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backpacking
9 days ago

I bagged this peak while section hiking the PCT. There isn't much of a view other than Pine Trees. North of the peak there's a nice rock to watch the sunset from.

backpacking
9 days ago

I bagged this peak while section hiking the PCT. Nice views!

backpacking
9 days ago

I bagged this peak while section hiking the PCT. Nice views!

backpacking
9 days ago

A nice secluded place to camp. Lots of trees and shade at the remote campsites. The spring was still flowing mid July. I'm not sure if it flows year round but it's nice to not have to carry all your water in. The source of the spring isn't very easy to get to. It's in a ditch and there are hundreds of flies, bees, and probably mosquitoes in there with you. It was however the best tasting water and it was cold! I'd recommend filtering it before you drink it.

a trail for the whole family. we had a blast and the kids love the views

not easy..... but great views and trail. I would definitely rate as moderate to hard...hard on a hot day.......

hiking
1 month ago

I would rate this hike as a moderate hike. The climb up can be steep at times. Full sun at times. I recommend this hike on a cool day. The views are worth the hike for sure. I just want the rating to be moderate.

mountain biking
1 month ago

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hiking
1 month ago

This is the most beautiful hike...I would not say it is Easy...more like a firm Moderate.

hiking
1 month ago

Spectacular views for a million (or so) miles. Notch 2 & 3 are amazing. It was a Saturday, in June, so there were a LOT of people. This is NOT a hike for solitude, but well worth the views. It is beyond easy. Many people were in flip-flops although I would not walk this trail in those. I'm going back for sure to explore the rest of Round Valley. There was a bear spotted in the meadow, but was not threatening. Probably used to this many people in his/her neighborhood.

hiking
1 month ago

Great, easy hike with amazing views! There are 5 notches, and notch 3 was by far our favorite spot! Great views of the Coachella Valley and scenic mountain views! I would love to go back and explore more of this beautiful state Park!

is off road permitted

hiking
1 month ago

Great views, easy and absolutely OK if you have kids.

Went again early on a Saturday, Memorial Weekend. No other hikers seen, I don't think too many hikers use this trail. The trail is getting a bit overgrown towards the end, but still easy to follow. I wouldn't take a dog as there are lots of burrs and foxtails now. Do not take horses no matter what the descrption says! Way too narrow and rocky at some parts.
The 1st creek is dry and the 2nd is kind of stagnant, if that's what you're hoping to do at the end it's probably not the best idea. We could hear water flowing but couldn't see how to get to it, so there might be a good hidden spot somewhere.
On the way back the bugs and flies were almost unbearable, even sprayed ourselves 3 times and it didn't help. I could see them all swarming my head in my shadow!
Still a nice hike, we will go again!

hiking
2 months ago

backpacking
2 months ago

My grandson and his dog did this hike planning to spend the night. When we got to Tools Springs the threads on the faucet handle are stripped the water is leaking out the side of the pipe. so we got water. last night got cold we had a light weight tent and sleeping bags. My 11 year old grandson went right to sleep. Took me awhile. we were the only ones up there. trip was well worth it. my pack weighed 25 lbs my grandsons pack weighed 15 lbs. as we weighed before we left. the packs held us back some. made lots of rest stops. took us 3 hours to get up there. trail flowers, manzanita, scrub oaks and pines made for a trip well worth it. in my opinion its strenuous if you are carrying a pack.