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Cleveland National Forest encompasses 460,000 acres, mostly of chaparral, with a few riparian areas. A warm dry mediterranean climate prevails over the Forest. It is the Southernmost National Forest in California.

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hiking
1 day ago

This was an amazing hike and yes it can be difficult. Its the dry season so the first 2 miles of this hike you will be in and out of the river bed. I am curios how this hike looks during the wet season because I have no doubt you would be crossing the river multiple times. There is a lot of rock scrambling in turn there can be a lot of ways to twist an ankle on this hike so take it slow and steady. Towards the last mile of this hike the scenery drastically changes from being just a dry river bed to a lush wooded area with low level streams (probably much different during winter and spring). The falls were low but it is the dry season. This hike is a must and I will definitely return during the wet season. Stay safe hikers!

hiking
1 day ago

hiking
2 days ago

Fun hike on a hot July morning! Parked the car at Tucker wildlife lot, and started on the trail at 7:30 and got all the way to Harding Falls and back to the car by 12:45. This is definitely a moderate to difficult hike, not for the distance or the time it takes to complete, but because over half the hike is not via Trail.. the last 2 miles are pretty much you navigating up the dry creek bed through a gorgeous canyon, bushwacking and bouldering. There is lots of Poison oak, and lots of fun pools and trickling streams to look for wildlife in/around. We saw several smallish garter snakes, a handful of California newts in the pools and some frogs and lizards. No rattlers though.

When you get to the decent sized deeper pool, you still have about 30-45 mins to get to actual Harding Falls, which for us, was just a trickle with a small pool at the bottom. It was still pretty and still nice to wash our hands/face in.

We had a good time and the entire time only saw two other hikers. Very peaceful.

hiking
2 days ago

hey Becca, you wild minx...
How was the waterfall and the pool at the end of the trail? Is the water still running? Trickle? Torrent? Thinking of going tomorrow. Was wondering how much water there is now.

hiking
2 days ago

Love this trail, been going since I was a teen & have taken our son since he was 7 years old. Have seen snakes, frogs/tadpoles, birds & bugs.

It's smooth going down, not much shade plenty of bushes and critters. Isolated, so make sure you have a buddy, and do not forget hydration! I'm fairly new at hiking, but It was doable. Make sure you use the ropes if you need them, I slipped on my behind thankfully on soft dirt! I didn't see much water though, I'm assuming I didn't make it all the way? I guess this means I have to do it again . The last .5 miles climbing up was the worst, around 10 am, the heat was just killed me. The sun is no joke folks take a hat something!!

on Oasis Spring Trail

hiking
4 days ago

The only parking is south of the trail and you have to hike up to the trail on the highway. I took the trail just south of where the map shows the trail starting, and it joins the PCT for a bit before joining this trail. However, this trail had a lot of sticks piled over the opening suggesting that it's not a legal trail. I went down 1/2 way anyway, then turned back because it was too hot. On my way back to the car the original trail I took from the highway had a "illegal trail" sign on it. I try to respect these signs but it's hard to hike this trail and stay legal.

hiking
4 days ago

nice hike, be careful tho..i got poison oak on my leg. do not bring a dog that you can't carry up the roped sections. I have 2 boxers and thank goodness i didnt bring them. really nice tho.

My boyfriend and I went and it was a pretty fun hike. once you get to the waterfall there is a swimming hole, my boyfriend cliff jumped into it, it was well worth the sun!
We started around 3 and on our way there, there were lots of people that were heating casing and had run out of water so come prepared. i wouldn't recommended starting after 3 or 4, rattlesnakes come out around dusk (we almost literally ran into one).
great experience though! lots of geckos running around.

off road driving
6 days ago