Explore the most popular forest 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.

I’m actually not ready to rate trail yet (I haven’t hiked it til tomorrow), BUT, I have to say that it is not what most people would consider near Julian, CA (despite this listing saying it is).

Sure, it’s 25 miles straight line as the crow flies, but it’s about 43 miles and 1 hour drive through the mountains to get there from Julian.

21 hours ago

Keller Peak, The Children's Forest, and The Exploration Trail, all seem to be the same trail. It's always lovely, peaceful, and scenic. Like everywhere in SoCal, it gets crowded at about 11am or noon. Mountain Bikers show up about that time, and that's when I usually leave. get there early.

21 hours ago

Keller Peak, The Children's Forest, and The Exploration Trail, all seem to be the same trail. It's always lovely, peaceful, and scenic. Like everywhere in SoCal, it gets crowded at about 11am or noon. Mountain Bikers show up about that time, and that's when I usually leave. get there early.

21 hours ago

Really pretty, crowded, good for families with young kids. Very short.

This trail kicked my behind . My son and I hike every week and this one by far was one of the most beautiful, and strenuous. It starts right off going uphill, and I was huffing and puffing quickly into the hike. But the mountains are so gorgeous, and it’s adorable, because there are some sheep in a field that you pass when you first start. When you get deep into the hike, you really feel like you’re alone in the world, and in the wild.

So beautiful.!!! I was so apprehensive, because of its reputation of being treacherous and difficult, but it must have been made safe lately, because though it’s tiring on the way back, because on the way TO the falls it’s pretty much downhill, there was nothing dangerous about it. Honestly, the biggest pain to me was the driving there. I had my regular slightly low car, and some of the roads are dirt-ish. Then again, if I’d had my husband’s big truck, I would feel insecure that it was too big because some parts of the road are very slim. Back to the hike, the destination is so gorgeous. Though it’s too cold still to go swimming, we put our feet in and walked around. Two couples went, and I saw the guys going down the small waterfall into the lower pool.Thank goodness they hurt!

23 hours ago

lots of elevation change but beautiful in winter! some trails still recovering from fire

Proper preperation prevents poor performance.

March 20th was my third time on the mountain this winter and I had the pleasure of bringing the girlfriend recently.
Started at 3 am so we could be high enough for some good morning shots. Together we reached a point about 2.5 miles from the peak but the girlfriend was dead! She just got back the morning before from a week long trip to Bali so I don't blame her. Ran/Jogged the last 2 miles up. There's two little peaks at the top but I went to the one 20 feet lower in elevation so I could save the real peak for the girlfriend and I. All in all a good experience with the right gear..and weather lol

1 day ago

I do this one often! The falls change regularly! The dog loves it!

One of my favorite hikes in Redding! Trail is well maintained and a good workout but not too hard.

This trail is pretty short, but don’t let that fool you! You can spend a lot of time exploring this area. I thought it was very peaceful, I did this hike around 7am in February. So not a lot of people were out, but by the time I finished the parking lot was full. I took my time exploring the rock features along the way. Plus, it’s probably the only place you’re going to see a body of water in the park. Lol.

Nice hike, great views and the snow on the ground made for great pics! animal tracks in the snow indicate a bear or mountain lion were present beyond the water tanks. I would never do this hike during tourist season but February 2018 was a perfect time!

Great hike/climb...we past the first cave over-run with people and followed the trail to a second cave. it was difficult in spots having to climb a bit, but well worth it! there are picnic tables to enjoy your lunch and we encountered the biggest hawk I've ever seen. take care if dipping into this water as there are many crawdads and quiet a bit of trash built up in the cave. Also at the second cave, a huge wasp nest. Overall, great hike!

Great end to a good hike. A little snowy still in March!

1 day ago

An super awesome trail, I can remember seeing a reflection of the Milky Way in Littel Rae lake Along side of Fin Dome!!!! In2000 Can’t wait to get back there this summer!!!

Since I went on a day that was rainy and foggy, I missed out on a lot of views but what I did see was fantastic! Hang in there through the early switchbacks—the view is worth it. I turned around about 0.5 miles below the top as the snow and ice was getting a bit tough. Most people quit at Columbia Rock, so keep going to skip the crowds.

Great short day hike with amazing views and scenic waterfalls. Great for a swim as well.

Did the loop yesterday as it's one of our favorites. Quite a bit of water in the creeks but pretty easy to cross. The lower trail is almost entirely in the shade and not too busy once you get to the junction. Hogee's Campground is the perfect rest spot (several picnic tables) before returning on the upper trail. Sorry to see the outhouses are locked (one had its door smashed open). I always enjoy the panoramic views on the upper trail where the canopy opens and the descent starts.

Better hikes to be found in the area. Enjoyed when it connected to Rhododendrum and Brown's Creek. South Fork alone didn't have a lot of bang for the buck.

2 days ago

kool hike friendly vibe easy access to parking✌

This is really a local hike. I wouldn't drive out of the way to see it. There hasn't been very much water in many years. When there was, there was a running creek, and it was much harder to get there. The trail has zero bathroom/water facilities and I often find hikers allover the area (sometimes miles away) who either can't find their way to the nonexistent waterfall or can't find their way back from it! There's also a lot of poison oak, so good to have pants and sleeves if you go anyway. Rangers have been known to write tickets to people with dogs.

Amazing views. Great hike.

Definitely a challenging hike that is mostly boulder scrambling with a fair bit of exposure in quite a few places. Need to be agile and confident rock and boulder hopping to make it up this track. It does reward you with beautiful views of the surrounding cliffs and vistas below and could serve as access to further adventures if you want.
We did find a couple of small pools of water about half way up so maybe that was the spring? Were also told there were some remnants of an old bootleggers still somewhere up there but we did not find them.
A fun but definitely “hard” hike.

The trail has been fixed to make it easier to get to the falls since last summer. No more climbing down an embankment on a rope. The water is flowing good as of today, March 20 2018. It was 65 degrees and I still drank down two gatorades and a water bottle going back up the trail from the falls. Be sure to bring plenty of fluids, especially when warm out. You might want to bring mosquito repellant if you climb to the top fall and stick around a bit. Only small portions of the trail provide shade from the sun.

3 days ago

short but has a good leg workout. stairs to go down and stairs to go up on top .. A nice view of waterfalls and wildlife. dirt trail. keep dogs on leash and careful at stairs. bring lots of H2o. gets busy in the mornings. park around the corner by church or at park.

Great hike. Shirt and sweet. Good training hike for Wilson.

on Coxey Road

off road driving
3 days ago

Great way to get up to the Big Bear Lake area (Fawnskin). Very easy trail, but connects to an abundance of more difficult trails the closer you get to Fawnskin. There was some snow on the sides of the trail, which made for nice mud puddles.

great hike start to finish

I had a great time. The trail was in good shape, the people were nice, & the weather was a little cold (17deg & snow). This is what you get at 7000 feet in February.
The only problem I had with water, was when it froze. I never ran short.
I did get "turned around" for 15 minutes in a snow "whiteout" just before Warner Springs.

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