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4 days ago

Really beautiful hike, great Mountain View’s. We hiked on a Saturday (st Patrick’s Day) was not a sole on a hike. Coming back is mostly uphill. Great hike for you and your dogs!

11 days ago

Nice hike. Low impact but gets rocky by the end. Peaceful and pretty. Nice hike along creek to waterfall.

This was a beautiful hike it!!! Best in late winter spring, because there isn't any shade at the top but the view is Fantastic!!!

15 days ago

hiked it with few friends in the fall with a lot of birds around.

My daughter and I did this hike a couple of years ago! The hike was pretty easy until you get near the top. My daughter and I had to scramble up large boulders to reach the top. It was a bit challenging, but not impossible. Although, when we were coming back down we were told that there was another way to reach the top that was much easier.. if so, I wish the trail was marked more clearly.

Once we made it to the top, the view was fantastic! ❤️

18 days ago

If you use this app how can you get lost? Check in, record and fallow along. Great little hike. This is another place that is suited for cooler weather hikes. Streams are high and seranad you as you walk. Hills are green and easy to navigate.

24 days ago

Beautiful views! We took the trail clockwise, and went up the steepest part of the mountain first. The front side of the mountain was pretty hard.. but coming down the loop was easy and refreshing. The kids loved this hike! Keep your eye out for the secret shark and frogs.

This trail is near level with little grade. It is an out and back trail, unless two or more people will be hiking together. In this case a vehicle can be left at the far end for an easy return to the trailhead.

25 days ago

It was snowy and lovely. Met a couple of hikers. Saw folks on horseback. We only made it about 2.5 miles in and didn’t hike all the way to the dam. That was too much for us in the snow. We did see a small cascading waterfall. Very small. Lots of wildlife tracks. Exciting.

I got lost several times and came to the cliff where the alpinists climb the mountain. You need to be very careful and follow the signs. So beautiful view on the top!

Took the trail to the right, up the back side. Need to Watch for the Extreme Mountain Bikers. Today they were courteous and nice. Views from the top were awesome. Front side down was very steep and slick. I have to be honest and say my thighs sure are burning. I’m thinking it should be upgraded to a difficult hike. Wouldn’t recommend for children under 10. Or dogs. There sure is a lot of litter, it’s a shame. You pack it up please take it with you.

awesome views, beautiful flowers, hidden treasures and some crazy tagging! the switch backs were tough but I'm outta shape, so worth the view from the top!!

Easy and flat trail with beautiful views. Our dog loves it too. I can't wait to see the wildflowers in spring.

1 month ago

Nice walk on a dirt road. Pretty busy with dogs, bikes, runners. Open in winter. Will go back!

1 month ago

Great view at the top! This trail was a little bit harder than we were expecting but was still a great time!

nice trail for a sunny winter day. definite climb any way you go. well marked -open views. not a place to go if you want to hike in seclusion, but easy to get to

Nice place to to hike on a cool day. Interesting wildlife. keep your little dogs close lol.

Awesome hike, some serious rock action near the top! Beautiful views and perfect weather. unfortunately, wild flowers are not abundant at this time of year (February).

Excellent trail except the few times cows block the way. Pats district did an amazing job rehabbing this trail after the bad winter a year ago.

on Tuolumne Table Mountain

1 month ago

I took a few cub scouts and a boy scout up this trail It was a good introduction for the cubs to see some of the easy and the hard parts of hiking. Due to some of the open area's, this is definitely a hike you want to do in the cooler months or early in the morning during the heat of the year. It is a good trail to intro young people to trail hiking. Bring water as there is nowhere where you can pump water.

Though Melones area is known for poison oak, I didn't see any on the trail, though it could of been still dormant. Stay on trail, no problem.

As far as the climb to the top, It's doable for an old fart like me with bad knees and over weight, which is one reason i agree more with the B.L.M map of the area designating this trail a challenge and not moderate. .

I saw people with with kids under the age of 5 and will say that the upper part of the trail is going to be a challenge and do think its a little foolish to bring somebody that young on the rocky trail with steps higher than a foot sometimes. There are some serious fall dangers not only on the trail, but at the top of the bluff.

The view though, as you get to the top, and on top is awesome.

As was mentioned earlier, get there early and turn around heading back. It is a tight area to turn and as usual, there is always that 1 inconsiderate person that out of ignorance will block the area where the gates are so very difficult to turn around.

Nice hiking. Not too hard. The trail disappears after Spike Peak. We used the app to stay on track. Worked perfect.

I enjoyed the fact that there were markers along the way telling you the names of some trees. Also how far you have gone and some history of the rails. My dog enjoyed it as well.

we loved this trail. it's a good length to do with the dog and without needing too much of a pack - just some water.

1 month ago

amazing view at the top definitely will be going again soon!

Great hike and amazing views. This hike is definitely with your while.

1 month ago

1 month ago

Great hike, started on the steep side first and took it easy on the way down the back side. Great view from the top. Will be back with picnic stuff next time.

on Lyons Dam

1 month ago

If you don’t have any fear of heights - walk the flumes to the dam. The views are stunning.

It's a beautiful hike that is easy enough for someone that hasn't been hiking for awhile or just wants an good walk.
There are two entrances - the trail actually starts at the first gate. You'll walk a little over a mile thorough trees and fields. Once you get to the restroom you can take the trail to the top or go through the gate to the "watershed" trail. That's a great hike along a dirt road that's pretty much flat. If you want, that leads to the dam but it's a 12 mile hike. Along the way you see glimpses of the lake.
All together it's a wonderful place to hike. A few things:
1. The road to the second gate is bumpy and you'll need a vehicle with a high clearance.
2. If you park at the first gate turn your car around to park. It can be a tight bunch of turns to get out otherwise.
3. It's better to get there relatively early in the morning - I got there at 9:00 am on a Sunday morning and there were about 3-4 cars. By the time I left 2 hours later there were 10-15.

on Duchess Mine Trail

1 month ago

Great round trip

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