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This hike is long but fun and easy enough. Make sure you have waterproof or water resistant shoes to cross the multiple streams. This hike is not for you if you don’t want to get your feet wet.

I agree with Julian. The trail is badly damaged, overgrown and dangerous in places. We did manage to get past the mine and find the continuation of the loop - but both safely passing the mine and finding the trail were not obvious. About a mile or so on from the mine we lost it completely and, as it was dry, exited out a gully as the safest option rather than retrace the route. It really is that bad.

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6 days ago

Gem of a trail! The trail isn’t obvious towards the top, however, keep moving up the trail (crosses over the creek a bunch) until you hit the big waterfall. Easy, short, beautiful.

Very fun hike. Amazing views. Not very difficult, but it feels long. Did 9.6 miles in about 6 hours

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10 days ago

Awesome trail to run!!! Clean! Safe! Friendly environment!!!

Beautiful views. Took our group of seven and a dog, 2 hours 40 minutes to reach the bridge. Such a good time.

My second time up Rattlesnake Peak. First last year I did an out and back solo hike in the heat. I drank 7 liters of water and ran out with a half mile to go. It was 105' when I finished.

This time the weather was much cooler. 60's and 70's. Our group chose to do the loop (up Route 1 and down Route 2). I would no recommend that route to anyone. Route 2 is completely grown over and the trail is very difficult to follow. I recommend staying with the out and back.

Luckily for us we had an individual who had complete Route 2. Even still, he had a hard time following the trail. It came down to his knowledge of the trail and my map to navigating out of there. Also, Route 2 is much steeper and a bit more precarious than Route 1.

I'll be back next year with another group or two to tame Rattlesnake peak again in preparation for Iron Mountain and C2C. However, the plan will be to stick to Route 1 only.

In preparation for C2C, my group and I conquered Iron Mountain. This was my second time on the Heaton Flat Trail. I hiked solo up to the Alison Mine Saddle last year in preparation to do the entire hike with two other hikers. Unfortunately, it never happened.

So, on Saturday, Nov 4th six hikers and I set out to conquer this beast. I can honestly say the Iron Mountain certainly lived up to its billing as being the toughest hike in the San Gabriel Mountains. The final two plus miles to the peak were steep and relentless. I had no doubt we would make it, but I seems like the last two miles just went on forever!

For our efforts, we were rewarded with some of the most awesome views of all the surrounding ranges and peaks. We had perfect weather and very little wind at the peak. It was probably in the 40's at the top and never got higher than 60 throughout the hike.

We each carried between 4 to 6 liters of water plus a liter or so of electrolytes or coconut water. We have C2C in two weeks. It will be my second summit from the Skyline trail and my groups first time. It will also be my 8th summit of San Jacinto (from various trailheads).

Iron Mountain - I've got your number now! See you again next year as my Hike Beyond the Hills friends and I conquer you again. ;)

crowded, but a lot of fun.