Explore the most popular birding trails near Forest Falls with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Great place and not too far from Palm Springs. Bought a parking pass for $5 at the visitors center before heading to the mountain. Although the person who checked us in at the gate to the parking area needlessly scratched our parking pass with plenty of free gravel parking. He said it was already crowded at 10 am and we ended up being the only one at the top of the falls trail. Jerk move if you ask me.

Trail is pretty easy until you get further up the trail at the waterfall. Rocks are very slippery and the trail is steep at the end. Be careful and take your time navigating the final approach to the falls because it’s worth it. Such a shame all of the graffiti someone left for everyone there, looks horrible. Aside from that, plenty of shaded areas by the water to relax and enjoy the natural beauty of the falls.

Love it

Hard but was a good trail beautiful

One of my favorite hikes on the list of six pack of peaks. I’ve hiked this twice. Once with backpacking and once as a day trip. Just like everyone says, the first mile is quite an incline and got me huffing and puffing. Then the last two miles to the summit was a struggle. I had to stop every couple steps to catch my breathe. I don’t recommend camping at the summit because it’s super windy and could not sleep all night as the tent kept shaking. The top is usually windy and a bit chilly

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We finished the Six Pack of Peaks with this hike and this hike was definitely the hardest one. The 1st mile after the creek will get your heart pumping. After that it’s an enjoyable climb. The last 1-2 miles before the summit will test your stamina. Pace yourself as the elevation will start to get to you. Check out our journey.

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6/24 I summited yet one more time, it will define STEEP and LONG if you’ve forgotten. I am the slowest hiker but when I do summit people usually cheer me on. So many good people on the trail keep me going, swapping stories etc. The views always new n exciting for me, I take my camera every time I leave for a hike. This time I saw a deer on my way up and again on my way down so keep your eyes open. Last time we Backpacked and camped on summit. Sunset and dawn was awesome plus it’s half the distance per day. We did see a rattler warming itself in the early morning sun so pay attention and do leave them alone to be safe. Enjoy all of nature’s flowers, trees, neighboring mountains, waterfalls, streams, animals and even some of the bugs too. A great hike for all this and more, spend the extra time and relax but also see where you are. The distance hiked up is 8.9 miles plus a mile to the trail head and you will gain 5,578’ in elevation according to the info from the ranger. WATER is a must, I’ve polished off 3 liters before so bring a filter too. Enjoy

I hiked this yesterday, 6/23, just over a year from the first time I completed this hike. Total distance from where I parked was 18.85 miles (be prepared for a longer hike than the claimed 17.1 miles). It was a great hike, challenging as well but worth the effort. I summit-ed in 4 hours, 23 minutes. Total hike time was 8 hours 16 minutes (including 35 minutes of resting time, I didn’t stop for long). There were quite a few other hikers on the trail; I overtook 62 of them on my way to the summit, not counting those camping along the route

The weather was clear and quite warm. My water intake was more than anticipated and I went through all 3L in my Camelbak, it went dry at about 5 miles distance from the end of my hike. For these long out and back hikes I may start to bring extra water to stash along the way in order to be better prepared for times such as this when I run dry.

Hiked yesterday (6/19) it was a beautiful sunny day and the trail was difficult but manageable. I only used my 3 lit bladder and still had water at the end. Have fun!
**fyi: bears got into my friends car (she car camped at the trailhead) so be aware and prepare with proper storage of your supplies.

hiking
29 days ago

My family and I love this hike. We brought our dog and she loved it too. Lots of families on Father’s Day but not so crowded that it felt like an amusement park. Fun time with everyone. It’s worth the extra hike up to the top of the falls if you’re willing to get some bumps and bruises climbing the rocks.

Backpacked to the summit and camped overnight. Brutal hike but worth the views and challenge.

Hard, but beautiful hike,
we camped at half point and summit the next day!!

The big payoff for this hike is the elevation training. The views are nice as well, but not excellent compared to the other near by trails. We did it in one trip and was surprised how long the way back was, it honestly felt harder.

The first set of switchbacks and the last push were 2 miles the hardest. I camped for a night at half-way camp it was a good site because it was pretty secluded but no water sources.

This Is a great hike but get ready to get you butt kicked. I actually rolled my ankle less than a mile after summitting so be careful when on that downhill.

hiking
1 month ago

absolutely beautiful, the actual trail is fairly short but we wandered off and explored up the creek a bit, absolutely loved it. will be back

Great huge waterfall..climbing a lot of rocks but short hike

We arrived at the Vivian creek trail head around 7:45 am and hiked up to halfway camp. There we set up our megamid and ditched our gear. After lunch we slackpacked the 5.5ish miles to the summit, which we reached near 4pm. At 11503 the mountain towered over all its neighbors, we got some beautiful views. We hiked back to halfway camp, we arrived at just about nightfall. Hiked out the next morning!

Nice hike. Great views.

This is one of my favorite spots. Always beautiful.

This trail was absolutely beautiful. The first mile and the last couple miles up are the hardest but trekking poles help a ton. The juice is worth the squeeze on this one as the sights from up top are breathtaking.

Amazing views. very long hike on a very rocky and sometimes slippery trail. first and last parts were brutal, the first part also on the way down due to the strain on the knees (even with hiking poles). Are the views worth the pain? happy I did it, won't do it again.

off road driving
1 month ago

May 2018 Drove by fire ravaged Aspen Grove top turnout. Area closed. Can see some Aspen shoots coming up at creek. Maybe 4' tall. Drove to Fish Creek and the corrals and spring survived the fire. Area beyond San G sign closed as well as trail that heads back down to Aspen Grove. Area won't be close to the same for decades (really a century.) Many burned trees seemingly marked for removal. Looked like they cleared a swath along the PCT for safety and it was open.

Beautiful trail, definitely recommend Summiting in the fall and winter when you get to use crampons, it’s and unforgettable experience and the view of the the snowed mountains is priceless.

Great trail! Really well maintained. The first mile and last two are the toughest parts. Really beautiful and worth the hike! I did it in 2 days, but it could easily be done as a day hike.

Well worth the effort!
The hardest trail I've done so far. Great training for bigger challenges. My favorite trail and peak of the 6 packs. Will be back again! Took our 2 dogs and they are slumbering for days now, mission complete!

Pretty hard because of steepness but the views are GREAT

hiking
2 months ago

Such a beautiful trail, it was our first time here. We encountered a rattlesnake hiding in the brush right when left the parking lot heading down to the start of the trail. And another baby snack in the stream heading up the falls. (not to sure what kind of snake it was tho.) I was prepared with our parking pass, $5. But noticed there was a graveled lot that said free parking.
Hiking up the riverbed to the various falls was a nice workout, not to strenuous but you can feel your muscles work as you find your balance on the slippery rocks. and yes they are very slippery, so becareful.! Great water flow, and it was very cold. But we loved it!

Amazing hike. Completed on 5/28. No need for microspikes. 1st mile and last before summit are the toughest, but worth it! There is plenty of water...best to fill up at High creek before and after summit bid.

walking
2 months ago

It was beautiful and so peaceful. It’s a tiring walk since its all about balancing with all the rocks. Water is super cold. My dogs loved it.

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