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Nice walk near interesting rock formation

Skull Rock is a fun formation that is close to the road and not too difficult to spot. We spent about an hour around it, hiking and climbing on rocks. We were there in the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 26, 2015
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Bradenton, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Visited with my wife during a visit to LA. Certainly worth the drive from the city (2.5 hours). We drove the entire length of the park (took about 2 hours) and it was well worth it. It is hard to believe how the park changes as you go through. Two completely different types of desert. Beautiful!!!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Skull Rock is a fun formation that is close to the road and not too difficult to spot. We spent about an hour around it, hiking and climbing on rocks. We were there in the morning when it wasn't too hot yet. The trail near the rock had signs with information about the vegetation. The rocks (not Skull Rock itself)... More 

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Stamford, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

It does appear remarkably like a skull! It's definitely worth a spot on your way deeper into the park. There's ample parking along the sides of the road, and there are signs are markers to warn you when it's coming. Unlike other reviewers, I didn't have any problems with hoards of people despite going in the middle of the day... More 

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Fontana, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

Any research into the park and Skull Rock is bound to pop up. Be prepared, it's not as large as it appears in photos but with ample parking along the road and easy trails around it, it's definitely a stop you'll want make, especially if it's your first time. The only and the best piece of advice I can give... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

Better to stop here when it's not too crowded, if you want a photo of the rock without people in the way, be prepared to wait. So many selfies, slow people doing a photoshoot, families taking forever to take a shot and move on. You can walk right up to the rock, just find the best angle, take a shot... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

Yes, it really looks like a skull. I honestly didn't think it would because a lot of times, when park literature tells you a rock formation, tree, body of water or whatnot looks like something, it's a bit of a stretch. Not here. Skull rock looks totally like a human skull. It's right off the main road -- keep an... More 

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

Fun spot not too far from the Park's entrance. This spot is more than just a cool looking rock. It's also a good place for some fun/easy scrambling.

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Santee, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

We were driving at dusk and didn't realize exactly what it was and had to drive back. It does look like a skull! Fun to see at night and good to explore during the day. Watch out for snakes in the area.

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Montreal, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015

Everyone stops there to take a picture of this odd rock but not many people take the opportunity to walk the trail on the right and go for an easy climb of the rock formation at the back ! The view at the top is worth it !

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Odense, Denmark
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

Well it does look like a skull! You can se it from the road, stop and take a photo and off you go again.

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