Shortcut Canyon Trail

HARD 4 reviews
#103 of 170 trails in

Shortcut Canyon Trail is a 14.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Sierra Madre, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. 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.

14.7 miles
4353 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash



nature trips

trail running




wild flowers

8 months ago

11 months ago

Really no great reviews about this place so heres my contribution. This is an interesting hike for sure.

1. Need an adventure pass which you can buy from the general store that opens at 7 am. $5 cash or card accepted

2. There are multiple trails but none that are called "shortcut". There are several sign posts along the trail that ask people not to use "shortcuts" and stick to the trail. That how i suspect sole wiseass came up with this name

3. The start- first 3 miles fairly routine. Lots of people and seems extremely busy and commercial

4. Then comes the hard part where the trail gets narrow and rough. Doesn't look like too many people make it up to this point. The good news is that most of the trail was shaded by dense vegetation

5. This is a long 15 mile hike and used up 6 litres of water so carry plenty. There are no toilets or fresh water apart from trail head

All in all a long hike. Parts of it were tough. Would rate it slightly less strenuous than Wilson. Some pretty sights and sounds.

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Nice trail

Wednesday, March 15, 2017