If you are looking for a great place to hike with the kids in Southern California, Marshall Canyon Trail in La Verne is a great spot. Although there are a lot of bike riders on this trail it is very enjoyable for kids and you can make it as short or as long as you like. This is an in and out trail crossing over streams which keep the kids interested and they will have fun looking at the tracks in the mud.
The trail is mostly shaded. Make sure you keep your kids close as there are a lot of turns and the bikers will not be able to see your kids. I appreciate the ones that were bells on them so that I can hear them coming and tell my kids to move the side. Also the ones that tell me how many are in their group. If you stop to rest just make sure that you look up to make sure you are not under a bee hive.
If you get to the golf course you might get lucky and spot some deer roaming the field.
We started and parked off Vía Arroyo. There is an entrance to the trail there.
Let me know if you have been on this trail and what your thoughts were!
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