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Great forest hike. Nice weather with a cool breeze! Park at the campground and pay the $10 parking fee. The azalea glen trail is south of the parking lot. Flat and gradual incline at the beginning. Steep as you reach the peak.

5 hours ago

Feel the burn in the first mile then beautiful trails and streams for loop back. Do it twice cause it's so nice.

Hiked up and continued to Sentinel Dome. Was not as difficult as I expected. A steady pace was possible completely aerobically. Every corner offered a new view. Changing sunlight kept it interesting.

Yesterday my wife and I finally started this trail at 6 am. After watching YouTube for 10 months and a few months of hiking in around Brisbane Australia to prepare, we soon found out how under prepared training wise we were . We took advice from others on the day to take it steady and at our pace. The peace and quiet and scenery was amazing with a fog covering the valley floor on a chilly clear morning. . The only disappointment was we didn’t make the top. Even with this disappointment we knew the hike down would be as tough as going up. Is you do decide to climb this beautiful place don’t underestimate how hard this hike is.

signage was pretty good, this is a tough one. seems to be just a relentless climb and remember, you are starting the trail at 6000 feet so air gets pretty thin as you near the top.
For an old guy like me (62) it was rough and I took alot of short breaks, but finished, which is all that matters.
Great forest to walk through, very peaceful.

backpacking
9 hours ago

Conditions as of 5/23/2018: super duper soupy. And are established trails always this poorly marked around here? Or maybe their just more obvious when they’re not flooded. No worries; hard to get truly lost in that area anyhow.

I got good and wet on my way to Sylvia, spent a day drying out and soaking in the beautiful landscape, then decided to summit Pyramid from the West, starting just north of (not next to) Sylvia. That was fun. But FYI the slop starts very early into Lyons from parking. If you’re thinking “maybe it’s just this area; it’ll get better” then you’re very sadly mistaken. The Lyons trail is essentially a babbling brook all the way through. Even the trails side-stepping the regular “trail” were much soggier today than they were on my way in 2 days ago. I was wearing old beat-up Saucony Peregrine trail shoes with microspikes for the summit. My feet were totally soaked and freezing from start to finish every day. lol - somehow, having that whole beautiful place to myself made up for it.

Summary: look elsewhere until things dry out a bit, or just come prepared for ankle-shin deep slogs all the way to the remaining snow pack.

Short hike up to the observatiory, the veiw from the top is amazing.

backpacking
9 hours ago

Still plenty of snow from foothills on up, and it’s a generally soggy mess between parking and the snow. However, I approached from the West not East. I’m new to the area and an amateur outside of familiar forests and hill trails. I kicked off the season with a hike to Lake Sylvia by way of Lyons. I had enough time and weather finally broke today (vs yesterday), so I figured what the heck, I’ll give a go at that summit. I approached from the West, starting just north above Sylvia. Marched straight up the steep sticky snow, then swerved north a bit to finish initial ascent over scree/boulders. After that, it was mostly deep sticky snow until the final summit, which was a few hundred(?) yards of big boulder-hopping (no snow). I doubted my ability to descend the way I came, so headed down more West, just north of that lake sitting south of Sylvia (over the range). Looks like a little bear activity back there btw. Otherwise, lots of thick sticky snow, but also loads of melting snow pack forming a big wet sloppy mess from there back to Lyons and then parking. Summary: it’s wet and snowy up there. But y’all locals/regulars probably already know that.

First place I went after I made it into San Diego and it did not disappoint. Watched the mist clear and the sunrise into a beautiful sunny day. I'd recommend it to anyone. The seals were my absolute favorite part!

Great Hike! I would say it's hard and not moderate. Very steep incline and trail running or hiking boots are a must. there's benches 1 mile up. Went on a Friday evening around 6:00pm and only encountered 5 other hikers.

Pretty long trail with a decent amount of elevation gain. Didn’t make it to the top so plan on taking a few hours to go out and back. Don’t go on a hot day, there’s not a whole lot of shade. Still very pretty.

hiking
10 hours ago

Completed a Day Hike 5/22/18. Trail was very defined easy to follow, creeks were flowing but nothing treacherous to cross. Got a bit of slush/rain fall on the way up, still snow up around the granite rocks at the lake. Round trip was 7 miles from trailhead to lake, and back.

Pretty spot for a walk. Sketchy characters hanging around and too bad the pot smoke was so thick I couldn't smell the trees

Beautiful views. The trail work is amazing! Hats off to the trail crews.

hiking
12 hours ago

Loved this hike. Went with a group of 4 other ladies. Part of the SoCal 6 Peak Challenge. We ended up doing about 18 miles of hiking. Very very challenging. This was the first of our six, lowest in elevation, but one of the toughest as incline. The last 3 miles going up is lots of switchbacks and steep, narrow trail. Loved the following the creek almost all the way up. It did rain throughout our hike, but the tree acted as a nice umbrella for us. Cold once we got to the peak and our body temps started to cool down as we rested. Loved the Cafe on top, nice lunch and headed back down. Start your hike very early so you can get out before dark.

We only did the easy part from the park HQ to the Berry Creek waterfall and then we turned back. It took us around 4 hours to get there: we stopped a lot to take pictures, climb rocks on the stream and giant fallen trees on the side of the trail. It only took us ~1 1/2 hours to get back.
There are more (smaller) waterfalls going up. But it was getting dark and we were too tired already. You should might want to try if you have energy ;)
It’s a beautiful hike for sure :)

hiking
13 hours ago

Absolutely beautiful to see the fog lift slowly but surely off of the Golden Gate! Easy hike, and very dog friendly. Loved it!

hiking
13 hours ago

Between HWY 1 and eagles cutoff, the western part of Baldwin loop trail ( near the .6 mile marker ) is very overgrown. Were unable to make it all the way to eagles cutoff. Be aware of ticks, picked dozens off during and after the walk. Did not try the eastern side of the Baldwin loop trail , it might be better

Amazing views, definite must do. Parking lot is a decent size to accommodate the crowds. Kids and hungry hikers loved the snack bar up there, must do!!

Easy hike through the woods to the meadow. Pretty muddy in some areas. No flowers were in bloom when we went on 5/20/18.

Nice easy hike, pretty views from the point.

Must do hike. Had my 70 yr old parents with us and they got to the top. It’s a climb but totally worth it. The 360 views are amazing!

Outstanding hike, be prepared to climb and get wet. The steps to Vernal falls on the Mist trail will leave you drenched from the water fall mist. The views are fantastic.

Be prepared to climb and climb some more, but you will be rewarded with an awesome view. Make sure you go to the observation point to look straight down the falls. Make sure to wear hiking shoes, you will be sliding back down to the valley if you don’t. There are allot of steps and loose rocks and sand to slip on as you descend. Bring water on sunny days or a filter to get water at the streams along the climb. Rain will only make it more slick so be prepared.
Amazing and difficult hike, highly recommend! Will get your heart pumping for sure!

lots of fun, beautiful end. bring water not for the walk down but for the walk back. difficult when comes to climbing but well worth it. be careful if you bring dogs. again part of the stuff is rocky.

Really enjoyed the flora and the incredible vistas and the waterfalls that are abundant all the way up!

Lovely walk up to a beautiful falls

The way out is a bit boring but the Meadows and Creek are beautiful - well worth the trip! There's a descent number of mounting bikers along the creek, keep an eye out.

its a great hike, though the trail got a little confusing towards the end. its a bit more than moderate, though mot too difficult. great inclines.

Hit Piute Pass trail 5/5 - 5/6, with the trail being mostly covered in snow still. Lock Leven and Piute lake being frozen over was surreal. Picture perfect views from the pass of a winter wonderland. Stayed the night for an amazing sunrise. Definitely will coming back, after the spring melt.

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