Hours: sunrise to sunset

perfect hike for a good workout but not too difficult. A few up hills. very peaceful. Not a lot of people on the trail. beautiful rock formations.

Nice place ,, it does get crowded after like 10am ,,, nice quick hike with lots of nice rock formation ,Great for kids to run around and climb

beautiful rock formations beautiful scenery great hike Trails were great took my 19 year old 17 year old 10 year old and 4 year old daughter with me the climb rocks we ran down steep hills overall this is a beautiful place to take the family boyfriend or pet. moderate-difficult only if you want it to be. safe for kids. at least mine.

1 month ago

What a gem of a hike. So much here to see geologically and botanically speaking!

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1 month ago

In 1870's, Tiburcio Vásquez, one of California's most notorious bandits, used these rocks to elude capture by law enforcement. Although Vasquez came from an accomplished family, he chose the outlaw path and dreamed of reclaiming California from the "Yankees". One of his criminal acts involved the heist of 500 lbs. of silver from a Death Valley mine owner. The stolen silver was never recovered and legend has it, the silver is still hidden somewhere in Vasquez Rocks! His name has since been associated with this geologic wonder. However, in 1873 his life of crime hit its lowest point. Vasquez and his gang robbed a store in Tres Pinos (just east of the Salinas area), which claimed the lives of three innocent bystanders. After evading a posse (and a $1000 reward) he spent the next two years eluding law enforcement as he worked his way south into the Los Angeles area. In May 1874, Vasquez was captured in West Hollywood and in late May, he was moved by steamship to San Francisco where he would eventually stand trial in San Jose. And in January 1975 a jury trial for the three murders did not take long, four days followed by two hours of deliberation. Vásquez calmly met his fate (death by hanging) in San Jose on March 19, 1875. He was 39 years old.

Finally, if you want to see where Dracula, starring Bela Lugosi (1931), Apache, starring Burt Lancaster (1954), Blazing Saddles (1974) Star Trek (TV and film), Power Rangers, The Flintstones (1994), Planet of The Apes (2001) and countless other films and TV shows were filmed (and hunt for missing silver), go to Vasquez Rocks! You can hike and climb where all your favorite characters lived, died, and battled.

Very cool hike. Pretty hard to stay on the trail mapped out here, but wandering around and getting off path is part of the fun! Take time to climb around on the rocks and stop by the interpretive center to learn about the geology and natural history of the area, Tiburcio Vasquez and all the movies and TV shows that have been filmed here. It's a fun area to explore and I definitely feel like I could come back here multiple times and not get bored.

Brought our small terrier and he had no problem keeping up and hopping around on some of the rocks with us. we didn't take him up the major rock formations, though, so that might not be the safest for dogs.

We did this hike the Friday after Thanksgiving and it wasn't very crowded when we got there shortly after 9am. The trail was a little difficult to follow but we just made our own trail and had a great time. The trail is rated moderate but could probably be rated as easy, we have been on other trails that were rated easy and we're more difficult. Overall it was a nice hike and recommend it to all. Also when we finished around noon the parking lot was full and many people on the trails.

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1 month ago

My dogs and I hiked a portion of this trail. I mainly wanted to see the PCT portion of the trail for our upcoming section hike. We hiked to the tunnel at HWY 14. It rained the night before our hike. The smell of wet sage, coupled with the bright oranges of the cottonwood trees made for a beautiful hike. After the hike we returned to the rocks and climbed around.

diverse trail. fun and a good workout.

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1 month ago

More incredible than I imagined it would be, for how close it is to LA. I went with my father and we didn't stress too much over trying to stay on the trail, as there are many places where it's easy to deviate and forge your own, scramble over the rocks, and make a good time of it.

This hike took me about an hour and a half to complete. The trail has a few uphills and for the most part is flat with loose dirt and rocks. There is little shade so try doing it in the morning or when it’s cool, otherwise I can see it getting too hot. I enjoyed the views and the good workout. What I found a little difficult is that the trail gets a little hard to follow at some points. Make sure you take your map. Otherwise great local hike!

Great views. Seen Cub Scout pack getting their hike on! Easy trail. National Hiking Day

Beautiful area but it was so hard to follow this trail. So many washes and false trails that led me and my partner astray. Ended up adding two miles to make it a 5-mile total hike. Ended up on the PCT at some point? I made it out in one piece so I’m not complaining.

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2 months ago

3 miles as the crow flies. going up and down hills, it feels a lot longer. great views

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3 months ago

It’s a great little loop hike. We had good weather. I wouldn’t recommend on a hot day,

The rocks were great to climb on. The trail was a little hard to follow in certain spots but it was still a good hike. Not that strenuous.

This was an awesome trail! It’s super easy to hike, but it’s the rocks that are the star of the show! Get ready for some gorgeous geology and great views! I would recommend going off the trail where permitted (there are signs in certain places saying you shouldn’t) and clambering up the boulders

Awesome trail, we went with a gsd and a 2 year old and had the best time. Not very difficult and not very long trail

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4 months ago

Alright but you can find better rock formations in Alabama Hills and Joshua Tree.

Easy hike, not much to see.

Went at 9am on a Sunday, end of July. The trail doesn’t offer any shade, and it was already in the 90’s when I started. A couple of steeper inclines but beautiful views. It took me a 2+ hours but I’m still in the beginner category. The extended loop wasn’t busy at all, only ran into a handful of people at the beginning, but most of the trail I was by myself. Definitely recommend, just bring plenty of water, sunscreen, and maybe a hat or umbrella. The info center has maps, really clean bathrooms, and a small gift shop.

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6 months ago

Easy to get to it from the highway. Many people taking photos in nice dresses, etc. massive picnic table areas for large events. Some rocks are very close to the parking so you don't have to necessarily hike to get awesome selfies.

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7 months ago

Beautiful area filled with easy hikes for the family. You could spend most of the day here. They have a nice visitor center with clean restrooms inside. There are plenty of picnic tables and port-pottys throughout the park as well. Stop in the visitor center and grab a couple of trail pamphlets that explain the history of the park.

If you can go in the spring, it’s awesome to see the rock formations and great views covered in green grass and flowers.

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7 months ago

Spectacular scenery, very kid-friendly, with lots of easy trails winding through the rocks. Don't worry about following the route. If you're enjoying the park vorrectly, your track should look like a drunken bloodhound's. Wander, climb some rocks, enjoy the views!

Good hike overall; the rocks are awesome and the history is cool to learn about. The trails are pretty easy to follow and parking is almost always available. There are crowded sections, but as you meander along this trail, it thins out.
There are some cool spots to climb up some or the rocks and play around a bit.
Would recommend this as a nice day hike, and would also recommend stopping in the little towns nearby for some great diner food!

Perfect for beginners and family outings.

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8 months ago

Pretty cool/easy hike! I came on a Wednesday around 1p and it was practically empty. I would consider myself a hiking novice (I own no hiking shoes and have terrible direction, but have an athletic background that makes my endurance for hikes pretty good); that being said, hiking up those nice rocks are pretty easy and quick. I was only here for about an hour with my two shibas as there was another doggie barking at them on the actual trail. My dogs fared well, I kind of just wandered around what was in the main lot. Maybe next time I'll try to locate some real trails - I saw mention of a cave? My two medium dogs did fine; they've hiked up to 5-6 miles before so this was more like a very long walk for them. The rock formations are beautiful! Really cool and not too far from LA.

amazing, beautiful!

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8 months ago

I hike this trail frequently with my dog. It's our favorite place to hike in our valley. She's more of a mountain goat than a cattle dog, so she loves going off trail to do a little rock scrambling.

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