Have you ever wanted a local place where you can relax and unwind after a stressful week? Those mountain trips are great, but who needs another long drive? Well, here in your own city we have Wilderness Park. This park is conveniently located in the San Gabriel Mountains at the top of Highland Oaks Drive. A peaceful place that is great for families, small groups and even individuals. Wilderness Park has a nature center with many animals on display and a pond to enjoy. Come out and take pleasure in the wonders of nature that are located in your own backyard.

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1 day ago

This is a difficult but rewarding hike. Took about 9 hours and 2 liters of water. First mile or so is exposed so get up early. Bugs didn't hit until Orchard Camp but were constant until the parking lot at the top. Orchard Camp to the bench is the worst of the elevation gain so be prepared. Ran into a small snake (non-rattler), couple of deer, and dozens of lizards. Important to remember to keep right on the trail when the Toll Road hits the actual road to stay on Trail. We got lucky as there was a cloud inversion when we hiked it so we got great pictures. Worth the sweat and sore muscles to do it.

We started our hike at 5:30 pm all shaded it was nice but the waterfall was disgusting dirty and rocks all tagged up.

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15 days ago

This being my first hike to a mountain peak I got to say the trail was strenuous and difficult. My friends and I parked near Mount Wilson Trail park (which does not require an adventure/wilderness pass). The four of us treaded our way up at around 6:30 and reached the summit in four hours. When reaching the half way point at Orchard Camp It's recommended to take a break before kicking yourself into your next gear to climb the next 3-4 miles. My friends and I took about 5 good breaks along the way and they were all helpful in catching our breath and rehydrating. It's also nice just to take a second to see the beautiful scenery along the trail. When you reach the peak there is a water refill station for those who run out early (they also have ice at the cafe which makes your water that much refreshing especially in the summer heat). I myself packed my own lunch but still managed to buy a popsicle at the cafe which tasted like the best popsicle ever at the time. Overall the hike was challenging but filled with breath-taking views of the San Gabriel mountains and the stretch of cities across the San Gabriel Valley. Make sure you take plenty of water, sunscreen, bug spray and snacks/lunch for once you reach the peak!

Great hike, short finished it in 2.5 hours. Easy going down, brutal coming back up. Overall though, would do again. Only down side is the over abundance over trash and graffiti at the actual falls.

Easy hike down to the ponds. You'll come across shaded and sunny areas. Narrow trails. Pond still had water. Crowded today. The hike back is were you'll get a moderate work out. Overall fun especially if you jump in the water.

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21 days ago

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26 days ago

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26 days ago

This trail was challenging. The scenery was beautiful! The café at the top welcoming, we hiked as a group, the other couple finished in 7 hours we were closer to 8.75... Fellow hikers along the trail were calling it treacherous. The first part of the hike up was lovely... the second part I wanted to cry! Coming down was done with ease. Make sure you plan for the mosquitos and wear bug spray. I honestly think I didn't take enough water and had some other personal issues that added to my misery so I am still giving this hike a 5 stars!

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28 days ago

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1 month ago

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1 month ago

Easy, short hike. Fun cliff jumps. Relaxing, family oriented fun

This was a challenging trail. It states its 13.5 miles but feels like more. It took us (2) a solid 10 hours, my Fit Bit measured 42,000 steps and 400 flights of stairs. We also encountered a 5 foot rattlesnake and an unheard of amount of flying insects. This said the trail is an extremely beautifully wooded hike with shade 95% of the time. You wind around a stream and gorgeous rocks. There are fantastic old camp style structures so that adds to the enjoyment. At the summit you have food on the weekends and water 365. We seriously underestimated the amount of time it would take us so found the gates at the bottom of the mountain locked and had to contact the local police to come and unlock the gate. I would hike the first 4 miles again and the waterfall along with the ridge loop but would want to try camping and a face net before attempting Mt. Wilson again.

Pretty challenging hike! Took me about 8 hours to complete, I did this hike by myself. I do not recommend doing hike alone. I ran into a full grown snake and a baby snake so be careful where you step. My fitbit calculated to be 16 miles. Also, take plently of water but theres a water fountain at the top by the observatory. I started my hike going towards sturtevant falls. I would say the first 4 miles were pretty easy but miles 5 to 8 were pretty challenging for me. But once I got to the top it was beautiful! Coming down was alot easier. Also, there are a lot of bugs, which was super annoying, so maybe some bug spray or a head net would have really helped. Overall, it was a nice hike the view was great but just felt like a never ending hike.

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1 month ago

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1 month ago