Explore the most popular camping trails near Azusa with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
11 days ago

the start of the trail was a bit troublesome to find. make sure to park in the big parking lot then you will see the sign. about 80% shaded going up. not as windy as i had hoped. put bug repellant. also along the way the trail is more like Mt. Islip rather than The Windy Gap. just kno if u go towards Mt. Islip u will be fine.

Great hike Beautiful scenery it was very HOooooT day it got to 111°

One of my favorite hikes. Always nice to be away from the city life. Peaceful! Only bad thing is the trash and graffiti.

loved the hike. my dog loved it as well

awesome hike,i love this hike and do it as often as i can. the pools are great on a hot day like today clear water which makes it a great treat.. one of these days i will fine gold!! lol

What great way to spend a Saturday. Went up to the bridge with the bungie crew. It's a faster pace than we typically hike but they were a great crew a wonderful people. I ended up doing 3 bungie jumps then we took our time coming back to the trailhead. The water crossings were a welcome treat in the heat. Beautiful scenery and great variety in the trail, some boulder passings, sandy stretches and rocky terrain. Worth doing again if I was a local resident.

Love This trail
Been doing it for years but Saturday was the my first time across to a Black Bear about a mile and a quarter before finishing my way back to the parking.
my Best time doing it is 3 hrs 10 miles

Best time to Start at 4am or 5am

Nice hike, we got on the trail at 1pm made our own way a few times checked out some old mine, put in around 14 miles all together from parking the car about 3/4 mile from trailhead. Bring sandals extra socks small towel go explore, go in the water, awesome time .
Got back to car around 8

on Windy Gap Trail

hiking
25 days ago

We started at Crystal Lake Campground. We had four dogs with us and this was a good intro hike for them. The ascent was a steady uphill with some steep sections and loose shale. The dogs did fine. There are A LOT of small annoying flies near the campground and lower half of the trail. Aside from that, the trail was nice and I would do this hike again.

Got an Adventure pass for $5 the night before at a Big 5. Arrived at 5:30am and there was plenty of parking spots right at the trail head. Used All Trails pro and when I got a little off course it helped bring me back on track. Very few people this early and great temperature. Once we got to the Bridge to Nowhere I ended up bungee jumping for $120. Great fun and one more thing off the bucket list. The way back was a lot more traffic and more direct sun light. Know your limits as I saw some people that looked like they were about to have a heart attack. I made it there with no problems but by the time I got to the car I was completely worn out. We actually made it up there without getting wet at all but on the way back the water was refreshing to walk in.

Long fun hike. Start early and bring plenty of water (I went through ~2.5 L and wished I had more). An Adventure Pass is needed for your car. You've got to cross the river a few times, but the crossings are fairly easy. I brought hiking sandals just to make that part easier, and it was nice to not have to worry about getting socks wet. Some parts of the trail are sandy or rocky, and you've got to scramble up some rocks in a few places but no part of the hike felt really "hard". Once you get to the bridge, you can watch some bungee jumpers (or do it yourself!) or head down the rocks into the river. You can swim or wade in the river and swimming holes that are down there. Water was very cold but very refreshing in the hotter part of the day. Once we started heading back in the afternoon we wished we were still up in the cold water and took a couple of stops at the river to cool off.

I didn't start feeling tired until the last couple miles, but it was doable! It took us about 5 and a half hours round trip, not including the break we took in the river when we got to the bridge.

We saw a few dogs on the trail, but I don't think I would have brought mine as the trail is long and hot, and there's a few narrow spots and a lot of rock climbing and river crossing, which might have been too much for a small dog.

On the way back we saw a couple of bighorn sheep but from far away, high on the opposite mountain. Wish they had been closer!!

bucket list hike and one of my fav places

It was a great adventure. we encountered with big horn ships. They were not afraid of people, they even posed for some pictures! Definitely will go again.

Good place to challenge yourself. You will have to cross the river a few times to get to your destination and some parts are pretty steep but the view is worth all of it.

Pretty cool trail. You get a little of everything. Uphill creek crossing, rocks, hot sun, tress. Heavy traffic due to bungee jumping at the bridge.

There were some places that were tough in crossing. Of course, we had our 6-year-old daughter who made it there and back. Too dangerous for her to climb down to the water pools at the bridge. It took us 3 hours to get to the bridge with her, but adults only can make in 2, I presume. I would suggest getting there early. Not a good idea to start the hike in the afternoon. It will be dark on the way back and it can be tricky trying to find your way back at night.

Great views! Bring swim clothes for the swim holes at the end. Lots of people are there on the weekend. Bring lots of water! It can get hot!

great hike

Second time there. It’s best to get there early otherwise you’ll have to park far and walk up to the trail head. Both times we started our hike at 7am. First time we hiked on the main trail and arrived over the bridge. The second time we ended up taking the trail that got us there under the bridge. The trail was a more difficult to figure out but was ultimately more scenic and worth it. We ended up finding a hidden waterfall with only two other people there. I’m guessing not many people know about it. The hike itself is not to difficult.

No way this is “moderate”. I suppose if you could easily stay on a main trail it might be moderate, but it’s a constant searching and scrambling across creeks and rocks to find the trail. We ended up doing nearly 12 miles in an 8 to 4 excursion. Lots of fun, but exhausting.

Good trail. A bit hot today, but we enjoyed it. We went past the Bridge to Iron Fork camp. It wasn’t easy!

When we first got there around night time we carried all our gear to the camp ground set up tent and got some good rest.around 6:30am we set out on the trail on a good pace we had three kids with us age ranging from 9-12 each with there own camel pack and snack.we got the bridge me and my girlfriend both bungee jumped and after that kept walking to the other side of the bridge and jumped in the water with the kids.hiked back and did it again the next day.

great hike. have gone 2x's now. a little Zion Narrows with path hiking and rock climbing all in one. plus great bridge to have lunch under.

Went on memorial day. We started at 8am. Took 2 hours to hike in. Lots of people on the way back out. Bring lots of water, 3L minimum. You can purchase your adventure pass at the ranger station at the bottom of the mountain for $5. Bring plenty of sunscreen,.

Thank you to the la county sheriffs dept.! Keeping the public safe by giving everyone tickets! Adventure pass + 62 dollar ticket. Rad! Thanks guys, keep keeping the hikers safe!

lots of people on the trail. Bring plenty of water. try to stay on the right side of the stream as much as possible.

Fun even if it’s a bit more choose your own adventure style hiking for a bit (owing to some washed out sections of the trail and poor trail markings). Follow the river/creek for most of it, if you have AllTrails pro put the tracker on before you lose service to have a map to refer to. It was a busy holiday weekend so I was rarely out of sight of other people and therefore didn’t stray far from the trail. Adventure pass needed and make sure to park in a designated area...police ticket here regularly. Hat, sunscreen and lots of water are a must as it’s sun exposed 90% of the hike. I had water shoes with me but it got to be a pain to swap out so much from my boots that I just gave up halfway and went with the wet boots...which worked out fine actually. Much more level than I was led to believe.

Super fun trail! There’s a lot of stuff to see. We actually got lucky and saw a couple rams eating on the mountain side, it was so cool. Such bullshit though I got a ticket even though I parked in a legit spot with an adventure pass. So wack! Besides that it was a blast and I will definitely do it again, I guess I’m just gonna ask the Rangers where a good spot to park when the lot is full?

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