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    Aimee Van Buskirk reviewed Grassy Hollow to Jackson Flat

    about 1 month ago

    Fantastic hike that parallels the PCT and follows a paved road. Easy accessible from town, this hike is perfect for any age group. The road is mostly flat and offers great views of the surrounding mountains and desert. There is a minor accent just before you reach Jackson Flat campground, but it is not very strenuous. The fire tower at the top of the campground is definitely worth a visit and an ideal place to have lunch. Overall one of my favorite hikes, particularly at night for stargazing with friends. Just make sure you have your adventure pass when you park your vehicle and your good to go.

    Aimee Van Buskirk reviewed Jackson Lake to Vincent's Cabin

    about 1 month ago

    Wonderful hike that spans several trail junctures. Started at Lake Jackson and followed the Jackson Lake Trail for roughly two miles. Trail is well used and easy to follow as sections used to be old forestry roads. Elevation is gained at an even pace with plenty of scenery to view. This portion offers majestic views of the Mojave Desert and the lake once you climb high enough. The trail ends at the PCT. From here, follow the trail to the right. This section of the PCT runs along the ridge like just below Jackson Flat Campground and will ultimately intersect the Baden-Powell parking lot. Sections of this trail are steep but well trafficked. Once reaching the parking area, there are several options that can be taken. This map is for Vincent’s Cabin, however I decided to walk a little farther and went to the Big Horn mine instead for a little more of a challenge. This made my total trip 12 miles. You may also choose Baden-Powell or Big Rock Creek if feeling adventurous. Just make sure you bring enough water and allow enough time. The return trip was a little strenuous as I worked my way back up the PCT until I reached the ridge again. From there everything evened out as the PCT is fairly flat in this section. After finding the Jackson Lake Trail, I started my decent back to the lake an my vehicle. Overall, well worth the adventure and added a lot more challenge to one of my favorite hikes.

    Aimee Van Buskirk reviewed Bonita Falls Trail

    5 months ago

    Lovely set of waterfalls nestled in the mountains behind Lytle Creek. Trail is relatively short and easy to locate. There are a few water crossings to find the trail itself, so be prepared for wet shoes. :) Follow the path up for a ways to a nice waterfall and small pool. Be warned that there is a lot of litter and graffiti here. Rocks all along the route have been tagged mercilessly and beer cans are scattered everywhere. Only downfall to this hike however.

    Aimee Van Buskirk completed Bonita Falls Trail

    5 months ago

    Aimee Van Buskirk reviewed Deep Creek Hot Springs Trail

    5 months ago

    Well worth the effort. Came in from the northern PCT approach. 14 mile round trip hike if you are coming from highway 173. Trail parallels the Mojave River in all its glory. Lost the trail just after mile 1 until realizing you must make a water crossing to pick up the trail again on the other bank. Only person on the trail until I reached the springs. The hot springs were lovely. Nice and warm on achey muscles. As said above, lots of nude people. Very kind people, but very naked none the less. Headed back early to avoid getting caught in the dark. Fun hike overall. The long approach made making the springs well worth the adventure.

    Aimee Van Buskirk reviewed Pine Mountain Trail

    5 months ago

    Very good hike. Strenuous, but worth while. Started from the base of Acorn Trail early morning and moved my way up (brought my husky along for the adventure). Found the trailhead without any trouble. From there it’s a bit of a scramble in certain spots. Just be cautious and watch your footing and everything will work out fine. The summit is definitely worth the effort. This is also a good path to reach Dawson and Badly for those who are feeling adventurous. Bring plenty of water and a good pair of boots. I advise trekking poles too if you have them. Made it back to town just as the sun was setting. I will be doing this hike again to reach Mt. Antonio when the weather warms up. :)

    Aimee Van Buskirk completed Pine Mountain Trail

    5 months ago

    Aimee Van Buskirk reviewed Inspiration Point to Snowmaking Pond Loop

    5 months ago

    Great hike during the springtime when all the wild flowers are in bloom. Offers panoramic views at various points of both the Mojave Desert and the Los Angeles Metropolitan region on a clear day. Lovely hike overall. Just be advised that hiking during the winter season will bring you to an active ski resort. Just be careful and stick to the trail and enjoy the scenery. :)

    Aimee Van Buskirk reviewed Big Horn Mine Trail

    6 months ago

    Splendid hike steeped in history. One of Southern California’s largest gold mines. The stamp mill, primary and annex mine openings remain visible today. The trailhead starts at the beginning of an old wagon road that use to run to the mine. Years of landslides and rain have washed away much of the road, but it is still passable on foot. Wonderful photo opportunity abound. Great views once you reach the mine. Definitely worth the hike before this little piece of history is lost to the ravages of time and weather.

    Aimee Van Buskirk completed Big Horn Mine Trail

    6 months ago

    Aimee Van Buskirk reviewed Mountain High Ski Resort

    6 months ago

    Spring snowmelt brings wildflowers and mule deer out in droves. Summers offers an array of hiking opportunities and PCT travelers from everywhere. Fall ushers in a myriad of colors when the oaks shed their leaves in preparation for snow. And winter bestows a place to ski and escape from the hustle and bustle of the cities. Mountain High is situated in an ideal hub of outdoor activities. Everything from hiking, geocaching, hunting, camping, disc golfing, mountain biking... you name it, it’s there. It offers a little of everything with merging trailheads and campgrounds situated in and around its perimeter. For me, it’s a great place to hike and explore. To visit friends who work the resort. To go skiing and get lost looking for geocaches. To look for the little bits of history left behind by the great outdoor recreation boom from the 1920’s. I adore this place and recommend it wholeheartedly to anyone who wants an adventure no matter the time of year.

    Aimee Van Buskirk reviewed Blue Ridge Trail

    6 months ago

    Wonderful trail to hike anytime of year. Offers a challenge in certain sections, so be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes. Good place to take a picnic lunch once you reach the top. Blue Ridge campground has plenty of tables to relax at once you arrive. Always nice to finish and pop up at the bottom of lift #8, one of only two hydronic lifts found at the ski resort your nestled between. Ever a good little adventure when you want to escape Wrightwood for the afternoon. :)

    Aimee Van Buskirk completed Blue Ridge Trail

    6 months ago

    Aimee Van Buskirk reviewed Angeles Crest Scenic Byway

    6 months ago

    Only done bits and pieces, never in its entirety. The sections I have done are lovely however and offer wonderful panoramic views to anyone willing to trek up the trail. One of my favorite sections to hike is the Acorn Trail portion along the Blue Ridge. Great views of both the Mojave Desert and the cities when the weather permits. Plenty of places to camp and even has a ski resort you can meander through.

    Aimee Van Buskirk reviewed Mormon Rocks Interpertive Trail

    6 months ago

    Nice little loop for a quick jaunt. Vegetation is starting to recover from the Blue Cut Fire. Area is healing, but the iconic rocks are great for photo opportunities.