Explore the most popular kid friendly 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.

It was so beautiful and easy and I know nobody felt close one of them Bianka most

Beautiful magical fairy land

This was a nice easy hike to get away from people and into some woods. Most of the trail is in the shade and you walk along a little creek, so it stayed cool the whole time.
Pros: very few people, easy to park and easy to follow. There are also some cool rock roadcuts at the end.
Cons: you are along a road for a bit of it, which isn't particularly scenic.
We brought our two dogs and it was nice to have the trail alone for almost all of it.

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!

great trail to go on especially for beginners. took our 4 year old daughter she had great time. was a little tricky to find. there is a camp ground at the trail head and a small parking lot. the lot was full when we arrived had to park on top of the hill about .5 miles from trail. even with parking a bit away from the trail it was still worth it.

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

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!

on Blue Ridge Trail

5 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

I love this trail alot! I came up here for one of my first hikes back in the nineties as a young kid! The hike is shady, which is perfect for a hot day. Compared to the nearby Eaton Canyon falls, this is less traveled for some reason, even though it's slightly shorter and easier. The area next to the falls is a wonderful oasis with some rock climbing hooks along the walls of the canyon.

I put together an episode of my vlog on this trail. Check it out here:
I also put together a playlist for anyone to bring on the trail with them :)

Have fun on the trail! Hope to see you out there some time.

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.

Went this past Friday! Such a short & pretty hike. The waterfall wasn't flowing too much but still pretty. Went early and completely avoided any crowds. No trash either!!

Great beginner hike. Took our 4 year old they they were able to easily navigate through the crossing streams.
Short hike that is shaded and goes along a running creek. Once we got to the waterfall is was pretty crowded though. We did however go on Mother’s Day. Lots of families.
Overall great local hike. We are definitely going back and packing some water shoes and extra pants.

11 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.

11 days ago

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

love it

11 days ago

A quick fun hike. We all dipped our heads in the falls. It was very refreshing. We continued up the road all the way to the Notch restaurant. We did the trip with kids and doigs.

11 days ago

Amazing trail. Best if you have water resistant shoes. Sad the people leave trash all over the place, but the NPS does a good job, as always, keeping it nice.

This was a great short hike. It was raining in Azusa today but fortunately when we got to the trailhead it stopped raining. It's uphill most of the time but still pretty easy. The tunnels are so interesting but extremely dark so make sure you have a headlight or flashlight. It was also very lonely so I would recommend going in a group just as a precaution. Don't forget a parking pass!

the hike to the top is all uphill and there's not much shade but when you get there it's worth the hike

This trail is beautiful but belongs in the moderate difficulty category. Steep grade all uphill to the top. Rocky narrow path that can be tough for children.

Great hike. Started at 6:00am on Sunday morning and had shade all the way up and down from Echo Mountain. Narrow and winding trail with good inclines. A bit crowded but everyone I came across was courteous.

19 days ago

Only worth it if there has been good amounts of rainfall

19 days ago

Beautiful vistas of the mountains on one side and Los Angeles on the other. Watch out for the trail head. It’s very steep, so you might have missed it if you get to the closed gate on the access road.

this was even prettier than the time before Birds everywhere we found a salamander and a lot of friendly people and the hike is relatively easy

short hike to a good view of a fall.

Easy hike and a cute little waterfall at the end.

Narrow winding trail with steep incline makes for great workout, 2-3 hours up and down. Amazing views of San Gabriel valley and City. Best views and photos at peak. Wild flowers bloom in the spring. Arrive early to avoid crowds and heat. Plenty of neighborhood parking. Gets hot in the summer.

Love it definitely going back our furry babies love the adventure

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