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Great Morning Trail. It’s not too difficult and the 360 view from the peak is great. We did see a lot of flies in the area. Bug spray is recommended.

hiking
2 days ago

Absolutely loved this trail! Beautiful trees & scenery!

bugs
over grown
3 days ago

First 60% of the trail was really good: views of the ocean, shaded forest area that you pass through and well maintained trails. However the last 40% is a pain. Full sleeve shirts and pants are a must because the trail is not well maintained and you have to walk almost a mile through thick bushes. If I had to do it again I would do it as out and back rather than a loop.

hiking
3 days ago

This trail is so beautiful not too hot and many spots to stops and take photos

hiking
3 days ago

Great long hike. Went in late May. Weather was great but not much sunshine so once my shirt got soaked with sweat it got cold if I ever stopped. Best part is the beginning with the bridge, sound of the water and the majestic trees

We are not pro hikers and wanted to try a challenging hike. Our group (middle aged) mostly runs, gyms, and Jazzercise. We started at 7. Not crowded so parking was easy at the trail head. We hiked 14 miles in about 9.5 hours. It took awhile longer because parts of the trail were covered in snow and we were wandering around. Thank goodness for downloading the map beforehand because we didn’t have service. We had to cross over snow mounds, cross over streams, and scramble over big boulders. Weather was forecast at 85 in Idyllwild. We each brought 6 bottles of water( came back with extra) and few snacks. There were lots of bugs, bring bug spray and sunscreen. It was a challenging hike and I had some doubts along the way, but we did it and the view was amazing!

hiking
no shade
over grown
3 days ago

Tree are very huge. Good hike

hiking
no shade
3 days ago

Awesome hike. It is steep hike. Slippery trial. Be careful when you go.

Nice hike

hiking
3 days ago

Pretty easy trail, sometimes hard to follow. Went early and had the swimming hole to myself. My dog was the bigger fan.

Did this October 19’. Awesome hike. Definitely not the hardest hike I’ve done (easier than Whitney for reference). Highly recommend it! Great push and work out. View is nice. Last 2 miles seems endless

hiking
bridge out
3 days ago

Bridge is out right before the beach- however you can cross under it pretty easily. Lovely hike, way back is quite strenuous but can easily be done by all levels! Beautiful day- can even walk down time the beach to the left of the trail.

hiking
3 days ago

This is one of my favorite trails. It has a beautiful view of the ocean as you get higher up on the hill, it’s truly amazing. Tip: If you go on the weekend, you definitely want to go as early as possible to enjoy it, won’t be as crowded then.

Hiked on 5/23 started hike at 12 noon was able to find parking weather was perfect it was 72° Trail well-maintained lots of shade creek had lots of water beautiful views highly recommend this hike.

on Burney Falls Loop Trail

hiking
3 days ago

Beautiful easy trail. Gorgeous views of the waterfall and river running by the trail. The long trail was close as 5/26/20

Went hiking with 5 friends and we loved the trail. The waters a little high at some crossings but that made it fun for us. We’ll be back

Van Damme State Park has now opened this trail. I was there this last Saturday (5/23) and it was just perfect: shady trail along a creek and then just a touch of elevation at the loop. There are plentiful wildflowers, some left over mud puddles, and abundant butterflies/birds. A must!

hiking
3 days ago

Loved our day at Castle Crags. As said by others, lots of unending uphill, and no views for first 2 miles, but the trees were great for shade and trail is broad and smooth. Once out of the trees the views keep getting better as the trail gets tougher and steeper. Trail ends at small open plateau beneath all the rocky crags. Scramble around to find a good elevated view point for lunch. views headed home up top were great to enjoy the second time going in a different direction. As soon as you hit the trees, it is just a long shaded downhill run. We took the .2mile trek to Indian Springs, nice break from the downhill. Best views!

I’m sure when you get to the waterfall it’s amazing! I only went a few miles instead of the 3 there and 3 back due to it being 98° parking is blocked off, so you have to get creative unfortunately.

it's beautiful. Seems short because of the beauty around it. This is my second time going to it, and noticed work is being done to it. Still nice. You could see areas of Tijuana now.

The hike was short and we drove 4 hours to stay for the day. Definitely more of a camping situation then a hike. The falls loop was open and that was about a mile and half at most. The falls are absolutely amazing! Definitely a beautiful spot but if your driving more then two hours try to only go when you can stay for a couple days. The camping area is closed because of covid right now though. 10 dollar fee to park for the day which was reasonable.

bugs
over grown
3 days ago

I took West Side Trail to monument trail. Parked at Harvey Moore trailhead to avoid the 10$ fee at Green Valley Falls Park. Beautiful walk on West Side Trail. Monument Trail was steady uphill, rocky at points, overgrown with lots of bugs. I didn't see a single other person the whole time. The trail ended at West Mesa Trail. Then I turned around and went back. There were a few nice views, and some flowers.

hiking
3 days ago

Incredible hike, but it will take a lot out of you! Ample shade for most of the hike, but surprisingly hot and sunny closer to the top. Indian Springs trail is short and a great place to cool off under some water and grab a snack before the final push. It adds about 20 minutes and is worth it. PARKING: There is a parking lot on your right when you exit Soda Springs heading south on I-5. Park there and look for PCT signs on the west side of the highway! This is the best option for parking since the park itself is closed due to COVID. We parked here with no trouble.

Great trail to start exercising, if you take the right side going up it’s a bit steep so be ready!!!

Really cool and quick hike. Def need bugspray because the flies are relentless. Don't eat pumpkin seeds before

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