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Valley Forge Trail is a 4.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Mount 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.

Length 4.7 mi Elevation gain 1,246 ft Route type Out & Back

Dog friendly

Camping

Hiking

Mountain biking

Forest

Views

Bugs

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Getting There

California Travel and Tourism Commision, P.O. Box 1499 , Sacramento, CA, 95812-1499, Phone: 800-862-2543

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.

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Reviews (126)
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Emily Van Ness
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HikingBugs
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Juice D.
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Backpacking

This trail has a nice pathway, but no reward! I couldn’t find a waterfall at the end of it. I think it would be a pleasant one night backpacking trip. Pros- shady forest, follows a beautiful stream, passed by some intriguing huts all along the way, ends at a nice trail camp with a creek. Cons- it doesn’t end with a rewarding viewpoint or destination, it’s hard to have the second portion of a hike be all uphill, I think the mileage is longer than the description.

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Jessica Watson
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Hiking

Wanted to do Strawberry but this trail looked more green. We hike down hill about three miles to finally stumble upon a little stream. The three miles we took back was all uphill, obviousaly. And we worked up a good sweat. First and last mile are the hardest down and uphill. Pace yourself. Lots of turns and beautiful valley views!

Andrew Johnson
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Cobey Cobb
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HikingBlowdownSnow

NOTE: I went on 1/5/2020 and there were a lot of trees down on the ground which made parts of the trail impossible to pass. I had to go around in a few spots and was lucky someone else had been through and I could follow their footprints in the snow or else I would have been lost. There was a group of Boy Scouts and other volunteers clearing the trail that day so maybe it’s cleaned up. ONTO THE REVIEW Very nice hike. The starting point is on top of the mountain and has breathtaking views, especially at sundown. It’s not a difficult hike at all. Really relaxing. There’s a small creek that runs through that you pass by occasionally. Saw a few people with their dogs. You’ll come across a few sites along the way with what look to be camp cabins that are out of use this time of year. There’s still some snow in certain spots but I was able to handle it with trail running shoes without a problem. Fighting through the fallen trees and finding the path was difficult but rewarding because I ended up being the only one out there. Very peaceful. I opted to take the dirt road on the way back which is on the other side of the creek. (You’ll see it from the Valley Forge campsite.

Julie Jenkins
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crazy crazy trail....take the road. after the snow the trail is unmanageable,taking on and off the backpacks, sliding down hillside and tons of scrambling over, under and through tree trunks, roots and limbs, way to much to get through. when the trail splits stay left, what scrambling you do on the first small section is a cake walk to the rest of the trail. Without GPS your screwed unless you are already familiar with the trail and have the patience and strength to tuff it out ... other then that super happy to have made it...other campers already enjoying the evening! If you want a group to backpack with check this out.... Check out Camping & Hyking Addict http://meetu.ps/c/4n2N4/KxFvT/d on Meetup

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Evan M
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Kristoffer YDeen
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HikingFee

Great trail but so, so many flies. No mosquitos. If we waved off flies for the entire duration of the hike. Beautiful fall colors at certain points and at the campground though.

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Sandy Garcia
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HikingOff trail

Nice easy hiking trail bugs were not too bad with my anti-bug bracelet. We saw a big spider I think it was a tarantula.

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Drew Wootten
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Hiking

Very nice hike that’s well shaded most of the way. I bet it’s even better in March. Tough on the way back but worth it.

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Stephen Odom
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Running

The “out” is a very nice descent- meaning the “back” is an almost continuous not-so-nice ascent- I ran to the Valley Forge Campground, which made it 7 miles total. Enjoyed the challenge and the views..

Chris Quirarte
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Hiking

Asking for input- I am taking son to red box trail to valley forge campsite. Does anybody know if water is around there to be filtered.

Sandy Garcia
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HikingBugs

Great trail for running. Not too steep but still a challenge. Bugs make it hard to completely enjoy. Get really good bug repellent.

Rebeca Cristian
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HikingRocky

Down hill mostly in & up hill back! Last mile was hard for me... stream was was nice in front of campground & not too crowded.

Steven De Silva
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Hiking

It's summertime and the temperature was warm. Bugs and insects were out. A lot of sunshine. Valley forge campground looked nice and near running water with restroom stalls. downhill first, bugs, views are nice halfway through before turn around. Definitely repeat with cooler weather. sunblock, bug repellent and water is all you need. snacks if you a big boy like me.

James Floyd
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Hiking

Solid day hike in Angeles National Forest. Trail starts at Redbox Trailhead; there is no “Valley Forge” sign, only an indication of distance to the campground on the sign. All downhill on the way in so make sure you do your cardio in prep for the hike out. Aptly described as a moderate hike, overall. Bonus: this is close to several other points of interest such as the Mt. Wilson Observatory. BRING BUG SPRAY.

Brian Whales
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Hiking

Great Hike In June. Tons Of Flowers, Birds, and Colorful insects. Despite there being a ton of cars in the Lot, the trail had a pleasantly low level of traffic. I went off the trail going down to valley forge and ended up on the Red Box Truck Road. Lucky the trail branched down about 1.5 miles later and I ended up at the Valley Forge Campground. I had great views. Plenty of water crossings (great for my dog) and the hike back is a pleasant uphill challenge if you're in good shape. Highly Recommend. Especially For A Date. Get There Early. (6:30/7AM)

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