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

This area is amazing. It's secluded and has incredible scenery (a blend of desert, canyons, and mountains). The trail itself is well-maintained and offers great views throughout. There are quite a bit of gnats, so consider bringing some bug spray. And if you're going on a hot day, make sure to start early. A large portion of the trail is exposed.

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2 months ago

The worst part of this walk was the drive up, but even that I managed in a car with care - easy drive for a 4x4.
Unless it is for seasonal reasons, the hike is simply following the service path up to the VOR at the top which is well maintained.
Views at the top were good 360, the actual climb was gradual and there were plenty of shaded parts.
For me this was more of a middle-moderate than a hard.

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3 months ago

Fun little trail that follows a creek up to a swimming hole.

Beautiful trail starting in the San Andreas fault and climbing to the top of the Liebre Mountain. Lots of interesting views, and flora that's different than what you'll see elsewhere in LA County: big cone pines, big cone spruce, California buckeye, etc.

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3 months ago

Moderate/easy walk up Forest Service Road 7N23A up to the summit. With the early "June gloom," wasn't able to see beyond 20 feet, so sadly can't comment on the view. :-(

The next person up there should plan to replace the summit register: the can is not sealed, and mice have been chewing through the note pad.

Definitely not hard as rated. Wide truck path with slight incline/decline. No shade though so not ideal for warmer weather

Hiked this today and it was glorious with some spectacular views.

This is the Pacific Crest Trail - I don't know why they're calling it anything different. In summer and fall the gnats might eat you alive. There are fairly long water carries here (between the guzzlers) as well.

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6 months ago

Took the main road in and out. Not a bad hike. Great views at the top. The dogs loved it.

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7 months ago

Hiked the first 1.2 miles in to where it first meets the creek bed, then back out. Trail was slightly overgrown. Only recent sign of human life were one set of dirt bike tracks heading what looked like up. Odd, perhaps they came down a fire cut somewhere else and ran into the trail, hoping it would take them back to a fire road.

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Sunday, March 12, 2017

Went with a buddy and it was a great adventure. Sat alongside the road 2 miles in and had lunch under the sun. Looking over the hillside at Mother Nature's Best. Definately do it again but this time further up.

on Burnt Peak Trail

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Sunday, May 01, 2016

we booked up the Forest road from Pike canyon road. The road and accompanying views are OK. Nothing to get hot and bothered over. There's an FAA station at the summit with some cool views. A normal hiker would be satisfied with this. But not my friend and I. We saw the mountain ridge and trail (it wasn't a trail) South of Burnt peak and said to ourselves, "we can hike that. We're strapping young lads. What could possibly go wrong?"

Oh so very, very, very much. There IS a trail up along that South ridge, but getting there is less than ideal. The over/under growth is nearly impenetrable. Nearly, but barely. We were forced to plunge through the bushes, leap over those God forsaken pricker bush things, and army crawl AT LENGTH to make headway. Why would we do this, you may ask. Because we are all that is man. And that nearly got us killed.

As we bludgeoned our way down the South side of Burnt peak, the sun set slowly in the West. Once we reached the valley below, we made our way up the other side. That side was much, much worse. Not only were we fighting the growth, those stupid pricker bushes, and scrambling rocks, but now we were fighting steep uphill. We pushed/crawled through one thicket after another, found what we thought was the trail (it was a wash out of very loose dirt and stone) just to be confronted by another thicket. But higher and higher we climbed, when finally we came upon the summit, whereupon the 'trail' turned to the left. We followed this, climbed up steep, loose hills just to go down again. There was eventually a trail, a few markers (pink ribbons on the bushes), and signs of other human life. And mountain lion life. So there was that.

When the sun set we were still about 9ish miles from the trailhead. We kept the Burnt peak summit to our left and presumed where we had to head. Alas! At last we emerged from the bumbling trail onto a forest road. We followed this for what seemed like forever as dusk turned to outright night. But we DID make our way back to the trailhead: 22 miles and 5600 calories later. We were sore, torn up, very bloody, and exhausted beyond belief. But alive, thank God. But as I sit here in incredible pain, I think back on that little detour and am incredibly impressed with ourselves, the unforgiving power of the Socal wilderness, and our incredible stupidity. But we learned am important lesson: stay on the damn trials! :)

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Thursday, May 28, 2015

Due to the closure of Forest Route 7N19, we had to park the car on 7N23 (34.710, -118.595). A high clearance vehicle is recommended to get to this point. We then hiked 2 miles down 7N19 to the actual trailhead - which is neither marked nor obvious (34.689, -118.606). The trail is in deteriorated condition and in many places hard to find. Some sections required bushwhacking while others did not. We did not complete the trail, but made it to a viewpoint overlooking the Gillette Mine area. For what we accomplished, the total out and back hike distance was 10.4 miles (with the car parked on 7N23). The trail offers very nice views of Fish Canyon, Bear Canyon, and the Gillette Mine area. This trail is recommended for the adventurous hiker. Stay clear of the poison oak and take lots of water.

Monday, September 30, 2013

Hungry Valley OHV

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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

There is a gated road from Sawmill Mt. Road/Maxwell Road intersection that leads to the top of Burnt Peak. This is a 5.2 mile out and back road with elevation gain of 1300'. Nice views. Just for fun bring along a copy of a foot print of a mountain lion. See if you can find a match in the road.

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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

This is a 11 mile R/T signal track out and back trail with 3300' elevation gain. Goes from Maxwell Road to Fish Canyon Trail. The trail is in fair condition for the first 2 miles with nice views and mostly shaded trail. Will drop down to a seasonal creek. Becomes badly over grown with a few washouts.

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Monday, October 01, 2012

Hiked this trail october 1st, 2012 with my dog. We got about a quarter of the way up, about 6 miles or so. The trail is a nice steady uphill climb with the views of lake Hughes road to the left. At one point in the trail you can head south-east or north- east. Without a map Janks and I veered left uphill staying on Sawmill, I think. We last for another few miles before heading back. My 1st expedition with the only the dog. Next time I'll head out by myself and see how far I can get.

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