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.

As of July 2018, there are permanent-looking signs saying the trail is temporarily closed. :-(

A little less interesting than I thought it might be. If you look carefully at the topo map (I didn't), you'll see the trail is about 20 feet above the river most of the way. Not exactly a wilderness, either, as you can't swim because of periofic discharges from the dam upriver. But, it's not too far from civilization, and you have some decent views of the canyon.

off road driving
3 days ago

Great trail for any beginner. Got our pass at the ohv and headed up. Great views at the top.

Not hard at all, nice scenery

Not the hardest trail, plenty of shade and wind. It wasn’t hot at all because of the wind and shade there was on the trail. However, when I went there was a sign that said the park was closed, but I went in anyway and no one said anything to me. No ticket, no nothing. If you’d like to see the river, the trail gets down to it further along the trail. There are also bags to clean up after your dog, but you have to carry it until you get back to the beginning because there are no trash cans along the trail.

I have driven my bike from azusa to seal
beach about three time a total of 52 miles I love every bit of the ride

trail running
1 month ago

This was an amazing hike. Not crowded. Had the Trail head all to myself. Climbing shoes not needed. Take lots of water

off road driving
1 month ago

Super chill & scenic trail. Took my stock 2016 Crosstrek up there as my intro to off road/trail riding.

off road driving
1 month ago

Easy trail. Great wildflowers while we were there (Early June 2018). Most vehicles could do this trail. We climbed right up it in our stock 2015 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice and easy hike, about 10 minor river crossings each way. The hike ends at a private property gate, so you can't continue at the T-intersection without trespassing. On the way back about 10 min to trail entrance, encountered large group of adults and kids with rifles in their hands and over shoulder. Was a little uncomfortable returning back on the trail.

nice place this is a nice casual place for a good exercise walk. After the reservoir area, the trail gets narrow, rocky, and a bit dangerous. there is always a chance that heavy rocks from overhead could fall onto you. There is not much going on in regards to other trails around the area that you can explore off of the main trail. Also, there's graffiti at various places, which kills the immersion. No real sign of Wildlife.

walking
1 month ago

A lot of camping. Beautiful easy hike went with my daughter 9 years. A lot of butterfly’s and water. Nothing that challenges you if you are fit. For kids perfect. Unfortunately on our way back around 6pm we came across 3 group of Man one was swinging a machete and the other two had hunting guns which made it very uncomfortable for us.

The “lake” is actually a shrunken lake, more like a pond. I wouldn’t call this a hike, I would call it a meander, or meander around the pond. It’s too bad the lake is down to nothing. The area has potential, or it used to.

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!

hiking
1 month ago

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
3 months ago

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

hiking
3 months 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
4 months ago

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

hiking
4 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
5 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.

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