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nice place .

hiking
2 days ago

15 mile hike up to Mt. Wilson via Lower Winter creek and Mt. Zion. Returned via Upper Winter creek. Nice day but hot in the sun near the end. Best part was finally getting a pic of a Bobcat, seen 4 total but this was the first one I was actually able to get a pic of.

this hike was stunning The Greenery was unbelievable and the waterfall was the Coupe de gras an easy hike it's a must for beginners we will definitely come back again

hiking
7 days ago

arrived at 7:15 on Saturday morning and entire parking lot was full so we had to park .5 miles away from the trail head at chantry flats along the street (adventure pass is required even for street parking $5). entire hike took us 15 miles including putzing around at the summit and the observatory as well as the trek back to the car. hike is mostly shaded but I still recommend a hat and sun protection. hike is definitely not a beginners hike. my friends and I are completing the 6 pack of peaks challenge and this hike has been our third summit of the series. we got back to the car at 4:30 so entire hike plus one hour eating lunch and smoking a bowl at the summit made it a 9 hour mission. I recommend bringing 2-3 liters of water and snacks because this is an ALL day trek :)

Great hike the only down side is that parking is very limited especially on weekends, get there by 6!

Great hike , get there early parking is limited. We parked 1/4 mile down hill. Mostly shaded hike, not much to the waterfall. The last part of hike coming back is all uphill so be prepared. Will definitely be back.

I was wrong! Just a short walk to the store and the Goats! Then on to the falls. Happy

I’m walking up and down the road. The park at 9 was Completely full. They said get here by 6 on weekend. still great!
I’ll make Thursday my hiking day

Hiked to the summit Thursday, April 12, 2018 on a beautiful clear day. Three of us went up Winter Creek Trail to the top and then down Sturtevant trail and connected with Gabrileno Trail (meets this trail at the Sturtevant campsite) back to Chantry Flats. The full loop was 13.75 miles of which the last 1/2 mile was a fairly steep (albeit on a paved road) climb which was a bit of a kick in the teeth after going that distance and being an Illinois flat lander!

At first having reached the summit I was like “I wouldn’t rate this a hard climb” but after finishing the full loop I would concur that it is a hard level hike due to the length and unless you are used to hiking long distances don’t take it lightly.

Great views from the “bench” which you reach at about the 5 mile point on the way up. We could see all the way to the coast and great perspective of Los Angeles.

This was our first of the Six pack we hope to achieve over the next couple years while our son goes to school out in SoCal!

Great time of year to go I guess as we had no gnats or flies (which apparently are a big issue on the hike later in the summer).

Took my 11 year old daughter and 12 year old son who have only done Mt Rubidoux 4 mile hikes previously. We did this loop, but added a short trip to the top of Sturtevant Falls after we reached the Falls basin. We went back 1/4 mile to the Gabrelino Trail and headed around to the top of the Falls for a different view and then back down to the basin where our group was waiting. My Garmin InReach registered this at 8 miles. This group of trails is awesome and very doable for almost anyone. There is shade on 85% of the trail, you walk along a beautiful creek most of the way, you see several small cabins along the way, lots of easy creek crossing which the kids loved, even if they get a little wet, and trail is mainly wide dirt gravel mix. The only complaint is the tiny parking lot gets full by 6am on weekends so you will be parking on the road approaching the parking lot and adding mileage to your trek.

Good workout and some good views but hot if you don’t leave at the crack of dawn. I was the first one on the trail at a little past 6 am on a Saturday morning!! It was wonderful.

the trail is a lot of fun and Lush scenery unfortunately taggers got in there and ruined some of the beauty of the scenery still worth the trip but the last 50 or 75 yards to hermit Falls is very difficult and we didn't attempt it

the trail down to the waterfall has a lot of shade but coming back is a lot of uphill also we got within 75 yards of the hermit Falls and the last part of the trail is almost too difficult none of us wanted to go up it but next week we're going to do Sturtevant Falls it's worth the trip

Easy and lovely

Hike was great. My kiddos had an amazing time. Dog was also enjoying nature. Will definitely do it again.

Took the other way from the waterfall, it was a struggle going up the mountain if you don’t have the correct shoes and take lots of water. The view was amazing and I had a great time with my girls! I’m planning on going again to the other side to where the waterfall is at! Great hike

We did the loop counter clockwise. The Jones Peak 'scratch' trail was very difficult for us to follow coming down from the peak. We lost it and ended up at the bottom of a steep wash. Sierra Madre Fire Department helicopter rescued us.

hiking
17 days ago

great hike.
lots of people, maybe because it was spring break.

hiking
17 days ago

great hike.
lots of people, maybe because it was spring break.

hiking
17 days ago

great hike.
lots of people, maybe because it was spring break.

hiking
17 days ago

great hike.
lots of people, maybe because it was spring break.

hiking
17 days ago

great hike.
lots of people, maybe because it was spring break.

hiking
17 days ago

great hike.
lots of people, maybe because it was spring break.

hiking
17 days ago

great hike.
lots of people, maybe because it was spring break.

hiking
17 days ago

great hike.
lots of people, maybe because it was spring break.

Hiked it a week and a half ago for first time. Normally go through Chantry. We liked this trail. Nice tough trail that is a decent training hike for Grand canyon. Definitely go when it's overcast and cool or get an early morning start. Pretty exposed until upper parts of trail. Got to see the 3 bears that live in the area, which was a neat surprise.

Nice loop for beginning hikers. Lots of shade and some nice scenery. Can be combined with Mt. Zion Loop or even with hike to summit of Mt. Wilson. Lots of options.

Not really a hike. Just a walk to the falls. Long downhill that you eventually come back up.

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