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This trail is as described- strenuous! It kicked my butt!
It’s straight up - be sure to wear hiking boots or sturdy shoes with good ankle support.
I brought my dog and made sure to take breaks and give him lots of water.
I was worried about all the trash mentioned so I brought bags and gloves thinking I could help by picking up along the way ... but I found no trash?
The trail was clean.
This is certainly a cardio workout.

Very high traffic, tons of litter especially toilet paper and plastic bags with dog poop everywhere. Bring water this is a very exposed route. Good views from the top.

I’ve been walking this hills for almost 11 years. It’s a nice climb but over the past couple of years this trail has become very crowded. Toilet paper all over the trail. Follow the plastic bags of dog poop to the top for amazing views of the ocean. I would love to tell you it’s a great hike but it’s become a high traffic and very littered route. Too bad I too, I could spend hours walking around up there.

Slippery coming down. The September 11 markers makes you reflect on the fire fighters carrying all that gear up the stairwell. There is a marker every 10 floors and up to 110 floors. Please chip in at the donation pipe at the start of the trail.

Great views from the top. Excellent workout.

Great hike . Good elevation gain for a short hike . Amazing views .

Relatively quick, but kicked my butt! Nice views from up top-- and pretty sure there's a geocache at the top. A couple people were waiting in line to "find" and sign in it. I would recommend going on an off day or pretty early, as there isn't a TON of parking. It wasn't so crowded that you have to hike behind some slower people for awkward lengths or anything, but there were definitely a bunch of people on the trail, and you don't really get all that far from the road so it's not exactly secluded by any means. Still a great option overall for a shorter, local, free hike that gets the job done.

12 days ago

pretty decent. nothing to lose yourself over. saw a 6ft rattle up there so be careful.

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13 days ago

The trail is steep but short, the actual rock climbing is alright, there’s some hidden climbs on the back side of the trail. If you plan on climbing top rope, bring something to protect your rope because a few of the bolts overlap rocks! Other then that there’s at least 8 climbs to choose from and as of yesterday the anchors are all still good !

This is a butt kicker! Cardio, cardio, cardio...

love this place

Nice walk. Bring water shoes. Please pick up your dogs POOP it is everywhere. Leave NO trace!!!!

Enjoyable. Maybe 2 hours or less to finish.

Great starter trail for those looking to start hiking or just to get out of the house. Very family friendly and a good place to take your dogs on a walk. A little over 5 miles which has awesome features including a river. If you’re bored at home I highly recommend this trail.

Very pretty and relaxing trail. The views are lovely and there are many places along the river to both explore and kick back a little. We spotted some poison oak on the riverbanks, but it's easily avoidable if you keep an eye out.

This trail has some real beautiful views. There is a couple of parts that were rocky or felt like we were walking on a ledge but it’s so fun especially if you have kids. People go horseback riding here so it’s nice to see that.

If you’re looking for a good hike to see water in So Cal this is the one for you.

Easy trail with a small section that is narrow with a drop off.

Awesome little adventure for the kiddos. They loved it!

I really enjoyed it

Went this morning and loved it! Lots of steep hills to work the glutes. Took 2 little girls with me age 6 and 9...they loved it and made it without killing themselves with all the rocks. The stairs were our favorite. We will do this again very soon.

Good workout, there is a disappointing amount of animal feces on the trail.

Always a favorite. Water crossings - wear appropriate gear. Signs are not clearly marked. Easy to get off trail. Dog friendly. A good workout if you get to the top.

One of the better hikes I have been on. What I love about this trail, is the wide variety of scenery you experience. It feels like 4 hikes in one...So many trails to explore.

Close to home. Great workout!

Great place.

Really Enjoyed this hike!! My arse was kicked! Loose rocks; no shade; elevation; and steep beginning are paid off with views; accomplishment; muscle building and endurance. Don’t quit! Take the long route and be nice to everyone you see!! Be safe! Don’t over do it if you’re not feeling it.

My dog and i very much enjoy this trail. I have gone from 2 - 8 ish miles round trip on multiple occasions. We enjoy the river and other scenery. I am not a professional hiker... and find this trail to be on the more moderate end of the easy scale. Meaning there are some areas that require a bit of skill and athleticism,but I’m def not scaling boulders with specialized gear. Do not be intimidated but be prepared. Enjoy and be safe.

1 month ago

Nice little hike, not as hard as it seemed.

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