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We hiked this about a month ago and the river crossing were pretty frequent. The river is swollen so bring poles!! Moderately trafficked but a pretty easy hike. Brought our friends for their first time and they loved the beautiful waterfall. Good hike!! Water everywhere.

We hiked it this morning and really enjoy this area. You have to drive for a while on Hwy 2 to get here. We started from the Eaton Saddle trailhead and you hike for about .5 miles before reaching the 1st junction...it is cool going through the tunnel. At the 1st junction you go right and then at 1.1 miles you make another right...if you go to the left it takes you to Mount Disappointment which I suggest since it doesn’t add much time. Great views and not too difficult.

1 day ago

Easy at first, hard at end. Good hike.

no shade
1 day ago

Easy hike. Loose gravel in places. Beautiful views

My wife, dog, and I did this trail this morning. It was quite nice. Chilly in the morning. A lot of river crossing, but they were all very doable. A couple spots on the trail were blocked by some downed trees, but nothing too bad you couldn’t scoot around the obstacle. It was pretty shady the whole time. I didn’t notice many points where you were in complete sun.

We have done this hike many times so we decided to hike the Silver Moccasin Trail the opposite direction toward Charlton Flat. Going this direction you miss out on the rock formations that can be found on Mt. Hillyer, however, you hike through chaparral and mule deer are prevalent. There is little shade on this section so I would not recommend during the summer months.

4 days ago

This is a nice hike; the part of the loop that is not road is the most pleasing part of the hike. At the peak, the wind was blowing hard causing the temperature to drop below freezing. It was interesting to see all of the amenities that once were available at Charlton Flat prior to the fire and back when the forest service was properly funded.

4 days ago

This is one of my favorite hikes (you may notice that I have reviewed this hike before). There are many variations that can be made to the route (the ridge, PCT, Cooper Canyon, etc.). We tried to hike this hike last week, but we found the road closed due to snow. We decided to try again this week and were amazed how much snow had melted. We brought crampons but found that they were not necessary if climbing the south face of the peak. We felt that they would be needed if we were to hike down the road or use the PCT. There was some snow on the trail but it was manageable without special gear. It did start snowing as we returned to our vehicle so conditions may be different now.

For someone who doesn't do much hiking or exercise this trail wasnt easy. It was a lot of uphill and could get a little tough if you dont have the right shoes on. but the views were worth it. towards the end of winter so there was still some snowy parts. there was a total of 8 people in our party. 2 of which were smaller children. the total hike from start to finish was about 5 hours but we did stop a couple times for breaks and to look at the views. overall good hike but recomend going early if you plan on taking short breaks to admire the scenery as it's a long hike.

Great view of greater Los Angeles, excellent bird spotting

9 days ago

Phone read 8.29 miles with 1815 ft gain in 1:55:41. Fire road for the entire length of trail. Turn off near top heads to Strawberry Peak. Solid view of downtown, Palos Verdes, and Catalina.

over grown
washed out
9 days ago

alot of river crossings and dogs

so beautiful.

Total asskicker, but a very doable hike. I wouldn’t recommend this to a beginner but any novice hiker in decent shape can do it.

Free from snow! The parking is right before the road closure and was a great hike for sunrise!

Covered in snow as of March 10. Snowshoes or micro spikes are essential. Beautiful trail with fantastic views and plenty of solitude. Tough workout in the snow but nothing too crazy. Starting clockwise gets you to the wilderness faster; counter-clockwise will start you on the fire road leading toward the ski lifts, but it gets you to the peak faster. Plenty of animal tracks to see. Difficult to find trail without using AllTrails GPS. Adventure pass required if parking at Buckhorn.

Definitely a great hike. Because of all the rain, the river was swollen. There are at least 5 spots that you have to cross the river, one of which was impossible to stay dry. Be prepared to get wet on this hike. The falls are small but worth it. Definitely a popular hike, so go early or on a weekday.

no shade
16 days ago

2nd Peak of the 6 pack of peaks so cal 2019 and training for the john muir trail. Perfect Day in and out of cloud cover, cold temps 30s and 40s. First 2/3 is pretty mellow but once you hit sign that says Strawberry Peak its on and a crackin. (after split to strawberry meadows) up up up.

Beautiful, shady trail. Moderately crowded on a Friday afternoon. There were 5 or 6 river crossings, a few of which were gnarlier than I expected, so expect to get wet if it's rained recently. My feet got soaked wearing mid-sized waterproof hiking boots, so you're probably better off just taking your shoes off altogether.

NOTE: (TO GET A CLOSER VIEW OF THE WATERFALL). The trail will take you above the waterfall at first. When you see a fork, take the downhill path (I think it says "saddle" something ("saddle back"?) to get a closer view. Read some other reviews for more detail. I turned back at the fork (cause I didn't read the reviews), so I only got to see the waterfall from afar.

Finished the hike on March 03, 2019 and was able to get to the peak. There was some snow at the peak. Great view and good work out.
The trail could be found on the other side of the road from te Red Box trailhead parking lot.

Snowshoed the loop.

Beautiful hike! We did this after the rains on March 3 and the water was copious and flowing! Lots of water crossings and a strong chance of getting your feet soaked. We went with a group of 8 and about half stayed dry and half got wet! This is an easy hike, though right before the falls there is a short incline with very steep drops offs that may be a challenge for anyone with a fear of heights or vertigo. It is about 4.5 to the falls and back and about 4 miles if you stop before the incline.


We did this trail late February 2019 during a very rainy season in LA. The little stream and waterfall were flowing with an abundance of water. Be prepared to bring waterproof hiking shoes (or an extra pair for when you get back to your car) because there will be multiple times along the trail that you will have to cross the water. You can use the rocks or wood that people may have layed out to help with these crossings but be careful bc some of them aren't stable. If you've done the hike to the Bridge to Nowhere, that's what it reminds me of as far as the many water crossings you have to do. However, it is a much shorter hike than Bridge to Nowhere and definitely has more shade. This hike is definitely fun for the whole family. BTW, if you're feeling a little adventurous, there's a trail to the right that leads to the top of the waterfall.

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