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Great hike. Steep!

Great day trip that is a nice drive out of LA and mostly shaded until you meet the cliff portion overlooking the canyon below (and beyond). The early part of the trail is almost flat and follows the creek until you make your way up and around the actual falls. You will eventually come back down along a relatively steep trail that will follow the lower part of the creek and finally to the falls. You can scramble your way up along the edges of the canyon to pools above the falls and in the summertime I would imagine that it would be crowded. Our rainy, Sunday in March kept the masses away and made this more enjoyable. Turn around and head back the way you came in but not before a side trip down bear canyon for more solitude and some more pools. The steep section of the trail that brings you back up will give you a (Very short) workout until you reach the flat and sheer cliffs up above. Perfect Sunday trip.

Great hike. Really great hike. Got lost though, which had me hiking twice as long and far as I wanted to. Download map. Without it I would have been screwed.

On March 10, hiked up Ski Hut / Baldy Bowl and down Devil’s Backbone to the Notch, about 7.5 miles total. Took the chairlift down the rest of the way. The hike itself took 4 hours and 3min, but I set a very aggressive pace for myself due to time constraints. The first three miles up to just beyond the ski hut took 1h20min, the next 1.5 miles up to the summit took 1h20min (this segment abolutely kicked my butt) and the summit down to the Notch took 1h25min. I set out from Manker Flats at 5:22am (with a headlamp as it was not yet twilight) and got to the Notch at 9:26am. The trail was mostly clear of snow and ice for the first three miles. Microspikes were necessary for most of the upper section to the summit due to ice and snow particularly in the steep section beginning about 1/2 mile after the hut. I had downloaded a route into my Garmin watch, which was very helpful (read: necessary) because there are sections between the hut and the summit where it would be very easy to lose the trail. Hiking down Devil’s Backbone was a little scary in parts due to ice and snow along the precipitous drop-offs, however there was enough ground exposed so that I could easily identify and avoid the snow cornices. It is a little hairy right at the western entrance to the Backbone section as there is a lot of snow wedged in the corner next to a fairly steep dropoff. Overall it is a very fun and pretty challenging hike, with amazing views and spectacular scenery along the whole route. Well worth it, but this time of year use caution and tread carefully along precipitous sections of the Devil’s Backbone trail; and be prepared - I would recommend microspikes and trekking poles for the hairy parts, and also bring some layers because there can be very significant changes in temperature at the different elevations and much wind chill at the summit.

Beautiful, well-shaded hike through a canyon alongside a creek. Lots of trees, and the waterfalls were pretty cool. Not a challenging hike for me, but that was fine given the scenery.

Great time. Snow on the ground made it that much more enjoyable. Did the whole loop and Needed crampons for sure to help with the sliding around.

Started a little later than I would like and almost made it to the top of the trail where it meets Condor Peak Trail. I would’ve continued but had my doubts that there’d be a good spot to pitch a tent up there. Next time I’ll set up camp at Lucas Camp and summit in the morning. That’s probably the last chance to fill up and process water.

9 days ago

Beautiful and relatively easy trail along a beautiful creek. Last third of trail is very narrow if you take the upper path and steep as well. Best to stay left along the creek which will take you to the falls. Will do this one again before it warms up.

I really enjoyed this trail today. Gorgeous views and solitude, my dog and I did not encounter another soul the entire trail. The last 30-40 minutes of the hike is a booty kicker with a few areas that require scrambling up the rocks. Just prior to the steep ascent there is an option to turn left towards Strawberry Meadow. Take that trail if you’re not in the mood for cardio.

It’s a good workout and the views at the top are actually pretty stunning. Could see clear to Catalina today. The trail is not as sketchy as other reviewers would have you believe. But it is overgrown and washed out in a couple of areas but I never felt afraid. I did it since I’m doing the 100 Peaks Section but it was a bit blah so not sure I’d do it again.

Fun route! Did it yesterday, an inch of snow all the way up but never got any deeper than that. Good views all the way up in different directions, into the Angeles NF mountains and out into Antelope Valley. We went counterclockwise and enjoyed being on the PCT on the way up. The ATV track made for a wide, gentle route down. Terrain and steepness not too difficult even at the top (no scrambling, gentle to moderate slope), and there's a campground right at the top that looked pretty nice to stay at sometime.

10 days ago

Great trail and as others mentioned, steep- you'll end up on devils backbone at the trail split. You got a few options from here, go left to summit baldy, go straight to summit mt Harwood, or you can go ahead and do a double summit (Mt Harwood & Baldy). On a side note: Harwood isnt that hard at all, its more like a hill.

11 days ago

The trail has some pretty great views of the mountains a few miles in. Past the waterfall (which is beautiful by the way), the trail becomes narrower and less maintained. Around the six mile mark, it’s nearly impossible to take a backpack because of the over growth on the trails. It become a much more difficult vs. “moderate” trail. We saw around 5 sites to camp within those six miles. It’s very remote—no sounds of traffic and no sign of people. Plenty of water, as the trails followed the creek (this may change, depending on time of year). If you visit the waterfall, be careful not to get turned around. We wound back tracking and adding 2 miles to our trek back to the car. The trail to the waterfall is off the out-and-back main trail. Lots of inclines going in, mostly declines going out. No cell reception whatsoever, but the app can still track you on the trail. The only trail markers were stacked rocks that hikers made, and sometimes there were orange or pink ties on trees.

**parking: we parked on the main road because the road to the trail was closed off to visiting vehicles. It was about .3 miles to the trailhead. You pass a few small houses along the road. There will be a few signs that tell you which direction for the trail.

This trail was awesome. It took a lot of convincing to get my girlfriend to climb along the cliff side right before the water fall but she made it lol.

Hiking was Amazing. Lots of water at fall and Beautiful weather.if you drive up, there is snow on mountain toward crystal lake.

this is a great hike, I've been up there multiple times and it never disappoints.

Not a bad hike. Good weather and nice views. Can be a bit hazy at the Zion vista. The portion from the falls through the flats is fairly crowded. The rest of the train was only moderately trafficked. The trail markings are fairly poor and it is easy to make a wrong turn in the areas near the falls at 2 junctures.

It was a really good workout!! Some ice and frost early in the morning, but that was about it. Nice for the first 2 miles or so, but gets more intense past the marker for the peak. Some rocky terrain made it challenging past that but it's definitely doable. Got muddy coming back down and had to take it slow to get back up an incline.

13 days ago

I have hiked the Lone Tree trail up to the ridge leading to West Fuji, then part way up the firebreak that climbs the steep ridge below Muir Peak, but turned back because I could not see a route that appeared safe. So, I thought I would do a loop up lower Sam Merrill to Castle Canyon up to Inspiration Point, then along the dirt road over to Muir Peak, then DOWN the firebreak scramble to the top of the Lone Tree trail. I hoped I could see the route down better rather than trying to pick my way UP the slope. It was a little tricky finding my path downward near the top of the ridge, but this time I was able to complete the loop.

Awesome hike! Beautiful trail with some good inclines. Parking is a struggle - get there early. TIP - the interagency pass (America the Beautiful) can be used for parking here so you don't have to pay for a single day pass

Gets busy in the chantry flats - leave early for the hike

we had a great time couldn't believe we ran into people on the way it's a tough hike but a nice little stream makes it worthwhile and we found a cabin with fresh firewood

This trail is a great long hike for beginners! It was for sure a challenge, but very doable and well populated. Had read a lot about bug issues, but this time we experienced no bugs at all! The viewpoint at the top had some gorgeous sites and after a little walk through the parking lot, there was a great place with tables to hang out and take a break. Great hike! :)

This loop is actually 9.5 miles!

17 days ago

We got so lucky to experience this majestic waterfall with lots of snow. Best part was that it was the easiest and shortest hike on a paved road for most of the trail.

This is a fun hike to go on. I would suggest going early in the morning.Be prepared for some climbing (over log a and rocks). The waterfall at the end is soooo worth it.
Note: apparently the Grey car that used to be parked by the entrance is now gone (donated). The location is marker 34. Happy hiking!!!!

Beautiful trail, great workout. The waypoint for Sturtevant Camp on the map in this trail description is incorrect. Sturtevant camp in en route to Mt Zion peak located between Spruce Grove campground and the turn Mt Zion/Mt Wilson Trail junction. The location marked as Sturtevant is more likely to be Hoegee's Trail Camp

Good morning hike. Trail is moderate for first 2 1/2 mi then more difficult. Views are worth the effort.

19 days ago

fairly easy hike gradual incline. Nice views. would do it again.

Love this hike! Beautiful the whole way through different terrains. Has a steep hill coming back up but super fun. Good for dogs and although there are a good amount of people they’re usually nice and not too annoying. Good for groups, kids, and picnics! Will come back again and again

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