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Also known as “El Toro Del Mar” this hike is well marked on a nice wide trail. 720 feet of elevation gain in about 1 Mile makes this hike decently steep but the footing is good and the views are worth the effort.

Beautiful hike! Even mid-October the first miles up to Yosemite falls were quite hot, so consider leaving early. The rest of the hike isn’t as exposed as the first miles. We brought plenty of water (one gallon each) and I’m glad we did because there was no water on our way (the falls were completely dry). Be careful at the top of El Cap, you can hike until the very edge and there are scrambling rocks. I really enjoyed this hike because the views are amazing and it’s not nearly as crowded as Half Dome - plus, no permit required. Would definitely do it again.

Great for kids too. Nice afternoon

hiking
8 hours ago

The trailhead is just past the filtration plant on the same side of the road. It is a little hidden and back from the road. I parked across the street in the gravel. I saw some broken window glass so make sure to not leave valuables visible in the car. I went on a Tuesday morning and the trail was rather crowded for the first 1.5 miles. A portion of the trail goes along and crosses a dry creek bed several times. The oaks along this section are gorgeous. There are a few steep areas and some switchbacks and as you gradually hike up to Inspiration Point, which is not clearly marked. Overall a nice hike. My Apple Watch clocked it at almost exactly 7 miles long.

Trailhead is located a short distance before Ragged Point Inn on the right hand side (if you’re coming from the south). I parked in the Inn’s parking lot and walked a short distance to it. There is a gate across the road and an opening for hikers on the left. The trail is a fire road and steep. It was a great workout and the expansive views were lovely even though it was foggy. I saw no one on the way up and only 4 on the way down. It was a very pleasant hike with some really beautiful oak trees at the top. Will definitely do it again.

Loved it. Really fantastic views of Shell Beach and San Luis Bay and some beautiful Oaks. I went at 9:00 a.m. on a Saturday and it was pretty crowded. I parked on El Portal Road just around the corner from the trailhead. There are several steep ascents on the first half with loose dirt and rocks. I saw some people with crappy shoes that were struggling. I started to descend toward Sycamore Springs, but instead did a loop back up to the main trail and headed down to the left toward the Pirate’s Cove parking lot. This descent was also quite steep with loose gravel. I then proceeded to take a short bluff trail that led to a gated neighborhood of very large and expensive looking homes. There is trail along the road and a lookout. This trail eventually takes you back to El Portal Road.

hiking
9 hours ago

this was an amazing trail some cliffs not bad but if your afraid of heights not recommended but over all i loved this hike wished i could of finniahed but wifes lil bro was to chicken shit even thoa i made him hike 35.7 miles through the hole day haha he started liking it after that but i do recommend this trail for aight seeing and animal lovers

hiking
9 hours ago

this trail was a good one not the best but if your disabled easily drivable to then just walk 50 ft and boom great for sight seeing...

hiking
9 hours ago

this was o e of the best trails ive been on not that hard its beautiful waterfall. bridges ECT plenty of aight seeing and wildlife to run into hope you take my word for it ..

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no shade
rocky
11 hours ago

We went up the reverse route. Really liked the ascent. The decent was VERY steep. Not gonna lie, I ate it once. The trail as marked also does takes an odd path that goes to a dead end and makes you double back to walk right back up to the summit. This was beautiful, but a bit odd.

Started at the coast, foggy day and good wind made this positively delightful. Beautiful views.

Really, really beautiful all the way around. We went clockwise and agree with other reviewers that it would have been easier to go counterclockwise. Not overly strenuous nonetheless. The first mile and a half of the hike was my favorite! Beautiful wooded scenery.

Faster this time , Cooler chilli at the top

Very busy, even during the fall months. Steep incline made a little more challenging by frequent stops to let others pass coming down. You’ll be tired, but HIGHLY recommend making it past the Silver Bridge and continuing up to Nevada falls. Once at the top and have taken in the sights, go all the way across the opposite side from the bathrooms and take the John Muir Trail down! Beautiful change of scenery and much less trafficked.

Trail was good. It might be difficult to get a parking but try to come as early as possible. Lot of shade and traffic was moderate .

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closed
12 hours ago

The trail was closed due to the SaddleRidge fires but I wanted to check it out. Pretty ominous as everything was charred. Easy trail with one small incline towards the end on the way back.

hiking
bugs
12 hours ago

Over grown with poison oak in some places. Also Most of the trail was on soft sand so it was great for my dog but my feet hurt after a while.

Did this hike with my dogs and really enjoyed it! Free parking, wide, well maintained trails and not crowded, even mid day on a Saturday. Lots of shade and a nice work out coming back up from the river.

Pretty easy hike with a few moderate parts. Unbelievable views with a couple cool boulders throughout. Would definitely do again with the whole family!

hiking
13 hours ago

Amazing!!! need to pay attention some of the trails are not marked. Saw a bear!!!

What a beautiful park! Today my friend and I decided to try a new hike at the Skyline Wilderness park. We started out on the skyline trail and hiked counter clockwise. The trail started off in grassland then quickly ascended for about 3 miles of switchback rocky terrain. At the peak, you will witness sweeping and spectacular views of Napa valley and Mount St. Helena. It is advisable to wear a good pair of hiking shoes, because my friend wore tennis shoes and he slipped a few times because of the rocky and uneven terrain. As we ascended further on the trail we seen a lot of deciduous oaks (blue, Oregon, and black) accompanied by coast live oaks, California bay and buckeye. We also seen wild turkeys, quail, deer and black squirrel. As we approached Lake Marie, the trail runs a long a thin berm and you can see the lake through the shaded woodland. Following the buckeye trail back, we passed some remnants of an old mining cabin and grinding mortars and on the western perimeter of the park a old stone wall was created that extended for miles. We also were delighted to find some cool caves to explore. Apparently we came across an American Indian Village site and noted remains of a second stone house. The trail headed back provided some areas with a mosaic of fire damage from the Napa fire form last year. However, this trail and park was mostly mature and had not been affected by the fires. Last, finishing the hike, do make sure you visit the Martha Walker Native Habitat Garden. This spiritual garden was an impeccably maintained oasis with all kinds of native plants, lots of benches and fountains and made a great place to sit and relax, or watch birds.

hiking
13 hours ago

only went to the cliffs of flag hill. good hike but its pretty exposed.

hiking
13 hours ago

Definitely more of a moderate hike. Steady but not terrible incline. Couldn’t make the station the steps were too steep for my pup but great views especially 3/4 way in.

hiking
13 hours ago

Great hike today!

hiking
14 hours ago

Great views of the minarets & Mammoth mountain. Easy hike anyone can do it.

hiking
bridge out
14 hours ago

Always plenty of parking on Glenties Way and McGroarty St. Walked up Woodward Ave to Verdugo Crestline and on to the cross.

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