Explore the most popular mountain biking 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.

hiking
9 hours ago

Great hike for a quick outing. Started off of Hwy 2 at the yellow gate. I hiked past Little Jimmy Trail Camp, visited Little Jimmy Spring, moved up to Windy Gap then to the summit of Mount Islip. Fantastic views from the top. Signed the book and returned the same way. I clocked about 6 miles on this route.

One of my favorite local hikes

Definitely challenging. Gnats, mosquitos, and poison oak are in full effect. Going up thru Sturtevant is particularly steep in last 2-3 miles to the summit; other side is more gradual. But the entire trail was shaded (at least 80%, minus the summit).

All Trails' directions leads you to the summit (DON'T USE IT). Google Maps to Chantry Flats. We clocked the full loop at 14-16 miles, not the 12.6 miles on All Trails.

Cosmic Cafe is a legit place to eat. Apple pie with ice cream was out of this world!

Nice challenging but easily doable trail for kids. Great view and opportunity to explore the ruins as reward at the end. Probably closer to 5.25 miles altogether. Heavily used on the weekend.

This hike took me over three hours so I agree it must be more than 8 miles and needed this application to stay on trails because it is not always clear. It was the best hike I have been in Southern California. Lots of trees, and lots of water. Nice historical sites too. It is difficult in terms of miles and some narrow/rocky passages but the trail is well established in most places. There are mosquitoes and poison oak.

completed this trail last weekend and we knew it was rated difficult but the mileage is way off. it says 12.6 but we charted 16.2 miles with an apple watch. make sure you have a full day to complete this hike. if you are not in top shape it will take you more than half the day. beautiful hike and definitely recommend.

A Beautiful hike! It's so amazing to find such a lush oasis of nature just minutes from the metropolis of LA. The hike is strenuous and exhilarating, but not necessarily difficult. There are only a few spots where one might put a hand on the rock for stability. The trails are meticulously maintained, well marked, yet deserted on a weekday morning. This route weaves in and out of multiple terrain and flora zones. We saw brazen deer and signs of bear. The June flowers were captivating: from giant yucca sprays to fields of monkey-flower, from lupin to phacelia, and many dozens I cannot name. Care must be taken in the shade as the abundant poison oak often invades the trail. Sturtevant Camp was peaceful, but there were too many mosquitos to stop and eat. My GPS recorded 10.7 mi, including Mt Zion, excluding the waterfall trail.

I loved this hike! I took the Sam Merril trail to Echo Mountain and took the left turn onto the Inspiration Point trail. The signs are pretty easy to follow. The signs will tell you it’s 8.7 miles but I had a couple GPS trackers that told me I did a total of 10.6 miles.
The Echo Mountain portion of the trail is really busy, almost annoyingly so. Once you turn off to the Inspiration Point Trail the crowds die down dramatically. I think I passed 2 people the whole time. It was very cloudy and overcast once I got to the top and there was zero visibility but I still enjoyed watching the fog roll around the mountains.
There are picnic tables at the top so bring food and have a little picnic, it will be well deserved!
The little signs make for great photo ops too.
I definitely recommend this hike and will try it again when the sun is out to see how far I can see out.

Trail is just South of Glendora Ridge Rd and just East of the truck parking. You’re looking for a large yellow gate that is somewhat hidden

View at the top is sick!!

off road driving
7 days ago

Took my X5 XDrive40e out on its maiden off-roading voyage. Great road, I survived with all sensors and gadgets intact.

One tip: where the train “ends” in the app is actually a split with two roads you can take. I do NOT recommend the rightmost path unless you have a lift. The leftmost will take you to the resivoir, which is a locked dead end. The road narrows quite a bit and the rocks get bigger and sharper.

Excellent trail overall, many oh sh** challenges, but I survived. Turn back at the end of the trail in the app, or you will likely regret it

Wonderful hike to the top. Four stars because of the descent via the dirt roads. Next time I'll return via the same path up.

Did a solo trip with my dog. It was my first time making it all the way to mt wilson. Very difficult after sturtevant camp cabins all up hill. Amazing views. Definitely will go back on a cooler day.

off road driving
10 days ago

Went out with a buddy of mine. I drove my 4Runner Trail and he drove his Xterra. I was in 4x4 he was 2x4. Both did great. It’s a great trail.

Great hike but even funner bike ride! Lots of incline, streams, rocky terrain, bring water bx it can get hot. Half sun half shade and some “permanent campers” up top so be aware.

Awesome!!! Great views, mostly no sun. It’s 7 miles uphill and 7 miles downhill. On top they have a coffee shop only open Saturday and Sunday. I went memorial weekend the weather was perfect but it was 39 degrees on top lol. But my husband and I have such a wonderful time. I would gladly do it again.

Nice trail with very nice views. Parking lot was already full by 7:30am! Wow. However, we managed to find someone just leaving. Will come back very soon! 5/5

A little challenging with the 5 y/o but the trooper made it! Proud of her. Other than that, great hike with family and friends. Not too much shade either so properly prepare for it

Doing the six peak challenge and was told this was the easiest to start with. It’s actually really hard! It’s the lowest in elevation out of the peaks but has a very steal incline. I was expecting something easier. It is shaded almost all the way up which is definitely a positive. We we were sore for days after this hike!

Wonderful views with easy parking on a Thursday morning.

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.

did the first 2.2 as an out-and-back. Beautiful single track with lots of shade. Some new growth hanging into the trail in places.

Tough hike, great views. The summit is beautiful and also a has an interesting history. A mind and body experience!

Easy hike, historic, interesting, good views, everyone should do this hike at least once.

Easy hike, historic, interesting, good views, everyone should do this hike at least once.

Hiked this on Saturday 5/26. Arrived at 06:15 and parking was full. Luckily found a good spot on the road just outside the lot (when I got back cars were parked miles down the road!)

Nice hike up the creek and some nice waterfalls. Re-fueled at Stuyvesant (sp?) camp. Going got tougher after that with steep switchbacks, Got to the top in a little over 3 hours. Low cloud made it a complete whiteout unfortunately - and it was COLD! A bowl of chili at the Cosmic Cafe warmed things up.

The way down was much easier but interminable! The only time I had any concerns was at around 12 miles where the trail split and the sign was confusing. Apparently both options take you back to Chantry Flats. I took right (upper winter creek I think). A climb initially by then flat until the descent to Chantry Falls. Some nice wildflowers and squabbling Stellar's Jays!

A tough hike but a great day out!

trail running
28 days ago

Not bad once you get past the fire road and reach the first tower. After that it’s nice trail running with views of pyramid lake at a distance. I brought both my dogs but I don’t recommend for dogs. Keep them at home this terrain isn’t good for their paws. Remember you have shoes on and this trail is long. The further in you go the rockier it gets. Have fun, be safe and keep it clean out there!

Went Sunday morning (5/26/18) and started at 7am. Not as crowded as I thought it would be and it was still cloudy and cool. Hiked to the hotel remains, then all the way up to Inspiration Point. This was my first hike of this distance, but the views of Los Angeles through clouds was well worth my complaining of how tired I was!! I see this page states that the hike is 4.9 miles out and back, but the tracking I used on my cell phone showed that it totaled 11 miles. Regardless, it was well worth it.

off road driving
28 days ago

Course is a great moderate course for the new 4x4 driver. You will definitely want the 4x4 as the trail will get tricky. I have a Jeep Patriot 4x4 and the ground clearance(8.5) was just enough. Anything lower then that will rub a lot. Great place to go to

Weather was perfect today. Views were amazing! Nice and shaded. I expected to see a lot of people since it’s Memorial Day weekend but only saw 3 people on my way up to the top. Saw a bigger group later in morning. I got here around 8am and there was one other car here. Made it to the top and spent about an hour scrambling up different rocks. The reason I’m only giving 4 stars is bc the second half of the trail (if you decide to do the full loop like I did) is really just a fire road back down. Not very picturesque and zero shade. If I would’ve known that I would’ve just gone back down the same way. But all in all a great hike about an hour outside of LA. Will definitely be back!!!

Side note: watch out for all the jerks in sports cars going 80mph down steep, narrow roads. No joke, saw a guy standing outside his Camaro at one of the turnouts with a jacket that said “In speed we trust” *vomits up a little*

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