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Nov 27, 2011
|To get here, I followed a set of directions on this website and another website. The initial trail had one section that was tricky to navigate, but there is a good trail and cairns still present on the trail. I ended up passing the area and was told by horseback riders (fortunately) that I had passed it. I never encountered a yellow Forest Service sign. Once you find the area, it is really easy to find your way around and explore. Was decently warm for a sunny winter day also.|
Oct 12, 2015
|I also got lost on the way here. The trail takes off to the left at the end of a left-right "S turn" in the road right after the reservoir. If you reach the Sleepy Lion trail, you've gone too far. Also, there was no yellow forest service sign. Continue straight up (Northwest) past the fifth right turn. If you reach the large meadow, you've gone too far.|
Oct 16, 2015
|I almost got lost as I reached the open space boundary and a "no dogs allowed at Hall Ranch" sign right before the boulders came into view, which isn't mentioned anywhere and threw me off. Has that sign always been there and, if so, have people been fined or anything for having dogs?|
By JP Whitehead
Jun 28, 2016
DEFINITIVE DIRECTIONS TO THE LION'S DEN.
After spending half the day trying to find the boulders and getting thoroughly confused several times, I decided to take it upon myself to provide better directions to this little area.
Look for a faint social trail dipping to the left (South) as you head up the dirt road. The trail starts about 250 yards or so downstream from the "Sleepy Lion" trailhead, which is well-defined. If you see this trail, turn back, you've gone too far.
The trail takes off into the woods and parallels the dirt road uphill for a little before ascending a series of switchbacks. As the grade begins to level off at a jumbled cluster of rocks (there may be a bunch of cairns at this point), follow it to the left, through one more switchback and eventually onto a gentler slope above the cluster.
The trail continues through open woods before you arrive at a fork with an overlook on your right. Here, take the left fork. You'll pass a sign reading "NO DOGS AT HALL RANCH" and a Forest Service Open Space Boundary marker. Past the sign, the trail parallels a rocky ridge and gully before the woods open up at a small hill with a pile of boulders. This is the Lion's Den.
The profile of Hyperion Proboscis is immediately visible on the left side of the hill, and Big Cat is the most prominent vertical wall facing the trail near the summit of the cluster. The Egg Boulder forms an alcove with the Big Cat Wall. Hall Pass and other warm-up options can be found behind and above the Egg. Continuing back along the ridgeline brings you to the Hamburger and Cheeseburger Boulders. I didn't explore much, but I'm sure more bouldering probably exists further down the hillside past the Cheeseburger.
If you know where you're going, the approach shouldn't take longer than 15-20 minutes. It is moderately steep but pretty. Hope this helps!!!