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hiking
30 days ago

Hiked this loop trail in pleasant 85F weather on a Monday afternoon. As a result, I didn't encounter another soul which was a pleasant surprise. The trail is rated by AllTrails as difficult but I think moderate is more accurate. There is a fairly steep climb on Oso Trail but not too difficult. You are rewarded with some nice views over the park from up there, especially back toward Santiago and Modjeska peaks in the distance.

Be sure to bring enough water/sunscreen and wear a hat. You are exposed to the sun for significant portions of this hike. There are a few places with loose rocks and/or sand where footing can be tricky. Hiking boots are recommended. Overall, this was a very pleasant hike where you can work up a sweat and get your heart beating a bit.

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Park in the first day use lot you come across on your right side. Cost is $5 to enter the park. The trail map is pretty handy. Plenty of butterflies, grasshoppers, beetles, and lizards on this hike. Right now the yucca blooms are impressive.

Beautiful wildflowers, green hillsides, water in the creek!

hiking
6 months ago

Decent, didn't see another soul the whole time

hiking
8 months ago

Fire road for most of the way until about the last mile or mile and a half. You will notice the peak off to the left of the trail by seeing a cluster of rocks that you haven't seen along the way. That day I went was pretty clear (12/26/2016) I was able to see Mt. Baldy & Catalina in the distance.

hiking
11 months ago

This trail was a tough and beautiful climb. I would not recommend taking San Juan Creek trail back. San Juan Creek trail is next to the highway, so it is very noisy.

Hard. Trail was washed out in several places and made it difficult to go up. Ended up coming back down via Ortega highway.

hiking
Saturday, September 10, 2016

Most of this trail is exposed so go early in the morning or during cooler seasons. Also part of the lower loop is closed due to deadfall.