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Great place for birding

Nice mix of all terrains. Lot of car and plane noise though

Day hiked the whole loop Nov 2018 training for unsupported FKT attempt on the Arizona trail April 2019

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23 hours ago

Hiked this trail with my dog. Easy, short. Perfect way to start the day

Great relaxing easy walking trail. Next to homes and a meandering stream for part of the trail.
I’d recommend for a stress relieving walk.

Wonderful and relaxing hike. Easier, but longer to head down to the camp and walk up the beach to see the falls, quite the long route. Or, make sure to take a small trail to the left where a pile of painted rocks are, paint is worn FYI. Then you can head down another path that is quite steep with loose gravel requiring some climbing. Be safe and be smart.

1 day ago

Did this back in August. Such a beautiful walk in a beautiful city. A nice little mini Venice ( that doesn’t nearly touch the amazingness of Venice, Italy)

The powder looked like crystals glittering in the sun - beautiful frozen lakes and easy terrain

Such an amazing hike! If youre unsure of where to go there is a friendly staff at the nature center that offers you maps of all the trails available with their level of difficulty. The trails are clean and it is such a great way to spend a day out.

Creds- AllTrails Pro. 13.9 mi, ~2,800’ El Gain. Moving time 5:50. Suggest giving ‘AllTrails Pro ‘great Xmas gift- don’t have to worry about getting lost.

Started 8:30 am Wednesday 12 Dec 2018. Lots of available Parking for $10. Went counter clockwise, Recommendation clockwise if want to run down.

Followed AllTrails. Trail in great condition except small section right before Temescal Road, but doable. If going clockwise there is a Closed’ sign.

Enjoyed hike since 90% trails and lots of spectacular views. Great to hike when ~65F instead of 80 F plus. Mostly women hiking this trail (too hard for guys?) . Just enough traffic to clear spider webs, snakes, and lions for me- thank you.

Critical to bring at least 3 liters water and food. Highly recommend wearing hat.

Great hike this time of year.

walking
1 day ago

Really easy, flat and long trail if you stay on the "main" trail. There's a lot of smaller trails that forks off in various locations.

Pretty fun trail. Took around an hour and a half at a very brisk pace. The creek was indeed very wet this time of year but if you're comfortable enough you can do the many crossings by stepping on the stones ad never getting wet.

Great little park. As far as running here goes it gets a little same same after 2 miles but i still got 4.5 miles out of it

Must have axe/crampons/snowshoes/24 pack/beginner mountaineering experience. I recommend layers and winter attire but it isn't needed if you're young, just be constantly warm and avoid exposure to wind. Not as dangerous as Devil's backbone but still pretty dangerous in the winter. GPS not needed because the trail is still heavily trafficked, unless you wanna explore. The view is not bad, definitely prettier in the winter imo.

Beautiful loop with stunning views and some good climbs to get your heart rate up. You can also do a 4 mile portion of it, if you take the paved reservoir trail for 1.25 miles and then take a connector trail up the hill.

Tip: Do this one in fall or winter and skip right after a rainfall since it will be too muddy.

Woah! Great hike, straight up at some points but worth it. Some ice on the steps toward the top. Amazing views, wonderful waterfall and less than 10 people!

The view at the end was worth the hike! Coming back down can be a little challenging to the joints for those that aren’t expert hikers. Watch for snakes and Mt.Lions if you’re hiking away from the trails in other places close to the main trail towards the falls.

Beautiful cliff views, easy walk, but not for people easily frightened or knocked down by dogs - most dogs are off-leash. To increase cardio intensity, go down and back up the steep beach access trail on the North/Mountain side of the property. If you keep walking at the bottom you can reach public bathrooms, the Boathouse Restaurant, and the Pacific Ocean where there’s yet another off-leash area for dogs.

Busy trail! Sunday morning 5am already had many people enjoying the trail before sunrise. On our way down later it was very busy. Great trail right in town that I would use a lot if I lived locally.

We really enjoyed this hike! It took us about 2:36 to complete the loop with only a little bit of time to stop once in a while to take in the views and snap photos. Great climb up with very little traffic (nobody else was on the trail with us). Trail head is within the Zoo and entry to the zoo is $20pp so it's great to spend 9-noon in the zoo and then hike the loop with a packed lunch. The trail head closes at 4pm and zoo gates lock at 5pm so don't get stuck there!

1 day ago

Hiked "Araby West Loop" for 6 miles and 1600ft total ascent. Left comments on that trail listing.
Good hike.

Great hike on a 70 degree sunny day. it would be difficult during hot weather since it was plenty warm for us today and there is little to no shade. Some of the trail markings are not the best, but I had cell service and followed the map down here on AllTrails... not to much of an issue that way.
We hiked up and clockwise around the loop. I saw a note from somebody here about walking out to the trailhead by going down the wash after the peak with the rock pile...I would have tried it had I read it before the hike. I did see footprints going that way as I passed through. We enjoyed the hike, 6 miles and 1600ft total ascent over 3 hours.

Well maintained hike. The abundance of fall colors was great along the way. No complaints. It’s a nice hike, especially this time of year.

Really enjoyed this hike. We started in the grove in the Pioneer Trail and hiked to the picnic area where we picked up the East Ridge. Lots of ups and down on this trail. Good workout. Views would have been better but there was a lot of clouds and mist the day we went. Do this one!

My girlfriend and I did this hike last Tuesday (12/4) and thoroughly enjoyed being surrounded by some of the oldest and rarest trees in the world!

The only reason I gave this hike four stars instead of five is because of the road closure to the upper parking lot that added an additional mile to our hike on a paved road. I understand the need to close certain roads when they became dangerous or undriveable, but there were multiple national parks vehicles driving back and forth on the road, and the lot would have been easily accessible for even a front-wheel drive vehicle.

Having said that, this was a magnificent hike and it was quite impressive to be in the presence of these towering giants. My personal favorite was either Grizzly Giant or Fallen Monarch. At 209 feet tall, Grizzly Giant reaches for the sky with its gigantic branches like some magical tree out of Harry Potter. The Fallen Monarch almost looks like an octopus with its massive tentacles reaching out to touch you.

We didn't complete the entire loop (because of time constraints) and instead turned left at the road roughly 0.7 miles in. We then turned left again after encountering The Faithful Couple, making our round-trip on the trail about 2.5 miles (not including the mile on the road).

I would love to return in the summertime to complete the entire loop, but I felt as though we made the most of our time!

Like the devil's golf course, this was a truly unique landscape. I ended up walking the .8 miles out to the end of the path

11/12. few people along trail. weather was perfect. trail just kind of lead to a dead end for me? bridge was cool tho

no hike needed to view this. the landscape is unlike anything I have ever seen before. worth a stop

seems like you would have to take the scenic drive in order to get to this. not sure why this is a seperate "trail". bit yeah, the colors are cool and worth checking out

1 day ago

the drive itself was boring and in my opinion (as the driver) not very scenic. the main attraction is the artist's palette. it's quick and easy though and def worth experiencing...I was hoping for more. maybe I missed something?

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