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I liked this trail. It was a decent elevation shift but smooth trail. there are longer routes and you can connect with the falls trail to extend your hike distance.

trail running
11 days ago

this was awesome ! went on Wed afternoon. I ran pretty much the whole way. real trail to run on. highly recommend it.

The entrance to the trail is located on the same side as the candy store just a few yards west of the candy store. Although this trail is not technically difficult it is a long trail that steadily climbs which is more difficult in the heat. Beautiful views Some shade in the first half the hike. Found very few places to sit and take a break along the way. Personally I would recommend this hike in cooler weather 90 degrees was a little to hot for me.

Would rate this more as moderate- there's nothing that is technically challenging if you're in decent shape. Not heavily trafficked. Pretty steady climb, the only "steep" part would be at the very end to get to the peak. Lots of places to stop and enjoy the view along the way. Some shaded areas in the middle of the trail, but mostly exposed. The view is stunning!

Trail starts in parking lot across the street from the candy store. A little over 11 miles from parking to falls and back, 9.1 miles as stated on app is incorrect. Falls are not impressive but it’s a nice hike to get there nonetheless. A good 4 hours round trip, take lots of water, sunscreen and a hat. Wear good trail shoes, parts of the trail are dry with loose pebbles/rocks easy to slip in the wrong shoes. Lots of pretty wild flowers along the way.

hiking
1 month ago

Super beautiful hike! There is only a little bit of water left where the waterfall should be. Towards the end is a table seating area to the right. After that, the trail doesn't have much shade but it is only a short period of time. Will definitely go again.

A large part is rocky and slippery

Nice and easy. Took our brand new Dogo pup on her first trail. lol what a time! lol. fun times.

Lots of lizards and poison oak throughout the trail. We saw a rattle snake after 4 corners half way up to the peak

I would wear more sturdy shoes as the rocks were taxing AND the trail was beautiful. provided for a great work out! sooo quiet for the most part. would have liked more written on trail markers than"stay on trail".

If you’re looking for great views and a kick ass workout, this is your trail. Hill after hill. Well worth it from the top. I hike every weekend and consider hard to be an accurate portrayal

Nice an easy

It's part of the Sitton Peak/Bear Canyon Trail for the first mile then you cut off on Morgan Trail and then cut off on Tenaja Falls trail. Not the most scenic and I'm not fond of going up and down and up and down. I prefer doing all the work going up to a peak. No real peak here.

Beautiful hike with great views as a reward at the peak. Bring lots of water on hot days.

hiking
1 month ago

This trail took us just under 2 hours to get to the top (taking the longer route at the 2nd junction) The first 4.5 miles are pretty easy- it’s the last half mile that’s a scramble through the bush. View was beautiful and definitely worth spending some time.

Nice trail, no water at the waterfall yet. But saw a beautiful big rattlesnake right next to the trail.

Super fun hike, way there is cake but the way back can be a little more strenuous in my opinion. Not too difficult though, a lot to explore.

Went with my dog and a buddy. Fairly easy hike until the last stretch. Not crowded at all

1 month ago

Had a nice hike through this area. Meant to go to another trail but this one was great for us. I would say this one is moderate. Beautiful cool day. No water at the falls but we were able to enjoy a nice lunch while we were there

Beautiful sights: esp check out the rabbits in the rocks near the entrance to path. Also saw horseshoe prints and horse dung, so seems horses also come here. Great surface for running, walking, biking. Fun day!

Nice trail with lots of wild flowers.

Great hike. Hiked it this morning.

hiking
2 months ago

I would rate this on the more difficult side of moderate (length you should actually figure there and back, which I tracked at about 7 miles, plus elevation gain at some points does get pretty steep). Trail was overgrown in areas, and narrow in some areas with what would be a very steep tumble only a trip/stumble away-- probably not best for littles. Luckily not crowded at all, only a handful of people, or I would have had to turn back, since navigating those narrower parts of the trail with my two dogs + competing foot traffic would have been a no-go. Would have been nice if the trail was more clearly marked-- I was trying to get all the way to the falls, and the first time I went I couldn't figure out the way due to lack of signage so had to turn back at fisherman's camp... disappointing considering it was a trek just to get that far and have to turn back. Second attempt I made it though! Just have to look around and kind of make a "best guess" as to which way to go at some points until you find the more defined trail. When I went the falls were barely trickling, but rain over this past weekend should make for more water flow. First 1/4 mile or so the trail is mostly shaded; good for escaping the sun. A couple water crossings, but at the time it was very shallow, plus there are rocks to hop on over. There are some good vantage points for some really beautiful views, but mostly a very quiet hike where it would be easy to zone out and clear your mind if it weren't for having to so closely monitor your footing.

Also, at the trailhead it is posted that a pass is required to enter and must be displayed on your vehicle left at the lot.

Overall would go again!

hiking
2 months ago

Awesome place especially at the top. Great view, I’ll definitely come back. I’m surprised it wasn’t crowded at all. Sandwiches at the candy store were quite delicious. The owner was really nice too.

I’m loving this short beautiful Canyon trail
There is a outhouse 2each bathroom
Parking is not free

I started this hike around noon on Sunday, which was perfect timing. If you're using Google Maps, type in San Juan Loop trail head to get to the parking lot. Once parked, cross the street to the candy store and on your right, will be the Bear Canyon trail head.

Trail is super well maintained and not too hard. Pretty easy to follow since there's white sticks that points you to Four Corners, then a sharp right to Sitton Peak. You'll know when you're close to the peak when you enter a very steep trail on your right. This trail is VERY steep and I suggest trekking poles if you have some - it'll make your life much easier going up and especially down. However, still very possible without them.

The view at the top was amazing. I would highly recommend this trail.

Did trail as a thru hike to the Tenaja Falls trailhead in San Mateo Canyon wilderness. Trail was well worn and easy to follow but much easier when you have the live app making sure you make the correct turns. You will have cell data until just after you reach the ridge 4 miles in. Water was flowing pretty well over the falls. Note if you do this as a thru hike, expect to take more than 30 minutes to drive from the opposite trail head to the trail head off the Ortega highway.

The amount of washout led to an interesting straddling of the trail in multiple areas. Didn’t see anyone else on the trail (Tue 12-3p). Last climb to summit is slightly overgrown and has potential to get off route. Summit has a nice view of the coast.

Great hike - my Boy Scout Troop and I hiked it last Sunday. Beautiful sunny weather with cool breezes. Nice scenery and great views. Tough 1/2 mile steep ascent to the peak (but not dangerous). You do need good hiking shoes with grip-page. Boy was I glad it was uphill almost all the way and downhill back. I’d do it again - just make sure people are in shape for 2,100 feet of elevation gain and 10 miles. You can shorten hike - up and back - but you’d miss out on the peak. parking lot had plenty of room.

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