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easy hike. great for quick trip to nature

This was a nice little hike. Despite having burned 6 months ago, many of the shrubs are growing back. We saw tons of large-flowered phacelias blooming, also lots of common goldstars, caterpillar phacelias, fringed pink, poppies, blue dicks, and a few whispering bells and elegant clarkia. The trail is on a south facing slope so it's fairly exposed, though there are big boulders in places that provide shade. It's a great hike for late in the day after the sun sets behind the hill. The trail is well maintained and we only saw a little poison oak that was growing back at the ground from where it was cut recently. We passed a just a few other hikers here even though it was Memorial Day. No complaints!

This trail is awesome. I went yesterday and had a great time. A few notes of caution though - it is very hot in the middle of summer. I went during August and the heat paired with the full exposure from the sun made it a pretty grueling task to even be out there. However, once I turned a bend and was able to dip down toward the river, I was amazed at how full the river was and how shaded some campsites were. Additionally the fishing was great. Every cast I would pull back some bluegill (catch and release of course). I also saw steelhead in the water but couldn't get them on the fly. That's probably for the best though because I'm pretty sure they're endangered. All in all, I recommend this trail for anyone who loves wide canyon views and hiking near streams. I'll add the caveat that it's probably only good to go in the cooler months.

Easy trail, not much views besides the small river. There's many interconnected trails. We did the loop in 1hr. They do have signs guiding you to other trails.

Great trail. You’ll come to an area where you think the trail ends, at this point follow the creek it will guide you back to the trail or just follow the creek to the waterfall. Nice area to hang out by the bottom of the upper falls.

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25 days ago

The Thomas Fire burnt most of the foliage but there are some large oaks still alive and water was flowing lightly in the creek. We saw lizards, frogs, many types of birds and no snakes, ticks or mosquitos so it was all good in my book. We didn’t make it to the pine grove and are unsure if they still stand.

This must have been an excellent trail before the fire, but the blaze has changed this area drastically. It destroyed the trees and vegetation (though a surprising amount of greenery has re-emerged) which provided shade and something to look at and appreciate while pushing uphill. However, now it’s just a boring grind under a punishing sun. I can tell this trail once had a lot going for it. Hopefully it will again one day soon.

Short and sweet. Pair it with the Fox Canyon trail and it’s a solid five mile hike.

Want to experience aloneness and quiet, do this one on a hot day! Lots of switchbacks but not very difficult. Fun to see the regrowth from last year’s Thomas fire. If your a runner, this would be a good trail.

very difficult drive to get to trailhead... I don't see how you could do it without 4 wheel drive. Very quiet and hot, but beautiful
I will try it again in the fall when it is cooler.

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1 month ago

Great SoCal hike! I started at 5 this morning and was surprised with a foggy path. The hike leads you up a ways and I was able to rise above the fog and see the other ridges peaking out from it. Drive there wasn't an issue at all, even in my little Mazda.

We started at the end of the trail near Camp Scheidack in the cuyama valley ...I'm a 62 year old male with congestive heart failure. The Climb going up the backside of Pine Mountain was brutal. Absolutely a beautiful Trail. There was still water in the creek at upper Reyes Camp although there wasn't a lot of water in the creek, there was plenty of water for drinking. The Jeffrey Pines were amazing and there was portions of the trail that look like you were in Vietnam. Just gorgeous.

This trail was gorgeous! I went on a Monday, a few other travelers on the trail. We went to the camp midway and spent time near the water. Make sure to take sunscreen, there is almost no shade! The water will help cool down, but won’t save you from burns. Take plenty of water and snacks!

Overall a pretty nice hike once you reach the top, about 1.75 miles in. The bees are a little much at times.

So sad. After 10 years of hiking this wonderful beautiful peaceful full-of-waterholes trail...the Thomas fire of December 2017 followed by flooding on the barren land wiped away any trace of the former well worn trails.
Once you get past the orchards there is no trail.
We saw 6-7 foot high boulders with dried mud on top.There were 8-10 foot wide paths of cracked dried mud where it had forcefully flowed down the hills carrying along whole trees with roots as well as boulders.
We only found two little 1 1/2 deep waterholes about 2 feet long.
No longer a pleasurable hike or place to spend the day sunning and swimming. The rushing rainwater left a path of destruction.

water availability makes this possible even when its warm. be aware this area is like a little oven - hotter than anywhere around it and always hotter than the forecast. also after 5 miles or so the trail meanders away from the river and water is harder to get. it was super hot when I went so I swam and chilled in the water at every chance. the big swimming hole is deep enough to stay really cool and feels amazing on the way out.

I wouldn't recommend taking your dogs. the rough surface is hard on them if u walk by the river. nice fun hike until my 120 rotty had to carried out 2.5 miles.

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2 months ago

The trail is badly burned. The Mountians are stunning but it's a sad hike. There are no signs of wildlife. It's is uphill all the way and extremely strenuous and Rocky. This would be a nice trail when it's not a bone yard. Thomas fire destroyed it.

2 months ago

It is a beautiful hike the terrain is complex. Sandy pine needles pine cone narrow trails. The over look is awesome

pretty creek but don't go this way looking for the waterfalls. the topo map shows some way up but probably not what you are looking for.

This trail is open again, at least for hiking! I believe the camps are also open, but I’m not sure. We went just for the day and hiked in only a few miles, and it was incredibly beautiful. Be careful if you go in the summer, it gets crazy hot and there’s very little/no shade - the river crossings help, but it’s still tough in 90+ weather. Parking at the Piedra Blanca trailhead requires a $5 recreation pass for the day, we picked ours up at the Wheeler Gorge visitors center on the way up. Everyone at the visitors center was super nice and helpful, so it was a useful stop. Overall, an awesome hike! We’re looking forward to going back in the fall.

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2 months ago

The trail is overgrown in places, sometimes necessitating up close and personal contact with the bushes on either side, but most of it was a lovely walk zigzagging across the creek (which still has water in it). There’s a good bit of scrambling over rocks, but nothing my wobbly ankles couldn’t handle. Bring extra water—it was quite a bit hotter up there than down by the coast.

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3 months ago

I hike for inner peace and spirituality and this hike certainly gave me that, especially on a gorgeous day today where I had the trail all to myself with no bikers or loose doggies. Just a great hike with tons of switchbacks, lizards, views and serenity. Pay attention to the map or else you’ll fall off the course and head west (as I did). The one marker looks like it was damaged by fire and I just naturally just went left (ignoring my golden rule to turn right “when in doubt.” All it did was make a glorious 2.8 mile hike into an even more glorious 4.10 one. Beautiful town, beautiful area, beautiful noise.

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3 months ago

Great hike. The trail gets a little hard to follow at times.

Just hiked here yesterday. It’s starting to get HOT but it was still an awe inspiring experience to turn the corner and be at the base of these majestic rock formations! Definitely will be back, hope to backpack into Sespe.

By far my most favorite trail, very strenuous and a lot of water crossings, no shade but going through the water is a great cool down. This place is very untouched by people, I hope it stays this way so I can bring my kids here one day. Also bring a gun for rattle snakes

3 months ago

The trail isn't closed. However, the bridge at the beginning of Rice Canyon burned and now this trail is an out-and-back beginning in Wills Canyon. We walked to the aforementioned bridge in 1h45m. To make it a loop you'd have to slip through the barbed wire next to the fence, shimmy down the aquaduct and jump another fence. Still a beautiful hike but quite a few old trees burned :(

on Potrero John Trail

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3 months ago

Beautiful hike that was a moderate challenge. We ended up scrambling up the river to the waterfall which was slightly more challenging but beautiful. Met some friendly hikers along the way but most of the time was quiet and serene.

Easy hike and family friendly. Like the cave!

l would recommend to go all the way to reyes peak for the amazing view.Take enough water and go very early in the morning it may take you almost a whole day round trip. It gets hard at times because of the uphill, but it is very walkable don't get discouraged. battery on my phone died very quickly up there.But it was worth it.

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