Explore the most popular forest 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.

A little sore on the ankles but well worth it!

Great hike, long but pretty easy. You have to cross lots of streams so be prepared to get a bit wet. Totally worth it. Remember to get your adventure pass.

This hike gave us the biggest challenge so far. Made it to the bridge and back in over 4 hours or maybe 5 lol... it was well worth it. Beautiful scenery to and from. Good a$$ kicking hike. Will have to do it again.

hiking
10 days ago

BRING LOTS OF WATER!!

Did this trail over the weekend and first off, it is closer to 11 miles round trip, not 9. Each person should have at least 3 liters of water. This trail is an easy trail, very slight elevation increase the entire way. It is however a long trail, so if you're not used to hiking 10+ miles, be ready.

The trail is pretty great, pay attention and you can see old pieces of road throughout the hike, yes, they are covered in dirt but once you notice and realize there was once a road the entire way you start seeing it all over.

Start early, the path going out isn't bad because of the position of the sun, you'll get morning shade most of the way. Coming back though, it's direct sun almost the entire path.

Once you make it to the bridge you can cross the bridge and go to the bottom. We sat there and ate lunch with our feet in the stream, it's pretty awesome down there at the bottom.

The earlier you get here, the better the parking will be. The lot fills up early, we got here at 7:30 and had to park about 1/3rd of a mile down the road. Also, buy a parking pass in advance, they are $5 for a day pass or $30 for a year pass. It's good at 4 local parks and is a parking hangtag, so just get the annual pass. I got mine at Big 5 but they're sold all over.

There is about 5 water crossings each way. In the summer you can probably skip rocks to cross each time, if there has been any recent rain you will get wet crossing the stream.

Lastly, check the weather report, if there is a chance of rain I'd stay away from this path. You're hiking in a ravine and this path does regularly have flash floods. People die on this trail from being trapped in flash floods. I came across one cross where someone had died on the trail.

I would definitely do this hike again.

Nice but hot in summer.
Across the river 4-5 times, you could make it without wet..I did. Took 5 hours.

Took me 6 and 10 yr olds, they had a blast. Once we got to the bridge we went swimming and had lunch down at the bottom watching people bungee jump. On the way back we saw some rams. If you go early morning, weather is not to bad.

We strayed from the path a few times, willingly. The stream pretty much takes you all the way there. There are a few moments where the trail becomes a little sketchy with walking on rock. You'll do a bit of climbing, but not enough to really call this a rock climbing trail. The most sketchy point is near the end, after the bridge, if you're planning on going into the water. We spent a few hours resting, swimming and jumping into the pools. We packed a light lunch and both had about 2 liters of water, which depleted near the end of our trip back. Overall, it was a good trip. We will definitely do it again, but be slightly more prepared. A lot of water is necessary! On our way back, people were asking if we had any extra water, but we had already ran out. You'll be crossing lots of streams, which is actually the best part about this trek, in my opinion. Plenty of times to wet your face, feet, back, whatever. And where there's water, there's vegetation, so the river crossings tend to be nice, shaded and casting a nice breeze. As you get closer to the bridge, you start going up the mountain, so it's less covered, but the views are gorgeous. Bring sunscreen. We saw tons of wildlife, folks panning for gold, and a man who somehow managed to ride a bike halfway to the bridge. It was cool. The bridge is fascinating, but looks much smaller than you'd imagine, upon arrival. Once you see the side of it, it's pretty neat. It's crazy that the bridge was build before WWII, yet it barely looks a day old.

Great trail! Multiple stream crossings. It can be hard to find the trail sometimes, but you follow the stream the whole way, so you'll be ok. There are currently some hot pink markers along the path to help guide you. We got to see a flock of big horned sheep which was really cool!

1st time hiking the trails in CA, and this one is great to start with. Nice and full of areas where to rest, good river crossings and shades, we did not get to end, but the 1 or 2 miles we did were awesome. Parking was bad since it was Earth Day 4/21/2018 we had to park all the way down by the entrance road bridge. We started walked in at around 1pm and stopped around 330 PM, we came out at around 5:00 PM (much faster going out).

We will try it again in a couple of weeks.

Went there for my second time last Monday. Always equip yourselves with enough water( I took 7 but shud ve taken 10.), fruits, snacks and sandwiches . ..hat and shades. its a strenuos trail but not much incline. I crossed the stream a lot less than my 1st time... took a nice powernap by 6 30 pm at the end of the bridge b4 heading back...relaxin..will be going back soon

Definitely a nice little ass kicker, although not as tough as I was expecting. We started at 2am and made it to the summit in 5 hours. Think it helped getting most of it out of the way in the dark... Lots of false summits toward the end and not being able to see what lies ahead helped ease the mental aspect. Very exposed so definitely start early to avoid the sun. I think next time will start an hour earlier to do the whole thing before the sun comes up. Brought micro-spikes and it saved us on the way down - provided lots of traction on those rocky slippery sections and we didn't have to slide on our butts like some people talk about. Trekking poles are a must as everyone else stated. 6-7 liters of water seemed to be the perfect amount. Lots of bugs on this trail so cover up and bug spray is a must!

It’s a wonderful hike in and out of there. Make sure to stay on the east side of the trail as much as possible once you pass the walls, otherwise you will get lost like I did. We saw at least 10 goats later in the day by the bridge. There’s a lot of spots to camp on the sides if you are too tired to go any further. It’s a beautiful hike, but it can be confusing sometimes.

excellent quiet hike

Great hike. Is more difficult than it looks, especially for people who did not care enough water or sun screen. Started ~10am and was back at the car by 3pm.

What a beautiful trail! It was an easy hike (minus the heat towards the afternoon hours) When we got back to the car it was was well over 100 degrees. So with that said, preparation is key! If you have a dog, make sure you bring booties to protect his feet because the last mile is exposed to direct sunlight and the hot ground will burn his pads. Also, bring enough water! Whether it be 3+ liters or a filter. The hike to the bridge is worth it. So pretty. We were lucky enough to have the swimming holes to ourselves under the bridge for about two hours.

There is a lot of trash in the beginning (diapers, tampons, etc) Pack in and pack people!! Let’s protect our environment. That’s my biggest pet peeve with hiking anywhere within driving distance of the city.

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.

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.

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

Definitely not easy but a great hike!

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

1 month ago

favorite place so far

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.

Holy crap this trail is STEEP and LOOSE and RELENTLESS. The hardest hike I've done in SoCal so far. Bring trekking poles and a willingness to suffer.

fishing
1 month ago

Some good trout fishing along the river, used my mountain bike to ride alongside the river. Main trail is mostly asphalt, great for hiking, biking, and nature walks. There’s a lot of people hiking the first 3-5 miles, afterwards there are very few people, mostly with bikes. I would recommend bringing a buddy or two if your planning to hike/bike the trail deeper due to bears around that area.

As hard as you’ve heard and then some. The hike up to the summit is not even that bad. I’d say it’s the descent that takes its toll on you physically and psychologically. We started around 4:30am and finished close to 6pm. You ascend wildflower lined ridge trails and then up to false summits of pine. Gorgeous views and trail. But that descent is a beast. Trekking poles are a must! Although there was a guy trail running this beast with only 2L of water and he started after us and finished long before we did. So there are those with magical tendons, otherwise, help your knees and bring your poles. The trail is almost all exposed so if you’re doing this in the summer start in the dark and bring plenty of water. At least 6L worth.

All previous reviews are pretty good, read each one. I will just highlight some things that were not too obvious too me when I read them but realized on the trail. Trail (top 2.5 miles) is hard because the terrain, TRUE. But is not only the angle is the combination of angle and slippery. This trail has a high potential to injuries (coming down)!! I will NOT recommend this for the people thinking to do this as a training for Mt.Whitney or Cactus2Clouds. I done both and I think this hike is harder. Specially if you are training for something that you need a permit (e.g. Whitney), you don't want to miss/waste that permit due to an injury. There are plenty of hikes in the same area that have similar views and elevation, with a much lower risk to an injury. (Exception will be if training to do C2C2C or how to slide down).

Not trail terrain related: How come there is so many mosquito here? Because I went the first weekend of summer, I knew it was going to be hot. After reading how people ran out of liquid, I over packed a lot of water and electrolytes. That just backfired at me! Hiking this during the heat and with lot weight is even less fun. (I consume close to 5L of water and close to 1.5L gatorade). If you really want to try this hike with the best chances to finish it or with the less amount suffering, then try during the fall (I missed the previous review).

Oh almost forgot, thanks to rangers, Sierra club and anyone who maintains this trail and killed and trim some of the yuccas. If you hike this and get poke/cut from the yucca, please take that leave and bend the tip and poke back the plant keeping the tip away. Thanks!

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