Explore the most popular Rock Climbing trails in California with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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bridge out
no shade
23 hours ago

Saw a snake, two deer and some lizards in the first few minutes!

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rocky
scramble
1 day ago

Nice, short, but not "easy" hike -- you need to do some rock hopping and light scrambling. Fun for older kids, but I wouldn't bring your grandma.

You can see the falls from the turnout, but it's more fun to go there.

We stopped by after seeing the superbloom. It's a beautiful drive on Ortega Highway from Lake Elsinore.

Lots of growth on the trail. The scrambling is mediocre.

It was so much fun! Beautiful view and definitely worthy to go! The waterfalls were amazing and the hike was pretty easy!

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blowdown
muddy
1 day ago

hiking
1 day ago

Did this hike June 29, 2018. We left at 5:58am. Did not get back until 9:30pm. I am not in the best shape but did train for this. Although not very fast, I have done quite a few half-marathons and a handful of very steep 1,000 feet straight up in a compacted one mile ascent to Pincushion Peak just to prepare for this. Saying that this hike is strenuous gives it no justice. It is beyond strenuous if there’s a word for that. I don’t know about others, but for me personally, the reason it was so hard for me, the weight of food and water I had to carry throughout this hike. Smart people brought water filtration systems. Since we did not have that, we each carried about 3 to 4 liters of water. Which was completely depleted as we ended the hike. So you do need that much water. That alone is heavy just walking a mile down the street. I had to carry that with food up 5,000 feet trekking 8 miles straight up. Water fill station was closed that day due to a recent flood. We had permits for 5 for a party of 7. When we got to the sub-dome, a wilderness was checking in hikers with permits. Luckily, there were a few hikers who opted out so we were able to use their permits. Which wasn’t necessary because after scaling the dome before half-dome, one look up the cables and 4 members of our group retreated. Two didn’t even try; one felt light headed just looking up; the other person began until he reached a section where the steepness increased and shook his head saying,” I’m not about to die today.” At last, three of us continued. Yes, gloves shouldn’t be recommended but required. By the time we got to the top, we took very few photos because we were already so exhausted from the climb. Just when we felt relieved for making it to the top, it dawned on us we had another 8 miles back. Respect this trail. Prepare yourselves. The view was fantastic. Will I go back, NO! It’s been crossed out of my bucket list and never shall I return to this. Yes, I felt like crying a couple of times.

Great dog-friendly hike! The last couple hundred feet are super steep but the view up top is worth it. If you’re going in spring, be prepared for mud. I didn’t realize it was possible to open the gate and drive all the way to the foot of the mountain, so I parked near some horses and walked up. I recommend taking the trial that way—beautiful live oaks and green grass (in late March, at least).

Hiked this trail on a perfect Sunday morning. There is plenty water in the beautiful falls, thanks to an abundance of recent rains. That also means there are a lot of people. The trail itself is quite varied and well defined, but quite narrow, making for a single-file hike. The drive leading up to the trailhead can get a little rough. Portapotties at the trail head were not maintained and trash was overflowing, but trail and falls are clean.

Nice trail my first time hiking here, very family & pet friendly. Just the right speed for a beginner.

Great time of the year for this hike. Full creek beds & fast waterfalls. Amazing departure from the city feel!

Great time of the year for this hike. Full creek beds & fast waterfalls. Amazing departure from the city feel!

This is not for the faint of heart. Definitely it’s my favorite hike. But I think AllTrails has Half Dome marked as another trail as well.

Great view of greater Los Angeles, excellent bird spotting

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rocky
scramble
2 days ago

Great trail but a fair bit of rock scrambling. The water was wonderful and kept things cool, but bring plenty of water and good shoes!

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no shade
rocky
scramble
2 days ago

beautiful falls and beautiful views of the mountains, still with some snow

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no shade
rocky
scramble
2 days ago

Great trail conditions. Steep slog, but a great reward. One piece of advice...dont be that jerk...keep you dogs leashed.

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rocky
snow
2 days ago

To me this was a pretty strenuous uphill climb, but WAY worth it. there is quite a bit of snow after the castle crags sign at the top but I made it being careful and was able to get up around the bends to get "the better view" north. This hike was well worth the trip. I wanted to give up a couple times on the way up, but I made it.

Great day to be in the Sierra, but after post-holing for 2 miles I gave up and went home. Will be back in the summer to hike this fantastic trail.

Lovely hike splashing through the creek! Plenty of dogs enjoying the water as well

The trail was fairly easy. The weather was fantastic and the views were amazing. The caves were a hit with my daughter! We got our shoes wet but that was part of the fun! The reservoir was beautiful and the park was so green with all the rain we had. There were waterfalls and we got to see lots of birds, a coyote and some deer! Definitely recommend this trail for families!

We came upon this trail while driving through the area from Green River Road. The impressive views and well graded and maintained trail is worth a planned visit. I would highly recommend this hike for all level hikers since it is accessible from the road and easy to gauge a turnaround point if the switchbacks become too intense. On a spring Saturday morning, there were mountain bikers, trail runners and casual hikers sharing the trail; all friendly and respectful of the trail maintenance. What a treat!

Wow my legs are on fire I am 41 and 350lbs I took my 7 year old son, brother in law and 12y nephew. It took us 6 hours but we stopped very often to rest my legs and take pictures. We also stopped at every picnic area and sat at the summit for about an hour. Up hill the majority of the time the views are breathtaking . I tried mission peak last year but didn’t get to the top but I was 425lbs I wanna do mission peak again. This trail was so challenging but so beautiful and worth every second.

Amazing, took our two daughters aged 5 and 7. They loved it, but the way back was a bit challenging since it’s all uphill and they ran out of steam. Waterfalls are incredible, tons of water.

They changed the trail so it’s no longer the rope and the steep hill. Pretty easy paved out road. Can do some bouldering near the fall and go down the slide. Careful with the heat, there is no shade

hiking
2 days ago

Phone read 8.29 miles with 1815 ft gain in 1:55:41. Fire road for the entire length of trail. Turn off near top heads to Strawberry Peak. Solid view of downtown, Palos Verdes, and Catalina.

Fun hike with quite a steep ending. Great views of the lake. Hiked it in the spring, everything was green.

2 days ago

Good trail for beginners like myself and my son. was very rocky but great view at the top first part is steep but then gets easier once you get to the swichbacks. saw fresh scat while on trail

left side of loop is great, when you get to tge right trail disappears, you end up in a meadow that is like quicksand, and have to cut through a creek anywhere u see a safe clearing. dog got completely covered in mud.

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