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Gould Mesa Road: Angeles Crest Hwy to Paul Little Picnic Site [CLOSED]

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Angeles National Forest

Gould Mesa Road: Angeles Crest Hwy to Paul Little Picnic Site [CLOSED] is a 5.2 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near La Canada Flintridge, California that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 5.2 mi Elevation gain 793 ft Route type Out & Back
Dogs on leash Hiking Horseback riding Mountain biking Nature trips Bird watching Running Forest River Wildlife Closed
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As of September 2020, trails in this area are closed due to wildfire. See park page for more information.

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Caitlyn Baidas
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HikingGreat!

Beautiful, mostly shaded trail with multiple river crossings. Once you reach the Paul Little Picnic area, keep going for a nearby waterfall. Difficulty is the last stretch of the hike when you're hiking back up to your car.

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Christine Chang
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HikingGreat!

Great hike, did it today, Saturday of Labor Day weekend. We started at 7am and were one of the early groups, only had a few trail runners pass us by. There were a lot of people headed on the trail on the way back, make sure to wear your masks because not everyone was... The dam at the end was pretty full and saw 2 ppl taking a dip. The trail is a steady downhill/flat, so the hill back is tough. Make sure to pack lots of water. Would definitely do this again.

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Paul O'Brien
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Hiking

Dope

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Hiking

a good hike. lots of water. very clear path the whole way. as all the other reviews say, the last mile is grueling.

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Arisara Weranont
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Hiking

Come early morning or late afternoon. The last mile coming up was brutal in the sun. Overall easy stroll minus the last part coming back up.

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Cecilia Cardenas
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Hiking

There’s parking right at the entrance on your right hand side. You start off by going down the trail so once you’re done going back up is the real work out. Once you get down you’ll end up at a fork the Paul little trail is to your left which is mainly flat a lot of bikers. You walk near the stream so it’s nice to hear the water. Lots of shade when I went around 6ish.

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Rebecca Woofter
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Hiking

This was a great hike. Went on a Monday morning and didn't see too many people with the majority of people wearing masks. The creeks are low but nice and easy to cross. That last mile back up to the parking lot was brutal by noon.

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Athena Nguyen
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Walking

I almost don’t want to review this hike because it’s such a hidden gem compared to the other overcrowded waterfalls in the San Gabriel mountains! But this trail was great from start to finish - even the 1 mile of uphill in the sun at the end is not so bad. My dog loved the stream crossings and the pool at the end! There were a good amount of bikers and hikers on this trail but not to the point where you are overwhelmed with people and everyone was very respectful. There was trash around the parking area but fortunately I didn’t notice any trash or graffiti along the trail and I really hope it stays this way. If you visit, PLEASE continue to keep this trail pristine!

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Sandra H
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Hiking

Went on Sat morning. Too many ppl for my taste to remain socially distant. Some not wearing masks. Mixed crowd: hikers, joggers, mountain bikers. Bikers, please use a bell!! Don’t underestimate the track back up the hill. No shade at all, so it’s a workout in the heat (save some water for the end). Nice once you’re down and more shade.

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Ana Reyes
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HikingOver grownRocky

This trail is super easy as in no steep parts it’s like going on a walk or a stroll. The only hard part is coming back up to where you parked it’s steep but that’s it. A lot of creek crossing and the waterfall was nice but smelled kind of funny. There’s shade for the most part wouldn’t recommend going alone unless it’s peak time when there’s more ppl. Good for beginners

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Tali L
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HikingNo shade

An easy hike except for the last .5mike when you are going up hill. Partially shaded with a nice stream and water fall. Small swimming area near the waterfall at the end of the hike. I would suggest coming early as the first and last mile are completely exposed. Free parking (8 spots or so) along the highway. Good for children and dogs.

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Travis Yatomi
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Hiking

Well-maintained trail with plenty of runners and bikers - all respectful and wearing masks. Plenty of shade in the lower portion, but the main downhill/uphill portions at the start/end of the trailhead are exposed and can be challenging when the heat ramps up.

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Armida Isabelle Saspa
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Hiking

Great hike for leg day going back up to parking!

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Cristina Lugo
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Hiking

Great trail- honestly seems like a gem because it has a lot of great characteristics for a social distance hike. It’s not far from town (la Cañada), right off the road, easy trailhead to find and follow, beautiful nature, historic artifacts and a cool waterfall at the end! This trail is partially shaded but was PERFECT for an overcast day like the day I visited. It’s in the bottom of a canyon so you do hike down into it at first and must hike back out. Lots of water alongside you and several creek crossings, none too hard. Seems like a popular mountain bike spot too. The distance is not too much and you are rewarded at the end, a perfect hike to invite a friend!

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Kortney Rubottom
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Hiking

Parked off Angeles HWY, it’s a bit of a walk down to the actual trail. So coming back to your car will be all up hill but lovely creek with plenty of stones to walk across and large trunks that act as bridges. Fair amount of people but spread apart on either end of the entrances each trail. There’s an entrance on the Altadena side as well.

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Danny Tran
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Hiking

Great trail, it was raining but plenty of shade. Everyone was trying their best to social distance and wear masks. Trail is simple, if you’re trying to get to the dam, when you hit any of the picnic areas, take the trail to the left. Also watch out for poison oak.

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Michael Vu
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HikingMuddyOff trailRocky
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Elyse Gutierrez
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Hiking

Fun easy trail

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Mason Stucker
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HikingNo shadeOff trailRocky
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Wyatt Stucker
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Hiking

Good hike but coming back was very steep

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Abigail Montejo
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Great trail! Went this morning and took my dog for the first time (he loved it!). We started hiking around 8:30 and got to the waterfall at 10:30. It felt like a pretty long hike but the scenery was great throughout. No huge inclines so this is great for beginner hikers. You do have to cross rivers though, but on a hot day, your shoes will dry off. :)

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Jenny Rosser
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Hiking

I really enjoyed this trail. It’s beautiful! The only downside is that initially it’s all downhill so the hard work is at the end when you come back! However it’s nice and flat for some fun trail-running! Beautiful ice-cold creeks to pass over, however I wasn’t able to find the waterfall/damn everyone was talking about. Once you get to the end (about 2.7 miles) there is a fork in the road: going left there’s a picnic area and right it goes into higher elevation. I went right and stopped at 3 miles as I didn’t want to end up going back in the dark. Maybe I should have gone left to see the waterfall? Either way it was beautiful and not really crowded at all!! Bring an extra pair of socks and some sandals for when you get back to your car after the creeks.

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