Explore the most popular walking 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.

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.

hiking
21 days 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
2 months ago

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

hiking
2 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
3 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!
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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

One of my favorite hikes I've ever done. The majority of the hike is easy - the only thing that's hard is the last little bit before the springs. Going down is super steep and sandy, so watch your step. While dogs are allowed on this trail, our dog (and half our group) didn't make it past the final slope down. This slope is also challenging on the way back up - I needed plenty of breaks and probably should have brought much more water than the 22 oz. I had brought with me.

There is nudity at the hot springs, so if that makes you uncomfortable don't go. They also recommend that you do not drink the water and do not submerge your head under the water.

The hot springs are beautiful and incredibly relaxing and so worth the tough hike back up the trail.

Great hike. Like the others have said, its a steep descent and ascent at the last 1/2 mile-3/4 mile of the hike. No one in our group really slipped and had a fun time descending. Ascending was hard but still fun. I wouldn't recommend this hike for novice hikers - mainly because of their worry of going down the ridge and slipping and then the climb back up. A few in our group did not make it all the way :(

The hot springs are beautiful. Make sure to visit all seven in varying temperatures and depths. Bring food to snack on, but please make sure to carry any trash out! Water shoes with good grip would also be ideal to take because of the algae on the rocks make it easy to slip inside the small pools of water.

Take plenty of water. It is not recommended that you drink ANY of the water near the hot springs, even from the source.

Absolutely beautiful. Amazing bridge and creek.

Awesome hike my group ended up doing today bc Sugarloaf was closed. Very easy. Took my sedan and parked when I got to the sign that reads 'Splinter's [something that I forgot lol]'. i suggest parking there unless you have a better car for dirt road as the end of the 1/4 miles left to the trail parking is pretty rocky and lower cars would prob not manage.. you can go slightly past the sign, but after the small paved portion, I wouldn't risk it. Nice views of the river and you cross it once before arriving to it again. Started the hike at 8am and by the time we were heading back, it was much warmer with about half the trail shaded. Very remote, only saw 2 other parties and a couple dirt bikes could be heard in the distance.

Locals definitely don’t want visitors. End of the trail out is just a set of stairs leading to a road. No real destination, just a nice hike.

Very dangerous, easy to get lost, extremely steep. Don’t go if you are uncomfortable with nudity.

This trail is not for the faint hearted or the directionally challenged. Amazing hike and beautiful views. The trail is hard to follow and a good challenge. My GPS and AllTrails worked the entire time. I still had a hard time figuring out how to climb to the top. You have the scale rocks but it was worth it! My dog made it too.

Most amazing hike I have ever been on but also very life threatening! beware of the trail as it gets not even as wide as 1 foot. But I would take the risk again to see the beautiful deep creek hot springs.

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