6 days ago

Beautiful hike

20 days ago

There are some misconceptions about this hike. First, let’s start with how to get there. Definitely come in via North (marked as NO) Main Divide Trail (aka Forest Route 3S04, marked as El Cariso Rd) off the 74. Easy flat road. Then, after 10-15 min, you’ll reach a sign for the Blue Jay / Falcon Campground pointing left, or pointing right, to the now dirt NO Main Divide. Park here if your vehicle can’t take 1-2 ft deep pot holes (you need four wheel drive to proceed). If your vehicle can take it, you’ll save 3.4 miles RT off this 5.1-2 mile hike by proceeding 1.7 mile up the now dirt NO Main Divide road / now trail to blue rails which will identify the trail to Los Piños on your left.

*You need an adventure pass* available at the Ortega Candy Store or Country Kitchen. Very visible off the 74.

About the hike: stunning views of all major peaks in SoCal and even the young brother known as Mt Santiago. Piños = pine, yes - but very few trees. You need a hat and plenty of sunscreen, no coverage on this hike. Los Piños peak itself is pretty barren except for some rocks and manzanitas. Beautiful, great, and easy work-out though.

Great views of the lake! No steep ups or downs. There is a mountain lion warning at the beginning of the trail so be prepared. Took me 1.5 hrs to complete. Very peaceful and serene, nobody else was on the trail. Be sure to stop in at the ranger station and check out the little museum, awesome.

1 month ago

A great hike for couples. If after this hike you are still talking to each other you'll probably do OK as a married couple.

Unless you are are into whips and scratches, you'd best be leaving the shorts at home. This ain't no walk in the park... You will be scratched, bruised and likely lose a bit of blood before the rock summit.

This hike has a lot of challenges.

1. The route shown on AllTrails in red is a bit off, so it may seem as though you are on the wrong trail at first. Note the piles of rock you'll pass on the side of the road as you go. Others have learned this lesson...

2. Once you get past the dam west side of the lake, look south-west about 20 yards and you'll find some heavy metal cables (about 4" thick). That's where you'll begin your first bit of climbing up to the butte.

3. From there, go directly south, follow as many of the rock cairns as you can. Though you'll likely end up having to make your own trail through some of the brush before you reach your choice of high point vistas (there are a few to choose from—you'll see...).

[At about this point in the hike, I suspect you'll wish you hadn't worn those sexy walk in the park shorts]

4. You'll have a few high point choices to trek too. The high rocks on your left are the actual Butte, with some nice views of the lake. The high rocks on the right looked more appealing to us at the time, so we chose that view instead. We made it!

Total round trip time was a bit less than 5 hours.

Tally wearing pants:
- bruises between the two of us: 3
- Manzanita branch stab marks: 2
- and noticeable scratches: 8


just tried this one, i had a blast. I have a stock expedition and had no trouble. great views and a nice breeze. when you get to the end, you can turn around or attempt Espinoza trail. I'm not sure about Espinoza trail, looked a little hairy for my Ford.

Sadly there was no water, but it was a cool hike anyway! We parked in the camp grounds where it says “PCT Parking” and followed the road until you cross and continue on the trail. You follow the PCT trail but then veer to the left away from the main trail to a smaller trail that will lead you down to the falls. I had my dog with me and this part was a little difficult, but since he is on the smaller side we were able to carry him over some of the rocks.

Wonderful views at the top but very hard hike. Easy to loose the trail. every once in a while you will see were someone has marked the trail with piles of small rock. The incline up to the top is steep with rock climbing straight up.

not dog friendly on certain spots. vertical rock climbing. def not for the faint of heart but it has a lovely view!!

thru hiked the PCT in 2016 doing it again in 2018

2 months ago

Directions on All Trails are good, leads to a small parking area at trailhead. That being said, you MUST pay attention to red GPS trail in the APP to locate place where you leave the reservoir road trail and head up. The trail is extremely overgrown and very hard to track. We managed to do so ONLY by using the red lines on the map and the rock totems that people had left previously. Very challenging portion basically rock climbing up a cliff is included, so don't do this hike if you don't have solid upper body strength. Trail is VERY overgrown so also wear long pants, we got scratched to bits. Upside is a gorgeous trail, gorgeous views from the butte and all along trail of the lake. Was about 6 miles RT per our GPS tracking. Enjoy!

We did this trail to accompany our friend on the first day of her journey on the PCT. It was a great day hike that got pretty challenging at the end. There was little shade and no water, so be prepared for that. And lots of rattlesnakes.

I went a few months ago and parked on the top side off a back road. Ran into a few PCT hikers pointed us in the right direction to find the falls. I thought it was a great little hike!

4 months ago

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