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on Upper Natural Bridge Trai...
1 day ago

It's a coo lil hike especially with a fresh batch of some cookies

on Upper Natural Bridge Trai...
3 days ago

hiking

Decent amount of parking, great trail... Lovely cave and swimming hole in the middle. But sadly, too many people on the weekends, too much trash left behind by careless punks and too many smokers. Makes me sad. Clean your act up Calaveras peeps.

on Upper Natural Bridge Trai...
4 days ago

Easy - nice quick hike!!

on Upper Natural Bridge Trai...
5 days ago

It's easygoing downhill a little more work coming out but the river at the bottom is real nice

on Upper Natural Bridge Trai...
9 days ago

hiking

Beautiful trail, fairly easy unless you're walking in the peak of the heat. Bring water and water shoes. The caves are gorgeous, it's like something out of national geographic and it's free! What more could you ask for?

on Upper Natural Bridge Trai...
10 days ago

hiking

Hike was a bit short. Gets a bit busy during the day but if you go early enough you have the area for yourself. Water was ready cold until you get used to it. but overall nice for beginners like myself.

on Cleo's Bath Trail
10 days ago

hiking

Incredible views!! Last 1/4 mile of the trail is more like rock climbing then hiking but it was really cool scaling the side of the mountain. The water is pretty low this time of year but still deep enough to jump in! Make sure to pack some water and snacks

on Upper Natural Bridge Trai...
13 days ago

nice place to spend all day, water cold maybe u need small matress

on West Highway 120 Waterfal...
13 days ago

The name of this falls is incorrectly given. This is Diana Falls. Don't know where the name given comes from. Even the old times in the area knew this as Diana Falls as kids.

on Blue Canyon Lake
13 days ago

hiking

on Pinecrest Lake Loop Trail
14 days ago

hiking

Great easy hike. Trail can get a little crowded in the summer but nothing to unbearable. Great for dogs!

on Cleo's Bath Trail
15 days ago

we came to Pinecrest two years ago and tried to complete Chloe's bath but one of our dogs want to make it up the incline for the rocks we came back this year and completed it it was awesome worth the hike wasn't expecting so many people up there but for a beginner hiker like me just make sure you take your time and bring lots of water and you'll enjoy your time

on Pinecrest Peak Trail
17 days ago

hiking

Awesome hike. Loved the view all around the lake. Its fun to just get out enjoy the view and the fresh mountain air. Would deffently recommend it to people to give it a try.

on Cleo's Bath Trail
19 days ago

I'm a beginner hiker and was able to complete this hike with no problems. The last 0.5 mile hike up the basically vertical cliff side appears more intimidating than it is. It is do-able. Just make sure you're wearing good shoes and go slow! Gorgeous views from start to finish!

on Lyons Dam
21 days ago

mountain biking

Rode my mountain bike here on Aug. 3, 2016. Great easy going trail. Rides along essentially a dirt road all the way to the dam. Very wide path and relatively flat. Not really a "mountain bike" ride, more of a pleasure ride that allows for looking around and enjoying the surroundings.

If you continue past the dam area and across the cattle grate, the path continues following around the dam and then starts tracking along the river. Path gets a little rougher at some points (more like 4x4 driving than dirt road). I took the path all the way to the point that it departs from the river (bends to the right - you can see it on the AllTrails map with GPS). Made for a nice long ride and the flowing river was nice too.

Overall I'll do this again when I'm looking for a relaxing ride with no technical riding whatsoever.

on West Side Railroad Trail ...
21 days ago

mountain biking

Mountain Biked on Aug. 3, 2016. Overall was a fun trail. Very convenient parking and easy to find trail head. The trail was nice and smoothe with minor to no technicalities to figure out. Well kept trail for about the first half, then gets very overgrown - shoulder high at some parts. Few minor scratches on hands and shins that gloves / long sleeves and longer socks could have prevented. There's a point where the trail is so overgrown that it becomes unrideable. If you don't see what I'm talking about, the thorny blackberry bushes will tell you real quick. The downhill is fun - can go pretty quickly and whip through the brush. The uphill is such a low grade you can hardly tell you're going uphill. I'll definitely do it again, but next time will be a bit more covered up and will definitely stop *before* the blackberry bushes, not in them.

on Cleo's Bath Trail
22 days ago

hiking

This is a great trail but the last 1/2 mile or so is straight up, pulling yourself up boulders. Not for anyone who might not be able to get back down. The reward in the pools at the top, when they have water, is great.

If you are planning to go definitely bring enough water, in the summer, and if you feel like bringing blue spray paint to spruce up the blue arrows marking the trail, other hikers would thank you. Some are very faded and hard to find.