Explore the most popular kid friendly 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.

Even though the falls don't flow as much, it's still a great hike.

walking
8 hours ago

Nice, easy stroll. Watch out for disk golfers, they don't always call "fore".
Take extra time at the grove at the bottom of the hill, by the freeway to take in the cool shade.
Keen eyes around the lagoon will spot turtles, frogs, toads, beaver and otter in addition to waterfowl and raptors.

Gets busy on weekends. Kiosk is currently closed so parking is free until the city gets new permit machines.

It’s really steep, which makes the return trip (descent) a bit difficult. The majority of it is in the sun, with limited tree coverage, so be sure to wear sunscreen! I prefer some of the other fire trail hikes that are more wooded.

hiking
8 hours ago

This was a pleasantly surprising hike! It is great to get the family out and about into nature. There are plenty or rock formations, brooks, and tree roots for young ones to climb and explore. Most of the trail is paved but there are places you can go off the beaten path. Depending on the day you will have heavy traffic or light traffic. Either way, it's worth taking the family to see the heart in the rock. I do caution, some vandals did tag rocks with graffiti.

coming from Ohio, it was a game changer

Nice 50 min walk (with kids) to Mark Twain and other stumps :-)

trail running
10 hours ago

Wonderfully flows and twists. And has crushed gravel single track on either edge.

walking
10 hours ago

More meditation than a hike... Wild flowers of every color, seals on the rocks, multiple deer, turkey vultures, and almost no humans...

Short and chill... but don’t booze up here... it can be dangerous if you are careless

Gorgeous redwood forest, hilly enough to get some cardio, and also take some great photos, just all around great morning walk.

Great trail for all ages and abilities. Plan on checking tide levels if you’re looking to take the beach trail back to the parking lot. High tide hit around noon.

Better for trail running than hiking. I took my young two daughters so it was a good challenge for us. No shade until the oasis.

Nice trail. We did the 6 mile loop. It was a liitle hot but a nice breeze. Beautiful views. Clean portable toilets.

This is an easy walk, but you have to deal with cyclists yelling at you for being on any part of the path.

trail was fine. lots of traffic and the parking lot was atrocious. once you got on the trail it was fine though. self guided tour was pretty cool also. this is a super easy introductory hike. take your friends who don't hike kind of hike.

Very nice and easy hike, great for kids. Saw deer, turkies, squirrels, all kinds of birds and lots of interesting vegetation.

Park at the Trout Pond sign and follow the trail. Once on the trail there are many options to custom tailor your hike. If you are looking for an easy hike this is a good one.

Been on this hike a few times, it's relatively easy but there are a couple of places that will get your heart rate up and are fairly steep.

Nice views and beautiful meadows. This area burned in the Ceder Fire but is growing back nicely. The old cabin burned down in the fire but there is a plaque as a tribute.

Great hike for kids, highly recommend.

Where does everyone park? Where is the trailhead? How long did it take you to complete the trail? Thanks

The beginning will kick your butt, but after its a nice hike with a great view at the top.

A very nice trail for a warmer day, as most of the trail is in the shade and much of it is parallel to a stream.

13 hours ago

Amazing!

I never used to hike before after coming here I'm addicted! If you like nature up close and personal this is it.

Jolie promenade assez facile dans le désert. Le canyon n'est pas indiqué (quelques kairns en contrebas du sentier principal mais aucun panneau) et vous l'avons manqué faute de bien surveiller le GPS. Pas très grave, la balade est très sympa néanmoins. Les couleurs sont irréelles et les formations rocheuses surprenantes. Paysage un peu lunaire. Attention, il fait très chaud.

I enjoyed the hike but the trail was not always well marked.

hiking
15 hours ago

Nice scenic trail. Did it in the early morning on a cloudy day. lots of interesting Rock formations and boulders.

Maybe I was having an "off" hike. I found this trail to be very difficult to follow. I got to a point of the trail where the only option to go would have been to scale a very sandy and steep hill, I would've taken that route had I not been with my 60 lb dog. If that was the true route to go, I would not call this trail a dog-safe trail. Unfortunately we had to turn around.

hiking
15 hours ago

I like that it's short, so if you just want to go for a few hours and not all day it's perfect.
I've been here a few times cause it's close. My dog loves it and she loves to climb so I like that it's an easy enough climb for her for me not to worry of her falling.
During the hotter seasons there's no water.. It dries up, during the cooler seasons after a good rain there usually is water.. It gets up to at least 2 feet of water.. More or less.
You can climb up the waterfall... Or down. I see Rock climbers there more so during the summer, which is pretty cool to watch. Usually pretty friendly also.
Downside is the tacky graffiti... If it were murals of something it'd be a different story maybe even liked by most... But it's just a bunch of stupid kids tagging their names and stupid kid-like drawings... It seems to be getting worse. Honestly I could do without the graffiti completely. Unfortunately it might not happen. Honestly there not much room for really good pictures because of it. Thankfully there are still some good spots but it's only a matter of time.
Teach your children not to deface nature and maybe, there will still be places of beauty left in the future.

All in all, I still love going here for my dog and I, easy rocky trail, steep but super short. Sometimes water, sometimes dry. Fun little outing.

by far my most favorite hike. trail was easy to follow and the climb to the top was well worth it. hike has a tons of rocks in case if you want to play "floor is lava". if you're facing the restroom trail head is to the left.

Easy trail, great for a quick nature walks and to get kids used to hiking. Beautiful gardens beautiful Trees. Great for meditation.

17 hours ago

it was a lot of fun, but not a year round trail. I'd definitely avoid this place in the summer. the description saying it's shaded and cool is inaccurate; most of the trail,even inside the canyon, is in the full brunt of the sun.

The trail starts out on sandstone hills, then declines gradually into the slot canyon. once inside, the trail is extremely narrow. I could barely fit through with my day pack on. my husband wouldn't be able to fit through most of the trail as he's a big guy, and I was scraping my legs and arms on the walls as I passed.

Fortunately, the views inside the canyon make it totally worth it. It was even worth the heat! Would be a beautiful hike in the winter or spring, when the sun isn't so hot.

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