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hiking
4 days ago

Por el día el clima estuvo increiblemente perfecto soleado y por la noche fresco. Para aquellos amantes de la naturaleza hay mucha fauna y flora, ahora todo esta verde y con flores. En mi caso traía una mochila con con equipo para acampar, provisiones y agua lo cual hizo mas pesado y cansado todo.  El plan dormir en la punta de la cima y al día siguiente regresar. Recomiendo llevar repelente mucho mosquito!  palos de apoyo para hike hay partes con terreno no confiable, es un sendero pesado y requiere condición física, personalmente hice varias paradas para disfrutar mi alrededor y tomar aliento, no llevaba prisa por  llegar a la cima pero cuando llegue sentí una satisfacción enorme me encantó la vista.
 Definitivamente el regreso fue mucho mas fácil pero aún asi tener precauciones especialmente en el descenso por toda la arena suelta y piedras pequeñas que hay en el camino.
Terminé muerta pero amé todo, sin dudarlo regreso!!!

hiking
4 days ago

Parking and vault toilets are directly across the street from the trailhead--a recreation pass is required to park here. Started at 7AM in June and never encountered other hikers for the duration. Pretty trail and scenery with increasing shade as you descend into the canyon. The trail is very narrow, with several areas of loose dirt and gravel. The creek bed was mostly dry, except for about the last 50 meters of the hike where there was a different input that provided a nice flow of water through a couple of steps of rocks--this is likely the "waterfall" referred to in other reviews. Along some stretches, the vegetation had overgrown the trail, but still easily passable. Nice hike, good exercise, some breeze, plenty of birds, lizards, squirrels and some wildflowers still in bloom. Check yourself and your dog for foxtails--they were very abundant along the trail. My GPS tracked just over 6 miles for this hike, out and back.

Wonderful hike to the top. Four stars because of the descent via the dirt roads. Next time I'll return via the same path up.

Lots of flatter sections and the brutal steep section to the summit (~ 1/2 mile). Really loose and step and I ended up slipping on the way down. Has some of the best views of Angeles Forest I have seen but hike wasn't my favorite. Watch your footing on some of the flatter trail sections, I had my foot sunk into a few hidden animal holes. Sooo many flies on the downhill section before the climb to the summit but that is to be expected this time of year in Angeles Crest. Next time I will go up to Mt. Waterman from Three Points and it doesn't seem to have the dip into the saddle, followed by a crazy incline!

Easy trail going towards the falls as it's all downhill. The waterfall looks amazing, photos don't do it justice. Be prepared for the way back up the trail as it's all uphill.

Pretty magnificent hike. We started at Vincent Gap, climbed the 5 peaks and ended at Islip Saddle. The trails were remarkably maintained. We hiked Memorial Day. It was warm but there’s lots of coverage. I do recommend climbing all or most of the peaks. The views are marvelous.

hiking
22 days ago

Steep trail in some parts- bring sturdy shoes. Beautiful views of the canyon. Quiet, serene & shaded.

Great hike the falls are worth the trip.

This hike is pretty intense because it’s all a constant uphill. It does loop around, however you do walk up a campground and through a driving entrance and walk on the HWY for about half a mile. It totals up to 7.5-8 miles total. Not 6. It’s a great workout, great views, but TAKE LOTS AND LOTS Of water and snacks. Took about 5-6hrs to complete.

I love this hike! it was packed today, because of Memorial Day weekend. We arrived at noon, Buckhorn Campground was open so we could drive in and park at the day use trail parking. we got lucky because the lot was full and people were looping around and coming right back out, when I started to do the same, someone happened to be leaving, we were lucky. This trail is one of the prettiest around, it is all downhill to the falls, so bring lots of water, because its a treck back up for sure. Lots of wild flowers, pines, shade (always a plus), and the creek and waterfalls were flowing. The only part I didnt particularly care for was how many people were at the falls. what did I expect though on a holiday weekend. Next time I'm going to try this one on a weekday.

Really worth the effort. The views at the top were amazing.

Was a pretty easy hike. Not much covering, and the trail was down hill and the start and ip hill coming back.

Weather was perfect today. Views were amazing! Nice and shaded. I expected to see a lot of people since it’s Memorial Day weekend but only saw 3 people on my way up to the top. Saw a bigger group later in morning. I got here around 8am and there was one other car here. Made it to the top and spent about an hour scrambling up different rocks. The reason I’m only giving 4 stars is bc the second half of the trail (if you decide to do the full loop like I did) is really just a fire road back down. Not very picturesque and zero shade. If I would’ve known that I would’ve just gone back down the same way. But all in all a great hike about an hour outside of LA. Will definitely be back!!!

Side note: watch out for all the jerks in sports cars going 80mph down steep, narrow roads. No joke, saw a guy standing outside his Camaro at one of the turnouts with a jacket that said “In speed we trust” *vomits up a little*

Beautiful views, nice trail.

This loop has a ways on the busy main highway and on a paved road through Buckhorn Campground, so not the most ideal. The canyon views are great though and lots of conifers and wildflowers to see along the way.

This was a very hard hike that almost ended in a search party. Like an episode of survivor my boyfriend and I running out of water and almost fighting each other for food due to getting lost because of the lack of clearly marked trails. Almost died from heat stroke and as the sun set in the canyon video filmed our final goodbyes to our families as we surely thought we would die. Took four hours to hike back out. Never found the falls and by time we made it back to the car we both looked like Tom Hanks in castaway. Not recommend if you are not an avid hiker. Extremely windy hills with little to no markings. Unless you have Tonto with you or were a producer on Bear Grills's show I would leave this one alone. If you are hard pressed and will go anyways, make sure someone goes with you so you have something to eat when you get lost as we found squirrels are quite fast and beetles taste like shit. Good luck.

There are a few different ways to get to this peak no matter witch trail you take you’ll get some pretty good views on a clear day. Not much shade on the trails so I would start early and pack at least 2 litters of water.

Very bad trail no maintenance the picnic and bathroom looks like a trash.the trail you can not go through.this has to be a close please,that way you don’t have to drive and lose your time and gas.

Really cool hike. over shot the water fall by like a mile or two tho...

hiking
1 month ago

A very short but enjoyable hike. Combine this with another trail nearby and it's worth it.

mountain biking
1 month 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:
http://sptfy.com/15fQ

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.

Nice hike & beautiful views but beware mountain bikers descending quickly on the first part

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful trail, and very quiet. Great views at the top and a cool riverbed area and campground towards the bottom. We went on a Saturday afternoon and only saw two other people. The trail is frequently very narrow and crumbly, so watch your step. It’s an upside-down trail, with all the ascent on the way out, which can seem daunting but it wasn’t so bad, never felt too steep. We started down the trail at 1pm and found that by the time we started heading up, it was mostly in the shade, so this is a good one to do in the afternoon.

Note there’s tons of poison oak in the lower portions by the stream, some of it right in the trail, so beware and consider long pants if you’re particularly susceptible to it.

p.s. the description on AllTrails mentions a waterfall, but we couldn’t find it. The trail kinda peters out at a campground clearing, and we explored along the stream a bit further but didn’t find a waterfall.

backpacking
1 month ago

I think this trail is actually a section of the Gabrielino Trail. We followed the stairs down to the trail and later ended up at Valley Forge Campground. Super easy trail on the way to campsite, but uphill the entire way back. Lots of poison oak along the trail, so be careful! Not much water for the first mile but as you get closer there were several little stream crossings and a nice flowing stream along the campground. About six campsites with fire pits, picnic tables, and pit toilets made this a hidden luxury camping spot. We saw a few hikers on our way in, but the campground was not crowded at all and parking at Redbox Picnic Area was plentiful; don't forget your Adventure Pass!

I did San Gabriel Peak yesterday it was a nice weather 11 miles from Cobb Estate, Echo Mt., Inspiration Point Mount Lowe and final point San Gabriel Peak the weather was cool to finished this trail. I love to explore each day a different trails. If I can, If not I repeat the ones I like more. We live in a wonderful world to explore!!

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