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hiking
3 months ago

We took the Frog Lake Loop trail today. It was a bit dry as expected but beautiful lake at the destination. We saw a wild turkey, tons of frogs, lots of blue dragonflies. I would definitely go back in the spring to see wild flowers. The Hobbs section was a bit steep downhills in some part and there was a couple of trucks on it. Next time, I’ll take the Frog Lake Trail to avoid the vehicles and get much better view of the ridges.

trail running
3 months ago

Pretty decent hike. Went at about 1pm on a 90 degree day. Brought 2L of water. The hike down wasn’t that bad at all.. considering it’s all downhill! On the way back I took the Springs trail back up. Wow! That was quite a hike up. Made me stop a few times. I can’t wait to go back after a nice rain when the river fills up! Would make the hike that much better.

By the way.. it’s 8$ to park!

hiking
4 months ago

Fun trail to hike on. Mostly narrow trails. Some fairly steep drop offs but not too difficult to deal with. Not too strenuous if hiking on the Soda Spring Trail out and returning on the China Hole Trail. Took us about 5 hours round trip.

Definitely not a good place for swimming at this time of the year though. The creek is al dried up. Some water left at China Hole but not much.

Trail is in good condition. Watch for poison oak growing on the trail.

Nice trail! Definitely a good day hike. Beautiful ridgeline views.

Trail was amazing and not very difficult. So many frogs at the lake/pond!!

Be prepared for multiple creek crossings on Hunting Hollow trail. We saw a mountain lion on the Redfern Trail. Hike on.

We went on a day that was supposed to be super rainy - the rain started as we were walking up the Corral trail back to the cars so we just got cool weather and fresh trails! The big creek was pretty darn full - didn’t get all the way to China Hole. We got a little sun on the incline and even with all the rain the creek hopping was fine. If I were to do it again I would go back up the China Hole trail - I loved the views that way and the incline going up the other way was brutal - all uphill with no flat areas until you get back to the fork.

hiking
8 months ago

Easy trail, wild flowers, frogs, unusual butterflies, we saw purple ones. Tranquil and peaceful!

backpacking
9 months ago

It was nice, not great. Went in early January and it's not much of a lake. Frog pond would be more appropriate. This close to the headquarters you run into ALOT of people. We saw probably 10 other parties. Rather than take the loop, we trekked onward the next day down to upper camp which was nice. This is a great little trip if you are trying to take it easy or introducing someone to backpacking. We stayed at the two oaks campsite which is world's better than the frog lake campsite by the bathrooms.

Couldn't exactly find China loop hole trail.

But the hike is easy, elevation isn't very high.

Not hard, considering that there's no major incline.

Flat, and circular. =Round About Trail.

4.6 miles up, 4.6 miles down!

Friday, August 04, 2017

Great hike. First part is quite challenging going up the hill and then "sliding" down the road ( so steep). Coming back on flat frog trail is uneventful for the first part thru the forest but after about .7 mile you'll start enjoy unbeatable views and surrounding scenery for reminder of the hike.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Calm lake. Two hiking options: 6 miles out & back or 4.5 miles loop. Out&Back is easy, loop is moderate.

hiking
Friday, April 28, 2017

What a beautiful peaceful hike. Take a day off work and go... less talk more walk.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Beautiful views, moderate hike, constantly jumping streams and small lake to take a dip in half way through

hiking
Sunday, April 09, 2017

Quite an easy hike. We took a couple of detours on the way, to seems the monument and enjoy the view from the vista point on Ponderosa trail.

Frogs were plentiful when we were at frog lake (April) and very noisy.

Great hike, took us about 3 hers, at a leisurely pace

hiking
Monday, April 03, 2017

Lots of wildflowers on an early Spring hike! Several clean! bathrooms along the trail. My wife told
me to highlight that!
A ranger recommended to do the China Hole loop in reverse. Rather go down China Hole trail and come back up on Mile trail and Madrone Soda Spring trail. Seemed to be easier on our knees.
Also there were multiple (7+) stream crossings involved on the Madrone Soda Spring trail section.
We definitely got our feet soaked!

hiking
Wednesday, March 29, 2017

There are lot of frogs at the lake :). There are some good view. Easy hike. However, everything seems dead at the moment and a lot of bugs flying around.

hiking
Thursday, March 16, 2017

Loved this trail! Especially when you get further in and the trail gets more scenic and a little more woody--the first half is mostly just walking through grasslands. This trail can easily take all day, so get there early.

hiking
Monday, December 12, 2016

Try it counter-clockwise for a tougher finish back up Hobbs road before the switch-backs down to the visitor center which adds a nice view to the wind down after the climb. The only reason not to give it 5 stars is that you are on a road. But that's just me as I prefer trails when I'm hiking.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

I am not convinced that this hike has 2000' gain - if it does then it is pretty well disguised. That figure is mentioned in the map published by CA State parks, but from the topological, elevation at Park HQ is around 2600' and Cayote creek is around 1200'. We could add in a couple of hundred feet to account for rolling terrain, we'd still be about 400' short.

Monday, September 14, 2015

It was a nice 1.5hrs walk. Once you finish first 15min uphill and then steep downhill and get down to the lake it's an easy nice walk through the woods back to HQ.

hiking
Saturday, July 25, 2015

First overnight trip. Beat the heat by hiking in at night. The dry grassy hills are much more beautiful when lit by the moonlight. I was not expecting it to be so difficult, it was hill after hill and coming down was very steep during the next day. The ponds are very dry and difficult to fish.

hiking
Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Just moved from DC so Henry Coe trails were only second ones hiked in the area. Frog Lake Loop was the first of three trails we hiked over MLK weekend. There was a gradual accent on Monument Trail as described but not too bad. Beautiful views at the apex. Ironically, I found the short but steep descent into canyon to Frog Lake where the trail merges onto a service road more challenging part of the weekend due to the loose gravel. Not overly steep but actually lost my footing on the loose rock a couple of times, so was comic relief for anyone within viewing range. Granted, picking rocks out of your hands from time to time is just part of hiking. However, a little easier on the ego doing it from some back-woods unimproved trail than strolling down a freakin “improved” gravel road. Though not quite as remote as I'd hoped, the trail itself was nice overall. Next time I'll hike the loop counter-clockwise to ascend that road and hopefully reclaim my pride.

Thursday, November 06, 2014

Awesome views. Lots of frogs

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

This is a helpful guide with some really nice pictures.

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