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hiking
2 months ago

Definitely a hard trail. Didn’t make it all the way up but pretty close. My husband, 8 yr old son, 2 dogs and myself. Certain spots were thick with the gnats and was very annoying but it’s all part of nature. Took us about 6.5 hours. Overall a beautiful hike and crazy to look back up from town and think we were so far up there

hiking
2 months ago

Didnt get a chance to finish

hiking
no shade
washed out
2 months ago

Good short workout for elevation gain. Trail is easy to follow, but steep with no breaks and sides were washed out. Also can be very windy towards the top. Good training, but wouldn’t be a normal hike for fun.

off road driving
muddy
rocky
snow
2 months ago

Cool little trail. There are a few roads leading to the trail head from the 14. In this case I used Horse Canyon Road. Like other reviews mentioned, the road has sections of whoops, too large for any vehicle without long travel suspension to hit at speed, so it makes it a bit slow. There are also some pretty good sections of corrugations. Low tire pressure and keeping a descent pace will help soften the ride. Just before you start to climb you will start to hit real chunky sections. Some sections of old asphalt, some really soft corners and some rocky sections. Once you begin the climb it is pretty deceiving how steep it is. My 4Runner is a pig, carrying 700+lbs in equipment, so the I could really feel the climb. The sections of broken asphalt continue, and some sections of the road are really chunky. I we got to the trail head late. The sun had begun to set and portions of a storm were moving in. So I definitely got to put my auxiliary lights to work. The wind was blowing 30+mph with driving rain. It didn't take long for that rain to turn to snow. Yes snow on Memorial Day Weekend, in the desert. I was losing traction at the rear wheels early in the climb, once in 4WD it was easy. The road surface is loose when wet. There is a decent washout early in the climb so keep an eye out for that, plenty of room to get by though. In dry conditions I'd say a 2WD with a locker would be exciting, but not impossible. You really want to have 4WD. High clearance is a must, anything lower than a stock SUV might struggle with some of the whoops. As for the hard rating, I'd say this was moderate, it only earned a hard rating once the weather moved in and took away traction. I didn't encounter any on this trip but I could see signs that a lot of UTV's use this trail, so keep an eye out for those.

Very easy, ideal for walking. Watch out for the weather before you go

off road driving
3 months ago

I give this trail 3 stars because of all the whoop-ti-doos at the beginning. And there were a lot. If there wasn’t those, I’d give this 5 stars. I don’t really have a desire to do those again, unless I’m on a motorcycle. This was a cool trail and we met a ton of PCT thru-hikers camping at McIver’s Cabin. We offered to take out any trash that they’d been carrying and they were all very grateful. There was water at the cabin too but I don’t know if it required any treatment.

hiking
blowdown
rocky
scramble
3 months ago

Be careful if following the recordings listed. Most of them don't actually start at the trailhead or go all the way to the top (note- approx trail location is on topo as well). Once the trail becomes 100% large rocks and is out of the dry creek bed it veers right up the "rock garden". Keep an eye out for a side trail continuing right that takes you up some granite slabs and switchbacks to the summit. If you miss it you will continue up the rock garden and will be miserable. Trail difficult to follow in some places just keep an eye out for the cairns. Otherwise a difficult but rewarding hike.

hiking
bugs
no shade
4 months ago

Relatively flat hike. A lot of the trees are dead and many have fallen over. Some are blocking the trail. They have used a chainsaw on the trees near the campground but otherwise the hike required short detours around fallen timber. The hike isn't very scenic with all the dead trees. Some of the flowers are there right now and others have gone dormant already. The joshua trees are just starting to bloom. The mountains nearby have a thick color of yellow from flowers. There are many lizards. There were 2 toilets at the campground needing some cleaning. I only passed 1 hiker on the trail and saw some horse manure. There were some bugs and flies.

4 months ago

hard hike. not a great trail

hiking
no shade
4 months ago

Very steep easy to follow trail that is straight climb for most of the hike. The view is worth it from the top.

backpacking
snow
4 months ago

hiking
no shade
rocky
washed out
4 months ago

Very steep take sticks , no shade so if you have dogs the will get worn out and possible over heated on the warmer days.. You have to head to the rocks to try to find shade . when you get to the false peak look around there are a few memorials , that was pretty awesome.

hiking
no shade
washed out
5 months ago

good workout

hike was easy, view was okay good get out of the valley walk

Great trail, we drove it in December and we ran into a little snow. Must visit this place. We did it in 4x4 Jeeps.

hiking
9 months ago

Great hike! I did this in mid-April and had no problem with insects and the weather was ideal. Finding the trailhead was a little challenging and I’m glad I had a Jeep...I used 4WD to get to the trailhead. It’s near a giant pile of boulders. The trail itself is very difficult and will take longer than you think to get to the top. The last mile includes some very steep sections in skree so be prepared. The view on top is fantastic and makes the hike worth it. The southern sierras are beautiful. Bring lots of water!

hiking
9 months ago

Gotta drive 3miles in to hit the starting point. Once I got there- I saw no signs that I was in the right location. I went off of mapquest and everyone’s recorded trails on this app. There was no shade or trees, plenty of flies even at the top of the hillside. Got sidetracked and ended up on a completely different path. There were hunters and target shooters everywhere. Wear your bright colors and try to stay on path. Best part about the hike was the small creek I crossed to get to the other side of the road.

hiking
11 months ago

So I would probably give this hike a 5 star rating for the view at the top alone. However, the hike up was awful. This is one of the hardest trails I have ever done. First of all the flies (more like swarms of nats) were horrible the whole way up. My boyfriend and I had to constantly swat them away from our face the entire journey and in doing so we missed a few trail markers along the way allowing us to get off trail at least three times. Speaking of trail markers, we saw them everywhere! We got off trail a few times scaling up through brush and steeper hills than the trail itself, but the crazy thing is we saw trail markers out there. So obviously we weren’t the first people to think we were heading in the right direction. However it becomes incredibly confusing because like I said there are trail markers everywhere! It wasn’t until we were descending back down the trail we were able to clearly see where we screwed up multiple times and saw the correct markers in sight. Anyways be prepared for this being an all day event especially if you do get lost because it’s easy to do! Brings lots and lots of water and be prepared to have your ass kicked. This is no easy trek. It’s straight up a damn mountain and you have to be willing to do a lot of rock scrambling as well. The view is incredible though and it makes it worth it. If ya bring bug spray or some kind of bug hat you will probably have a better time than we did.

hiking
Monday, January 01, 2018

Fairly easy hike. May have had too high of expectations, but it was okay. Views were just okay... no distinct start/finish... description says it's a 1.9 mile hike, but it's not marked except for the PCT trail markings... I used this app & hiked just under 4 miles... I guess you can go as far as you want; nothing states "Walkers Pass begins / ends here"

hiking
Sunday, May 21, 2017

This is the hardest trail I've done. Steep uphill climb not to be underestimated. Don't over pack! Carry lots of water, a snack and not much more. Plan on it taking all day to get to the peak. We only made it 2 miles up before turning back. Can't wait to try this trail again and conquer Owens peak. There is parking at the trailhead but there is a larger boulder blocking half the road. We made it around it with our jeep but we were on the edge of a drop off. Next time we'll park below that and hike the extra 15 mins to the trailhead.

hiking
Thursday, February 16, 2017

where did anyone who hiked this trail park your vehicle?

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