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Takes about 10 miles to get away from the general population leaving from Happy Isles. But Cathedral Lakes is one of Americas best campsites. You could get there in a little over a half a day if you left from Tuolomne Meadows heading north to happy Isles.

We exited at Agnew Meadows, but still a wonderful backpacking experience.

Challenging hike through melting snow up and off the pass in August. Great camping spots a few miles below the pass. Top of the pass offers some spectacular views.

Just finished section hiking this section on the weekends! Absolutely gorgeous hike that takes you through the San Jacinto Wilderness. The 20 mile hike down the mountains to the I-10 was the most brutal part of the hike.

Got it, class of 2017. It's nice to make it to Hiker Heaven. Another dry section. Watch your water.

Got it class of 2017. That McDonalds to Guffy campground part is for real if you do it all in one day. Bring a LOT of water.

Got it again, whole section class of 2017. Lotsa water this year and some nice views from up near San Jacinto.

Did this a few years ago. Amazing trail. But do it starting in Tuolumne Meadows and it's way easier.

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

We started off of HWY 2 and hiked east, didn't see much for about 2 miles and then hiked back west across under the freeway for about 10 miles. The views were awesome but would recommend the west portion for someone in good shape as it was a lot of climbing. super fun though.

Great hike. Moderate in difficulty, but this hike is long if you go road to road and back. Great views and almost no one around unless it is thru hiking season. Can be done as a backpacking trip too as there are several camping spots. Enjoy.

Some light graffiti.. but it's not distasteful enough to discourage the beauty in nature.. the fall colors were amazing and the trail is nice.. tougher when you go off trail and down by the creek.. great place to go with another person or group..

I did this hike by mistake with my son and his best friend. They were 13-14 at the time. We took a hiking trip to Yosemite for the week and I had never hiked anything there but Vernal Falls and it was before everyone had the internet... The plan was to do 2-4 hour hikes in the morning and afternoon. The 1st night we stayed outside the valley and broke camp to do Vernal. We got there and everyone was game to do Nevada. We got there and decided to go to Half Dome. Keep in mind that we weren't prepared and each of us had a water bottle and a candy bar or a small package of trail mix. When we got to the fork at Half Dome Trail I decided that maybe it was too much on their legs and talked to a very uninformed trail worker who said the shuttle ran to Tenaya Lake and the trail wasn't that bad so I decide as the irresponsible father that would be easier on their legs than going back down the falls trail. The hike from Half Dome fork to Tenaya was one of the toughest I've ever done. It was awesomely beautiful and the only one day hike I've ever done to date that compares to Half Dome itself. The entire hike took from about 10 am to a tad after dark and it was done on a day when it was drizzling much of the time and of course we weren't expecting that in late summer. We were really fortunate that a shuttle bus driver was actually taking a bus back to the valley that night and did us a favor and also that the creeks were clean enough that we didn't get Giardia. When we got back I gave the boys the choice to find a camp spot, a motel outside the park or drive 4 hours home. I drove home that night..... My son's best friend became one of my best hiking buddies and has done many hikes and adventures with me including Half Dome as well as the Grand Canyon a couple of times. He and his wife are going to do the Rogue River Trail with me in the spring. And we both want to go back and do this hike again just to see if it was as hard as we thought at the time.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Beautiful, lots of great camp sites and given we completed it in October missed the crowds, once we left Yosemite didn't see anyone for days at a time

What a great hike hiked from the highway173 to freeway 15 loved it

thru hiked the PCT in 2016 loved the whole trail

It's so over grown and full of thousands of bees. You can't get to the trail from the dam.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Beautiful short 3 day backpacking trip along the John Muir Trail ...

Great hike

It was tough but worth every bit of it. I'd do it again.

Yhe trail through here has been groomed. very nice.

Update: Beware of snakes right now. I've hiked 10-mile stretches of this trail all around Silverwood lake lately and have encountered rattlesnakes twice in the last 3 weeks. The first one gave warning. The snake today did not, I was on top of it before it moved and then it coiled and only rattled about 5-10 seconds. Still don't know how I wasn't bit. I hike with poles and am very cautious. Two other hikers we passed had gone by there within 5 minutes without seeing it. There are parts of this trail that are very narrow, 6-10 inches wide because of the new spring growth. Please be aware!

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Love this trail, looking forward to some long distance hikes in the future

I began this trail at the Saddle Dike. It's about a mile walk along a restricted paved road. The trail winds up the side of the mountain at the end of the dike. You can also go down to the creek but be prepared to cross the creek, more than once. The water is cold and I was lucky to have a change of clothes. I walked about a mile along the trail before taking an off trail down to the creek. There are a lot of wildflowers blooming and it was very serene. The trail is very high and narrow, and was even washed out in some areas. The parking area along the road is sketchy. There was broken glass everywhere where cars had been broken into. I went on a Tuesday though so it was mostly deserted.

I have not done this whole section but I like the stretch between Guffy Campground and Inspiration Point for altitude training and it's beauty. It's 7000" to 8500", the highest being on the east end but a lot of up and down in between, staying for the most part on Blue Ridge itself or very near it so the views to the north and south are really nice. The oaks and chaparral on the west end quickly give way to open jeffrey/ponderosa forest with white fir and a few cedars. There is NO water between Interstate 15 and Grassy Hollow unless you scramble down the steep Acorn Trail to Wrightwood. Blue Ridge Campground is roughly halfway between Inspiration Point and Guffy. There's only light use in the winter because the gate is locked to vehicle traffic at Inspiration Point until the Mountain High Ski Resort closes down for the season. If you like thin air this is a nice 10 mile out and back. I'm posting a few pics.

Read the book "wild" so when we came to visit I had to hike it. Only did part of the trail at the time. I couldn't find any info on it and didn't allow enough to time. It was a nice moderate hike.

I picked up the trail at the Silverwood Recreational Park where there is a free paved parking lot off of Pilot Rock Trail road. You have to head down the paved road about 1/8 of a mile to get onto the trail. Do not take the first trail as that is for off road vehicles, you know you're on the wrong trail when you see tire marks. I headed south on the trail. The PCT trail from here is very narrow and was a little washed out in spots due to recent rain. The trail runs parallel to the 173 highway for 2.5 miles so it's a lot of car noise and not very scenic, unless you enjoy wide dirt plains and cows. Just after 2.5 miles the trail heads into the canyons where it's very quiet and we didn't see any other hikers. After 3.5 miles we got to a peak where we turned around. If we head kept heading south we would have made it to the Dike and the creek side PCT trail where the famous bridge and hot springs are. Overall it was OK. I prefer trails that are far away from roads so it was kind of a disappointment. On the plus side there was very little gain in elevation so it was a leisurely walk in and out. Also, there were still patches of snow in shady areas. Hiked 2/6/16.

We intented to run the Canyon View Loop but couldn't find the loop. So, we ran out and back from the Whitewater Ranger Station to Red Dome. It was a nice easy trail run. It was mostly flat with a slight up-hill on the way to the dome. The creek was running. It was Memorial Day weekend so there were some people out and a couple of backpackers hiking the PCT. There's a lot of sun, so hit the sunscreen. Much of the trail is rock and sand.

On the day I decided to hike this part of the pct it was actually raining, but I only was doing a day hike. I can see how it could be insanely hot during the summer. I drove up an old dirt road (seemed like a high clearance vehicle would be needed) and parked in a dirt parking area. From there I wasn't terribly thrilled cuz at first all you see is the energy windmills and the eerie noises they make. Not much to look at and no wildlife. However I did end up hiking with a small group of guys who were thru hiking. We all kind of bottlenecked at the pass through the mountains. You then take switchbacks all the way down the other side. This was a challenge in cool weather I can't imagine it in hot weather! I went about 6 miles in and 6 miles back out. Once you start to get some views on the other side it is very breathtaking. Overall it was a good hike, good people and some good sights, but I don't think I would do this on a hot day unless I was thru hiking.

I hiked PCT with a group of 20 people entering off the 15fwy. I would consider the trail moderate in some areas but also strenuous. I went about one year ago around late fall early winter where the weather was about 17 degrees according to the car thermostat at 7am. There are amazing views, a few water streams, a bridge, an old dam and much wilderness beauty. My group was heading towards the deep hot springs, but I later found out we took the long way in. Although, I did not go completely to the hot springs with the group due to time constraints it is indeed a lovely place to hike. I only did 10 miles round trip, 2.5 hrs each way at moderate to slow pace in some areas and stopping for photos.

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