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Really nice hike with a diverse set of landscapes that follows the river, and consists of some light rock scrambling, river crossing, and lovely views. The river crossings are incredibly fun and a great way to keep yourself cool on a hot day. It is possible to prevent your feet from getting wet by walking over rocks, but it can be slippery so I would anticipate getting your shoes wet, even if only slightly. A friend and I decided that it’s a great hike to take visitors from out of town!

One of the best hikes we’ve done (twice) in LA this summer!

20 days ago

Loved this trail, will definitely do it again.

This was a super fun trail with lots of river crossings. We were surprised at how much water was there at the end of summer. My 8 year old was a champ it made it past the bridge to some fun swimming holes. We took about 4-5L of water each and some food and we were good! Took about 3 hours to the bridge. Clocked around 11 miles total. We followed “the hiking guys” step by step trail photos and that was super helpful because it is not well marked.

Fun hike. no trail markings though, so get ready to create your own trail!

It is hard hike when you get to the backbone of Pine mountain. It almost mountaineering. The backbone is the hardest part. Very steep. Amazing views at the top.

@nickrattler

home to the mine is beautiful, however it's what lies within the mine that is truly amazing, I spent about 2 hours inside the mine checking every end of every outcrop, VERY DARK, VERY DAMP, VERY SPOOKY, however with the proper lighting it isn't too bad, would definitely recommend scouting out the inside if youre up for it!

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25 days ago

Loved this hike! Its not an easy hike, but doable. We were exhausted from the bare heat exposure on the 4th mile to the bridge. There are some amazing water holes below the bridge, so we were able to cool off. We also brought sandwiches with us to eat lunch there. Bring water and electrylotes to replenish. Thanks to this app, I had a peace of mind that we stayed on track.

This is one of our major hikes here in the Angeles national forest, I went to the mine to evaluate the trail, and am dismayed at the abuses our historical places have suffered in this ‘ new age’.
And now, In the last week the cabin has been paintballed. Please, this is my home. I would not follow you home (as much as I want to) and tag and paintball your home! And this is why I don’t go down ‘there’. The National forest is everyone’s, why would you destroy it? Please have respect for my home.

We did this hike thought we could start at Twin Lakes, it was fenced off, so took a trail that went up 2000ft in 2 miles wasn’t sure what trail it was did a little scrambling. You need to start at the street that says private road, great hike tho, pretty!

This isn’t a trail for first timers. The last mile and a half is on an incline. Bring lots and lots of water with electrolytes! To get to the pools under the bridge requires skimming across a small 1 foot ledge of rock. Was absolutely drained and cramping on the way back because I didn’t take enough water. You should take a minimum of 3.5L. I’d do it again but after a year of training...lol

Good hike with a interesting destination. We stayed overnight at the campsites just past the bridge. The trail is a bit difficult to keep track of in some areas, especially as you get closer to the river. Lots of side trails that lead to nowhere (presumably from all of the gold miners in the area). The trail itself not too strenuous. Much of the trail is in direct sun (depending on the time the canyon walls give some shade).Some portions are covered in Yucca.

The campsite at the end of the trail was great. Plenty of trees for hammocks, the river has a ton of good watering holes for swimming and you are pretty secluded from all the day hikers checking out the bridge. The trail shortly after the bridge to the campsites is a little precarious with a sheer drop on one side and about only a foot of width at its narrowest. I wouldn't attempt it at night.

On a negative note this is probably the most littered trail I have ever hiked. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE, if you are going to hike this trail pack out your trash. I lot count of the bottles and beverage cans I saw along the trail. Even worse was all of the TP lining many points on the trail (if you gotta go, go a 200 ft away from trails, no one wants to step in some else's dirty toilet paper).

I love this hike. I been here many times just because its such a beautiful hike.
First off, The parking is great with lots of space. Bathrooms are a bit dirty. Bring your own toilet paper!. the hike to the mine over the white gate beginning point is moderate. 2 miles of beautiful scenery and nature. At points a bit slippery so hold on to your kids and dogs. Once you make it to the Mine, the views are amazing for pictures and sunsets. when you enter the mine. bring flashlights
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Love this hike, features beautiful scenery throughout. Lots of shades & creeks along the trails from beginning till the end. It averages about 6-7 hours, but worth every minute.

Not really sure why I am writing this review since I've done this hike several times, but here we go, this hike is only as hard as you make it seem, crossing some water and getting wet ads up to how hard it could get, you don't need to get wet in order to cross the water, just be creative and you'll be fine, also, the later you go in the day, the harder it gets due to the sun hitting you directly at the stretch of the hike before getting to the bridge itself, so the earlier you start the better since there is some shade, on your way back it feels sort of like a different hike, which is nice, there is no way of getting lost, follow the stream and you'll be fine.

Good hiking shoes and always recommend since this a rocky hike, several parts of this trail has lots of rocks, the more you hitting for obvious reasons, you will eventually start to feel it and get tired (see where I'm getting with the it's only as hard as you make it seem), bring plenty of water, sunscreen and sun glasses.

It's a fun hike, you feel pretty good once you get to the bridge which you can dip in the water down below. just be careful while getting down there as its rocky and steep, and you will also feel really good on your way back.

My recent group I went with, we started at 7 am and we were done by 12ish, easy 10-11 mile hike, give it a try.

Amazing hike

Great views and good place to take a splash

this was the best hike we've been on yet plenty of water plenty of pools deep enough to get in lots of solitude and hardly any people and plenty of shade too

Great hike, gives you a good workout and beautiful views. I took my kids and our dog and they had no problem getting to the mine. My kids loved exploring in the mine it was fun... just take flash lights and you'll be ok. I would of given this trail 5 stars, but there is way too much graffiti and trash everywhere.

Loved this trail! Nobody in our group had to use trekking poles. This is a rocky trail! I wish someone would have posted that! This is a dog friendly trail. There are nice spots with shade to rest. Lots of bees at the mine! Nobody got stung but they were annoying. Many places for photo opportunities. Please take your trash with you leave no trace! Great hike for children’s 8 and up. Keep your dogs on a leash. Have fun!

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1 month ago

As others said, bring lots of water. I carried 3 liters and ran out. Trail is hard to find on the way up - stay to the east side of river. Wore trail runners on the way up and was fine but recommend hiking boots if you have ankle issues. You’ll want stability since there is a lot of rock and loose sand. Wore my chacos on the way back since it was 90+ degrees and the water felt good on my feet. Be prepared to get wet at least to ankles (yes, even in summer when it hasn’t rained in 4 months.)

Some spots have lots of beautiful cool shade and other spots are barren desert with intense heat. Don’t go when it’s too hot or chance of rain.

Don’t forget your adventure pass. Also, DO NOT LEAVE anything in your car. The parking lot was full of glass from several smashed windows. Such a shame.

Not recommended to bring a dog without boots on a hot day. Though there is shade and water, a lot of trail is exposed and hot.
Definity continue passed the bridge, there is a larger river section that people were splashing around in. Wish I’d arrived sooner and could have bungeed, maybe next time.
Parking was limited and the sides of the road where paralleling are tight. We should have got there earlier, think we arrived around 930.

Pretty cool trail. Great views. Watch out for rattlesnakes when you get to the mine. Had a run in with one of them. You don’t know fear until you hear that death rattle.

a great hike. don't forget your adventure parking pass. start early because the parking lot is small and fills up quickly. also there are a lot of yucca plants along the trail which are very sharp. overall the river/stream is very refreshing after the hike in. in the morning you're in the shade the majority of the time and the trail hugs the stream so there's a lot of shade from the trees. bring lots of water and have fun!

Nice trail, next time I'm going decrease my time and run certain sections. Very much enjoyed this trail...

Love this place but can’t seem to find waterfall even with knorr google pin point. Wish someone could guide me.... any takers? Lol. I do this hike 2-3 times a week early ams email me n_hernandez00@icloud.com

Completed the trail on a second attempt. While not a very difficult trail given that the elevation gain is spread out nicely, there are some areas where you have to be mindful of your footing or else you can slip on the rocks or loose dirt and fall. I highly recommend plenty of water (at least 2L) and food. it's not fun without something to chew on along the way. Best part is the cold river water that makes the hike worth it!

The mine has such great views. Has always been a favorite hike. Last time I went, there was a lot of trash, so don’t forget to clean up after yourselves.

Love the hike. Most challenging I’ve done yet. Definitely loose sense of direction on this one with all the intertwined trails u can choose from. I got lost but I followed the stream up and still found my way to the bridge. If you don’t feel like ur going the right way please stay on the the stream because once you pass the bridge there is a way to get up to the trail on the left you’ll just have to climb up a bit. Not sure how to make it to the falls? I went the whole path possible. But non the less I still caught some killer views. Love the flowing stream. TAKE LOTS OF WATER!! More than 2L for sure. I ran out but I was also almost done when I did. So glad to see other hiker on this trail makes u feel a lil better knowing your not alone. People Gold mining throughout was kinda cool. Seen a garden snake lots of fish and goats... thank god that’s all I seen. I also thought the trail itself was a lil bit more than moderate but well worth it.

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