that experience. Next time I want to explore the narrows just beyond the bridge.

    Stephanie Magnien Rockwell reviewed Sturtevant Falls Trail

    almost 6 years ago

    Good for what it is, a hike located just outside an urban center. Extremely popular, on weekends the parking lot is full by 7 am. Additional parking is along the road up to 1/2 mi from trailhead.

    Hike is mostly flat, shady, and easy with the exception of the 1/4 mile start that takes you to the canyon floor via a steep and unprotected asphalt fire road.

    Three steam crossings and don't forget to pack your bug spray and get an adventure pass for your car.

    Stephanie Magnien Rockwell checked in to Sturtevant Falls Trail

    almost 6 years ago