Explore the most popular dogs on leash 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.

It's a bit of a drive up the 39 to get here, but it's quite scenic. If you are driving north there is a picnic area and a lot on the left, right past the bridge. There is a pretty nice swimming area right below the parking lot. I only made it about a mile up the trail. There is a paved rode at least that far. The river runs right next to it, and in May it was still flowing well. Really nice place to spend a day. Don't forget your Adventure Pass, the rangers will ticket!

If anyone wants to take on this challenge I would suggest trailing the loop backwards and once at the mine come back the same way. The loop is absolutely not traveled on often and barley even exists. I’ve hiked the full loop before and at places it can be very dangerous where your footing is. Much easier to travel the opposite way up to the mine. Be aware there are still many steep drops and extremely steep switch backs still.

Nice views along this trail walking along the river with waterfalls and decent tree cover. Pretty good trail for backpacking but probably better suited for bike- packing. The hike is all on a road so it’s pretty tough on the feet with a pack. That’s the only ding. Otherwise, it’s a surprisingly well set up camp with fire rings and charcoal grills (though fire restrictions prevented use). The stream/river along the whole hike is a huge plus. At least when I went, there was plenty of water available. Some fishing if you can fly fish, but catch and release. Not a whole lot to see otherwise but a decent outing.

I liked this trail a lot, the only reason I didn’t give it 5 stars was because there was a lot of graffiti on the rocks along the trail. There is no sign that marks where it ends so we ended up going pretty far and climbing over rocks past the end of the trail which turned an easy hike into a more difficult one but it was fun and challenging. Lots of pretty spots to stop and check out the water.

Hope they re open it
Great hike!

The wife and I hiked in little over 3 miles to the handicap fishing platform. We also checked out future fishing holes in the river and decided we will definitely be coming back with fishing poles in hand.

3/25/2018

An awesome ridge ascent from Shoemaker Canyon Rd. Sections of climb really get the heart pumping. There’s a section that stares you down the entire way, but don’t let it get to you. Used Rattlesnake to train for Big Iron. This is definitely a do over!

4/8/18 hiked this trail. The terrain was very dry which made it slippery. awesome climb up the weather was very warm but the views were worth the burns. We actually saw a rattlesnake today.

This trail was beautiful and pet friendly! Everything is green and the river is flowing.

off road driving
1 month ago

Fun little beginner trail. Had a blast driving around and taking photos

hiking
1 month ago

Awesome little trail for a day hike. The trail starts with a decent amount of incline to about a mile of flat cruising before a challenging half mile of intensive incline. The views are hidden from you because of the steepness, so you only get to see the views at the top. Nifty little peak with nice views

backpacking
3 months ago

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

hiking
3 months 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.

It’s not closed anymore!

off road driving
3 months ago

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

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.

Rode my bike in , wow the views are amazing. You quickly forget how close you are to the city. The road is easy to navigate. Very well maintained and clean. Great fishing opportunities throughput the entire trail. . The camp is great , water is everywhere, shade . Restrooms and trash service. Will definitely come back again and again. Super easy and fun hike or bike, all skill levels.

Me and my boyfriend rode this trail a few years ago and it was a little bit of challenge the ride took 6 and half hours to get there only got a few hours spend time and then had to start making our way back but all in all it was fun

It was a very good hike for me. Love to explore different areas, different levels. I don't recommend it for beginers. Esta fue una muy bonita experiencia me gusta explorar diferentes areas y diferentes niveles. No lo recomiendo para principiantes que apenas empiezan a escalar montañas. Tiene areas la tierra muy suelta al bajar y otras rocosas pero nada es imposible. Al final me cai dos veces y se me rompio el pantalon de atras.

off road driving
3 months ago

I ride my dual sport here often, the tail is easy but beware of the steep drops on the side. Ride carefully! You will need a permit to ride or drive here so stop by the San Gabriel OHV area on Sat/Sun and register (its free). With registration you get access to the gate for two weeks before needing to re-register

fun hike, good and easy for kids with 22 easy water crossing.

Used to run this trail for the Azusa Boxing Club, too bad it’s closed and still closed it’s a killer run

mountain biking
4 months ago

great trail but chilly pack warm clothes

hiking
4 months ago

Very hard trail, we were just a thousand feet short to get to the top and felt like if we continue climbing up, we won’t have strength to go back.

After the fire road part of the trail ends, there’s just constant climbing up of multiple hills. Don’t fall for the illusion of just a few hills to conquer. Those hills seem countless hiding one after another.

Very steep and dangerous when descending because of slipping and sliding on rocks.

Long pants are a must, bushes are merciless.

Rating this trail 4 stars, because finishing 80% of a trail like this feels like an accomplishment.

off road driving
4 months ago

Wide open dirt road. 17 Subaru Outback

Wow. Tough. Sketchy. Rough. Fun and worth it!
We definitely would recommend trekking poles and legit hiking shoes. This is not for the faint of heart! Loose gravel/rocks and false peaks GALLORE. We are fairly fit and this kicked our butts!! I have no idea how people complete this in the Summer, wow wow wow.. started at ~7am and finished at ~3pm. Was a hard ascent but the descent was really, really mentally challenging - - slippin n sliding all over. Fell on my butt at least a dozen times. Not sure we would do it again but we are glad we did!

off road driving
4 months ago

Very easy 10 mile trail to do. The best view is at the end of the trail where there is a closed gate and you must turn back around. Must get a permit from the Glendora Ranger Station to get the lock combo to the gate. I would rate it 5 star if it wasn’t because you have to turn back around. Please don’t liter and help keep these trails clean for everyone’s enjoyment.

off road driving
4 months ago

short, easy, good short walk if you are in the area, otherwise not worth the drive if coming from far

I gave this trail a three because it was closed. It was closed for a good reason so it’s not actually a negative, however, I didn’t see it listed as closed online and I drove about 50 minutes to get there. I’m hoping to go back and try again when the wind and fires die down.

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