DISTANCE
5.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
997 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

hiking

trail running

walking

no shade

hiking
4 months ago

The first mile or so is seriously up and down, trail traverses small mountain halfway up, mountain has many washes, thus the up and down. Good workout, but view is mostly of unattractive houses. To avoid this part and to invest your time, energy, and water into the climb up to the saddle between mountains, the "loop" part, instead of turning into the trailhead parking, take the next right, follow this road to a large parking area at the base of the large wash between the hills. Obvious large trail. This is also where the hike gets pretty.
Lots of varied scat suggests that hiking at sunrise or dusk might allow you to see various critters.