For a detailed review of this hike, click on this link:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pedRMX5xCNs Actually, I started at the East Canyon and Rice Canyon trail head and made the trek to Mission Point. However, when I did the East Canyon to the junction trail a couple days prior, I accidentally went onto Weldon Motorway (without knowing what it was!) and wound up backtracking to the end of East Canyon trail. For a review of that hike, check out this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sss7bqLB8Gw As for the trek to Mission Peak, be prepared to be flexible! Once you reach the fenced in area at the trail junction about .6 miles north of the East Canyon/Weldon Motorway intersection, there is a rather steep decline. Then, all of a sudden, you run into a locked gate that prevents you from continuing on the primary trail. However, if you walk to the left and slightly down hill, there is a "path" from foot traffic that allows you to go around the sealed off area. I would strongly advise a good pair of hiking boots though, because there is significantly tall grass. A hiking pole would also be a good idea because you never know what could be hiding in that grass! Once you are past that obstacle, the trail slopes downward and then up slightly, and across the ridge for the next mile. You will come to two more gates about 600-800 meters apart. The first one was open when I went, the second was not. There is a sign for Mission Peak on the fence, but the arrow points in both direction. I spent quite a bit of time tromping around the area to figure out a way around and up. Spoiler alert, do not go into the grass on the northeast side above the fence--it only leads to a shear cliff! However, if you turn left (NW) at the gate, the trail continues downhill, which is counter intuitive because you're trying to go up. However, about 250 meters down the hill, on the right, there is a small footpath that traverses the hill side upwards and keeps you away from the restricted area. Once you get on the path, keep going! You will come out on the other side of the fenced in area onto the main trail. From there you are treated to a beautiful view for the next 3/4 of a mile until you hit a fork in the trail. Turn right at the fork and keep going uphill (although I did see some hikers coming up from the other side and we wound up meeting at the top..). The final climb is a great push but well worth it. There is a 360 degree view of unbelievable scenery overlooking the valley. There is also a monument, the widowers bench, and a stack of rocks that has remained undisturbed for quite some time. Coming down is also a joy as you get to relive the awesome view until you get sucked back into the firebreak and remember that you still have to tromp through tall grass to get around the same obstacles you faced coming up. Would be 5 stars if not for that inconvenience! For a detailed review of the hike, check out this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pedRMX5xCNs

Primera vez que visitó el lugar y es bonito pero nos llevamos un susto con una serpiente!! Cuidado.

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23 hours ago

Waterfall trail was officially closed. But tape had been torn down (by other hikers I presume). Bring your bug spray. Most of it was single file.

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rocky
1 day ago

Really great trail- remember sunscreen & bug spray. Where there’s moisture there’s bugs and there are PLENTY of bugs on this trail. It’s a pretty intense hike, I often see dogs on it, but not sure if I’d really recommend that. If you’re looking for a more intense hike, go in the opposite direction of the loop, but we went the traditional way. It’s a long hike. You feel like you’re never going to stop going up. Had to stop quite a few times, but it is a great workout. Also- watch out for rattlesnakes around this time of year. Communicate with other hikers and let them know if you see any. We did not see any on our hike, but someone stopped us about halfway and said they had seen three. Just be wary.

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Great hike, lots of shade, creek is running at the end of the hike a little past where it tells you to stop. Tadpoles in the water, awesome breeze. Will do this again!

great workout and breathtaking views but also some stark reminders of fire’s effects visible in a burned out grove of trees

Easy trail. River was dried up when we hiked. Not really any amazing views, and is kind of sunny for the first half. Was nice in the shade.

Beautiful beautiful

Super easy Good beginner trail Nice waterfall at the very end

An interesting trail. The first 40 mins or so you can definitely still hear traffic noise from the nearby freeway, then it dies down. Also today was a bit windy so there was a light smell from the nearby dump, which wasn’t great. But otherwise it was a good workout as it’s mostly uphill and the views as you get closer to the top are very nice. Definitely a memorable hike, would recommend.

Beautiful I loved

If you go the opposite direction it becomes a much more difficult hike.

it was nice trail :) went with my dad and it was really pretty

Beautiful hike with lot of shade. Cool waterfalls at the end. A bit challenging to climb to the last falls but the kids had fun. Some small flies at the first half of the trail but it didn’t bother us much.

Beautiful windy day. Lots of wild flowers still. While the parking lot looked a bit busy people, there are several trails branching off of it so people on trail were far and few between.

What a beautiful hike/walk ... there is some rock climbing at the end if you want to get to the larger waterfall...it’s definitely worth it....it turns it into a 3.4 mile hike...

This is a fire road it’s pretty sandy at times but easy to follow. Pretty views of wild flowers and mountains. Very little shade and a nice gradual hike up. The hike continues on to Other trails if you want to extend your hike.

beautiful well kept trail. this is the perfect time to go since is Green and lots of flowers. we continued all the way to the towers and it was super windy and got cold. we saw a snake not sure what kind and lots, I mean lots of bees. I enjoyed every minute of it, I will go back to see the waterfall

The reviews are right about the bugs. Stop for a sec and you’ll be surrounded by flies. But this hike was decently challenging with short bursts of steep inclines and beautiful views. I liked the different foliage, the random tar pits, and mineral deposits along the cliff walls. It was a unique hike.

Did this hike yesterday with my wife after a long covid lock down. Fun trail with a couple nice climbs people are friendly... for the most part. We made a point of covering our faces as we passed people on the trail. Most people on the trail were doing the same. One joker coming down the trail as we were climbing coughed as we approached, not bothering to cover his face. I had to restrain myself as I was tempted do him harm as he passed.

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