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I think this is a great trail for a beginner hiker to put them self to the test. Trail had consistent traffic on the weekend with gorgeous views.

Was water at trail fork springs very slow trickle
Camped at trail fork springs very windy!
at night

Awesome hike! Very scenic with fantastic views. Added bonus to see a deer on the trail! Lots of Chipmunks too.

Loved this hike. My recording showed just over 8 hours of active hiking (not counting camping time or time at the top), so could definitely be done in a day. But I hiked to Trail Flats Camp (7miles, 3.5hrs), camped, and finished the loop the next day.

Lightly trafficked, I didn’t see many people at all. Vivian Creek is a busier route to the summit, and your run into those hikers at the top.

I chose to ascend via the eastern side of the mountain. That side of the loop is slightly longer than the western side, but not by much. My gps said 11 miles when I reached the summit.

Trail Flats was a great campsite. No water though, and no views. The only other camp site I actually saw was the summit camp - very exposed, but there are rock shelters set up. All of the other camp sites are a little away from the trail so I didn’t see them.

The only obvious water source right at the trail is at the loop fork three miles in. Other than that, you will have to go off trail to find water. I filled up 4 liters at the fork and it lasted me the whole loop.

Use this trail to go on Pacific coast trail

4 days ago

Just did Butler Peak this morning. Very beautiful hike all the way up to the peak. Nice gradual climb, nothing too crazy. Once you're up, amazing views of Arrowhead, Big bear, Snow valley, and the High desert.

Beautiful hike. We walked 3 miles in and turned around. No cell service.

Can someone please tell me where the start of this trail is??? Drove around for hours and never found it!!!

Backpacked this a couple of months ago, such a rad trail! Had to turn around because we couldn’t see the trail anymore under the snow

Great trail. easy 5 mile round trip hike with nice views of the lake.

Above tied stream crossing is some tricky screed. Too hot today for me

I set out to do this hike as part of my training and exploration. I hiked out to Third Stream which is about 2.5 miles with my camping pack on. I rested there and explored the area a little before heading back. I cannot mark this trail complete yet because I have not made the saddle but I will be back. Lost of ladybugs in the Stone House area.

23 days ago

This was a great last minute hike choice. Knowing that there was a gorgeous view of Big Bear Lake waiting for us at the top made it all worth it. It’s a good moderate hike, lots of lizards and birds, many friendly fellow hikers, several bench seats at view look outs to take a break on if needed. Take water and some snacks

Did this yesterday and it was amazing. Still a little snow on the side of the trail towards the summit but nothing to worry about.

Weather was beautiful - didn’t need much more than 2 layers for most of the hike but it did get cold later in the shade.

We did it all in one go - took 9.5 hours including about 45 mins hanging on the summit - we were moving fairly quickly and packed super light.

The views going up the mountain after dry lake are incredible. Highly recommended.

Amazing hike!!! We had to park 1.5 miles away since the road gets tough. Lots of sun but beautiful views ! We couldn't find he waterfall but had a great time nonetheless! Didn't see one hiker out there!

very hard trail over grown shrubs and trees on trail .. you better be in good shape if you do this its a true but kicker .. last thought watch out for ticks i got one

Too much snow to summit this route right now. Wait until summer. Crampons are not enough. Need ice axe and rope. Had to turn back after 9 miles.

The hike is beautiful......long and demanding. Wait for the snow to melt off of the North Backbone. Start early at daybreak.....you don’t want to navigate the North Backbone and the Class 3 climbing section in the dark. I take 3L of water and plenty of snacks for energy. It can get windy and cool in the spring so a light windbreaker , long sleeve shirt with a thermal layer works well and convertible pants. Sunscreen, hat and sunglasses or more to protect you from the sun is a must. I started at Acorn and Finch in Wrightwood in the spring. This route will allow you to summit 4 of the highest peaks in the San Gabriel Mountains which includes Pine Mt (twice) Dawson Peak and San Antonio (Mt Baldy). You hike through many eco zones. But once on the south side of Pine Mtn there is little shade. There was some snow on the Backbone on this trip but didn’t impact the trail.

1 month ago

Amazing views!! road is currently blocked so looking at around a 6-7 mile hike up then back down. Not for the faint hearted but absolutely worth it! incredible views and got it all to ourselves it was perfect.

Just backpacked the entire Section from April 13 through April 23, 2018. Incredible trail; so much variety! It’s important while backpacking to always be aware of the most updated water reports.

Excellent day with my lady and pup. Monday is my new favorite baldy day. No crowds at all.

Loved this hike, beautiful views, friendly people, and great exercise! I was glad I brought my walking stick as it was quite rocky in places.

Great views & a decent workout. No snow left up there. Coming down I wish I had poles for the first mile or so as it's steep and very dry/loose dirt/gravel surface. We slid down some sections like we were basically riding a skateboard. The sound of the waterfall lets you know when you're almost back to the parking lot.

1 month ago

First time hiking and loved it. Beautiful views.. Rocky but durable. Will do it again. And I’m 63.. Feel so proud

This trail is so short! I started at 1 pm and I reached the summit at 3h50 pm. Very windy, cloudy and cold on the summit so I only stayed there for 10 minutes. I was back down at 5h50 pm. I will definitely do it again soon! It is one of my favorite hikes! Beautiful aerial views along the trail!

2 months ago

Honestly this is one of my favorite hikes around Big Bear. Went up yesterday, about 10 miles. Parked at the blocked gate at the end of Rim of the World rd for free. Beautiful views, well maintained fire lookout. Chilly and windy up top but SO worth the view! Still some snow on the trail but won’t last long.

3/31/18 Did Warner Springs to Tule Truck Trail over Easter Weekend. don't start at the trailhead on the Southside, is basically just flat pasture. Go around the corner and start from the north side of the 79 near Glider Airport.

skip the water at Mile 119 if you can. it's doable but the worst water I the section. Don't park at Tule Truck Trail unless you have a 4x4. we drove sedans and it was pretty tricky in and out I wouldn't do it again.

the trail is fantastic, highly recommend

2 months ago

Great trail. Planning to come back.

2 months ago

Great hike with a beautiful view of the lake and the valley. Fairly easy until you to the last .8 mile before the peak (a little steep). Please do not climb the Satellite at the peak due to high radiation.

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