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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.

hiking
19 hours ago

Relatively difficult on the day we went - was 92 F. Terrain is relatively rocky the entire way. Was fun, and will be revisiting on a cooler day.

Beautiful when you get up to the waterfall. Takes lots of water but carry light. It is worth it even though it was hard.

Beautiful views on the way up to the Observatory. Good hike. Gnats weren't to terribly bad this time.

it was not as hard as people make it seem but it is kind of dangerous if you don't go prepared or with plenty of water

off road driving
3 days ago

Kind of bumpy on the way up, but otherwise a very easy ride. It's important that you have some clearance, but otherwise 2 wd will do. The top has great views, but not a lot of space, so it's easy for this place to get packed with just a few cars. For some reason, people feel that they can leave trash up there. Please don't litter, and if you see trash, pick it up. Trash encourages more trash.

Nice trail. About 9 miles RT to falls from candy sore parking lot. This time of year it gets very hot in the valleys and on hills. Lots of water or you will regret going.

I arrived at the starting point of the trail at 8:30am on Saturday. Parking spots were still available at that time. The ranger was checking if we had enough water. At least 1 gallon was recommended to bring. I brought 4 litters, and I actually ended up to drink 2.5litters of water whole way. However it's better to bring lots of water.

The trail was very adventurous. You definitely need hiking shoes, not sneakers and running shoes. The hill was very steep, which I had never experienced but with hiking shoes and ropes, I was ok to go down and climb up.

Trail itself is not that long, but going up to the highest waterfall was another challenge. It was almost like a rock climbing. Rocks were very slippery. However it was very fun after climbing up all the waterfalls. Especially swimming to behind the 1st waterfall was amazing. You can see the waterfall from the behind.

After all, we stayed about 2 hours for swimming then we left from the waterfall at noon. Returning was so hard...especially the heat from the land was very hot. I think it was at least 100F. Bring a lot of water, and take your rest sometimes, then you can make it.

Good ride rather more open road!

on Sunset Trail

5 days ago