Explore the most popular dogs on leash trails near Chatsworth with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

I would agree with a previous reviewer, we considered this trail to be on the more difficult side of moderate. We did not start at the overlook and were glad we didn’t. We opted into starting at the park entrance for the 5 mile hike up with the overlook as our reward before our 3 miles out. The views did not disappoint!

nature trips
6 days ago

It's all about the waterfall. Short walk to get a beautiful cascade fall

Perfect morning hike. Moderate traffic in the AM, picking up around noon. Wild flowers were abundant, flame azaleas, sunflowers, purple cress, fire pinks. Evidence of a beautiful passed spring and promise of an impressive fall. The north face section included a nice blueberry patch. We shared the trail with a bear who minded its own business. We will be back. Not too hard, not too easy, not too long.

Plenty of blooming flora. However, wear pants, poison ivy was pretty tight to the trail. The leaves were out on the trees, so the vistas weren't there, but we encountered two black bears! Hike was a workout, but worth it.

Beautiful trail but youre definitely close to cabins/pavilions/ general development for a good portion of the trail. This could be good or bad depending on your personal preferences.

24 days ago

Used this trail as my introduction to backpacking. What a beautiful trail!

Took my kids when they were pretty young and they had no problem walking the loop. Very pretty Lake.

great trail.

1 month ago

This is a spectacular work out as well as incredibly easy on the eyes. My partner and I started at a nontraditional point and it turned out to be a fantastic decision. We went counter clockwise and finish the hike near the falls. I do wish dogs are allowed on the beach. Now that would be the way to finish the hike.

trail running
1 month ago

This is my favorite running trail! Runs along the edge of Carter’s Lake and is a lovely trail. I’ve seen deer multiple times and 1 bear.

1 month ago

The Gahuti is beautiful and campsite #3 has awesome views. The trail is marked with orange blazes and despite what another review said, easily followable.
The first two miles and the last two miles are strenuous.
Starting just past mile 5 there are beautiful creeks with small waterfalls. At the very end you’ll cross the main road then hike down to a observation deck with a gorgeous view. This is easily my favorite trail so far.

1 month ago

Great easy trail. Well travelled so no issues following. We are not the fastest but got it done in around 90 mins. Great views of Carters Lake for much of the way.

1 month ago

Beautiful views. Trails aren’t the most clearly marked but there are only a few ways you can go. Came across a 5 ft black snake in the path (no clue what kind) but it slithered out of the way no problem. Would love to return some day.

1 month ago

The lake is gorgeous and you see it almost for 90% of the hike!!!

nice chance to see some great cascades.

nice for all ages

Love this trail. Walk it with my dogs a lot. Great views of Carter’s Lake with slopes and some „up“ walking. Very relaxing because Army Core of Ingenieur doesn’t allow private Homes /Docks, so not so crowded.
However my Fitbit tells me it’s rather 4 Miles.

Nice short trail with some great views and a nice waterfall to enjoy.

2 months ago

There was dense fog that spoiled the views on the day I hiked, but the streams on the west side of the trail made the trip worth it.

This is a beautiful and beastly trail! The ranger told us the first three miles were the hardest, but the last two miles are a close second! This trail was on the more difficult side of "moderate." It was challenging, but very enjoyable. The scenery was continuously changing. We crossed many small creeks and streams before finally reaching a breathtaking waterfall around mile 5.5. We found bench around mile 3 after we crossed the road entrance to the park. We sat on the bench and enjoyed a gorgeous view while we had a picnic lunch. We hiked on a Wednesday and met very few people on the trail. We were very proud of ourselves for completing all 8 miles. Of course there is no getting off the trail once you start! We felt like there should have been a t-shirt waiting at the end for us that said, "I did the Gahuti!" Fort Mountain is a beautiful park and we will be back to do the Fort Trail. The Gahuti also has back country campsites along the trail. It would be nice to rest half way and finish the trail the next morning.

We hiked this trail in September. Good workout, beautiful views and accessible from many points.

A family style walk around the lake.

Tried to follow the Park map which was not detailed and confusing, so we got lost a couple times. Really pretty hike with a lot of views!

Fantastic! It has everything you could want on a hike- waterfalls, mountain views and streams. I enjoyed how the terrain and density of the trees was always changing. My favorite hike so far!

Took my daughter out for the day. This hike was a blast. It was challenging in some spots but that was due to the amount of rain we have had over the last week or so. All in all it was a great time and a great day.

Short trail, can be muddy and slippery after a couple of days of rain. There is a $5/day parking fee in the park.

4 months ago

Hiked this on 1/27 in the rain and it is now my favorite trail! It is just the right distance and grade for a nice continuous hike for me. I would recommend this to anyone to try this trail. Wait....I might want to keep this a secret!!!! Enjoy this trail!

We are a couple in our 60’s in reasonably good shape and did this trail in January, after a snow/ice event but the day was relatively warm. For us it was moderately strenuous but hey, we’re in our 60’s. Pretty constant ups and downs but most of that was relatively gradual. No truly hard climbs or descents and the footing on most of the trail was good. A little rocky and root strewn on the west side of the loop. It took us 6 hrs but most people do it in 4-5 hours.

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