Buggy after first water

Pretty trail, good workout, reminds me of echo mountain. Not too difficult, and the exposure makes it shady if you head out by 9. I don’t know how I feel about the switchbacks at the top; they keep the incline nice and gradual but downside is it seems like it goes on forever. Took poles but didn’t need them. One star docked for the questionable cohort on a Sunday: someone blasting death metal from a speaker, a fair number of unmasked hikers in conjunction with open mouthed sneezing, and a man condescendingly directing experienced hikers to go around his son in the middle of the trail (rather than asking him gently himself to move to the side). That aside, before 11 am there were also some of the most courteous, etiquette-savvy hikers I’ve ever met on the trail, making way for others (usually it’s mostly me moving), and lots of masks and “good mornings” and “thank yous.” I’ll do it again...on a weekday.

hiking
3 days ago

The trail is beautiful, a lot of greenery and shade, but if you don't get here before 8am you have to park outside and walk up the hill 4 miles without any shade, to the begining do the actual trail, if you have kids it is not easy. and same thing to come back only downhill. the trail is mostly going down hill to get to the falls, but up hill to get back up.

Hike from mt.wilson to camp valley forge. Horrible conditions, trees fallen every 20-50ft after a mile of coming down. Always follow the tunnels under trees they lead to the trails . Be safe amigos!!

nice trail... look forward to trying this route to Mt. Wilson

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off trail
rocky
4 days ago

what a great day.. we stayed to outselfs. what a great hike. buy I have to say a lot of young people getting high by the falls. also people leaving trash.

hiking
4 days ago

Brutal .......all up to the peak

Nice trail, some parts get rather thin. Come early because parking is difficult to find. I arrived at 7:30 am and had to park down the road a ways and walk up to the trail. There are some rocks that form a slide and some areas for jumping - bring a towel or change of clothes if you don't want to hike back up wet.

Lovely shaded trail, relatively easy throughout. (I’d guess the hard rating is to deter young kids and newbies from the spots where the trail is thin and there are steep drops). Bugs were abundant mid-May, but not bothersome if you keep moving. Heard a bear, but didn’t see her! Please, take out what you bring in. We fuller our packs with other’s trash and it was quite disheartening.

Nice trail I have to say for me it was pretty easy. I finished it and figured I do it again just going back!

hiking
7 days ago

The trail is open! The road to get there is closed, so its an extra 3 miles up the road to get here, but the trail itself is open! Super worth it just bring snacks and water :)

A beautiful trail amongst pine tree groves with a little creek that cuts through. Very peaceful and not very trafficked.

hiking
9 days ago

Trail was closed 5-25-20

This was my third time doing this trail. It's become one of my favorites because of the elevation and all of the wild flowers and wildlife you see on the trail. It takes about 2 hours to get to the top and about the same to go back down. There's a bench about 1/3 of the way up, and then a bench at the peak. I'm so glad I came during spring. Check out the Matilija poppies next to the parking lot. They're gorgeous.

hiking
10 days ago

Trail is Open. Went this morning. One of my favorite trails. Short and sweet. Beautiful views everywhere. Went at 6 am to avoid crowds due to social distancing. By 8am there were crowds on the highway, and no parking for miles away. Tip: go early

hiking
10 days ago

This trail is open. Went today 5/24/20

Great views and a good challenge. Like others have said, it’s actually 13 miles and close to 5k I’m climbing. My Wilson road connector (the part right after jones peak) is pretty overgrown, but passable. Some scrambling at the end of the connector trail. Mt Wilson trail is in great shape. Bailey canyon also in great condition.

hiking
11 days ago

Was a bitch

I should have started earlier but I needed sleep.. I prefer this trail over heading through first water to manzanita because you work on the incline and then come back down through the shade meeting back to manzanita to rest before heading back to finish the loop. Bring lots of water and sun gear!

hiking
13 days ago

is this spot open thinking of going this saturday anyone been there recently?

hiking
14 days ago

Solid waterfall trail with many bonus things to see throughout the route. Our dogs loved it.

Small parking lot that fits around 30 cars or so. Started where the ‘hunting prohibited’ signs are, passing some bench setups, and after about a minute or two arrived to a paved path. Wasn’t sure this was the correct way at first but it is. This path will lead you to the dirt trail and then to a sign with a split way either going left(waterfall) or right(nature trail). I went to the left and then a little further up you can go left or right again – left takes you to a waterfall and right takes you up a windy hill to the peak. I did go the waterfall side first but turned back after a few mins as it it was pretty overgrown, I didn’t feel fully prepared so I decided to go further when I had someone w me. The uphill to the peak was a great workout but not so crazily inclined where it’s unbearable. Bench stops along the way, pretty views, not packed at all Tuesday, 11am. :)

I would recommend this trail for anyone trying to push themselves. It is a steady incline all the way up. It took us about 1:40 to go up and about 1:10 to come down. Great hike with a few benches along the way to take in the view.

hiking
off trail
16 days ago

Definitely enjoyed this trail! Even with it being crowded most ppl were spread apart. Bring a snack & something to get wet in!

hiking
16 days ago

5/18/2020 Chantry Flats is open. The amount of trash in this area is unbelievable! People seem to think that someone is going to clean up after them when they’re out in nature. Trail is beautiful but the trash and the ridiculous amount of grafitti takes away from the overall experience. One and done for me. I hate people.

hiking
fee
rocky
16 days ago

Avoid going on a weekend , way to many people , young teenagers, we’ve encountered to many people that were just doing unnecessary stuff to nature it’s sad but it’s happening I wish more ppl would just enjoy the trail Instead of damaging it overall good hike , you need a parking pass now and make sure you don’t park on the road don’t be that person

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