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6.4 total up and back. nice variety of terrain. Switchbacks made the elevation gain easy. Continue over the top on Cedar Springs trail through burn area, desert views, cedar Grove and spring. Just didn't expect to see big cedars there. Nice prize at the end.

backpacking
1 month 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
1 month ago

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

backpacking
1 month ago

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

backpacking
1 month 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
2 months ago

hiking
2 months 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
2 months ago

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hiking
2 months ago

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

hiking
2 months 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
2 months 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!

hiking
2 months ago

is off road permitted

hiking
2 months 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!