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Still some water left. Starts about a mile from trail head.

Great adventure trail! There isn't a lot of guidance as far as where the trails begin, end, or which forks in the road to take, but that's part of the adventure.

Nice scenery and view. Peaceful trails too! There is a fairly consistent view of the lake, which is nice as well. $11 parking fee though, which sort of sucks.

Ideal for hiking, horseback riding, and mountain biking. We took dogs, but if you take dogs yourself, I recommend bringing ample amounts of water. There aren't a lot of places to refill bottles.

I do this trail for the Angeles fire lookout association and it's not an easy trail. I do not recommend bringing your dog or kids. bring plenty of water. I'll say it again. PLEASE LEAVE YOUR DOG AT HOME FOR THIS TRAIL.

18 days ago

It was easy and pleasantly sloping so you can enjoy the scenery rather than breathe heavily. The geology changes as you ascend which is cool to watch. At the top you get wonderful views of the lake. Start early and bring water as it is hot and you have no shade in midday. I got a citation for parking off the side of the road nearby even though there was no signage so be careful where you park.

I'm not sure when the "off-season" is, but I tried doing this last weekend with my dog and was not expecting the gate to be closed. It was 93 and super sunny so the pavement was very hot. We walked about a mile in before turning around because I didn't want her get blisters. The scenery wasn't that impressive either. There are so many great hikes within a short drive from this one.

It was closed

Not a lot of water now. You can walk along the stream for a while. Road is a washout or overgrown. Beautiful, in spots. Not a bad hike for sure. I though I saw a bear paw print. I had to climb from the creek up to the road a few times...difficult for kids, but my dogs loved it. Very desolate...did not see anyone there the whole day.

1 month ago

Desolate place. I thought the hike was not easy, maybe I missed the trail. I had to do some rock climbing/bush whacking to get ahead. Road is closed into the campground, so park on the Golden State Hwy. Couple of tables at the campground, with bathroom not far away. Some water at this time of the year, but it is green, algae filled.

Somewhat challenging climb in the hot heat but definitely DEFINITELY worth the view at the top! Bring lots of water! The trail has been freshly cut back too :)

1 month ago

The trail starts at a roads end. I actually didn't follow the trail southward and instead ventured northward . The main road has many little side ventures leading to streams on both sides of the road (starts on left then is on right). There are some more technical paths to take but I was just feeling the place out. Even came to a bee honey keep back in. Was a fun experience which yielded many fantastic shots

Fantastic hike! Beautiful place when you get to the canyon near water. Be prepared to do some stream hopping. Worth a full day and I would have stayed there quite longer. Park on the side of the road by the trail-head and walk down to the valley. The road goes up with very little rise over the next few miles, some shady spots. The best is when you get into the vegetation by the stream. Unbelievable beauty! Never knew it was so nice here. Lots of rock-hopping near the stream. Got my feet wet a few times. We did not see anyone except for a group of boy scouts and a turtle.

2 months ago

Nice hike right off the highway. If you plan on doing this hike in the "offseason", then note that the road is not open all the way to the trailhead, which adds a little more than 3 miles roundtrip to your adventure. The grade is steady, and you'll have nice views of the mountains and Pyramid lake as you climb. Take all your water with you, as you wont find any along the trail.

The trail was nice, great views. But it was very isolated we were the only ones on the trail the whole time.

2 months ago

Great view!