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

13 hours ago

Pretty cool. Mostly shaded and nice. The drive up can be done in sedan but parking is limited.

hiking
14 hours ago

Came early during the weekday and loved this hike during the super bloom. Trail is wide and easy for kids.

hiking
16 hours ago

I would definitely recommend this trail to anyone who is interested in a short not too intense hike with great views of redwoods and waterfalls. Not too muddy, trail was well maintained. First mile is ALL climbing mainly up steps.

Traveled from Chico, CA. Amazing views along entire trail. Weather was perfect. The trail was well maintained and hikers/bikers very polite. One or two more weeks the wild flowers will be gorgeous!

Nothing spectacular but still a great place to go for a walk, jog, or ride a bike. Utilized this trail several times. Well kept area without too much traffic. Straight shot down to the beach which makes for a great outting.

Went last Sunday. Beautiful. If you plan to peak crampons and ice pick are mandatory. Maybe even if you don't plan to peak.

hiking
17 hours ago

Can’t beat the views at Yosemite!

hiking
17 hours ago

Did the first 3.5 miles (7 round trip). Nice trail with some beautiful wildflowers. After the first mile it was mostly the same desert brush until we ran out of time and had to turn back. Would have liked to seen the summit with views to the higher mountains to the east.

hiking
muddy
over grown
18 hours ago

I Bear Grylled this hike. It started raining and hailing while I was at the peak. It’s going to be severely muddy for the last couple miles. Trekking poles would be a good idea but you can get away without them. Unkept towards the top and the incline is crazy. It’s very beautiful at the top as you can see the thick clouds passing through you and around you.

hiking
18 hours ago

A great hike on a cool cloudy day. The elevation change will get your blood pumping and you get a great view of the lake from the peak.

mountain biking
21 hours ago

All fire road, steady consistent uphill and a fun cruise back down.

hiking
bugs
no shade
22 hours ago

Beautiful hike. One of the best spots in socal to look at the super bloom. The trail is closed for parking, however there is parking available across the other side of the 15 freeway . Just look up Walker Canyon on google. No shade and mosquitos all around, Please take your trash and do not damage the flowers.
Current video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=khNtrRfHOaI

Love this trail. Easy, many wild flowers, lots of green, not crowded. Great views!

The lesson I learned from this hike is don’t take the poverty flat trail fire road in the beginning . It is rutted and steep and boring. Follow Manzanita as shown in the trail route which ultimately joins poverty flat at the campsite/ creek location. There are two creek crossings to get to the Los Cruzeros campsite. Saw no wildflowers yet. Night very cold down to freezing.

hiking
1 day ago

This was by far one of my favorite trails ever. I went during the week, spring break with my kids, and it was lonely and peaceful. We took a detour and went to the bottom of the creek and explored. We went back up to the trail and found the rock. It was so beautiful to see the waterfall next to the rock. My two kids fell in love and want to go back. Also, it started to rain while we were there and that was the most perfect part to end our hike.

Not sure if I got the right trail, but I took Bluff Cove Trail down to the beach, and just walked along the rocky beachside. Been to Bluff cove a lot, but never past the first sewer pipe. This time, I went along the rocky shore all the way around the bend (past 3 drainage pipes). Some graffiti art, and few litter that made for neat pics. Made my way to some other drainage pipe that many were coming down from, so I took it up and walked the flatter, upper trails the rest of the way back. i'd label as moderate hike as it was rather long and the stones you walk over really got my feet hurting.

Mountain bikers need to learn they yield to hikers. If you have to slow your bike down so be it. Hikers should not need to “dodge” out of control mountain bikers.

I've been running on this trail since last fall. It's an OK trail. Nice and peaceful but is not very well maintained. Some areas are difficult to run on due to unevenness. Lots of puddles after a rain storm. Some trash scattered and a lot of trash around the bike park.

trail running
1 day ago

I enjoy running on this trail. Great view and elevation variation. Can get pretty crowded.

hiking
muddy
washed out
1 day ago

I gave this trail two stars... It was pretty and the waterfall is lovely. But....
Thank goodness I went counter-clockwise and not clockwise. The steep part at the bottom was totally rutted and slick from recent rains and would have made a really rough climb.
Also, the description said it was heavily travelled but on a beautiful sunny Friday afternoon it was dead empty. I passed not a single other hiker on the single-track trail along the creek. As a woman who hikes alone, I rely on the “heavily trafficked” description to make trail choices, looking for safer options.

hiking
over grown
1 day ago

Didn’t do the entire loop since it started raining on us but the short two miles we did were absolutely gorgeous! Poppies and other colorful wildflowers everywhere! Lush tall green grasses and mustards the entire way!

First half up to the first view of the falls wasn’t as strenuous as expected. But the snow did get pretty sketchy after that. The main thing that kept us from getting to the top was the sun reflecting off the snow which I think gave us some sun poisoning. Would recommend spikes and trekking poles if there’s still snow up there. Definitely need to come back to get this done proper in the fall before the snow starts again. Beautiful hike - just like everything in Yosemite

hiking
1 day ago

The road was closed 4 miles short so we made a two nighter out of it, adding 8 miles. We chose to go clockwise which I’d recommend- that way you get to cruise down from Cone Peak the final 8 miles. I’d rather end my hike going downnn

Views are great, particularly as you’re along the coast. I’d recommend camping past Vicente Flats the first night. Huge open beautiful spaces just a half mile past. Grab your water at the flats because after that (this is as of mid-March) no water for 3-4 miles. We found a great spot along a meandering trail to the left to camp about 1.5 miles past Vicente with epic overlooks in every direction.

Second night is tricky for camp spots. While goat camp is really nice it’s a bit close if you’re doing a 2 nighter. There’s also the option of another camp that’s kind of in a dense forest next to a beautiful creek. Then you have a fair bit of climbing to get up Cone Peak. We don’t know much ab Cone Peak bc when we got up there it was wet and foggy and windy as hell so we had to push through to lower ground and camp once we hit the road. Wasn’t an ideal spot but we’d been at it all day so drank a beer and slammed some chili and got some zzzz. Only had a 6 mile hike out in the AM cruising downnn

Overall great spot. Good for if you’re new to backpacking or just feeling like taking your time in the backcountry for a couple of days

backpacking
1 day ago

This trail is awesome. I hiked it last weekend with two others and it was fantastic. Lots of water in all of the little creeks. Beautiful weather during the day and snow on the upper reaches of the trail made it interesting.

A summary of my entire review is at the end of you are a fan of concise information.

We began the trail in the morning and hiked through scrubby areas mixed with some riparian plants in the lower lying areas, beware this area is somewhat muddy with decent amounts of rain. After 45 minutes of hiking, we reached Oak Campground that is shaded by a beautiful oak grove and is situated next to a gushing creek. A great place to stop off and rest.

The section after the first campground is where the difficulty increases. There is a false trail here for us so be sure you are on the right path, but here the trail splits from the creek. The trail at the beginning of the switch back section was somewhat eroded. This area is covered in buckbrush and chamise bushes and is where the views really start to get good. Be sure to turn around as you’re ascending, take a breather and enjoy the views.

The first pine trees show up half way up the trail and less of the typical chaparral species are there, some yucca and manzanita begin to mix in here.

As you ascend, the valley closes in on each side while you come into a gully, where we saw our first patch of snow in a shaded area. We walked a bit further and came across the Chorro Campsite ( which is somewhat cryptic, being unlabeled).

Here there is more pine and oak trees and more snow along the trail, and then as the trail flattens you would assume you would come across a water source as noted on the Los Padres National Forest map I was using. But we were told earlier that the Chorro Grande Spring has permanently dried up. It is a bit more of a hike but the person that told us this spring was dry had told us that there is a spring at the raspberry campsite across the ridge that has water flowing. Other options would be to melt snow or get water earlier on the trail.

I mentioned the cryptic nature of the Chorro camp site. We missed it on the ascent so we stopped had a snack and decided to press on to the pine mountain ridge road and Reyes campsite. At the top, it is entirely conifers and large boulders interspersed along the ridge. Sweeping views of the Channel Islands and a hiker told us that the proper place on the ridge, you can see as far as Bakersfield to the north.

You can summit both Pine Mountain and Reyes peak from here, although we were tired and decided to set up camp. We ate our reconstituted backpacking food while watching the sunset over the beautiful valley we had just hiked, which made the food taste all that much better.

It was a bit cool and windy at night, but I was fine in my 30*F bag. Pretty Stars, and the moon lit up the landscape in an awesome way.

The next day we packed up and headed out and made it back to the truck in three hours or so, a full hour less that our ascent.

SUMMARY:

-This trail is fun
-properly rated as hard, it only gets harder as you ascend but it’s doable
-Lots of different plants and great views
-The spring at the top is dry so have a different plan for water
- Jon M. IS a spoiled child

Painted Canyon Road is rough, but not that long once you get off the pavement. No washrooms at the start of the path, but there’s a check-in sheet to sign, just in case you don’t make it out. We did the loop counterclockwise, so the first 1.5hrs was just walking up the main canyon. It is a slow walk through mostly sand, slightly uphill. Would be better walking down than up. The ladders are in the side canyons that eventually loop around to the parking area. There’s no right way to go. Go a second time and your hike can be different. The side canyons are cool. Deep, winding, narrow, that’s where the ladders are. Part of the hike is on top, looking into the canyon so lots of exposure on a hot day. Lots of young kids. If you bring a dog, you will have to carry it at a few spots. Some tricky areas require some climbing. I wasn’t a big fan of walking in the sand for half the hike, but it was a good walk. 2.5hrs.

muddy
1 day ago

Wonderful trial,of easy to moderate difficulty. I enjoyed walking through huge redwood trees a lot. It's a serene and peaceful trail to walk on.
A must if you want to experience redwoods.

hiking
over grown
1 day ago

Saw saw several rattle snakes in overgrown areas

hiking
1 day ago

Hiked to the hike but didn’t quite get that far. AWD vehicle required to drive in. Nice slot canyon detour off to the left going in (see map). Nice scenery all around.

We went with our 6 and 8 years old to this hike yesterday. The entire trail had no trees for shade so it would be pretty hot in the summer but we were lucky as it was cloudy when we were there. The hike is a loop from the parking lot and it took us 3.5 hours to finish since we made a few stops for our little boys in this 6.1 miles hike. It is definitely not a hard trail for the 95% of it as it is just a wide road, not steep either. The last 100 steps to the peak could be a little tougher but if you spend your time, it would be just fine. We saw cows, lot of squirrels, a fox and turkeys. My kids were so excited to see them.

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