Smith Mountain Trail

HARD 34 reviews
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Smith Mountain Trail is a 6.7 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Azusa, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
6.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1948 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

rocky

scramble

off trail

1 month ago

Beautiful views all the way up

hiking
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8 months ago

only did part of the trail. scorching sun and no shade

8 months ago

Couldn't find the trail head. Ended up doing pigeon ridge. Any one have any advice on finding the trail head. Trying to do in two days.

9 months ago

hiking
10 months ago

Beautiful trail & the last mile after the saddle is pretty, freakin' intense. Gorgeous views from the top. Didn't see a person all day, either.

hiking
10 months ago

hiking
11 months ago

The first 3 miles are fairly easy. Everything changes when you get to the saddle, though. The final 1/2 mile is a rugged and weaving scramble to the top. Some parts were nearly vertical, and it was slippery, as it had rained the day before. This trail must be blistering hot in the summer.

hiking
11 months ago

Awesome hike, especially if you go on a cloudy day because you get so high up that you're in the clouds! The very beginning was a little steep, then the majority of it was a very easy slight incline--totally do-able for a beginner. It's the last .5 mile that is CRAZY. To get to the top of the mountain, you have to do a pretty intense scramble at a very steep incline, but once you get to the top it's SO worth it! When we were halfway up the scramble, we started hitting some fog and the further we went up, the thicker it got. By the time we finally made it to the top, the clouds were surrounding us and were so thick that we couldn't see anything more than 20 ft. away from us. It was absolutely amazing and definitely worth the trip.

Tips: Bring lots of water, and make sure to save a lot for the scramble. What made the scramble do-able was that there's probably 4-5 flat spots where you can take a break, so be sure to utilize those moments to catch your breath and drink some water! Also, we went on a cold day so we brought gloves which ended up being great for the scramble, I think it would have sucked doing that bare-handed. Happy hiking!

11 months ago

The first 3 miles are pretty routine but great for trail running. Would term the last 1/2 mile up to Smith mountain a Class 2 scramble. Very fun - was socked in with some snow on the ground when my brother, myself and Finn the vizsla wonder dog made it to the top.

hiking
11 months ago

Saturday, December 03, 2016

It's a great hike for beginners going to moderate.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Went at 6 am and there was no sing of anyone. The trai is pretty washed out at points before the final scramble up. It definitely needs some trail maintenance.
the last half mile is a definite scramble.
There are great views of the greater los angeles area and if you get it at the right time you won't see anyone.

hiking
Monday, October 17, 2016

Hard. Because we chose to clime shortcut, all ways full of tiny sands and rocks, huge rocks made trail easy to fall along. We had to use both hands to hold and support. I fell twice while we went downhills. It was sunny with a little shade. Please cover your face and neck with UV protection in case of sunburn.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Monday, May 23, 2016

Great hike with some seriously amazing views. Doesn't feel like a trail, feels more like you're trekking up a mountain. Some parts have some pretty sharp plants and you'll probably hear rattlesnakes, but hike on right?

hiking
Saturday, May 14, 2016