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4 days ago

off road driving
11 days ago

I have a C1500 and a K2500. I've done the drive a couple of times. I think I'm done taking the 4x4 due to the weight. My 1500 has a locking rear diff and as long as I pick good lines through rough spots, it does just fine with less jarring. The views are as good as anywhere in OC.
BTW, the last two hundred feet (past the towers out to the main vista point) is very rocky and worth a word of caution.

Easy hiking but fun , lots of people , kids pets , bikes . And beautiful view .

Very challenging trail because of the length and lack of water. BRING EXTRA WATER. It gets very hot here because of the nonstop exposure to the sun.

It was a fun, easy trail but be careful on the rocks. Even though they weren't wet when I went they were still very smooth and slippery. I also saw a rattlesnake so watch where you step!

Spectacular views of Lake Matthews. Unbelievable March wildflower blooms during heavy rain seasons. Start at the Walker Canyon trail entrance at the Lake Street and 15 Freeway intersection (North side). Off street parking. Head north past the locked gate (Bike fits through the gate). Follow the dirt road (used by Edison line or county fire crews) to the top. Stop at Tom's Farms on the way back for a cold drink.

The last half mile or so to the peak is a real kicker, but the otherwise easy, meandering trail and phenomenal view at the top makes this hike more than worth it. Don't forget to sign the summit register at the top!

Cool hike. Easier going up than down. Overall easy to medium difficulty. My fiancé took us the wrong way when we got to the top. We read to go back down on bear ridge we thought it was immediately after you get to the top but it’s not. You go back down the same way then after 2 miles you see 3 options and one of them is bear ridge. He took us a different way after we got to the peak and after our legs got scratched for .5 miles I told him we’re probably going the wrong way. He’s stubborn so he kept going and I just waited for him to realize he’s wrong. So he came back telling me it’s definitely not a Trail (surprise) lol. Anyway I complained for a few minutes that my legs are scratched but we got on the original trail and we made up ;) then we made it to the bottom safely. It was fun and not that difficult unless your fiancé decides to make their own trail. Then your relationship might get tested a bit. It was great though will do it again someday. Oh and we ran into a tarantula spider it was super huge and hairy. Adorable fella. My fiancé wanted to touch it... he’s a trouble maker :I
Anyway pretty exciting hike it gets cold at night in the fall. The parking permit can be bought across the street

Last part is a dooooosey!

on El Cariso Nature Trail

1 month ago

Great hike for those with munchkins