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    Amy Kasden reviewed String Lake Trail

    3 months ago

    Like someone else, this was the hike I did the day after Delta Lake as a more restful hike. It was also the day before a more strenuous hike so the perfect in between hike.

    I went counter clockwise (im not sure how it is shown here) and am really glad I did. All of the little tiny paths off the main trail to look at the lake are worth it. I got there at 8 am and am so glad I did. The water was so calm and clear. I’ve never seen mountains reflecting in the water like this. It was breathtaking.

    Definitely an easy hike and so worth doing. Just beautiful.

    Amy Kasden completed String Lake Trail

    3 months ago

    Amy Kasden reviewed Delta Lake Trail

    3 months ago

    I did this hike a little over a week ago and it was one of my favorites to date. It is very well marked until it splits off from the main trail and is no longer a maintained trail. I counted the switchbacks so I would know when to look for the split off. It is not obvious and you have to walk down slightly and then you pick up the trail. After that split it is fairly obvious where the trail is.

    There is a first bolder field and after getting through it, stay to the right of the next section of boulders. I ended up scrambling up the rock face and missed the obvious trail to the right. It’s not the end of the world if you miss it, but would have been an easier way had I stayed in trail.

    The lake itself is unbelievable. It truly looks as amazing as the photos. It took me an 1:40 to hike up and I stayed up there for about an hour. And then about 1:20 or less down.

    Amy Kasden completed Delta Lake Trail

    3 months ago

    Amy Kasden saved Delta Lake Trail

    3 months ago

    Amy Kasden reviewed Arethusa Falls and Frankenstein Cliff Trail

    4 months ago

    Hiked this in the reverse as posted. Up Frankenstein and then down Arethusa Falls. I think hiking in the way it is here, clockwise, would be anticlimactic at the end. And then took the Bermis Brook trail at the very end. The fall was absolutely beautiful. And Bermis Brook has some awesome mini cascading Falls. For an avid hiker, this is moderate, not hard.

    Amy Kasden added Jackson Hole

    4 months ago

    Amy Kasden reviewed Mount Washington via Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail

    4 months ago

    Hiked up this trail on the 4th of July. The first part follows the river to the gem pool and is not too difficult. After crossing the gem pool the steep ascent begins. While steep, it is so beautiful. As soon as you hit the alpine zone the views looking out are amazing and you are only a short distance to the AMC hut. It is 1.4 miles from the hut to the top and that section is easier than the ascent to the hut.

    This trail was wonderful and way less crowded than the other side, but was just as rewarding.

    It took us 3 hours to get to the top including a 15 minute stop at the AMC hut and stopping for photos along the way.

    I’d never taken the cog, so we took the cog down. Next time I plan to hike the Jewell down.

    We were blessed with clear skies the entire time. Temperature was 95 at the bottom but much much cooler on the trail and up top. We didn’t realize how hot it was until we got back down.

    Amy Kasden updated Blue Hills, Accord Path to Skyline, to Coon Hollow to North Skyline, then back South Skyline and

    5 months ago

    Amy Kasden updated Blue Hills, Accord Path to Skyline, to Coon Hollow to North Skyline, then back South Skyline and

    5 months ago

    Amy Kasden followed Erik Miller

    5 months ago

    Amy Kasden added Zion

    5 months ago

    Amy Kasden added White Mountains

    5 months ago

    Amy Kasden added Escalante

    5 months ago

    Amy Kasden followed Erik Miller

    5 months ago

    Amy Kasden followed Erik Miller

    5 months ago

    Amy Kasden followed Kaitlin LaPlante

    5 months ago

    Amy Kasden reviewed Mount Monadnock via White Dot and White Cross Trails

    5 months ago

    This is a great hike to summit a mountain on the east coast and get a great view, when you don’t want to commit to summiting in the white mountains. But this trail is definitely crowded. It is wonderful to see so many families outside being active. But if you are looking for solitude, you won’t find it here.

    The hike itself is a steep scramble for a good part of the way. But it’s very doable and fun. Don’t forget it’s windy at the top so bring layers.

    I only gave it 4 stars due to how crowded it is. By everything else is wonderful. And there is a bathroom with running water in the parking lot.

    Amy Kasden reviewed Barr Trail to Pikes Peak

    5 months ago

    Summited pikes peak for the first time on Saturday, June 16. I came from sea level 3 days before the hike and hiked it with 2 people from Co.

    The trail is very well marked and easy to follow. The views are spectacular. Barr high camp is really great and the bathrooms are very clean. Overall this was an amazing first 14er.

    Below is a detail of my experience, what I brought with me and how it went.

    We started at 6 am and actually did the incline first and picked up the Barr trail at the top of the incline. The incline was very challenging, by we made it up to the top by 7:10 and picked up the Barr trail around mile 3.

    Miles 3-6 were a comfortable increase incline. Nothing too strenuous and a welcome break after the incline. At mile 6 we reached the Barr High Camp. It was a very nice place to stop. We made it there by 9:15. The elevation there was around 10,000 and for me coming from sea level, to this point I was feeling fine.

    We left Barr Camp around 9:45. The next three miles were slightly steeper than miles 3-6 but not too strenuous. My pace was slower than miles 3-6 as I wanted to control my breathing and not gas out before the last three miles.

    We stopped at 12,000 feet for a short break as after that, you are above the tree line. At that point there is also a shelter if needed. We got there around 11:25. Then we started off for the last three miles. These were definitely the hardest. Everyone told us the last two were the hardest but for me, the third to last was the worst. Possibly because I was expecting the last 2 to be horrific. It took us 45 minutes to get to the 2 mile mark. At that point it got cold and started raining so we put on our rain jackets. We went slow and steady the rest of the way. The last mile, for me, was the easiest out of the last three. But I knew we were almost there. I very much paced myself steadied my breathing and we made it up by 2pm

    There were plenty of people on the trail. Not crowded but you definitely see people. I agree that it is good to start early as you never know what the weather will be like.

    We met a very nice girl on the trail who met her fiancé up top and they gave us a ride down. So getting a ride down is doable.

    I never felt short of breath and never felt dizzy. But I also took it slow. I am not an extreme cardio person but I do train and I did my best to train for this, albeit at sea level.

    I drank about a gallon and a half of water the two days before the hike and I think that helped. I only drank 2 liters while I’m the trail. Although I brought 3.5 with me.

    It is cold up top. I would not do this without a rain coat, warm fleece and a clean shirt to change into.

    Amy Kasden completed Barr Trail to Pikes Peak

    5 months ago

    Amy Kasden saved Royal Arch Trail

    5 months ago

    Amy Kasden added Sunday blue hills

    6 months ago

    Amy Kasden reviewed Devils Garden Loop Trail with 7 Arches

    7 months ago

    The beauty of this trail is getting to see all the arches in one shot. However, it is definitely on the crowded side. The further you go, the more it thins out, but I would definitely recommend early or on a week day. We went on a Friday and started at 10:30.

    There are some sections that require scrambling. Nothing that any active hiker would have difficulty with, but because this trail attracts a lot of people, there are many who freak out and don’t know what to do.

    Most of the arches are all in the first half of the loop. By the time you get to the primitive trail section, it’s mostly hiking back. Because we stopped at so many places and this was our second hike of the day, we were ready for it to be over by that point.

    I wouldn’t recommend doing it counter clockwise but did want to point out that the second half can be trying if you have already logged a bunch of miles and are ready to be done. Nothing physically difficult, just trying if you are ready to get back.

    With all that being said, if you are in Arches, this really is a must because you hit up so much along the way. Although if you want to avoid crowds, this is not the place to do it.

    Amy Kasden reviewed Gooseberry Trail

    7 months ago

    I really enjoyed this trail. But it is not for the faint of heart. The mileage shown here is inaccurate, probably due to the extremely tight switchbacks going down the canyon. The NPS map says 5.4 round trip.

    The majority of the elevation gain/decrease is in the first 1.3 miles of the trip. I don’t love hiking down as my knees aren’t the best. But the view as you hike down is unbelievable. It actually took us longer to hike down than up due to the fact that we stopped for photos and were cautious about the terrain.

    Once down, the wash was enjoyable and mellow. It took us an hour and 20 to get down. An hour going down the canyon and 20 in the wash. We got back out in an hour total. 20 in the wash and 37 minutes hiking up the canyon. I was surprised at how fast we made it up given how long it took to get down. But it was strenuous. And at the end we had the greatest sense of accomplishment.

    Amy Kasden completed Gooseberry Trail

    7 months ago

    Amy Kasden added Moab Trip

    9 months ago