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Nice work out, really enjoyed running down the rabbit hole at the end, pretty hike if you finish as the sun is setting.

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scramble
4 days ago

It's been one of the most extreme hikes I've ever done ... the trail it's not easy... I Normally tent to run 11miles in 2hrs and this trail took me almost 5hrs ...

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over grown
4 days ago

On the trail, watch for a little poison oak on each side. The trail is nice and the end gives great views.

I went around 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday and I was basically the only person on the trail which was nice (I only saw people at the entrance and exit but not anywhere else). I went counterclockwise as suggested for a better workout and whew! My legs are done for the day! I enjoyed it though. I just finished at 3:04 p.m. and before then there was plenty of shade on the southern portion of the trail which was nice.

As stated in a previous review the trail is about 8.4 mile to 9. It’s nicely shaded for the most part and will have you on a nice up hill climb. If you follow the trail guide it will take you past hondo trail onto the fossil ridge trail. Not a scenic train it a nice climb with views of the old microwave tower and some views over looking the ocean.

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10 days ago

highly trafficked in the beginning then up the trail the people dwindle. Great combo of up and down, little areas of shade was nice to rest for a moment. Felt great to make it to the top, ran the last 2 minutes from walking it all. Great view on a clear day, could see Long Beach. Very very hot, bring enough water!!

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over grown
10 days ago

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10 days ago

Prefer loops way more than out and backs. Decided to take the trail all the way around by following that black trail line on the app. (Check out this recording on my page:))The descend after reaching the viewpoint is super steep for a bit so be careful/make sure you’re wearing good shoes. I started out at the trailhead via google maps but yall should start at the trailhead near the Self Realization fellowship temple. Great workout!

Good hike. Decent elevation gain and great views all along the trail.

It is 67.79 miles not 62 - I did this hike in 7 sections mostly out and back so technically I did it twice. LOL. It is beautiful but difficult. It may not seem steep compared to the bigger mountains East of LA but the trail will drop you into a canyon and back to the top again once or twice in a 10 mile section. One 15 mile section had the same elevation gain as doing Mnt Wilson. Be careful during the summer months because some sections have no shade and get very hot. Only a few places to get water refills and not all the trails are easily marked. Someone died over the summer on one of the trails leading off the backbone. The views are gorgeous especially in the early morning hours as the sun rises over the ocean. Can’t wait to do it again, maybe as an overnighted.

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18 days ago

Love to run on this trail. Lots of dogs and desert climate. Beautiful.

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bugs
24 days ago

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bugs
no shade
24 days ago

on Rustic Canyon Loop Trail

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bugs
over grown
scramble
29 days ago

Very hot day. I did the loop anticlockwise, to avoid to climb up the backbone trail in full sun. If you like an adventurous trail in a narrow canyon, it is just for you. Be prepared for a lot of poison oak and spider webs. I love this trail !

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29 days ago

Interesting cave with holes in the roof. Unfortunately, children keep scribbling on the walls.

This was a great hike! We arrived at 7:30 and there were already a handful of people, but we still managed to get a parking in the front. The first mile or so of the hike is very nice, reminds me of being in a mystical forest. The view is amazing if you make it all the way. Take water and wear comfortable shoes!

Very beautiful views of the ocean and downtown. We went until parker mesa overlook starting from Los liones trail. And according to the map here it’s a thorough hike but in reality the trail down from parker mesa overlook isn’t like perfect and highly overgrown so most of the people turned back from parker mesa overlook to go down rather than the one on this map given.

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