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

Great hike!!! But it’s Splinters trail to PCT. Legit 7 miles of uphill both ways.

This trail was awesome! i went with my friend we are both beginners and we had a great time jumping in the water is so cold and refreshing. It is a very short hike to get to the main pool we did not go up the whole trail we stopped at the main pool in the pictures and explored downstream a bit I recommend this for hikers age 2-adult I saw a 2 year old trooper there and some older crowds this hike is great for all ages just watch out for rocks and snakes. Also you need a parking pass but I think you purchase them in town somewhere? There was no office there to purchase them and there is no cell service.

I chose to park where the pavement finally ends, and walked in. The road is too rocky for my car, and it’s not a far walk to the trail head. I would recommend going in the cooler months though, because we were surrounded by people who came just to hang out at the river and drink. However, once you continue past the bridge, and go about a mile or so, you’ll find yourself alone with nature again. The trail follows the river from high up on the canyon, but it eventually “ends” at the river, where the water is pooled up — and there’s a sign where you can read about a rare species of toad that lives there. If you do plan to go during the hot months, just remember to bring a hat and plenty of water and you’ll be fine!

Pretty chill hike until the last downhill bit. But slid down for a bit (really sandy). But getting back up was surprisingly not a big deal. Hiked at night which was not be original plan, but turned out to be really beautiful. The hit springs at the end are INCREDIBLE. Looking forward to coming back some day. Also, yes, people are nude. It’s fine and friendly.

There is a mystery box at the end!

The trail starts in a camp ground, where there is no parking available for hikers. This entire mountain seems unfriendly toward day trip hikers. It might be possible to hike this trail if you park at McKay Park and hump up the hill to the camp ground.

Followed the map to where the trailhead was supposed to be, but ended up on basically in someone's driveway. I drove around the area for a bit and found nothing resembling a popular hiking area, just a bunch of private residences. Don't waste your time.

Really great hike! It's all up hill, yes the whole way up. But it is totally worth it! Saw a couple of deer also. I'll probably go again in a week or so...

Beautiful views and beautiful flowers! No shade and tough hike for a beginner! But very satisfying!

Easy trail to follow. Beware of all the Poodle Dog Bush!

One of the best hikes I’ve been on in a while. Definitely difficult, but very rewarding. Bring lots of water. We ran out on our way back up, and it made the steep incline even harder.

1 month ago

This trail is officially called the North Shore National Recreation Trail. Trailhead can be hard to find, follow these directions. Head to the North Shore Campground. No day parking here but you can park on the street about a 5 minute walk from the campground. Walk up to the campground, keep walking straight past several campsites. Keep straight. Near campsite #11 you will see a large sign for North Shore National Recreation Trail. You found it. Now, after a very short walk on the trail, you will intersect a dirt fire road. Cross the road and the trail will continue. Do not start walking down the fire road. Just cross it. From there you should be good for the rest of the hike.

If we hadn’t used the map on this app we probably would have taken a lot of wrong turns. Beautiful scenery and moderate inclines. Good hike.

This is a fun trail that weaves throughout boulders ascending pretty fast. My kids love it! The views are amazing at the top and there are several large boulder areas to climb on top of for great picture taking.

Amazing, scenic, not hard, along the river, a very good hike

Awesome trail! Extremely difficult incline to go down and especially back up after soaking in the springs. But it’s all worth it for the soak, view and body high at the end!

Hi my names Jonathan and I’m a great hiker. I thought this hike was awesome, a lot of nice views which was lucky coz it was a pretty tough hike for me so that was rewarding. My feet hurt after the first 20min, I think I even got a blister a few days after and my toes were really cold the whole time even though it was spring. But since I’m a great hiker I pushed through the whole 2 or so miles so my girlfriend would be impressed, she’s really fast she probably finished the hike an hour before I did.

Run this trail every other day. And every time I notice something different. There are some burn areas from last years fire but it gives the views great contrast. Run hills not treadmills

Great time of year to go the flowers are in bloom!!!

Excellent hike. Not too steep, well maintained trail. Not sure exactly where All Trails has the end though to come up with 6.4 miles. Deep Creek Day Use Area is about 2.4 miles in (4.8 miles). Or keep going up the PCT and there's a lovely bridge 3.4 miles in. Aztec Falls is about a mile or 1.5 in & down 1 of 2 steep trails. Definately recomend AWD for the rocky road in. Looks like you're not supposed to be there past the 1st gate but its fine & Google maps says you have arrived well before the parking area.

This is not a hike, this a dirt road, no shadow, no view, no fun.

off road driving
3 months ago

Nice ride, you use all tools on jeep.......hard and challenge!!

3 months ago

Awesome hike. The trail basically ends at a certain altitude, then it’s a rock climbing journey. Great times, the peak has an amazing view.

After the fires its kind of hard to stay on the trail. Look for orange ribbons as markers or rocks stacked up to show you where the trail is. Lots of loose gravel so becareful on the way down.

Hard to stay on tail for there are minimal direction signs. Recommend scouting out and possible completing before taking kids.

off road driving
4 months ago

The trail down to the water is very washed out from all the rain. 4X4 is a must, I go down in my Jeep or RZR, and I still bottom out. Close to the bottom by the water you will deal with a serious of decent sized rocks so if you don’t have much clearance you will definitely bottom out

Just went Mar. 06, 2018 for the first time. Early morning start. It was cold but the hike was easy up until the steep descent. Friend and I both made it down with maybe one slip and a stubbed toe. Hot springs were great to get in and relax on a cold March morning. Warmed up some and the sun was out all day with a cool breeze. Headed out around 5 and wasn’t paying close attention and we ended up on the PCT. Had to back track at some point and find our way back to a fork that we missed. Just added an extra half hour but boy was it tough going up the steep terrain with daylight fading fast. Just pay attention to not get on the PCT. and bring headlamps like we did in case you get off track and have to hike in the dark. Ha! On the plus side, when we arrived at our parked vehicle the night sky was glowing with a ton of stars. A tough hike but def worth the beautiful day!

Super fun hike, as easy or challenging as you want to make it! We only spent 1.5 hours, but did a bit of bouldering and had fun in the couple inches of snow on the trails. Heads up: you need to buy a pass to park your car at the trailhead, but some locals told us they visit often and that the rangers usually only check in the evenings. Still, I would go for the pass over a hefty fine!

Super loved this hike! After reading the reviews I brought hiking poles for the last steep part and it helped A LOT with stability, would definitely recommend that. The springs are amazing, several different pools and a cold area to swim in as well.

Not much to look at while hiking. Need a gps to stay on the trail otherwise you’ll end up billy hosting up the rocks

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