Explore the most popular dogs on leash trails in Angeles National Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Beautiful magical fairy land

hiking
14 hours ago

Ass kicker! Worth it!

Great hike!

This hike has some lovely parts and some crappy asphalt parts.
The views can be great and it's an easy way to get out of the city and away from the crowds.
I would recommend this hike if you're not super choosy about your flavor of nature.

This was an excellent hike! The trail was easy enough for an adventurous 7 year-old, including the navigation down the rope-assisted section.
I would plan on spending an hour at the waterfall and just chillin with a snack, that way the crowds come and go in waves so you end up getting time alone.
Would highly recommend as a pretty easy hike!

hiking
19 hours ago

It's a bit of a drive up the 39 to get here, but it's quite scenic. If you are driving north there is a picnic area and a lot on the left, right past the bridge. There is a pretty nice swimming area right below the parking lot. I only made it about a mile up the trail. There is a paved rode at least that far. The river runs right next to it, and in May it was still flowing well. Really nice place to spend a day. Don't forget your Adventure Pass, the rangers will ticket!

The trail is very overgrown and the foileage was more cumbersome than it was enjoyable. The incline itself is a great workout but I just wish I wasn't fighting my way through all the brush. I am 90% sure we encountered some poison oak along the way... I would suggest wearing pants or leggings as well as a breathable long sleeve to avoid contact with unfriendly plants. I would NOT recommend taking dogs - our pups usually love a good hike but this trail begins in a rocky riverbed and there is hardly any shade on the way up. They didn't seem to be having too much fun in the overgrowth either.

I am writing this after my ibuprofen has had a chance to kick in the day after! I am an older, slower hiker but I peaked this mountain yesterday. It was challenging yet so rewarding. It became steep after Spruce Grove Campground. The shaded, foggy trail kept me cool...making the uphill trudge more bearable. I loved reaching the top and going to the lookout area immediately to the right when you summit. You will find the elevation/Mt. Wilson sign there. After that, a trip to the Cosmic Cafe for some tasty food is a well earned treat.
I thought I got off trail on the way down. I would recommend getting the map at the little store at Chantry Flats. It includes the locations of all the campgrounds, call boxes, river crossings, etc. and can be helpful when your electronic devices don’t work.
My phone tracked this hike as a 17.5 miler...but that includes my doubling back when I thought I had gone off the trail I was supposed to be on AND getting to my car parked a ways from the trailhead. If I can do it, you probably can too!

Really cool hike. over shot the water fall by like a mile or two tho...

Def all incline most of the way! The start and very end of hike were hardest for me! I got poles & they helped a lot! Worth the hike to the top!

Get there early. You will have to park on the street and the later you get there the further you will park from the trailhead. It’s a beautiful hike but it can get packed and the trail is well maintained but narrow. We hiked up to the hotel remains and I regret not taking the extra time to take the detour to inspiration point. Next time!

If anyone wants to take on this challenge I would suggest trailing the loop backwards and once at the mine come back the same way. The loop is absolutely not traveled on often and barley even exists. I’ve hiked the full loop before and at places it can be very dangerous where your footing is. Much easier to travel the opposite way up to the mine. Be aware there are still many steep drops and extremely steep switch backs still.

Oak and follow the sign for sunset ridge trail. Then you'll be on the trail that leads to the creek. Follow creek all the way up. Mines closed but it's a fun trail. Incline the way there. Decline the way back. 6.5 miles total

First time here. Great hike. We got here at 8am on Saturday morning, parking lot was filling up. Don’t forget your Adventure Pass! This is a high trafficked trail, very easy to follow and all switchbacks.

There was a lot of PCTers which was awesome to see.

There are also bathrooms at the trailhead (no TP) and a few picnic tables.

I’d say I got about 50/50 shade and sun on the trail.

I logged 8 miles round trip.

on Blue Ridge Trail

3 days ago

beautiful trail, Good climb as soon as you leave the car. we had a casual pace and made it up in an hour, had a picnic at the edge of the PCT and back down to the car in 45 minutes. I would recommend this trail

Interesting hike today - was relaxing at Bear Flats when a deer stopped by. After deciding I wasn't a threat, the deer proceeded to graze all around me for about 10 minutes before deciding to move on. Made for an awesome morning on the Old Baldy Trail.

this hike was all uphill and it was 10 .1 miles round-trip but the view from the top is a 360-degree view so it was worth it once we got up there and we think we saw a mountain lion but it was too far away to tell for sure

I hiked what I believed to be this trail this past Saturday morning, which was nice and misty. It made for a truly beautiful hike. I am not entirely sure where I made the wrong turn, but on my recording you can see that I did not hike this trail, truly. When I got to the gate for the access road about 7am, it was locked. I found a spot on the street down past the nursery and hiked up the road to the trail system. By the time I got to that point I was so wet and had been roadwalking for so long that I just took the first trail I saw. My total hike was around 4 miles out & back, and I came across both a dwelling far back in the forest, and a beautiful pool of water not far from the dwelling. (I do believe someone lives there currently - it looked that way.) I plan on doing the proper trail soon, but this was my favorite short hike to date.

Did this route counter clockwise. It’s not 12.6 miles, more like 17.5 from our car at chantry flats. Beautiful hike up & down. I was pleasantly surprised how much I liked it. Trail gets pretty steep from sturtevant campground up to the summit. We also had great weather.

off road driving
5 days ago

this is a great skill builder trail for those getting into 4 wheeling. the steep technical climbs are mild and keep you enjoying the trail. mid way there is a sketchy hill climb option that has 4 paths up. the 2 center being the most rutted out and will require lockers to get through. this can be bypassed of course. towards the top there is a rock crawling obstacle for those that want to test their rig and their skill. I had no problems with my jeep wrangler. from the top, you can loop back down, or continue trail to the reservoir. i have done both and prefer the continue to the reservoir as now the descends are technical but not too extreme.

Did this hike in early May and it was great! A couple of pointers though....
1) I was fooled by AllTrails YET AGAIN on the trail distance. Description says 4.9 miles but it is actually 6.5 miles. The site is usually off a bit but this one is off by quite a large margin so plan accordingly! I did this right around sunset and had to run the last 20 minutes to get my car out by 8pm.. (per the signage you will be locked in after 8pm).
2) The hike is pretty difficult in that it is steep & narrow in several spots w/ slippery gravel so wear hiking boots. I do a ton of hiking and would say this one is borderline moderate/hard. Decent elevation gain but well worth it.
3) Where the f was the dawn mine? There is a sign clearly marked pointing toward it however I ran around that area thoroughly and never found it. Still cool, just was racing the clock due to the distance and did not see what was pictured in some of the photos here. Bummer.
4) Overall beautiful hike. Doing the sunset portion, yes, during sunset made for great views and it really was one of the nicer trails in the LA/Pasadena area. There is a nice little picnic area toward the peak elevation on the sunset trail side & you can see DTLA. Very nice. The stream is really tranquil and there are fun wooden footbridges and rock jumping to keep things interesting on the dawn mine side.
5) Definitely have the trail map handy as there were several times I would have been lost without it. Lots of intertwined trails around here so be careful to stay on this one. :)
Happy hiking!

Parked the car where the road ended. There are barriers so you can't go further. You cross the barrier and go down a paved road.Where it turns to "dirt" there's a porta potty that hasn't been cleaned in ages. You cross a foot bridge and then go about .10 straight until you get to the fork. Then you take a left and you start walking into the canyons. I started at 830 am, not much shade until you get about 1.5 miles in (from where I parked the car). It's a nice, steady incline into the canyons. I saw birds and lizards. About 1.5 to 1.75 miles you start to hear running water. To your left, you can see a stream. At 2 miles in, you come to your first stream crossing. There's about 7 crossings between mile 2 and 3. At 3 miles you walk into the old Cienga Campground. About the only thing left are the pit tiolets which have not been maintained and old campground markers. Gets kinda buggy at 2 miles but I took out a banana, got it wet, and wiped my face and that kept the bugs away, but I might recommend some bug spray. I stopped at the old campgrounds, had a snack and turned around. There was an approx 250 foot elevation gain from the car to the old campgrounds. Loved the hike, felt the burn. Would recommend it.

Dawn Mine Trail has been recently restored to great condition. Made it to Tom Sloane Saddle with no difficulty. From the saddle to Brown Mtn on the east side of the peak is a use trail, rugged but passable. On the west side down to Fern truck trail, though there are discernable use trails in some spots, this is really off-trail hiking. Very rugged, with brush, yuccas, and loose footing. Extremely steep just above the the truck trail. Be sure to take the ridge that runs north at first and then bends to the west, not the ridge that runs south from the peak. This is for experienced hikers who are comfortable with off-trail navigation and hiking.

This place was so beautiful! We spent the day above the clouds. It was windy and cold on the way up but really nice once we got to the top. The directions on my map from the app was not accurate but I eventually found it. You do need a parking pass FYI

hiking
7 days ago

Moderate/easy walk up Forest Service Road 7N23A up to the summit. With the early "June gloom," wasn't able to see beyond 20 feet, so sadly can't comment on the view. :-(

The next person up there should plan to replace the summit register: the can is not sealed, and mice have been chewing through the note pad.

half of the trail is a concrete road and there's high tension wires not my favorite Trail

hiking
8 days ago

Just did a Mother’s Day hike with my kiddos and hubby. Pre-purchased a parking pass from Big 5. Arrived around 2:30pm and got lucky with a great parking spot. Beautiful scenery and easy hike with a cool little waterfall at the end. There’s a lot of cute old cabins through out the trail too. Hardest part but not that hard was walking up the hill back to the car.

Parked just passed Burkhart campground. Enter the campground and follow the signs through the campground there is a parking lot. With three kids and dog, was a pretty easy trail going down a little harder coming back up. The water is flowing and so beautiful. You definetly need good shoes getting down to the waterfall, climb down with the rope can get slippery. We camped just before the waterfall in a flat area across from the trail.

9 days ago

One of my favorites. Consistent elevation gain, gorgeous views sunrise or sunset. Gets busy, so time accordingly.

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