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Did this hike for the first time it was easier than I thought. It is rated as hard but I think it is moderate it is not too strenuous and not too steep. The elevation is pretty Steep at times it’s a gradual climb up and down the mountain. Took my chance and didn’t get a permit as there is nobody down by the waterfall checking. It is only $10 and the fine is $180 so it makes sense to pay the $10 because they use it for the restoration of the trails anyways. You are allowed To hike the trail but you do have to have a permit to enter the Water Falls area. There are other trails that you can take. The Ranger told me there will be no water and he was right he said go after March when the snow was melting and it’s a better experience.All in all a great hike recommend bringing water going early as it does get hot. Beautiful scenery and beautiful sounds of nature. They must hike for everyone at least once. Happy hiking :)

hiking
6 hours ago

Nice place!

Drove out here 4 days after our first rainfall in January. There was some water in the falls which was perfect for rock scrambling around the falls. I would imagine in the late spring that you would not be able to climb around as much since the falls would be full. We started the hike on the PCT and climbed down some rocks to get to the falls. We continued to go down some boulders and went off trail for a more adventurous route. After bushwhacking our way back up to the ridge for about an hour, we finally made it back to the PCT. Thank God I had long pants on. When we got back on the official trail, we headed back to the small parking lot that we started. The total route we took was about 4 1/2 miles. I would like to go back again after we've had more rain and I get on the official trail the entire way. Beautiful hike!! We were the only ones there on a Sunday in January. Perfect hiking weather with a high of about 69 degrees.
Here's the link to Google Maps on where to park
https://goo.gl/maps/fmwMSXSYwu72

on Balch Park Trail

6 hours ago

What is marked as a trailhead appears to be on state prison grounds. Has anyone actually done this hike?

hiking
6 hours ago

Started our hike at 7:30am in early January to beat the heat. It started off about 59 degrees and got to about 75 degrees by noon. The weather was perfect this time of year. There was a nice cool breeze but the sun was intense. Bring lots of sunscreen and a hat. The views were amazing! We hiked off trail a bit and took a harder route in the hopes of seeing goats. Great workout! Glad I had 3 liters of water. We did a lot of rock scrambling and climbing through some awesome slots along the way. We also saw a lot of fossils. Before we headed back on the loop we saw some interesting wind caves. Some were pretty small. But we still climbed through them. We stopped in a larger cave and had lunch. When looking out from this peak, you could see the badlands. Truly enjoyed this hike but if I wasn't there with someone who knew the area, I would've gotten lost. The trails are not well marked.

Native Oak trail is heavily shaded and a great up and down trail. Will not disappointed! Great views too!

hiking
7 hours ago

A fantastic day hike on a very mild Jan 2. Beautiful river with pools and rapids. We were the only two people on the trail. We didn’t start until noon so only got to large pool and falls about 3.5 miles in and came out to finish by dark. Will definitely come again to have more time.

Great trail. Several river crossings, so be prepared to get wet!

walking
7 hours ago

Always beautiful, a well-maintained walking trail on the edge of the Pacific Ocean. Beautiful views, options to turn off to different loop patterns, surf access at a few points. Don’t miss this one!

Second hike in 3 weeks on this trail. First hike was out and back per AllTrails route. Great 7 mile hike. This time I tried an alternate route back down the hill - turned left when Big Rock Trail turned into a fire road about 3/4 of the way up. Alternate route is not advised - turned out to be private land.

Such a nice hike!

hiking
8 hours ago

Shady but a lot of ticks.

I originally planned on hiking the Gaviota Peak Trail but two cars were broken into when I got to the parking lot. Hide your valuables. I wasn’t let down when I decided to do Sweetwater Trail. I also did Vista Point and all the side trails. Sunset was incredible. This hike exceeded my expectations.

mountain biking
9 hours ago

Awesome ride close to the park. Go too far on either side though and it gets a little dirty. Will be coming again

Easy hike, wide trails without much elevation gain. Great for beginners, family outings, or getting back into it. A fair amount of other hikers, including horses. Not enough to be crowded, but enough to know you're not going to be forgotten and eaten by mountain lions.

hiking
9 hours ago

Great trail. Long and challenging. Many hills of various sizes. Runs along golf course, peaceful and quiet. Many lookout rest points along the trail. No shade.

It’s a beautiful trail next time I’ll go when it’s not so over cast

Great trail! The first part of the trail is uphill and kind of rocky so hiking boots would be recommended although you could do it with tennis shoes. At first I was a little disappointed because I saw houses along the way but just keep going and eventually you will be in the wilderness with nothing but the sound of the river and the wind in the trees. The trail is well set and super easy to follow. Beautiful views. It’s not a difficult trail and a lot of it is pretty flat. I took my dog on leash. I only pulled one tic off her but she is on tic prevention. I only saw a couple other people the entire day Although I bet it gets much busier in the warmer season. I would definitely recommend! Beautiful hike on a sunny winter day!

Pretty trail but definitely more for bikers! They were all polite and gave us heads up when there us when there were more bikers behind them. There was one guy running the trail but other then that we were the only ones hiking.
Even though it’s mid January there were lots of ticks ready to latch on, luckily we noticed them on my dog right away before they attached. That being said, don’t stray off the path at all into the grass

hiking
11 hours ago

Not sure how anyone could rate this better than 3. Not too well marked, slippery, lots of road noise and a smelly sewage treatment plant. It’s nice that it is close to town and is good for exercise but not a destination hike

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