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hiking
bugs
muddy
over grown
rocky
scramble
20 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).

hiking
muddy
snow
washed out
28 days ago

Pretty bad conditions bring good waterproof boots

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

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.

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.

trail running
2 months ago

It was my first time going to this trail with a couple of my friends, beautiful trail! It was cold and windy (18F°) when we started. Single track for almost half of it, coming back was a wide fire road all down hill. The trail is clean and well kept, some debris due to nature but not man made.There was a lot of nice and open sceneries. We were lucky enough to come across wild life (deer) We went to the top of Mount Pacifico, we found snow on the mountain. I can't wait to go back again!
P.S. GET AN ADVENTURE PASS! ($5.00)

trail running
2 months ago

Beautiful trail and well maintained. About 60% of it is on single track and the rest is on a fire road. Their are so many smaller trails to explore too (on the PCT). Can’t wait to go back!
PS.... their was snow on parts of the trail

hiking
2 months ago

3.5 stars. Nice upside down hike. Uphill return not as challenging as we expected based on views on the way down. Not the most spectacular hike in the area. Saw evidence of predators and deer.

Having hiked this trail many times over the years, including many months on the PCT - it's one of my favorites near LA.

There's a water spigot above the fire station you can access from the dirt road to the left of the parking area or a spur on the right of the trail a few minutes into your hike.

You'll pass through a bit of tree cover at the beginning then a large burn area & probably hit snow on the winter months ...but these desert mountains are beautiful in their own way. Life is coming back to this mountain.

it's a simple trail to follow & after 5.5 miles you'll pass near a trail sign (left side of trail) & dirt road (right side of trail) with a few huge downed trees in between the PCT (the trail you're on) & the dirt road. Turn right from the trail, take the dirt road to the left & you'll end up at the summit & Upper Pacifico Campground.

You can also access the summit if you continue on the PCT a couple more miles and go around the summit to come up the other side via a spur trail.

There are a few camping spots from PCT hikers along your way & also many spots with fire pits at the summit campground. Please be educated when it comes to fires though & don't risk it if you aren't.

Also, you always need an Adventure Pass when parking in the Angeles National Forest & that's no reason to give a bad review of a trail

Nice and easy lots of quartz

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful hike a bit difficult at points, do recommend downloading the trail.

Not the most picturesque area due to past fire. Couldn’t really tell if we were even on the right trail until to late. Ugly, dry, fire road went uphill until it just dead ended about a mile up Had no choice but to turn back. Saw two possible other ways to go? But without knowing what was ahead , because there are no trail signs whatsoever, and running out of time we just called it a day.

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Virtual Hike: https://youtu.be/UFbb8Bb6Y4Y

This is one of my favorite hikes. I went during the morning to avoid the heat. I love the set of hikes that lead from eaton saddle, because it has that awesome tunnel to walk through. About a half mile in there is another mini saddle from which you can go up to San Gabriel Peak, Mt. Lowe & Mt. Markham, and Mt. Lowe trail. Although I should have taken the sign that says Mt. Lowe, I was initially trying to get to Markham, and had the two peaks confused, so I walked down the wider road until I reached a spot I could start climbing up to Mt. Lowe. I guess I took the “west route”. It wasn’t necessary to take this route because I could have taken a skinnier trail up to the split between Mt. Markham and Mt. Lowe, but this way turned into a loop. Along the way up and at the top of Mt. Lowe are some really cool “viewfinders” that identify peaks in the San Gabriel Range, as well as Los Angeles, and Catalina. There is a metal bench at the top to chill at. When I realized that I had climbed Mt. Lowe instead of Mt. Markham, I decided to continue down the east Mt. Lowe trail and hike up to Mt. Markham, which proved to be a bit steeper and more challenging, but it was doable. You can do it in shorts if you are careful, but like the poster beneath me said, there are lots of yucca and poodle dog bush along the way to the top. The view from both of these peaks are amazing, and it’s worth doing both in one day. I definitely recommend this trail to anyone that has a good 3.5 hours.

Hope you enjoy!

Playlist for the trail: https://sptfy.com/KuB

Only worth for locals and exercise. Not much to see for most parts.

,Hardest peak yet for me!!!

What a great trail! A bit hard to follow but thanks to all trails we followed it perfectly!
Steep inclines about 1.5 Miles before twin peaks summit. Running behind on time so we skipped the waterman peak. Will definitely be returning here!

narrow but lovely trail steady incline took my dogs and it was fun

Went in August so there wasn't many people out there. (Saw 2 breaking camp as I arrived). Trail maintenance has been out there recently, only two downed trees that need to be climbed over. Looks like the trail has been used by animals mostly. (lots of prints and scat). Overall it was a good hike, some nice views (A lot of burnt trees still from the Station fire). Don't know how this trail is rated moderate, the climb out is difficult. Dreaded hill loop in Whiting Ranch gets a hard rating and has 500ft less in elevation gain and is a shorter trail.

Ok so decided to go and do the trail again it’s a good trail just be very careful ,_about a mile and a half in I came close to getting bit by a rattlesnake ,, luckily it made noise so I jumped back ,, I’ve done the trail before but this was a scary surprise ,,, great trail just keep an eye out for rattlers

trail running
8 months ago

The route google took me to Edison street was closed due to construction but read another review and drove about a 1/4 mile down road and found a place to park, followed fire road to top which was about 2 miles. Once at top there are trails everywhere and you can go much further than just 7.3 miles. Great views of Palmdale and surrounding areas.

Hiked this trail this morning. Really lovely trail. I missed out the small loop to the camp site and came back down via the PCT.

This is a nice trail that leads down to a creek. There was water but it was a trickle. Enough to refill my bottle. This trail is more moderate than easy. I would say it is easy for those in better shape and those who hike more often. I did this trail because it was rated easy and I wanted to work on ascending. This was not easy and can be somewhat steep in some places. It was a beautiful hike with fragrant spring blooms. I gave it 4 stars because some people use part of the trail to walk their dogs and leave doggie bags along the trail. Also, bring your own toilet paper as the vaulted toilet at Cooper Canyon didn't have any available.

hiking
9 months ago

It’s a fine hike down to the bottom of the ravine and back. but getting up the next hill seems impossible because the brush has all but reclaimed the trail after a short distance. best of luck!

I was there in 2008 - before the station fire. I’m glad I have memories of the trail with the trees intact. I was shocked to see how much damage the fire caused. It was still beautiful.

I've hiked in this area a bunch of times and have always wanted to climb Markham. I expected the trail to be hard to follow in the final approach, but it was pretty easy to follow. That said, the final approach is very steep in parts and there's a lot of poodle brush and yucca. I would not recommend doing it in shorts. The views at the top are quite impressive and are different from what you see on nearby peaks. You could easily combine this hike with a trip to Mt. Lowe or San Gabriel Peak if you're looking to extend the outing.

Very enjoyable.

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