Valley Forge Trail

MODERATE 23 reviews
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Valley Forge Trail is a 5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Mt Wilson, California that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, and mountain biking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
5.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1250 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

camping

hiking

mountain biking

forest

views

bugs

Directions from Pasadena, CA: Travel Interstate 210 north, exit the Angeles Crest Highway (Hwy. 2) and drive north 14 miles to the Red Box Ranger Station. Hike in, following the signs, 3.5 miles to the campground.

hiking
10 days ago

backpacking
17 days ago

Did a quick black Friday overnight trip. Campsite is okay but there's a lot of trash left around the site as well as TP.

No water at camp, however there is a slow trickle of a stream just before the red cabin and right after.

backpacking
17 days ago

Pretty well maintained campsite. Vaulted toilets could use some attention but have seen much worse. Fun little spot!

hiking
18 days ago

backpacking
25 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

the first time i hiked the trail i started up on top off Mt. Wilson red box road and hiked down valley forge trail. once i got to the fork i hiked west back to HWY 2 and the main parking lot. i was too tired to hiked back up the trail to where i left my truck so i walked along the road. i totally regretted that lol. overall it was nice, i've been back a couple of times and have seen some does by the creek and even got a picture of a black bear walking down to the creek to get some water.

hiking
2 months ago

backpacking
5 months ago

I thought this was a pretty good hike. Just did it this weekend and it was very, very hot, but I am not letting that affect my review cause I'm a heat-wimp. It's a hike down to a lower elevation so you don't peak out to open views or vast openings, however, you get a nice variety of switchbacks, gradual descents/climbs, drastic descents/ascents and a good mix of brush - from completely closed tree/brush paths to large evergreen big tree groves. Wasn't sure what we'd get for the camp site, but the camp site at Valley Forge is not bad due to the proximity of a well fed stream from which to grab as much water as one needs. Bathrooms were "meh" (spiders, stink and lame people leaving their garbage in their), but a plus for being able to grab wood around camp and have a nice fire. Really a 3.75.

hiking
5 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

backpacking
7 months ago

It's a fun little campground to go to, especially if you need to try out new gear. All downhill in and all uphill out. Watch your step...I had a pretty close encounter with a rattle snake just outside of our site

camping
7 months ago

camping
7 months ago

Nice camp with a great layout by the edge of the stream. The water was flowing nicely. We showed up on a Friday afternoon and there were 4 other groups in the camp. The site are pretty spread out so you have nice privacy. I think there are about 8 or 9 sites total. The hike in is all downhill so be prepared to get a good workout on the way out. LOTS of poison oak around the sites and on the trail so be mindful of that. All Trails has conflicting information about the length and elevation of this hike so we used a GPS. Its 2.6 miles each way from Red Box to the trail camp, and about a 1100 foot elevation change. The pit toilet were actually surprisingly clean. (for pit toilets) Oh and bring good bug spray. The mosquitos were thick around sun down.

backpacking
8 months ago

I took Troop 919 from La Mirada here and we had a new scout (first backpacking trip). It is a short hike, about 2 miles from Redbox to trail camp (2 hr hiking at most with packs). There was plenty of water and shade, although in summer the sun may be more overhead, offering less shade while hiking. The campground filled up throughout the day. Hardest part is hiking uphill on the way back to Redbox, versus usual of hiking uphill the first day and down on the return. No bug problems.

hiking
8 months ago

This is a nice and pretty hike. The only real challenging section is leading to and from the parking lot. The stream was full of water and there were lady bugs were everywhere. There's a camp ground that had a few people camping in it. There are a few fallen trees so beware and don't step on them, they can be slippery and cause you to fall.

9 months ago

Nice trail. A lot of Falling trees a lot branches on the trail, but good because you do a lot of exercise I Trying to cross those branches.

hiking
9 months ago

Hike contains poison oak on the trail and there was no water in the stream when we went there in the winter. Campground was closed as well. Wouldn't be back.

hiking
10 months ago

Fun little hike. Weather was great and lots of water. Only thing to bear in mind is a nasty patch of poison oak at about ~1 mile so avoid wearing shorts.

hiking
Friday, July 22, 2016

Wednesday, June 29, 2016