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I have not been in this trail in a year or so. But the couple of times I went there there was a lot of dog crap. Specially at the beginning of the trail. From where you park your car to about 1/2 to 1 mile into. Some people take their dogs there and do not clean up after them. So watch your step.

Another thing I ran into was people riding their bicycles down the trail. They can come at you pretty fast so stay alert. Specially if you have kids or a dog(s).

Otherwise it’s a cool trail with some good views.

it was super easy. we did 8 miles.

Nice hike!!! Did not do the whole loop, I couldn’t find the trail down so just ended up going the same way back down. Was not difficult much, just make sure not to do during hot hours of the day!!

There is a fire road beginning the trail which is nice since it is not too much of an incline so it doesn't hurt too much.

The huge incline you see from the freeway is a great workout! I love the fact that you can go up the hard way and then make your way down through the easier trail.

Depending on the time, there is a good amount of shade as the elevation drops.

hiking
3 months ago

Went last weekend on an organized goat hike - yes, I said goat hike! The area is still green and beautiful. Great view but not a lot of shade. Great exercise on the way up.

Tip: pack extra water, sunscreen, and a hat. Parking is limited but you can also park on the street so it should not be too much of an issue. Tons of mountain bikers which is really annoying, so just be on guard.

I stopped here on my way home to Nevada County. I went in blind and wish I had my backpack so my hands weren't full as I trekked up the steep incline. Nothing impossible but a slight challenge with items in both hands. I eventually took the side roads opposed to the steep incline. Hit a T in the road with signs but wasn't sure which way to go to return to my car so I turned around and took the side roads down. I felt safe and it was such a gorgeous hike up. Other hikers were friendly and ranged from families with young children to some senior citizens. There were a lot of mountain bikers up there too. I will definitely do this again with free hands and take that incline to the top!

I was torn between a 3 and 4 rating, but opted for a 3 based on the condition of some parts of the trail. This area was aggressively defended during the La Tuna Fire and fire breaks were cut all about the trail. Now erosion is starting to take its toll. Dont be fooled though, this is a cool trail and offered some pleasant surprises. Seeing the burn area recover up close is absolutely fascinating. I would absolutely suggest this trail, but I would give a heads up on two items. First, the trail head does not originate from the Theodore Payne Foundation, but from about two blocks away. Second, be ready to work right out of the gate because 70% of your elevation gain is in the first .2 miles. l made the conscious decision not to bring my trekking poles and regretted it almost immedately.

I did this hike and it’s great I did a part of the trail where the vegetation was over grown and not maintained at all. Super scary for sure but I loved it. I didn’t know when it was ending tho. I was exhausted.

hiking
7 months ago

Great hike, but a little too crowded and the ending was dangerous after the fires turned the soil to ash.

Want to feel the burn go here !

Great views of Sun Valley. About 3 months ago this hike was hit with a massive wildfire. The soil is a bit lose but still worth the hike.

Did about 1/2 the trail then came back. Very cool since recent fires have burned back alot of vegetation. Kinda looked like Mars in some places. Saw a few bikers, hikers w dogs, & 2 bike cops on electric bikes. Pretty neat. Some steep climbs, but not terrible.

I took the easy way up. But coming down was a different story. It was like the scorched trials. It was very Sandy and filled with loose dirt. Some of the path way on the side of the mountain disappears and you kind of have to walk on the wall of sand to get across. It spit me out on the side of the road down the street where I parked. Overall very fun and difficult.

pretty easy, but keep in mind it's a steady uphill from the beginning to the top. amazing view once you get up there! we could see even catalina island to malibu from the top.

mountain biking
9 months ago

Good. But when you get to what the map says is the top, don’t take that left and go down that way. Extremely soft steep dirt. Go back the way you came.

Beautiful trails!!

Even more awesome now with sights from the burn area

hiking
10 months ago

5/5 for the awesome views
NOTE: Do not follow the map provided! At about halfway, it was extremely hard going down loose soil and the unpaved trail
Lots more other trails connect to this one

hiking
11 months ago

Not well marked (lots of unmarked forks, especially to do as a "loop" which requires a 1/4" mile walking on the side of the highway at the end but great views of both DTLA/back of hollywood hills and the valley.

Friday, July 07, 2017

plenty of shade, and a great panoramic view from the top.

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Saturday, July 01, 2017

Felt the burn! Love the mountainous view on a clear day.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Very exposed. Bring plenty of water and sun protection and come on the earlier side. Trail is nearly shadeless after 9AM. Beautiful 360 view at the peak, but no shade to hang out and have a snack. This is also not really a loop as the map says. I highly recommend sticking to the beaten path. Also watch out for rattlers.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

it was my first time and I enjoyed it. there isn't any shade but a nice wide dirt road. As an avid hiker I wouldn't consider this difficult at all. There are some inclines but there are a lot of flat areas. The views were amazing.

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Sunday, June 18, 2017

This is a good trail and I've been here multiple times. However, this time there were a lot of bees and I mean a lot. I was extremely unpleasant to hike. as I mentioned I've been here before and never had this problem. I came here on June, 18, 2017. Hopefully this is just a seasonal thing. Otherwise it is a nice hike.

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Monday, June 12, 2017

go early morning if you are doing it in summer, exposed to sun and no shade, have plenty of water

Sunday, May 14, 2017

great hike, our pitbull loves the trail, lots of lizard, & bugs ,we saw 2 snakes today! it was nice to see a ranger parked up top chatting with hikers, iloveLA

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Monday, April 17, 2017

not really a loop, the "loop" part is just a very inclined shortcut

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Great trail I think it's moderate.

Monday, March 27, 2017

It's about 7 miles if you park in the lot- there is a man who makes fresh juices at the end of the hike.

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