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nice local hike, not far to drive. park at the Godde Hill parking lot at the aqueduct. pay attention to the trail on the app so you don't miss where to go on the trail

nice intermediate hike

hiking
no shade
rocky
scramble
8 days ago

A nice and easy out and back. Didn't see much wildlife, only a few birds and butterflies. There was a lot of dog crap and trash along the trail, the only trash can had no cover and it looked like the ravens picked through it and scatter the trash about.

Pretty steep at some points but nice once your up top. Super windy!

hiking
bugs
muddy
over grown
rocky
scramble
22 days ago

This hike was not as difficult as I expected. Did it on 3/03/19 after it had rained during the week. We didn't follow the AllTrails map exactly as it doesn't show the route to the falls (check my recording for the route). It was still and out back, almost 5 miles total. We took the overgrown former fire road down into the canyon. There were lots of ticks on this section, more than I've ever seen - we had to stop every 5-10 minutes to check, but after spraying some bug spray, they seemed to stay away. Also on this section you get to see all 4 tiers of these falls if it's rained enough, which is a beautiful sight (Falls creek flows over a cliff side in 4 tuers and then flows into Big Tujunga Creek) Once you get down into the canyon you are right by Big Tujunga Creek, and there's no trail. You just have to turn left and follow the creek downstream. The creek was overflowing from all the recent rain and we had to cross it 3 times - it was at least knee deep, almost waist deep, and a pretty strong current. We were wearing waterproof hiking boots which was a bad idea, because they retain all the water when you get out of the creek. Some of the creek banks had more sand than dirt and it had become like quicksand. Bring trekking poles if you have them - it'll help your stability when you're crossing through the creek. I would recommend waiting a couple weeks after heavy rains to make the crossings easier. Once we get in sight of the waterfall, we had to just forge a trail through overgrown dried brush and fallen branches, heading straight towards the waterfall till we get to it. Only the bottom tier is visible and it's a beautiful 70 ft waterfall. There's a small clearing in front of it where you can sit and enjoy the view. When we were done, we just went back the way we came (same 3 creek crossings again). Surprisingly, we did see 2 other people get to the falls after we did, and 2 more on the fire road on our way back. All in all a fun adventurous hike, just be prepared for the water crossings, bring bug spray and poles, wear proper shoes, and enough protective clothing (to protect against poison oak and your arms getting all scratched up).

trail was full of dog poop. If you take your dogs on trails please pick up after them. I'll leave my dogs at home to much poop on trail

Trail conditions were fine. I choose to go straight up the fire break but only made up 3/4 of the way before I had to turn around. New boots (a size too big) and a lot of loose gravel made for an unpleasant climb. If I had different shoes those would have been great!

Pretty nice trail did it as my end of the year hike on New Year’s Eve ,,, it’s a nice climb up,,, it is a workout going up ,, Saw a couple with their toddlers which wowed me cause they were about a mile or 2 up ,,, pretty cool

hiking
muddy
snow
washed out
29 days ago

Pretty bad conditions bring good waterproof boots

Great trail with great views. When we went 2/23/19 there was still a lot of snow in some sections. Very lightly trafficked when we arrived at 9am. Some minor rockslides which was something to watch out for.

hiking
blowdown
over grown
scramble
snow
1 month ago

This hike was awesome! I only saw two people the entire time.
I started on the Gabrielino trail and then cut around on the Valley Forge trail that meets the Mount Wilson highway which happened to be closed.
there are hundreds of people trying to slide in the snow but I found the divine solitude I was looking for.
there was a lot of creek hopping and river scrambling so bring trekking poles and waterproof shoes or you’ll be up the crick!
The final ascent on the Valley Forge Trail I realize that I was in the presence of something bigger than me a four-legged friend.
since I was walking mostly in snow I noticed that it was mountain lion footprints and I came upon a fresh kale I could literally smell the kill.
what remained on the ground was a bloody torso of the deer completely ripped in half it almost look like somebody is a chainsaw but I know it was a mountain lion.
the vultures were just starting to circle so I knew it was a fresh kill so I had to get the heck out of there
I have to say I did say a lot of prayers but I hope that the mountain line was already satiated so he wouldn’t come after me.
this dear Kayla was literally 30 feet from the main highway and I was practically on my knees thanking God when I made it there alive.
I know all the proper things to do when you see a mountain lion but when it comes down to it it’s absolutely a terrifying proposition to encounter one and the tracks were huge.
I literally follow the tracks right to the kill and then scramble to the highway.
this is on the day that my girlfriend and I broke up and I decided to do it for pain management and what I got was the killing of a sacred deer there are signs everywhere nature is the best medicine.
remember if you try those Valley Forge trails there’s a lot of deadfall that you literally have to crawl over and under and I found myself more than one time on my hands and knees crawling in snow it was a hell of an adventure luckily I lived to tell the tale!
Single ladies I’m ready for you! lol
Tommy

As good as it gets for LA! It’s easy to find - moderate hike and beautiful views!

This trail was lovely! Fun platform to sit on at the top and going down the fire road was also lovely. Only downside is the amount of busy road you have to walk on at the very end but very worth it

Great Trail, definitely 5 stars going up, just a shame you have to take down a fire road all the way back and then walk .5 mile on the road to get back to the car. Especially tedious if you have dogs. But well worth the day out, great hike.

We took our dogs on this today. They loved it! Really pretty. The trail was either really muddy or snowy at parts. A couple mud puddles along the way that my dog couldn’t resist jumping in. We saw a few people on the trail. It got a bit tricky because of the mud.

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail but we lost signal so our blue dot found it hard to stick to the red line

hiking
1 month ago

Love it. Was a little chilly in the breeze parts of the hike but still a lovely beautiful view.

hiking
snow
1 month ago

Snow covers all the trail. It is awesome.

the hike is so beautiful and perfect for snow hike. Not too hard, not much elevation, terrific views.

Snow hiked the loop from Three Points.

hiking
off trail
scramble
1 month ago

Not a lot of shade on this trail, only at the 2 benches during the day. It is difficult to find, you need to park at the aqueduct parking then make sure to walk down the dirt path side to get to the trial

From Eaton’s Saddle, this hike definitely on the easier end of moderate. Perfect for a Sunday hike and a quick, rewarding summit. Parts of the trail are covered in rocks from slides but easy to get over or around. Not too many people on the trail, although more than others nearby.

hiking
snow
1 month ago

We planned to do Cooper Canyon waterfall however ended up on this trail. Glad it happened. The trail is absolutely beautiful however you are walking through snow more than 3/4 of the trail. I would recommend poles and snow hiking boots, or clamp on’s. The snow is pretty slippery and slushy in some areas. We made it to the saddle area right before the summit however the snow got so thick it was over our ankles. The trail became less visible at this point and you could see foot prints scrambling in different directions. Had lunch at the saddle. Lots of rocks to sit on and enjoy your time.

The trail is listed as moderate however it’s fairly comfortable. You are hiking at about 7000 feet so keep that in mind.Absolutely beautiful scenery. We’re definitely coming back to do the loop when the snow melts a little bit more. Pretty slippery going down and almost landed on my butt once. We had poles and regular hiking boots

PS we found the trail head to Cooper Canyon Trail afterwards.

Loved seeing the black-tailed jack rabbits on the hill sides! Pretty awesome experience!

Loved seeing the black-tailed jack rabbits on the hill sides! Pretty awesome experience!

hiking
off trail
over grown
scramble
2 months ago

The fire break was a total scramble, all four limbs on the ground at times. Super fun though!

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