We took a forked trip to hike the two canyons. One was short, almost too short but in retrospect a way to start experiencing the alive canyons with the spider webs hanging from branches to rocks and filtering the sunlight. Or the pleasant surprised of seeing a small rattle snake on the concrete walkway out of the forest.
The early morning hike gave a morning dew filtered light with the coolness of the damp ground. Refreshing.
The mushrooms and the rocks with the little meadows, and the water falls as well as the creeks provided a sense of wonderment.
Bring a camera, thin clothing that can be layered. Even though we went during a winter (if winter can be called that in southern california), there was cool freshness and could get hot as we climbed and walked.
Plenty of water. Make sure that the footwear is safe and can keep you dry.
i have done both the trail to the waterfall, which was quite easy and the trip up past the boy scout camp. The first 1 mile of the trail is on a paved road and is kind of steep. But just past the camps entrance the road becomes dirt then a small trail. There is water along most of the trail and it is also shaded for most of the 3.5 miles which is nice in the summer. You have to finish hiking by 5 o'clock or else you may get locked in the park. Visited on Feb 02, 2011