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off road driving
5 hours ago

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

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.

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hiking
7 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°

Definitely not easy but a great hike!

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

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

13 days 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.

Could be a complex hike, but altogether worth it!

fishing
15 days 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!

One of my favorite hikes in the area. There are a few parts with brief inclines (it is the mountains afterall) and you will need to navigate roots & rocks as well as walk through the creek to get to the waterfall. Should NOT be rated easy since it is natural earth & not a graded trail, although it is very short & not too strenuous at all. In June it was a bit buggy, but the fall area was a butterfly nursery. Thousands of them. Watch for stinging nettle & snakes.

Park in turnout and enter through white gate. This used to be a cabin/campground that was burned down. Appears some camp here still. There is not really a trail left or visible way to find the trails as marked on the map. Area is being reclaimed by nature. Still a neat place to get out, stretch your legs & have a look around. There is a creek but it's been dry for about 6 years due to drought conditions. Adventure pass required to park on road.

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
20 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.

Okay folks, this hike is often considered the most challenging trek in all of Southern California and I 100% believe it... my body is still aching all over from it. This is the BEAST of the San Gabriel mountain range. If you are to attempt this 14 mile, 12 hour+ grueling journey you MUST have the following: hiking poles, hiking boots for sure, at least 7-8L of water, try to avoid doing this in the heat or in the summer, and start this trail at 5am or 6am at the latest. I would say this hike is probably 3x more difficult than Mount Baldy. This hike will push your physical and mental limits to the edge. Another thing that makes this hike even crazier is just how steep you have to ascend and descent at different sections, it was literally a never ending rollercoaster ride. I highly recommend wearing long pants and a long sleeve tshirt as you will be dodging enormous yucca plants and overgrown brush all along the trail. It is inevitable that you will get stabbed and fall a few times. This mountain takes no prisoners.

I attempted to summit Iron Mountain on Cinco De Mayo (I guess because I'm crazy lol) and managed to only finish 3/4 of the trail which was brutal in itself (13.1 miles, 10.5 hours). My hiking partner and I only had a few hours of sleep the night before and we started at 9am so we definitely did not set ourselves up realistically for success. Also it was surprisingly warmer than we expected which definitely contributed to exhausting us even more than normal.

I WILL BE BACK TO SLAY THE BEAST!!

This is the same trailhead as Bridge to Nowhere. When you go down the fire road look out for the Heaton Flats sign on your right and the narrow green pathway will set you on your Big Iron journey. Bring an Adventure Pass to place on your car's dashboard and also grab a self issued day permit and keep a copy with you (this can be found at the trailhead).

UPDATE (6/9/18): I officially slayed the beast! Reaching this summit was one of the most exhilarating and intense things I have ever done physically and mentally. The view is breathtaking as you are in the heart of the San Gabriel mountains with 360 degree panoramic views of all the nearby mountain peaks such as Mount Baldy. There is a registry at the top that you can sign and leave your mark which I highly recommend since it's highly unlikely you will want to do this hike ever again or in the near future. It was a pure testament of willpower to reach the top (it felt like eternity to summit). This mountain is NO JOKE and any hiker that plans to attempt this peak must be super prepared. Also the mosquitoes and bugs when you start the last 2.5 miles to the summit start to get real intense. Definitely bring headlamps because you might be hiking in the dark back down the mountain. Another thing, this is the most isolated trail in the San Gabriels so you might be the only hikers the entire day along with just a few others, another reason to be fully prepared because you most likely will not run into any friendly hikers that can help you in case you need anything.

- @justroc @just.trek

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.

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