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Josephine Peak via Colby Canyon Trail is a 7.9 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Palmdale, California that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, running, and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 7.9 mi Elevation gain 2,116 ft Route type Out & Back
Dogs on leash Hiking Nature trips Walking Running Views No shade
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Isabel Cleff
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HikingNo shadeRocky

Great hike! Went on a Saturday morning and there were still a few spots in the parking area when we got there at 9:15. Trail was quite empty, only saw ~10 other people the whole time, and most wore masks. It did get hot (in August), bring extra water. Great view from the peak!

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Jerry Dulay
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HikingBugsNo shadeRocky

Nice trail but can get very hot towards the top

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eric rzepnicki
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Lots of rattle snakes

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Sarah jane Fletcher
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HikingNo shadeRocky

This was a great hike, gradual up hill with views all along the route. Some water, this hike is really beautiful early spring when the water is running heavy. Not a lot of shade. I recommend early morning or early evening, I was heading back around 6pm and I was in lots of shade. No problems with bugs, did see a couple small snakes and one small doe.

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Laura Benscoter
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Ali D.
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Guillaume Lam
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Bugs
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Annie Dear
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julia vaive
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Rose Youmans
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Hiking

Great trail, we entered from Colby canyon and then we carried on an extra 1.5 miles up to Josephine peak and then back down the same way through Colby like people recommended, it was a super foggy day and we didn’t want to walk up the highway (which is what happens when you take the fireroads back down). The Colby canyon part of the trail was great, a little stream, thin track, but it was awesome. We saw maybe 4 other people in the Colby canyon part and a few more at Josephine peak.

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Bridgette Barnsley
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Hiking

Exposed but has some water. I did a weird loop. Do again

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Brittney Stevens
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HikingBugsNo shadeRocky

Colby canyon was blooming , lots of beautiful wildflowers . Was pretty warm , not much shade cover, very buggy , but overall great hike . Saw a couple snakes, including a baby rattlesnake trying to rattle as loud as he could . Saw a total of 8 people and one dog on the trail , which took us about 4 hours to hike .

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tyler madani
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very good trail the top looks pretty nice but the fireroad is very basic and wide. very well maintained overall pretty good hike

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Alyssa Austria
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Beautiful hike! Good, steady incline. Could be rough on a hot day since there’s not much shade coverage but today was nice and cool. Some parts where the trail is narrow but it’s otherwise well maintained so not sketchy. A few small stream crossings which were very easy to navigate. Went on Wednesday, 5/13, at 830 AM. Took about 4 hours total which included half an hour hanging out at the top, kept a good pace. Parking lot had about 8 cars in it but didn’t encounter too many people on the trail. (Would be very hard to maintain 6 ft on this trail on a busier day)

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Bobby Olson
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Hiking

I would agree that this is moderate-hard. Until you get to the saddle, the trail is filled with small rocks which is a challenge on your footing on the way down. There is also minimal shade on the way up to the saddle. It gets HOT. But the top of Josephine Peak was really scenic and fun for pictures. The difference in plant life is cool - mostly brush and cacti until the saddle, then big trees until Josephine. You will be tired but will feel accomplished after this one!

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Erika Montoya
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This trail is rated moderate but to me it was moderate-hard. The trail is well marked and wide, perfect for social distancing. There's two water crossings at the beginning as well as a waterfall but don't worry nothing that will get your shoes wet. The entire trail is uphill, there is some shade for less than the first mile and after the trail is fully open. I recommend to go early to avoid the heat exposure. Take water if you go after 8 as this times it gets hot. At the saddle it could get windy, make sure you have a sweater in you pack if you are like me that gets cold easily.

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ameera abdelaziz
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Scott Smith
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Hiking

Great trail with good amount of vertical and varied terrain. Good balance of difficulty and flats with beautiful views of pure mountains, no city. Can get hot on a warm day as there’s lots of exposure but still some streams and waterfalls, which the dogs loved! Will definitely do again

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Julian Contreras
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HikingBugsNo shadeRocky

"Sleep in the Clouds and Dream in the Sky" Beautiful day yesterday at the San Gabriel Mountains. You could feel and play with the clouds passing next you when going up to Josephine Peak, one of the trails still open to the public, via Colby Canyon in Glendora. We took the fire road going down to complete an 8 mi loop. We saw mountain bikers, runners, and hikers here and there with dogs, but not many congregated. All taking their social distance. I'm glad we can still get out there taking the necessary precaution against the virus. Bring a jacket. It gets cold if you start early and if it gets cloudy, you will feel it too. Mosquito repellent will help if it gets sunny. Limited parking, but you can park in some spots on the side of the road. No adventure pass needed.

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