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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.

4 hours 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.

17 hours 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
18 hours 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.

Amazing hike and picturesque as well. The trail are
Rough with many tripping hazards and one should watch your step, specially when descending. done it twice and were very fulfilling.

Crowded, but good workout

Is this trail open ?

very nice hike ...be prepared on hot days take lots of water and proper shoes

23 hours ago

Took the kids over the weekend & it was gorgeous out there. Very easy to find, but a little muddy. We hid Easter eggs along the way to keep the littles engaged & have a little fun

1 day ago

Went on a pretty fair day, not too hot not too cool. Started the trail right by the ranger office and walked to the waterfall. Pretty easy and relaxing hike. Found a bench in a tree along the way and a few other nice spots to enjoy the nature. Overall nice hike and I would probably go back!

1 day ago

Wonderful hike. Incredible weather. A beautiful walk through the trees to get up on top of the hill. It is ALL uphill but not so exhausting that you don't enjoy the journey. I certainly enjoyed it and will be back for sure

horseback riding
1 day ago

Great place to take the horses to take a dip. Close to Graham Hill campground where they have overnight facilities for horses. Can get crowded in the summer, but it’s a beautiful park, and all of the trails are fun. We can do a lot of it at a canter even with groups of kids.

1 day ago

This place is like the veins of the earth. There are places to explore and swim here where no other humans have ever trodden. Some of the most beautiful scenery and peaceful feelings you will ever experience.

1 day ago

Favorite trail to take with kids. Just hard enough to keep them challenged without too much complaining, fun boulder scrambling opportunities. Bring a lunch and wear a bathing suit if it's been a wet year, kids love to splash around in the water.

A great starter backpacking trip, although I recommend having one experienced backpacker in your group. We split this into 3 days and for us it was the perfect amount of time. Beautiful scenery, especially between Big Basin and Waddell Beach, where you feel like you've stepped back in time to the prehistoric days. Hips and feet were a bit sore by the end of the third day. Taking off my boots and putting my feet in the water has never felt so good!

trail running
1 day ago

We parked at the 41 entrance and ran up the boyscout trail which is quite steep. Went through the tower road where it connected to the out and back of the Cerro Alto Loop. Amazing views of Los Osos, Morro Bay and all the peaks. Diablo, Black Hills, etc....Highly recommended!

Well marked and there are green blazes on rocks on the Maze Loop. I started before dawn on a Tuesday in March and had the whole thing to myself until the end. Northview is spectacular!

Mileage listed here is inaccurate because you cannot park at the trailhead. I started my recording from where you can park and it was 6.7 miles round trip to the Deer Park Cabin.

The first part of the hike to the trailhead is on a road. There is a pretty cool dam to look at, but other than that it is pretty boring. The best part of the hike is when you get down into the canyon. You will walk alongside a lovely stream under the cover of some beautiful trees. However, the end at Deer Park Cabin is really not that interesting.

We took the same route back as we do not find fire roads to be very exciting. Overall this hike is just okay. On the plus side, it’s not used very much. We only saw two other people and we saw only two pieces of trash on the trail (which we packed out.)

If you do park inside the park entrance gate it will cost $5 on weekdays and $6 on weekends, but you must be out by 5pm. I believe the entrance gate is closed all day Tuesday.

Not very fun when it's busy. Too many bros with music. Nice views, but it's almost better on a full moon, hardly need flashlight then.

1 day ago

overall it’s a good little trail. i wouldnt have rated it ‘hard’, it’s more on the difficult side of moderate.

the beginning of the trail is tricky because you have to cross a creek that’s a little over a foot deep, so prepare to take off your shoes. the trail is surprisingly well marked though, and pretty basic uphill/downhill there and back. the view is below average for napa, but the lack of other hikers makes up for that. i did not see a single other person on the trail during the 2.5 hour trip, but there’s 4G at the backend of the trail so it makes up for the creepy isolation

Started at approx 11:30 - ranger suggested going up Condor Gulch & coming back down High Peaks. Only saw 2 other people on the way up. At the peak we found a place to sit & have a snack (approx 2 Miles in) and we were surrounded by condor who were perched or flying very close to us. Ran into a few groups coming up the opposite direction as we began our descent. Back at the car by 2:30. Not much shade on Condor Gulch Trail, but lots on the way down. Admission to the park was $25. Fully recommend!

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