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hiking
15 hours ago

We started the hike from N Bloomfield historic town after the free tour (1:30-2:30pm). The hike down was quite fast and easy. The path was mostly shaded. When you get to the end of the trail, continue left to get down to the Yuba River. There was no sign nor reception. That section of the river was pretty secluded, so we had the place to ourselves. The hike back up was pretty brutal, but a great workout overall. We were able to hike up in less than one hour. Remember to bring insect repellent because the mosquitoes were everywhere!

Awesome hiking place, must to go!

Hiked in on 05/05/2018, and out on 05/07/2018. The hike in to the village was easy to follow, but 2 out of 3 of us got blisters from the loose gravel/rocks that made our feet roll in unusual ways. I brought a blister pack that fixed us up for the rest of the trip.
We stayed at the Lodge in the village, and found everyone to be helpful and most to be friendly. The man running the Sinyella store was very nice.
We hiked down to Lil Navajo falls the first day, and did some wading there. The trail from the village to the falls is a very fine dirt/sand, like walking at the beach.
The second day we hiked over to Havasu Falls and Mooney Falls. Both bueatiful, as expected. We swam at both falls, and enjoyed the day.
Because of our blisyers, we didn't attempt to find Beaver Falls. Maybe next time.
On the third day, we left the Lodge at 4:00 am to beat the sun. I had a good, bright headlamp that made it possible. Even so, we had to backtrack and find the trail again twice in the dark of the morning. Fortunately, only a couple hundred feet each time. It got easier to pick the right path as the sun came up.
All in all, a great time and place to be.

Always great. I first came here in high school with my school. It was amazing, and unforgettable, so I've been back 4 times.
Just pack light. You don't need much. I have tented, and hammocked. I prefer to sleep in a hammock, and it's lighter to pack in and out. If you're a wuss, you can pay to have your bags taken out by helicopter. We actually did it one year, and it was worth it. $10 a bag.
2 years ago I took my 9 year old. She hiked in and out, and did amazing. What a trooper!

I’ve done this trail from beginning to end and back again! A few times! I love all of it, the views are amazing and so are the trails and steps! It’s one that I will keep doing until I feel accomplished with my finish time, and even then, I will still do it because I personally like it!

Beautiful hike.

hiking
7 days ago

Beautiful hike! I did the first four miles up Oat Mine trail, it is CLOSED from that point forward through September 23 due to wildfire risk. You can turn left though and continue on Palisades trail, which I did for an additional mile- this affords you some cool views looking back down on the trail you came up. Also about a half mile down Palisades there is a cool sort of cave that makes for a shaded lunch spot. Otherwise pretty sunny trail especially after the first few miles so bring lots of water and go early. I did my hike from 10-3 pm in August and it was really hot on the way down. Parking at the trail head is free but quite limited - I had no problem finding a spot but imagine it’s more popular in the cooler months.

Go early. Start at Stinson Beach to Muir Woods. Reward yourself with the beach at the end. It’s beautiful. Excellent trail for running. Saw one snake and it was little. Not overly busy but later on the way back more hikers around. It was beautiful.

Beautiful hike! First gain is a challenge but the view at the top is well worth it. Stopped there for lunch then ventured on toward the Dick’s Lake and Fontanillis Lake round about and up to middle Velma. Set up camp and ate dinner at dusk. Photographs because my credit card background. Mosquitoes were a nightmare (4th of July weekend) and the trails were a bit more congested on the descent with lots of day hikers.

I did this hike solo and it was such a beautiful experience. I recommend buying the Dipsea trail map they have at the visitor center in Muir Woods. It helped me get through the whole day without much trouble figuring out the trail because it can get complicated at some points considering there are so many trails in Muir Woods. Start out surrounded by redwoods. End your journey resting your tired ass toes in the Pacific at Stinson Beach. Just to finish off at the beach was one of the most phenomenal feelings and moments of my life. Currently writing this review at Stinson beach because I couldn’t pass up the moment to capture my energy from this hike.

Absolutely loved my time here! It’s a beautiful oasis worth the wait and effort to go!

loved this trail! It had such diverse terrain and views. It was absolutely beautiful! It is a difficult trail though for sure. I am from Colorado and hike all over the place but this is now one of my favorite hikes!

Good but the brush at the peak was too tall for a view of the valley .

hiking
19 days ago

I loved this hike/run. Having read many disparate reviews of this trail without full context, two disclaimers: 1. I only had two hours, so I had to turn around after about four miles (eight miles round trip) and 2. I do a lot of trail running/races which include lots of elevation and rough terrain. That said, I thought this was an easy trail, elevation changes were mostly very manageable if not easy. Trail was well marked (there are numerous spurs, but it is very obvious they are spurs to intermittent high points to get a view) and the surface was almost perfect for trail running with the expected exposed rock and roots along the way to add a welcomed degree of difficulty to keep it interesting. The views were awesome! From interesting rock formations to sweeping views of the valley to fantastic views of the surrounding mountains and canyons this trail offers a visual treat. Lots of opportunity to hike up to different peaks to see a variety of views. Also, seeing the ruts in the rock of old wagon wheels was really cool. Just imagining miners making the trek in mule pulled wagons up this trail is facinating.
Regrettably, I did not make it quite to the Holm's homestead, but definitely will the next time I am in Napa. I would highly recommend this trail to anyone, but especially trail runners who want elevation gain. If you are not accustomed to hiking/trail running, this is still a great trail, but just be prepared and be realistic about your physical conditioning. A few things to keep in mind. First, there is very limited parking at the base of this trail. If you do not get there early, I would suggest parking toward Calistoga and walking over. Second, I would suggest starting early as I am sure it gets very warm later in the day and the only water will be what you bring. Third, definitely take the time to hike up some of the separate spurs from the trail for additional views. This trail, compared to Bothe and the Robert Louis Stevenson Trail to the Mt. St. Helena peak, is far superior in my opinion. Views are just as good as Mt. St. Helena and although you do not have the redwoods of Bothe, there are a lot of trees and beautiful rock formations. I also saw lots of wildlife (fortunately, no mountain lions!) including a large jack rabbit that sat patiently as I fumbled with my iPhone to take several pictures of him from about five feet away. To sum up, great trail, awesome views, and a great workout! Have fun and be safe! Go Billikens!

Dipsea half marathon was muddy, raining, tough

22 days ago

My favorite trail in SF

Awesome fall, supai permits required
Unless you are hiking in from the Colorado river.

This trail has become one of our favorite trails in the El Dorado/ Tahoe area. The views from the Hemlock and Smith Lake are amazing (there was even some snow on the northeast side of the lake, where the granite wall prevents the sun from reaching).
The full trail (back and forth) is 9.8 miles instead of 5.5 miles as originally reported (we had a tracking device that recorded the distance and altitude gain; and if you check the full map here and add the distances, you'll see that it's close to 5 miles one-way).
As mentioned before, the trail is well-visible until a certain point (up to where it splits with the Twin Lakes 16E12); from that point on, it's essential to have some guidance (the AllTrails map works great), keep an eyes on the stacked rocks too.
On our way back, we saw some commotion due to someone getting lost (there are too many splits) and the Rangers and El Dorado Police had to be called (when we got back to the parking lot, we heard that they had found the guy).

If you are going on a weekend, chances are that the parking lot by the trailhead will be full. Don't park by the cabins or by the road or you will get a ticket. Park at one of the two Wrights Lake parking lots.

hiking
24 days ago

We were looking for a reasonably challenging hike with great views that we could do in under two hours. While no way to make the entire trail that quick, it was perfect, with a wide, well groomed trail through at least the first two miles. Super close to downtown Calistoga. Looking forward to going back to do the full trail.

Pretty chill hike, pack water if it’s summer bc it can get hella hot

This is one of the most scenic and beautiful trails I have ever run! However, it is also one of the most difficult. Many of the uphills and some downhills are not run-able as they are too steep, but there are some stretches that finally level out enough to run normally. This trail has become one of my favorite training grounds for trail running!

hiking
29 days ago

Nice hike in San Francisco with beautiful views of Golden gate . I'm not sure if weekdays is busy as weekends . trail was pretty crowded for that Saturday but it defenetly worst that to see scenario views and do some cardio at same time .

hiking
29 days ago

Beautiful hike! It is moderate and goes around the bay :-)
Nice views of Golden Gate all the way. If you want to hike all the way to Golden Gate, you need to walk through BEAUTIFUL homes in SF! The one's which are like my Dream Homes! Oh well moving on, the hike is simple walk from the trail end to GG.

I would rate this hike as easy / moderate! Some elevation which is nullified by the beautiful views.

Spectacular hike. Well worth it and totally doable. We were a group of moderately in shape adults and one 11-year old, and while it was definitely a challenge it was totally doable. Hike EARLY or LATE to avoid the sun, because it is brutal. We didn't use the mules or the helicopter and 100% recommend doing it this way! You feel so much more accomplished when you finish, and it's totally worth it.

We started the hike down at 5:00am and were to the campground at about 10:00am. The campground is great and there is plenty of shade and great places to hang hammocks (we were worried about this before, but we didn't have trouble finding trees to strap to). The spring water at the bottom is clean and doesn't require a filter, which is awesome!

We carried 4 L of water each down and up. On the way down we had plenty of water to spare, but on the way up we were cutting it close. We left about 4:20pm and hiked up waterfall to waterfall, making the distances in the sun short before getting to the next waterfall to spend a few last minutes in and immerse ourselves before continuing. We arrived at the village at about 7:00pm, where we filled our water one last time and began the final ascent, arriving to the parking lot a little before midnight. Make sure you have plenty of water and a good snack waiting for you in the car. Hiking in the dark wasn't bad and it made the weather perfect for the hardest parts of the hike! The trail is pretty easy to follow, as long as you are paying attention. Also the stars were spectacular, seriously maybe the best I've ever seen, so that's an added bonus to hiking at night.

We didn't see any snakes and only one scorpion on the way up, which I was relieved about. The squirrels are a real issue, just make sure you don't leave stuff out and you should be fine.

THIS HIKE IS WORTH EVERY MOMENT. I have never seen water that color before and it was just spectacular all around. YOU CAN DO IT.

Most of the hike is in the Hood Mountain Regional Park, so if you want to bring a dog, park at Pythian and come up from the other side of the hill, just make sure to turn around once you get into Sugarloaf. All the trails on the Hood Mountain side are rougher and more challenging, while the Sugarloaf trails are a little easier and more well maintained.

Awesome all three times I visited this amazing place!

backpacking
1 month ago

One word.... “Amazing”!

Great hike. We were headed to campers flat for an over night. We did encounter a mountain lion in the rock field before the creek prior to Middle Velma. We did see a ranger the next day on the way out and he confirmed that there was one in the area. It was a great weekend and recommend this to anyone. Bring water and/or water filter. If your in good condition this is a fun hike if not you may have a time of it. Remember - enjoy the journey.

on Castle Peak Trail

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike with amazing views.

Things to know: Take bug spray. You’ll be happy to have it in the first mile or so, before you get into fast elevation grades. Obviously, you need
water, glasses, and suntan lotion. I don’t like poles, but I’d think most people do.

The hike is 3.0-3.1 miles to the top. After the first 1.5 miles it gets much steeper with incline grades of 30-60 percent. Those don’t relent for almost the entire way to the top. At the top you have to do some very minor rock climbing to get to the top. Amazing views and feeling of accomplishment.

For those who are in very good shape it’s probably not that big of a deal. For the weekend warrior it’s a great workout but it’s not going to be easy, but you can do it!

Also, anyone who takes a 4 year old on this trail is irresponsible in my opinion. It’s way too steep to think taking a small child on the last mile
of this trial is a good idea.

hiking
1 month ago

The hike is very beautiful with views of golden gate and fairly moderate trail with mostly flat terrain. We got there early(by 7.00 am) , so the parking was ample and the trail was less trafficked. The weather was just perfect for a hike.

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