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Heart Rock Trail

Cedarpines Park, CA

Heart Rock Trail is a 1.7 mile out and back trail located near Cedarpines Park, CA that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

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Deep Creek Trail

Apple Valley, CA

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it's short but it will kick your ass I actually love it.

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I do this hike anytime I'm in town to visit, it's a great workout for a short hike! Trail can be a little hard to follow, and it's definitely rocky. Terrain can be a bit loose, so wear sturdy shoes! Rattlesnakes can be a hazard in the warmer months, so be cautious. The hike offers spectacular views of the whole valley and theres a nice place to rest and take it all in at the top. One of my favorite return-to spots.

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7 Completed 3 Reviews

Great trail, easy going down, yes there are naked people at the pools. So sad about the trash here! I parked at the Bowen Ranch, paid the $5 to the guy there which is well worth it as i think he really brought a quirky yet responsible aspect to hiking. He provided trash bags and we brought back about 10lbs of trash. Hike back up was harder, I wish i owned a battery powered sander to remove the graffiti on the rocks! Not a hike for little kids just because the trail had a steep drop in some areas. Great views and the creek was a nice place to have lunch.

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1. Do not use Google maps to find the hot springs!! It will take you to an off roading area in Big Bear. For the hike I'm talking about, which is the easiest from what I hear, go to Bowen Ranch through Apple Valley. I have a Hyundai Elantra and we made it just fine. If you find yourself on any road that you seriously think you're going to get stuck on, you're probably on the wrong road. Its dirt and bumpy, but definitely doable in a normal car, no question. This website has perfect directions:
http://nobodyhikesinla.com/2015/03/26/deep-creek-hot-springs-via-bowen-ranch/
2. There are almost always going to be nudists here. Don't be surprised, they are super friendly!
3. It is a gorgeous oasis in the middle of large desert hills. Brings lots of water!! And maybe aqua socks for swimming if you have sensitive feet.
4. The hike in is easy and only took us about 30 minutes, but we hike quickly and its all downhill. Coming out took about 40 minutes and its all uphill. It was definitely a great workout and a great way to feel like we didn't just sit around being lazy all day! We hike the Burbank/Glendale hills weekly, and this hike wasn't as hard. But I could see it sucking if you're hauling a cooler/tent etc. back up.
5. Look at the Yelp reviews. Many people complain about Crazy Mike who owns the land that you pay $5 per person to park on. We came during daylight hours and lefts at sunset and never met him. We did however met a lovely lady named Sycamore who made sure we had enough water, gave us a map and directions, and gave us a garbage bag asking us to pack out other people's trash. If you stay overnight (or past sundown) you will be charged an extra $5 per person. They do have campsites available. When we were there, the only trash I saw was a small pile of beer bottles, so it looks like people are starting to take better care of the place. From talking to the regulars, it seems they just raised some of the pool walls so they'd be deeper.
6. I think there are about 7 pools right now all varying in heat. I could only put my feet in one it was so hot. The big one right on the river is the most popular and temperate.
7. I read that the water is not drinkable (especially the hot part) and that you will get sick. But regulars there have a hot spout that they drink out of all the time. I didn't risk it, but just do your research.
8. Pull the sock out of the top of the white plastic drain! It creates a fabulous shower that makes you feel like you're at a spa getting a back massage! Have fun!

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bell mountain
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3 Completed 3 Reviews

I got lost a couple of times cause there's no set trail. It's definitely an adventurers delight. Even so. I made it up in 25min & down in 15min.

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Deep Creek Trail
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

If it's hot out, this will be a slightly difficult hike, however the springs are well worth it. It is paradise.