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bugs
over grown
2 days ago

We couldn’t find how to continue on the trail to the waterfall. We had to turn back because of the time and getting dark. The trail needs more clearly marked signs down at the end once you reach the fire area. Never got to see the waterfall but the pics look awesome.

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bugs
off trail
over grown
3 days ago

Alright listen once you get to the main waterfall there is a giant fallen tree to the right and there behind it is a steep ledge that lets you get above the waterfall. Keep hiking through the brush and you get to see a damn and a dead end with another waterfall and it’s more raw than the first one, but just please pickup your trash or other peoples trash so it can be as raw as possible . This hike was 10 stars if I could give it that.

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bugs
off trail
4 days ago

Wonderful hike, though if you have to park at the tip top that hike back up to your car is brutal!

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bugs
off trail
rocky
6 days ago

Very nice trail just a lot of bugs nice 2 feet swimming hole at the falls solo hike

Another one in the bag. Not a very exciting hike in September and can get quite hot. Be sure to wear sun screen and have the best bug repellent you can find. We used deet and it didn’t do anything!

Backpacked in a couple weeks ago, the brush and elevation keep you isolated form the blistering September heat but the knats are unreal right now. However, once you start a fire at camp it should be no problem. Really nice getaway so close to LA!

When you go up the little hill keep going and go back down the steep one. It’s easy to miss the falls thinking you’re there at the 2.5km mark.

Beautiful, serene and peaceful! First couple miles are a bit overgrown but the trail overall is well-marked and stunning. Will return to hike up to the Twin Peaks from the saddle when I have a bit more time!

Partial hike. Great trail, lots of water and very pretty!

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rocky
13 days ago

Loved this trail. Definitely start early though so it’s less crowded. Even on the holiday, we started around 8 and there were not as many people and we were able to find parking easily. It was starting to get crowded as we walked back though. Also accidentally missed the turnoff into the canyon and added a couple of extra miles hiking along the Gabrielino Trail. (View was nice though!) But it’s very pretty and the waterfall is refreshing. The part that’s not in the shade is a little brutal on a hot day, but the rest of it is shaded and very nice.

Lots of poison oak.

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rocky
scramble
19 days ago

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bugs
no shade
rocky
scramble
19 days ago

In a word - BUGGY!! I applied two different bug sprays and was still swarmed by bugs in the early morning. No bites though. This was my 3rd time down here this year but 1st to Bear Camp. There were only a few groups on the trail by 8am. I ran across 2 racer snakes and 1 unidentifiable grey snake and 1 blue tailed skink. I made it to the first main Falls then up to the 2nd larger falls for my 1st time up that far. Then I headed to Bear Camp. It was quiet on that stretch on the trail. Only a few groups of hikers. The pools with mini falls were wonderful to dip into. I took full advantage there and back of each watering hole. I used my LifeStraw down and back and actually ended up w nearly 2 bottles of ice water when I got to my car. Better over prepared than under. Especially in this hot time of year. I hit the main falls again to cool off before heading out. It was pretty packed by then. Lots of dogs too. It was just too hot for dogs but not my pets. Some folks were smart and wrapped their dogs in wet T-shirts before the walk out. While I was at the 2nd Falls I saw folks at the top of that falls. I presume they came down in there behind the old ruins before the exposed canyon wall section. Always be extra careful back there. A hiker died the following day falling from one of those falls areas. I hauled out of there passing some vomits on the hot exposed section of canyon. I timed it and was only in that section 11min so that was fine. If you’re fit and used to trail running or frequent hiking this should be no problem to traverse quickly to limit sun exposure. Once back at the day camp parking area it was crazy how many holiday wknd visitors were occupying the camp ground. Each picnic area was like 30 deep. Vultures swarming as I pulled from my fantastic parking spot. Lots of trash on the trail unfortunately.

Nice loop trail. Very peaceful. Trail in good condition. Definitely coming back for the guided night hike!

Shaded for most of hike. Cute falls. Lots of bugs!

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