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no views until you're near the top, along the way there's nothing of interest and no shade and no views, no trees

kinda harder for today cuz rain. but great work out

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off road driving
7 hours ago

2018 JK unlimited with all-terrains. Mind your line and it's doable until a steep rocky climb. I didn't have a spotter so I didn't attempt the climb. Not sure if the JK would've made it, no lockers. Saw plenty of hikers, so 5 stars for it being a tough moderate trail and a good hiking challenge.

Great trail for this time of the year since it is green and lush from the rain. Prepare to get your feet wet. The path crosses the stream a few times and it is still ankle to calf deep. The road down into the canyon is a bit washed out from the rain but not impassable. Same goes for a couple spots closer towards the end of this track where the trail runs along the stream. Otherwise it was nice and easy.

Beautiful hike this morning with wild lilac in full bloom.Stream is full of water. Be prepared to get your shoes wet but worth every minute.

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snow
11 hours ago

Most excellent for easy beginner hike, alot of water/stream features along the hike during march season.

Tried to go today and it was closed.

Awesome trail. Well marked and tons of wild flowers just about a mile into the hike. Great workout since the hike up is consistently up without too strenuous of an incline. Views were amazing and short shaded areas were a welcome reprieve from the sun. Had everything I could have asked for today!

Hiked out and back (10.7mi) on Black Star Cyn rd to CHL #217, otherwise known as the Indian village (grinding stones under a canopy of oaks) very nice area to explore

Started to the falls, however way too much Poison Oak.

There is glass in the parking lot because people break into cars & steal property. Great trail today, very few people but tons of wildflowers.

History: check. Challenging trail: check. Accessible: check. Moderately busy: why wouldn’t it be?

hiking
muddy
rocky
13 hours ago

It felt like I was trespassing on people’s property the entire time. It’s like walking through people’s back yards. I was not a fan. There were a couple really pretty views though.

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muddy
off trail
scramble
13 hours ago

This trail should really be broken up in the ratings because it is two very different types of terrain. You start out on a wide flat fire road. It is a very scenic walk that parallels the creek and has pretty much no elevation gain. This part is appropriate for all experience levels. After about 2.5 miles, the trail dips down into the creek bed and that is a totally different type of hike. It’s not for the casual weekend hiker and really should only be traversed by experienced hikers. We went on a Saturday afternoon and saw 2 people limping on twisted ankles. And one woman had to be helicoptered out of the creek bed. If you are experienced though, this is a really fun hike. A lot of creek crossings and some scrambling. Be prepared to get your feet wet and watch out for the poison oak which is heavy once you are going up the creek. I’m not sure we made it to the falls, but we went about a mile upstream before we turned back due to the approaching sunset.

on Flume Trail

hiking
15 hours ago

Everything the last post said. Wildflowers and views were amazing. It was was like Oregon on a bad day—so green for our desert. I was going to state that it was well marked, but I disagree. There are several tangent trails, but just use the app. I wondered where the flume was and it was on an unmarked side trail off to the right.

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muddy
no shade
15 hours ago

I live close by and if you catch it on a clear day the views from the towers are fantastic. The Bay, Marin and even the city. 3.5 up and 3.5 down...do it in 2 hours and it’s good workout with nice views. Best in the spring when it’s green!

easy loop. good with the kids

hiking
bridge out
16 hours ago

hiking
16 hours ago

Great hike that requires a little bit of everything. The distance listed in the description is to the meadow. I mapped 5.6 miles all the way to the top of the hill and back. Nice full river.

hiking
16 hours ago

Great moderate hike in springtime. We saw lots of different little flowers along the trail and enjoyed the views. A little overgrown in some places- glad I wore pants.

hiking
snow
16 hours ago

One of my favorite local hikes when I don't have much time. It's nicely shaded and always pretty. The water is refreshing & you can enjoy some rock stacking towards the end of the trail. Great for the kids too.

Saw a rattler!

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bugs
muddy
rocky
17 hours ago

very nice trail... mosquito season thou.. lots of families here on the weekend

hiking
no shade
17 hours ago

Was not expecting the incline to be much of a challenge but boy I was wrong. It was challenging but the views helped take my mind off of that. Definitely would recommend this hike to all. Especially around this time of the year. Make sure to wear that hat y’all and enjoy the beauty!!!!!

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muddy
rocky
17 hours ago

hiking
18 hours ago

Stream is still strong. Not too muddy. Beautiful purple field of flowers along the way.

trail running
18 hours ago

Blah. I thought this trail was my secret....

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