Thursday, September 29, 2011

Eaton Canyon Falls

 WATERFALL WARNING! 
Hiking above the waterfall is not recommended. You should be aware that by trying to climb to the top of the waterfall, you are literally putting your life at risk. Many hikers attempting to climb above the falls and reach the upper “razorback trail” have been seriously injured, and fatalities occur all too frequently. On average, hikers are rescued weekly from this area.  Remember that this is a rugged natural area.  Services and aid are not readily available, and there is no trail leading up to the top of the waterfall.

Date/ Time:
2:15pm- 4:30pm
September 28, 2011
Update: November 11, 2011 
Update: May 5, 2012

Nearby City:
Pasadena, Ca

Driving Directions:
Head West on the 210 freeway towards Pasadena, Ca exit toward CA-19 South/ Rosemead blvd./ Michilinda Ave. keep right at the fork, and follow signs for Rosemead Blvd. North/Michillinda Ave and merge onto North Quigley Ave. In0.2 mile turn left onto East Foothill Blvd. (signs for Rosemead Blvd.) After another 0.2 mile turn right onto North Rosemead Blvd. and follow that for 0.7 miles to Sierra Madre Villa Ave and make a right. Sierra Madre Villa Ave. turns into New York Dr. in 1.3 miles turn right onto north Altadena Dr. then take the first right onto Veranda Ave. NO Adventure pass is needed.
 
Hours:
Park Open Daily from sunrise to sunset
Nature Center Open Daily from 9am to 5pm

Difficulty:
Easy

Why?
Don't let the recent death or past deaths in this canyon scare you from enjoying this perfectly SAFE hike to a beautiful waterfall. Don't go off the trail and DON'T try to get to the top of the falls and you will probably live to hike another trail. This trail is very easy, relatively flat most of the way. You have to cross the stream a bunch and towards the end of the trail near the falls you are required to climb over some boulders. Take your time and pay attention to what you are doing.

Waterfall Height:
 50 ft.


Elevation Gain/Loss:
Trailhead- 980'
Bridge- 1250'
Falls- 1350'
Total gain/loss- 400'
Gain/Loss per mile- 266'

Seasons:
There is water at the falls year-round, but in dry seasons and during the summer months the stream bed may be partially or totally dry.

Entrance Fee:
None

Trails:
Eaton Canyon Falls -3miles round trip
Toll road to Mt. Wilson- 9 miles one way
Henninger Flats- 3 miles one way

Trail Condition:
This trail is in okay condition it starts off great but once you get near the bridge and beyond you have to climb over fallen trees and large rocks.


Trail Direction:
WATERFALL WARNING! 
Hiking to and above the first waterfall is not recommended. You should be aware that by trying to climb to the top of the waterfall, you are literally putting your life at risk. Many hikers attempting to climb above the falls and reach the upper “razorback trail” have been seriously injured, and fatalities occur all too frequently. On average, hikers are rescued weekly from this area.  Remember that this is a rugged natural area.  Services and aid are not readily available, and there is no trail leading up to the top of the waterfall.

If you are able to park at the furthest end of the parking lot near the trailhead do so, this area does get very busy on weekends so make sure to come early. Once you park walk past the gate into an open area with several trails leading off into the forest. After a few minutes of confusion because there are no signs to tell what trails go where. We took the middle trail (second one in from the right) follow this trail past a covered lunch table. The trail is very easy to follow with out getting lost or wondering off on other trails.  We crossed the stream a total of 9 times and once you are on the trail there were a few signs pointing us in the right direction. once at the bridge make sure to follow the trail that goes under it not up and over. After the bridge just continue to follow the trail, its well marked until you get to the rocks but they are very near the falls and you cant miss it.
 
Other Activities:
Hiking
Mountain Bike
Nature Center
Guided Hikes

Links:
Photos (Subscribe Only)
Videos
Facebook Page
Knot the Ordinary- Store
Rice Krispie Creations- Store
Weather.com
Leave No Trace
Eaton Canyon 


Jessie's Thoughts:
I thought this trail was very fun and a great trail for the family. Once at the falls I found that this spot is popular among teens who have no self control or a brain and tag everything and actually walked past a guy who had the nerve to smoke pot out in the open with children around AT THE FALLS!

Maps:


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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Heart Rock Falls (Seeley Creek Falls)

Date/Time:
September 27, 2011
10am - 3pm

Nearby City:
Crestline, CA

Driving Directions:
Taking the 210 East Exit for the CA-18/ Waterman Ave. then in 0.2 miles make a left onto CA-18 N/N Waterman Ave. and continue to follow CA-18 North for 11.3 miles. Merge onto the CA-138 West via the ramp to Regional Park/ Crestline. In a mile make a right on to CA-138 and then take the 3rd left onto CA-138 West. In 1 miles turn right to stay on CA- 138 West. Just north of the town they'll be a well signed entrance on the left for camp Seeley. Take this entrance and just before the private car park for Camp Seeley, veer left onto a narrow road going past a concrete ford over Seeley Creek. Once you are past the ford keep an eye out for and open area on your right near a sewage pipeline cover.

Hours:
Sunrise to sunset


Difficulty:
Easy- Difficult

Why?
The trail itself is very easy to follow with out the worry of wondering off on the wrong trail or the trail just disappearing all together. The falls are hard to find along the trail and can easily be passed. We happened to stumble upon the falls by mistake; we followed a small trail leading to a ledge and when we looked down there it was, Heart Rock Falls! The difficult part refers to finding the falls off the main trail and if you want to see the falls or get to the heart you will have to do some climbing, getting more and more difficult as you get closer to the heart. 

Waterfall Height:
25ft.

Elevation Gain/Loss:
200ft Gain

Seasons:
This waterfall can be viewed all year but for the most water visit the falls after a good rain storm.


Entrance Fee:
An Adventure pass is needed to park; you can buy one online or buy it at a location near you.

Cell Service:
T-Mobile -
AT&T -

Trails:
Heart Rock Falls Trail: 2 miles round trip


Trails Conditions:
The trail is in great condition. There are a lot of fallen trees but they are quickly pushed aside my forest rangers to keep the trail clear.

Trail Directions:
Starting at the parking area follow the trail leading along the creek, and just on the other side is Camp Seeley. Make sure you don't follow the dirt road continuing past where you parked.  Soon you will pass right by a pool for the camp. The trail is well marked and maintained so there's no way to get lost or accidentally follow the wrong trail. If there's no one around and this is your first time at the falls, it's pretty easy to miss the spur "trail" to the rocky ledge overlooking both the heart-shaped depression and the Seeley Creek Falls. The only hint that there's something down there is by the loudness of the rushing waters of Seeley Creek itself. If you keep going on the trail you'll end up skipping the falls and joining with some road. I tied two blue ribbons onto tree branches at the turn off but who knows if they will still be there when you go. Once you have found the look out point follow the trail on your left leading down to the base of the falls (easy rout) for more views on the area climb down next to the tree to your right. This will take you to a small pool with a very small waterfall type formation. Continue to follow it all the way around the towering rock formations on your left to the top of the waterfall. Once at the top of the fall you will see a small trail leading behind where the heart rock is, you can follow this down to the base of the falls or around to the heart itself. 

For extra adventure:
After you have looked around and played in the water follow the stream down until you see 3 different levels of pools, each feeding into the lower until it reached the largest pool with rainbow trout.

Other Activities:
Hiking

Links:
San Bernardino National Forest/Arrowhead Ranger Station
Adventure Pass


Jessie's Thoughts:
I recommend this hike for everyone no matter how inexperienced or advanced you are. No one seems to go here for the falls, just the heart shapped rock. Whatever you reason for coming you will be glad you did!


Maps:


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Monday, September 26, 2011

Ortega Falls

Date/Time:
September 26, 2011
4:30pm- 5:00pm

Nearby City:
Lake Elsinore, CA

Driving Directions:
Heading South on the 5 Freeways take the exit for the CA-74/ Ortega Hwy toward San Juan Capistrano. Turn left onto CA-74 E/Ortega Hwy and follow it for about 20 miles. Near the end of that 20 miles the road will make a tight "S" shape and then you will see a dirt patch to turn off and park. If you park on the oposite side of the road from the trail head be careful when crossing the street. To see the exact spot to park on a map follow the link 'Jessie's Trails' below the google map on the right side of the page.


Hours:
Sunrise - sunset

Difficulty:
Easy

Why?
Well marked trail but there is some climbing over large rocks.

Elevation Gain/Loss:
300ft loss

Entrance Fee:
An adventure pass is needed, they can be bought online or you can find a location near you.

Cell Service:
T-Mobil - I got service all along the height and at the falls.
AT&T- Service all along the trail and at the falls

Trails:
Ortega Falls Trail- 0.5 miles round trip

Trails Condition:
Easy to follow but it does involve some scrambling over large boulders.

Trail Directions:
From the dirt car park off Ortega Highway we took the second trail in from the right. There are multiple trails leading down into the canyon and this proved to be a little confusing, but as you walk down the trail you will see they all seem to merge into one. Once you have picked a trail to follow, continue to follow it straight to the falls. We had to climb over huge boulders further back in the canyon to get to the falls but they are all dried up. I have read these falls can only be viewed after a good rain storm if you want to see any water flowing so keep an eye out for my update post on Ortega Falls.


Other Activities:
Hiking

Links:
Facebook
Youtube
Etsy
Cleveland National Forest
Adventure Pass


Jessie's Thoughts:
It wasn't so much hiking as a short walk down hill and once we finally found where the fall was supposed to be, it was dried up. The canyon itself is very beautiful if you can look past all the trash and graffiti everywhere. But because this is such a short walk and so close to a major highway it is a party spot for every teen in a 30 miles radios.

Map:

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Tenaja Falls

Date/ Time:
September 26, 2011
12:00- 3:00pm

Nearby City:
Murrieta, CA

Driving Directions:
Take the 91 East and merge onto the 15 South toward San Diego. Take the 15 South for 28 miles passing Lake Elsinore on the right side. Exit at Clinton Keith Rd and in 0.3 miles take a right onto Clinton Keith Rd When you are driving up Clinton Keith Road you will pass a dirt car park on your right and the Santa Rosa Plateau Visitor Center to your left !!!!BE CAREFUL! DO NOT SPEED THIS IS WHERE WE ALMOST DIED AND DID GET INTO AN ACCIDENT WITH ONCOMING TRAFFIC!!!! There has been a lot of deaths at this part of the road! Take that for 5.1 miles and make a slight right onto Tenaja Rd. In 1.7 miles turn right to stay on Tenaja Rd and go for 0.7 miles and make a right to stay on Tenaja Rd. Follow Tenaja Rd for 3.5 miles and turn right onto Cleveland Forest Rd. A few hundred yards of paved road leads to a forest service trailhead parking lot with bathrooms and a water pump. This is not the parking lot! You can park here are turn the 1.4 miles into a 6 mile hike. Continue for 6 more miles to the Tenaja Falls parking area on your left. An adventure pass is needed to park. (see links below)

Hours:
Sunrise to sunset

Difficulty:
Easy/ Advanced

Why?
The trail itself is a very short and easy hike uphill all the way to the falls; but once you get there you will see right away that if you want to climb around or down to the bottom of the falls it can get increasingly harder as you descend into the canyon

Waterfall Height:
150ft

Elevation Gain/Loss:
300ft gain

Seasons:
December - June

Why?
you are able to view to falls at anytime of year but to see it flowing you will need to plan a hike after a good rain storm.

Entrance Fee:
An adventure pass is needed, they can be bought online or you can find a location near you or the trail.

Cell Service:
T-Mobil - unable to get service anywhere along the trail or back at the parking area.
AT&T- Unable to get service anywhere along the trail or back at the parking area.

Trails:
Tenaja Falls Trail - 1.4 miles round trip

Trail Condition:
The trail is in great condition you just have to pay attention to what trail you are following. There are many different trails leading off the main trail and can get a little confusing.

Trails Directions:
Starting at the easy to miss car park follow the trail just to the right of a sign saying no margaritas allowed on the trail. In a few feet you will pass a small wooden box to your left; look inside! Fill out the info asked on the paper and place it back in the box please. Follow the trail for a little bit passing other trails leading off somewhere else; make sure to pay attention its easy to take the wrong trail. Shortly after passing a small metal gate you will get to what seems like a fork in the trail. If you go to the right you will run into some large rocks and no trace of a trail (you went to wrong way) if you go to the left you will see a flooded ford, you can cross through the somewhat deep water or go around on the rocks to the left. After this the trial is very easy to follow and heads up hill all the way to the falls. Once at the falls take a look directly across to the mountain on the other side of the waterfall you will see a giant red rock that looks like a turtle on the ledge. There is a trail that takes you directly to Turtle Rock if you just continue to follow the trail past the falls. (side note): I rode the turtle, see pictures below!

Other Activities:
Hiking
Trail running
Equestrian
Dogs Allowed on leash
No Bicycles or motorized vehicles

Links:
Photos (Subscribe Only)
Videos
Facebook Page
Knot the Ordinary- Store
Rice Krispie Creations- Store
Weather.com
Leave No Trace Cleveland National Forest
Cleveland National Forest - Trabuco District (Map)
Tenaha Falls Topo Map

Jessie's Thoughts:
After almost dieing on the drive up, finally getting to the falls was a nice treat or a very long morning. When you are driving up Clinton Keith Road you will pass a dirt car park on your right and the Santa Rosa Plateau Visitor Center to your left !!!!BE CAREFUL! DO NOT SPEED THIS IS WHERE WE ALMOST DIED AND DID GET INTO AN ACCIDENT WITH ONCOMING TRAFFIC!!!! There has been a lot of deaths at this part of the road! The long winding drive through the mountains on what looks like a one way road that's really a two way road is worth it once you get to the falls. The trail was super easy at only 1.4 miles round trip with a slight incline most of the way. Once you get to the falls there are so many things to explore, like Turtle Rock. Be careful of snakes, I was tromping through the water just above the falls and was startled by a snake slithering past my leg in the water. He was not poisonous, but this is his and many other animals home so please take care when exploring and take out what you bring in.

Maps:

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Thursday, September 22, 2011

Think Pink!

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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Little Bear Canyon Trail

I HAVE BEEN UNABLE TO FIND ANY INFORMATION ON THIS TRAIL OTHER THAN THE INFO BELOW THAT I GOT FROM A SURVEYOR AT THE TRAILHEAD OF SWITZER FALLS. IF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION PLEASE EMAIL ME AT JESSIESTRAILS@HOTMAIL.COM

Date/ Time:
September 12,2011
10:00am - 4:00pm

Location:
Coming from LA we took a different rout than Google tells you because there was a really bad traffic jam the morning of our hike and had to go around it; this is the way we went. The second return to this trail we took the same way even though there was no traffic jam because it proved to be much faster. Take the 405 North toward San Diego Fwy for 5 miles till you reach the CA-118 East. Continue on the 118 for 4 miles and merge onto the I-210 East toward Pasadena for 14.1 miles. Take the Ca-2/ Angeles Crest Hwy exit toward La Canada Flintridge 0.3 miles. Turn left onto Ca-2/ Angeles Crest Hwy (at the light)

If you still need to buy your adventure pass now is the time to do it. Turn right at the light instead of left and make the next left into the Shell Station you can buy them here or next door at the Sports Authority for $5.

After making a left at the light once you got off the freeway continue to follow the Ca-2/ Angeles Crest hwy up into the San Gabriel Mountains for 9.8 miles. You will see a small parking area with marked parking spaces to your right. Be careful if you choose to park at the top there have been tons of break ins and there's plenty of evidence of that all over the ground. Even parking in numbers wont save your window from being bashed in so keep an eye out for anyone looking suspicious before leaving your car. There are two more parking areas if you follow the small paved road past the gate down into the canyon. I sagest parking at the third parking area way down at the bottom. Its shady there and it further for the people who break into cars to travel BUT still not safe to leave your car. An Adventure pass is needed to park you can buy them online or at a store near you.

Hours:
Sunrise to sunset
Difficulty:
Moderate
Why?
This area was heavily burned during the 2007 station fire so there are a lot of fallen trees across the trail and on many occasions lost the trial completely having to follow foot prints past hikers had left. 

Seasons:
All year but be sure to wear sun screen and have a hat for protection from the sun. This trail was burned so there is no shade from the trees.

Cell Service:
T-mobile - No service at the parking area and no service along the trail.

Trails:
Little Bear Canyon Trail- Unknown

 Trail Condition:
The trail starts off well marked with small plaques along the trail that once told you information about the surrounding area. It however becomes very hard to follow and like I have said before we ended up having to follow foot prints left in the dirt by past hikers.

Trail Directions:
when you are walking or driving down the small road to the bottom parking lot you will pass two sets of stairs and just beyond that a small foot bridge. Cross that foot bridge and straight ahead on your left side there are signs warning you about the fire damage along the trail. Please be careful this is a rough trail to follow. We followed the trail; losing it a few times and having to follow foot prints in the dirt from past hikers until it dead ended at one of the many man made dams you will pass along this trail.
Other Activities: 
Hiking
Mountain Bike

Links:
Photos (Subscribe Only)
Videos
Facebook Page
Knot the Ordinary- Store
Rice Krispie Creations- Store
Weather.com
Leave No Trace

Jessie's Thoughts:
This trail was a happy accident; we meant to hike Switzer Falls trail and found this one.

I HAVE BEEN UNABLE TO FIND ANY INFORMATION ON THIS TRAIL OTHER THAN THE INFO ABOVE THAT I GOT FROM A SURVEYOR AT THE TRAILHEAD OF SWITZER FALLS. IF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION PLEASE EMAIL ME AT JESSIESTRAILS@HOTMAIL.COM

Map:

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Switzer Falls

Date/Time:
September 19,2011
10am -1pm

Location:
Coming from LA we took a different rout than Google tells you because there was a really bad traffic jam the morning of our hike and had to go around it; this is the way we went. The second return to this trail we took the same way even though there was no traffic jam because it proved to be much faster. Take the 405 North toward San Diego Fwy for 5 miles till you reach the CA-118 East. Continue on the 118 for 4 miles and merge onto the I-210 East toward Pasadena for 14.1 miles. Take the Ca-2/ Angeles Crest Hwy exit toward La Canada Flintridge 0.3 miles. Turn left onto Ca-2/ Angeles Crest Hwy (at the light)

If you still need to buy your adventure pass now is the time to do it. Turn right at the light instead of left and make the next left into the Shell Station you can buy them here or next door at the Sports Authority for $5.

After making a left at the light once you got off the freeway continue to follow the Ca-2/ Angeles Crest hwy up into the San Gabriel Mountains for 9.8 miles. You will see a small parking area with marked parking spaces to your right. Be careful if you choose to park at the top there have been tons of break ins and there's plenty of evidence of that all over the ground. Even parking in numbers wont save your window from being bashed in so keep an eye out for anyone looking suspicious before leaving your car. There are two more parking areas if you follow the small paved road past the gate down into the canyon. I sagest parking at the third parking area way down at the bottom. Its shady there and it further for the people who break into cars to travel BUT still not safe to leave your car. An Adventure pass is needed to park you can buy them online or at a store near you.

Hours:
Sunrise to sunset

Difficulty:
Easy/ Moderate


Why?
The trail in mostly flat with short bursts of a slight incline. If you decide yo take Bear Canyon to the base of the falls there is an incline for about a half a mile that winds up the mountain along a slowly eroding trail. (stay away from the edges even when there is fencing).

Elevation Gain:
600ft

Seasons:
3 seasons; the summer months can and will dry up the falls. If you are lucky and its been a wet year there will be water all through summer. I went in September and there was enough water but I was told the water was very low and the stream gets way bigger and deeper so I can't wait to go back when there's been a good rain storm or after the snow melts.

Cell Service:
T-Mobil - No service at the parking area or along the trail
AT&T - No service at the parking area or along the trail
(If you got something different then or findings or have a cell provider not of the list PLEASE feel free to message me with your information Jessiestrails@hotmail.com)

Trails:
Switzer Falls - 4.5 miles

Trail Conditions:
Other than a few fallen trees the trail is in excellent condition. This is still an area that was hit by a fire (2007 Station Fire) so please be careful when you are exploring. The trail leading to the base of the falls way of Bear Canyon is slightly eroding in some parts and the fencing that was placed along sections of the trail are very unsettling to see them hanging over the edge showing how much has fallen away.

Trail Directions: 
Once parked either follow the paved road down the the second set of stairs or if you parked at the bottom follow the trail over the small foot bridge and along the partly dirt partly paved trail into the canyon. The trail is well marked and very easy to follow and not get lost. After many stream crossings you will come to a fork in the trail. You can ether take the trail to the right over the stream and up some switchbacks up and out of the canyon (Stunning views) and then back down into the canyon to the base of the falls. Or you can take the trail to the left past what looked like small stoves on your left. You will pass a group of signs one being a map that's not very helpful or detailed in anyway. This trail will take you up and out of the canyon as well but it started to look a lot more burned than the rest of the trail so we decided not to continue. We instead went back to the fort int he trail and got in and followed the stream down a very short ways to the smaller waterfall above the largest one where we hung out and swam in the deep water at the base of the small waterfall.

Other Activities:
Hiking
Mountain Bike

Links:
Facebook 
Youtube
Etsy
Adventure Pass

Jessie's Thoughts:
Was not one of my favorites mostly becasue I don't feel safe at all parking my car anywhere near here. The trail was easy to follow it however wasn't well marked and got a bit confusing for a short time. The first time we came here to hike this trail we ended up parking at the second parking area and had to walk resulting in us taking the wrong trail completely wondered through heavily burned areas exposed to the sun for hours until hitting a dead end and turning around. Once we hit the falls it was well worth it but I don't plan on doing this trail again for a long time. 

Map:

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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Escondido Falls

Date/ Time:
September 6, 2011
11:20am- 2:25pm

Location:
Take the 101 north and exit Lost Hills Rd. In 1.2 miles turn right onto Las Virgenes Rd. After 3.3 miles Las Virgenes Rd. turns into Malibu Canyon Rd. continue for 4.6 miles till your reach Ca-1 north/ Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) Make a right onto PCH. In 4.5 miles take a right onto Winding Way. Its a hard to see street and very easy to pass. Once you turn right onto Winding Way park in the parking area immediately to your left. No parking passes needed.

Hours:
Sunrise to sunset

Difficulty:
Easy/Difficult

Why?
Getting to the main waterfall was the easy part. If you want to see the other waterfall it will involve a lot of scrambling and at one point you will need to hold onto a rope to get across a small part of the trail (It looks scarier than it really is). I am terrified of heights and I managed to do it and it wasn't scarey at all so give it a try its worth the dirty clothes.

Elevation:
300ft. Gain

Seasons:
Year around but later in the summer months there is little water

Entrance Fee:
None

Cell Service:
T-Mobil - I got 2 bars at the parking area but got no service out on the trail.
At&T - Had Bars at the parking area but No service along the trail.
Metro- Had service at the parking area but No service along the trail.
Verizon- Some service at the second waterfall.

Trails:
Escondido Canyon Trail and waterfalls- 4.2 miles round trip


Trail Conditions:
For the first part of the trail it is paved until you get to the trailhead where it becomes a dirt path. To the base of the falls it is very well maintained and well traveled. If you decided to climb up to the bigger waterfall the trail is heavily eroded in some parts and others required some scrambling up and over rocks and trees.
Trail Directions:
The trail starts at a small parking area immediately to your left when you make the right onto Winding Way. From the parking area walk a short distance up Winding Way till you see a sign that says Edward Albert Escondido Canyon Trail and waterfalls with a small dirt path leading into the forest. Hiking along this trail you will see many trails leading off into other directions. I am not sure where these trails go just make sure to pay attention to where you are going it is easy to accidentally follow the wrong trail. Continue to follow the trail till it ends at the main waterfall.

For some adventure take the trail to the far right of the waterfall; there looks to be a trail right next to the waterfall I wouldn't recommend taking that way there is a much easier way up. Once you climb up the first section of the trail you will find a rope tied to two branches stretching across a small portion of the trail that the rope is needed to get across. Keep a keen eye out as you follow along this trail as it will disappear for short amounts of time as you climb over large rocks and fallen trees. Eventually you will see a smaller waterfall on your right side once you see this start looking up to find the top tier of the waterfall to your left a little. Follow along the trail that is leading towards it; the trail heads off away from the waterfall make sure to find a trail that leads towards it, it's kind of hard to see. Once you have found where to go you will arrive at the 150ft-200ft waterfall.



Other Activities:
Hiking
Equestrian

Links:

Facebook
Youtube
Etsy

Jessie's Thoughts:
We ended up going at the end of summer when there is practically no water so the falls were just a drizzle. I plan on coming back after a good rain storm to see if there is more water. The much larger waterfall above the main fall is a sight to see. It is absolutely stunning and must be witnessed in person to understand how truly beautiful it is even at the end of summer; It's well worth the climb up!

Map:

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Friday, September 2, 2011

San Antonio Falls

About San Antonio Falls:
Mount San Antonio, commonly known as Old Baldy or Mt. Baldy, at 10,068ft is the highest peak in the San Gabriel Mountains, and the highest point in Los Angeles County. Mount San Antonio's sometimes snow-capped peaks are visible on clear days and dominate the view of the Los Angeles skyline. Mount San Antonio has two peaks: the main peak, with an elevation of 10,068 ft. and sub-peak, West Baldy, at 9,988 ft. Nearby are San Antonio Creek and San Antonio Falls. The creek descends through a gorge and forms several waterfalls. The last drop has a height of about 75 feet.

Date/Time:
August 29, 2011
10am - 11am


Location:
Coming from Long Beach, Ca I took the 405 south/ San Diego Freeway to the 605 north for 27.3 miles to the 210 east/ Foothill freeway towards Foothill freeway/ San Bernardino for 7.8 miles. Exit base line rd. and at the light make a left onto Base Line rd. Take the first right onto Padua Ave. for 1.8 miles and make a right onto Mt. Baldy rd. Continue up the mountain till you reach the Mt. Baldy Village. An adventure pass is needed and they can be found at the lodge or up the street a very short distance at the visitors center. You can also get them online here or find a location near you here. After you get your adventure pass follow Mt. Baldy rd. further up the mountain to Manker Flats and park at upper end of Manker Flats Campground in one of the dirt areas near the gated Falls Rd. on the left. If you reach the ski lift you have gone a little to far. To see exactly where you will be parking for this trail go to the google map on the right side of the screen, Click on the small link below the map that says Jessie's trails in dark blue and look for the trail you want to hike.

Hours:
Sunrise - Sunset

Difficulty:
Easy (short incline)

Elevation:
Trailhead- 6160'
Falls- 6400'
Elevation Gain- 250'

Seasons:
Year around, beware of snow fall in winter months

Entrance fee:
An adventure pass is needed, they can be bought online or you can find a location near you.

Cell Service:
T-Mobile - Service was sketchy in areas along the trail but I was still able to find a few bars and successfully send texts.

Trails:
San Antonio Falls- 1.2 miles round trip

Trail Condition:
The trail is in excellent condition due to the fact that it is paved until the look out point where you will have to follow a small dirt path to the base of the falls. Be careful if you decide to walk down to the base of the falls because the dirt trail is eroded in places.

Trail Directions:
From the parking lot you will notice two porter potties near a gated paved road leading up the mountain, follow this road till you get to a look out point where you are able to see the whole waterfall. You can continue up the paved road to the ski lifts or follow the small dirt trail to the base of the fall where you can relax or wonder around and explore the area.


Other Activities:
Hiking
Trail Running
Ski Resort

Jessie's Thoughts:
If you just want to see a waterfall without having to hike this is the one for you. The trail is paved all the way to a small look out point where you can view the entire waterfall and if you would like to get close there's a short dirt trail leading to the base of the falls. Once at the falls theres nothing to do except take a few pictures and wonder around for a bit before walking back to the car. You are able to climb up the rocks to the left side of the fall but be careful.

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Thursday, September 1, 2011

Bear Canyon Trail (old Mt. Baldy Trail) to Bear Flat

Date/ Time Completed:
August 30, 2011
10am -

Location:
Coming from Long Beach, Ca I took the 405 south/ San Diego Freeway to the 605 north for 27.3 miles to the 210 east/ Foothill freeway towards Foothill freeway/ San Bernardino for 7.8 miles. Exit base line rd. and at the light make a left onto Base Line rd. Take the first right onto Padua Ave. for 1.8 miles and make a right onto Mt. Baldy rd. Continue up the mountain till you reach the Mt. Baldy Village at about 7.3 miles Turn left onto Bear Canyon rd. and park to your right at the Mt. Baldy Village Church. An adventure pass is needed and they can be found across the street at the lodge or up the street a very short distance at the visitors center. You can also get them online here or find a location near you here. To see exactly where you will be parking for this trail go to the google map on the right side of the screen, Click on the small link below the map that says Jessie's trails in dark blue and look for the trail you want to hike.

Hours:
sunrise to sunset

Difficulty: 
Moderate/ Difficult 
(Steepness, altitude, elevation gain)
Elevation:
Trailhead- 4260'
Bear Flat- 5530
Total Gain- 1270'

Seasons:
All year but winter may bring snow

Entrance Fee:
An Adventure pass is needed. To buy one online click here you can also find a location near you here.

Cell Service:
T-Mobile- I had no service down at Mt. Baldy Village and most of the trail till I got almost to Bear Flat where the trail comes out of the forest to show you amazing views of Mt. Baldy Village and surrounding mountains but I didn't have service at Bear Flat.

Trails:
Bear Canyon Trail- 3.6 miles round trip
Ridge Point- 7.4 miles round trip

Trail Condition:
The trail is well traveled and well maintained but if you decide to take the slightly longer way there are small parts of the trail that are very unsettling.

Trail Directions:
Starting at Mt. Baldy Village Church parking lot follow the small paved road up the mountain past a bunch of cabins. In about 0.4 mile we reached the end of the paved road and the beginning of the trail. Cross the creek and follow the trail for about 10 minutes where the trail splits with a small wooden sign pointing to the right to Mt. Baldy summit. Going to the right is the main trail to Bear Flat; we decided to follow the trail to the left.

If you decided to take the trail to the left it will cross the creek along some cool looking bridges and climbs some steep rock steps then passes a few old cabins (make sure to keep a sharp look out for the last cabin the trail looks like it keeps going climbing up the mountain dead ending at a large pile of rocks, if you have hit these turn around you have gone way to far!) directly in front of the last cabin, cross the creek and follow the trail as it climbs steeply up to rejoin the main trail.

Eventually there will be a small water tank on the left side of the trail. The trial switch back and climbs the slope to an open stretch with stunning views of Mt. Baldy Village down below and the surrounding mountains. The open stretch of the trail is very short as the trail loops back and enters the shade of the forest. Continue following the trail to Bear Flat where we crossed the small creek entering into bear flat.

Other Activities:
Hiking
Trail Running

Links:
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Videos
Facebook Page
Knot the Ordinary- Store
Rice Krispie Creations- Store
Weather.com
Leave No Trace

Jessie's Thoughts:
I loved this trail! It was by far the hardest trail I have done because of the elevation gain and steepness of the trail but I can not wait to go back and continue past Bear Flat to the summit. I wouldn't recommend this trail to families with young children, and if you are not used to hiking in this elevation take the trail slow, there is no rush. Once we got to Bear Flat we sat with our feet in the ice cold water as we ate out lunch. Exploring the area there's not much to do as most of Bear Flat is covered in tall brush with a small trail snaking through.

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