9 responses

  1. Jeff Greene
    January 23, 2011

    This was a very cool hike. The official trail guides call for you just to go up and back on the same trail, but we decided to walk all the way back down the dry creek bed instead for a very slightly different view.

    We’re hoping to go back soon when the falls are a bit fuller, and are curious to see whether the creek is more difficult to navigate at the top!

  2. Chris
    January 25, 2011

    Wow! Looks like a very cool trek. Might have to do this.

    • Colleen Greene
      January 25, 2011

      It really was a pleasant surprise. We’ve both driven past the Coal Canyon off-ramp a couple hundred times, but never gave a second thought to the canyon until we came across some trail write-ups. So close to bumper-to-bumper traffic, yet a world away. I’m looking forward to hiking it again when the wildflowers are in bloom.

  3. Rev Vandervort
    February 21, 2011

    The spiny fruit is commonly known as Wild Cucumber. The Tuberous root of this plant can weigh up to 200 pounds!!! My guess is that the species you found is Marah Macrocarpus(Cucamonga Manroot).

    You might find it particularly interesting that this plant was first described by Edward Lee Greene.

    On a clear day, the views are amazing from the Main Divide Road that goes up to the right at the base of the canyon.

    • Jeff Greene
      February 21, 2011

      Thank you, that is quite interesting! My father was a biologist, but more of the invertebrate type. The question you left unanswered is, can you make a refreshing salad out of it?

      • Heather
        March 13, 2011

        Unfortunately, it’s not edible :(

      • Jeff Greene
        March 13, 2011

        Curses. Guess my fresh, wild, sunomono-on-the-trail recipe is going to have to wait…

  4. chris
    August 27, 2012


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