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The Angeles National Forest offers natural environments, spectacular scenery, developed campgrounds and picnic areas, swimming, fishing, skiing and the solitude of quiet wilderness areas. Trails winding throughout the forest accommodate hikers, equestrians, mountain bikers and off-highway vehicle enthusiasts.

backpacking
6 hours ago

I thought this was a pretty good hike. Just did it this weekend and it was very, very hot, but I am not letting that affect my review cause I'm a heat-wimp. It's a hike down to a lower elevation so you don't peak out to open views or vast openings, however, you get a nice variety of switchbacks, gradual descents/climbs, drastic descents/ascents and a good mix of brush - from completely closed tree/brush paths to large evergreen big tree groves. Wasn't sure what we'd get for the camp site, but the camp site at Valley Forge is not bad due to the proximity of a well fed stream from which to grab as much water as one needs. Bathrooms were "meh" (spiders, stink and lame people leaving their garbage in their), but a plus for being able to grab wood around camp and have a nice fire. Really a 3.75.

Nice and beautiful trail really hard in the beginning,going down to fire road, Was really hot. Ending 7 mile.

Great hike with lots of beautiful views. This trail is very busy during the weekends.

on Shortcut Canyon Trail

14 hours ago

This is a great option if you're looking for a moderate hike in the high country. It's lightly trafficked, and the views of the Angeles and Mojave are incredible. We ended up hiking about 1/2 mile past Mt. Williamson's summit on Pleasant View Ridge. We found a great little spot off the trail to relax. Total time was about 3 1/2 hours (including rests).

Great trail but hot and exposed. Bring sunscreen and coverage for arms and legs especially if you go late in the AM. We try to leave the trailhead by 5 am, which seems to keep the heat at bay.

took 3 L of water. refilled at water falls with minifilter. refilled some more at ski lodge restaurant on way back down. bring enough water and sunblock! trekking poles helped A LOT. it gets hot.
try to start early as possible. started at 8 am.. wish we started at 6.

hiking
18 hours ago

The trail is mostly shaded. Once you go past the cabins, follow the trail leading up to a crossing. Cross the creek and proceed to the falls. The falls are spectacular.

nice hike

hiking
1 day ago

awesome hike. bloody hot though. at least 90 in the saddle. saw a big group that headed up east twin from the saddle, but they turned back probably from the heat. I made it, but probably stopped 6 times to hydrate. Drank 1.5 liters of water on the way up from the saddle and another liter at the top of twin peaks. Superb views made it all worth it. You're smack dab in the center of the San Gabriels, I could see all the way from Cucamonga Peak across to Condor peak and everything in between. The cliffs on the city side of the peak are dramatic.

Took the front side to the green house and came back down via Backbone. Quite"traffickey" going up - but everyone was cool. Coming by down was quite warm (11a). But good trek overall