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Great hike. Very few people use this trail during the week, so it's very peaceful. The tunnels are cool and make this hike different than other Southern California hikes. Trail is good condition. Lots of beautiful scenery. I would definitely recommend this hike.

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Heading: 2 hours, we decided to go through the river jumping over rocks and through the mud vs the traditional route.

Return: ~1.5 hours, on the way back we took back the traditional road and only had to cross the river like 3x.

Weather: there is alot of overhead trees, thus not much exposure to the sun. It gets cold quickly if you go in the mornings. But once you reach the bridge, its pretty exposed and the feeling of the sun rays hitting your numb face is the best feeling ever!

Cargo: not a strenuous hike. Shorts, t shirt and a windbreaker (recommended, again not alot of sun and it gets windy in the mornings). Water proof hiking boots. You will get wet.

Summary: We did the hike with the intention of getting into the watering holes at the base of the bridge however it was extremely cold and probably would have got hypothermia jumping into the water haha. Regardless, the hike is really fun, especially running through the water. Hard to get lost, only really one way to go there and back. On our return, we saw big horned sheep!! I'll probably do this trail again when it gets hot to get in the water. Recommend to all!

Amazing weather amazing scenery

Great hike overall! Lost the trail a few times heading out to the bridge but when in doubt stay to the right side of the river and you will find the trail again. You will get your feet wet at the river crossings so be prepared. Suggest trekking polls to help balance on slippery wet rocks while crossing too. Bring plenty of water. We started at 8am and it was a cool 45 degrees, upon the return it was a toasty 77 and sunny! Our entire group of ten, experienced and not so experienced hikers enjoyed the day. Plan on 5-6hrs to complete the which gives you time at the bridge to explore.

This was a great hiking experience! I have done it twice and I am sure to return again.

It is not an easy hike even if there is not much elevation gain. It is after all 10 miles and you are stepping over logs, rocks, crossing streams, etc...some people have written that it is easy and they have done it in less than 4 hrs. which I find hard to believe...it took us about 5 1/2 hrs of hiking plus one hour spent at the bridge and in the pools. We started early with some shade but that only lasted for about 3 of the 10 miles total.

The sights and sounds of this hike are beautiful...no houses, power lines, traffic noise...just the beautiful sound of running water. The water not only sounded great, it looked amazing, felt refreshing, and tasted great. It looked so clean and felt so cool and refreshing that I not only got in the water at the bridge I tasted some of the water on the hike back and lived to tell about it.

Great hike today up to the bridge. Couldn’t ask for better weather

Hiking was Amazing. Lots of water at fall and Beautiful weather.if you drive up, there is snow on mountain toward crystal lake.

This is a fun hike to go on. I would suggest going early in the morning.Be prepared for some climbing (over log a and rocks). The waterfall at the end is soooo worth it.
Note: apparently the Grey car that used to be parked by the entrance is now gone (donated). The location is marker 34. Happy hiking!!!!

I enjoyed the hike. the views were beautiful and the sound of nature was a great escape from the city. Warning!!! you will get your feet wet!

Great day hike - really enjoyed the change of terrain. Highly recommend!!!

If I could give it another star I would. Challenging mentally and physically but great fun.

What a great hike. Crossing the river without getting wet proves to be a challenge. However getting your shoes wet is not that big a deal , actually refreshing.

25 days ago

We started on this trail and proceeded to hike down to Upper Bear Creek campground. great views the entire way.

Our group of 8, consisting of 4 adults and 4 children ages 5, 7, 8 and 12, completed this hike on a beautiful Sunday. The weather was perfect and it was very exciting to see the Bungee Jumpers off the bridge. Overall, the hike was fun but not very strenuous. Reason for 3 stars, was the lack of a trail and we ended up getting “lost” a few times. Be aware, that your feet WILL get wet crossing the stream so best to bring a pair of shoes to change into on the way home.

26 days ago

Stayed overnight at Little Jimmy. The spring is running. There is snow on the ground once you go through the gap.

I love this hike because of all of the river crossings! And I love swimming in the water holes under the bridge.

26 days ago

As mentioned before, this is definitely not a hike for beginners. The trailhead is not marked and is very difficult to find. I walked about 1 1/2 miles on the fire road to the first tunnel (too far) and turned around. After finding the unmarked trailhead (around a 3.39 near the white & red mile marker), I started my ascent. At times throughout the entire hike, the trail is difficult to navigate due to overgrown brush, occasional Yuccas and various plantlife. There are a lot of steep sections and several hills to conquer before summiting. It's a mini Iron Mountain-type hike. There are a couple of false summits as well.

As mentioned by other posters, bring plenty of water, wear long pants, sunscreen, sunglasses, and hiking poles. I would wait for a cool day to do this hike also because the majority of this hike is exposed to full sun.

I noticed several colorful rocks and hundreds of lizards. In fact, I would re-namke this mountain "Lizard Mountain." Thankfully, no rattlesnakes were seen. I did see a marmot-type animal on one of the rocky hill summits.

It took me 3 hrs & 45 minutes to the summit and 6 1/2 hours round trip. There were seven additional people (3 small groups) who summited as well.

Hands down one of my favorite hikes. From start to finish, the scene was beautiful and so much to appreciate. Got wet a few times but I didn’t care, just bring an extra pair of socks at the end. Pay for the parking pass too. Enjoyed it thoroughly!

I really enjoyed this trail... we went the wrong way on our way to the bridge and ended up crossing the river 3 extra times.... stay to the right of the stream as much as possible.. dog friendly.. fun terrain

It’s not closed anymore!

Nice scenic hike. I definitely enjoyed the water and it’s crossings.

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30 days ago

This is a nice super easy trail to begin with not much of a view but still a nice way to get away

Beautiful trail. Parking can be an issue, however it is worth the extra walk. The trail does narrow but it adds to the hike and gives you that feel of being away from the city. I highly recommend it. Make sure to wear hiking shoes.

Beautiful hike to the bridge. A few very narrow trail sections but it just adds to the allure of this hike. Highly recommend this trek.

1 month ago

This is a very beautiful trial that is pretty easy, and I highly recommend it for a nice day hike with some friends. This trial is not too heavily trafficked, beautiful views almost the whole entire trail. Make sure you take the short detour to visit the peak of Mt. Islip!

Beautiful waterfall. Magical hike with some branches and obstacles that make it more fun.

I have done this entire bike path only once so far but travel El Dorado Park to Seal Beach & back quite regularly. Nice ride to do during the day and preferably with another person or people. The entire path (road) is in great overall condition. Most riders have courtesy and know the rules of the road. My only issues are some sketchy areas (Pico Rivera... for one) where graffiti, urine stench, homeless, and/or undesirables frequent. Overall though, it's a beautiful path.

On the pleasant side, I've seen a coyote, large sea turtles, egrets, blue heron, red-winged blackbirds, 4' to 5'long snake, many rabbits on the path over the past few years.

The springs are known to flow at an incrediblly high rate but there's lots of bugs. The campground has pit toilets and designated fire areas.

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