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

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5 days ago

it's amazing one of the best trail I've been through

Parked just passed Burkhart campground. Enter the campground and follow the signs through the campground there is a parking lot. With three kids and dog, was a pretty easy trail going down a little harder coming back up. The water is flowing and so beautiful. You definetly need good shoes getting down to the waterfall, climb down with the rope can get slippery. We camped just before the waterfall in a flat area across from the trail.

I love this trail! The mountain scenery, redwoods, forest, waterfall, creek and all, is just spectacular. Well worth the drive. I came up in the morning and there was a little bit a snow left on the ground, which soon melted after the sun beat down on the mountain side. A beautiful day for a hike and friendly hikers!

I compiled a vlog of my day. Check it out here: https://youtu.be/p-qP2xa10h0
Also, put together a playlist for the trail:

Highly recommend this one!

Fist time here. Definitely not my last definitely a hidden gem. For an experienced hike fairly easy hike knocked it out in 2 hours and that was with a 15 min break at the top. Next time definitely adding cooper falls to the day for some extra mileage. Not to many signs but the trail is clear and maintained. Plus the all trails map always comes in handy! Beautiful views from the top even as clouds were engulfing the mountains.

The views are beautiful. Loose gravel and No shade. Take plenty of water. Also, Lots of trials within this trial. So it’s easy to get off the track. But worth the hike.

1 month ago

Great trail! There have a beautiful scenery and waterfall

Incredible view, definitely almost 12 miles not 8.8, and the climb up to twin peaks is a scramble... sometimes climbing up an upward beach, but well worth how strong you feel at the end and the way the sun feels on your skin. And DAT VIEW. Wow. Also not so many people!!

Was a really easy trail and someone helpfully added some extra directions on the signs too!

Beautiful Views! Best in LA!

The view of LA and Catalina and the surrounding peaks is absolutely worth the trip.

Vegetation is typical of the the dry climate Southern California mesas and rocks are mostly granite.

The trail is located about 45 minutes from downtown Los Angeles. Sometimes it can get foggy but for fairly experienced people orientation should be not a problem. There is parking space and park information hut at the beginning of the trail where is possible to buy cold drinks and get some water.

After an initial easy part the final 1/3 of the trail becomes more challenging as in parts is rocky and steep. There are no dangerous / exposed sections and no technical equipment is needed but good hiking shoes are recommended together with a windproof jacket.

Nice walk not much of a hike

Really enjoyed this hike not often we hike fire road trails, it was a nice change to walk side by side.

My husband and I are avid hikers and this trail, although starts off easy the first 2.5 miles, gets very intense and difficult the next 2 miles. A 4.5 mile hike that truly has spectacular views once the intensity kicks in and the steep incline pounds your feet. It was a great day for a hike. Lunch at the peak along with some soup. Be sure you leave your mark at the box...

I really enjoyed this trail today. Gorgeous views and solitude, my dog and I did not encounter another soul the entire trail. The last 30-40 minutes of the hike is a booty kicker with a few areas that require scrambling up the rocks. Just prior to the steep ascent there is an option to turn left towards Strawberry Meadow. Take that trail if you’re not in the mood for cardio.

Went after two days of rain in LA and was met with a ton of snow on the trail. We were ready for this but it made the trail much more difficult. Really beautiful in the snow though. Several creek crossings and was easy to lose the trail a couple of times at the creek crossing and in the campground. This loop has you walking on Ángels Crest Hwy for about a mile 20-25 min)

It was a really good workout!! Some ice and frost early in the morning, but that was about it. Nice for the first 2 miles or so, but gets more intense past the marker for the peak. Some rocky terrain made it challenging past that but it's definitely doable. Got muddy coming back down and had to take it slow to get back up an incline.

Good morning hike. Trail is moderate for first 2 1/2 mi then more difficult. Views are worth the effort.

Trail was great and in good shape. All downhill to cooper falls. Took trail past falls up to pallett mountain which becomes very strenuous so if your not a frequent hiker I would not attempt because you might get stuck out here after dark. We were going to take pct from Angeles crest to Bukhart but that section is closed for frog population rehabilitation. Falls were frozen and beautiful, be careful of the ice down to the falls.

Good hike pretty rocky though but lots of different trails to choose

Beautiful trail. I would rate this a more of an easier trail. If your thinking about going anytime soon.. dress WARM. It was 22 degrees in the morning and some grey clouds decided to move towards us making it even colder to the point it started snowing. Was beautiful, but SO cold. We went right at the junction head, but would recommend starting left. There is a fair amount of snow up there.. so be very careful when coming across icy patches. Trekking poles would be a good idea, but micro spikes not needed yet.

Beautiful... and it smelled so good! Loved it.

Went with my friend, pretty hard if you are not in decent shape like me haha. Easy going in, hard coming back. Beautiful views. Got to see the waterfall and have a drink of cold water.

I hiked it on 2/10/18 and we had a great time. It wasn't too cold although it did get quite windy at times. I enjoyed this route much more than the Colby Canyon way which is about 1/2 a mile shorter but much harder due to the 800 ft of extra elevation gain and the rock scrambling. So if you are looking for a decent challenge Red Box is the better option than the much more challenging Colby route. The first 2.5 miles or so were not that difficult, but the last mile to the peak is going to require more out of you. The start of the trail is across parking lot on the other side of Hwy 2 and it is an easy trail to follow. You will be rewarded with great views at the top. Plan on it taking about 4 hrs.

3 months ago

Very nice trail that crosses a bit of the PCT. Nice talks trees and the waterfall was empty when we got there. The climb up and down the ladder could be difficult for some but we made it without a problem. Watch out for rattle snakes we saw a baby one about a mile from the trail head. Overall very beautiful!

Loved this trail! A good work out through and through. Totally worth all the work you put in. First couple miles are pleasant and easy then the steepness and climbing kick in. I loved it, can’t wait to do it again.

Weather was perfect. Trail was easy to follow. Entered at white gate across from Buckhorn Day Use parking then followed sign for Waterman Loop. Came down on fire road to complete the loop. Trail conditions are perfect.

A very nice trail. Very run-able type of trail. Has some water in the creek and the fresh pine smells amazing. A little snow left on the hillsides, but the trail is very dry.

Great trail. Make sure once you cross the little creek, hang left and you'll run into the water fall about a quarter of a mile from the main trail. (Listen to the water) You'll have to walk back to get to the main trail but it's worth it. The last 2 miles or so become paved roads and eventually you'll have to walk along the main road. Highway 2 I think. Wasn't to excited about that portion of the hike, but other than that, amazing hike.

Amazing and very challenging. Worth all the struggle.

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