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    this one is a butt kicker and should not be done on a hot day or a beginner. the first section of Trabucco is great and pretty easy with a gradual climb, once you hit Los Pinos it gets a bit steeper but nothing too major. the butt kicker is coming down bell and yearger. it is SUPER steep, very loose terrain like sandy beach loose and you will end up on your butt, walking sideways, falling and possible poison oak. We got all of the above and it puts a lots of stress on your knees. It is very narrow and tree branches hitting you in the face. I loved the first 3/4 hated this section and it was about 4 miles of this. You keep saying "Are you kidding me" just when you thought you were done here comes another section. it is full of shade most the way but the bugs came out in this area. the trail is not marked once you hit Los Pinos peak so you have to really pay attention or you can miss it especially once you get to the meadow and ring the bell. One you ring the bell take a few steps backward to the trail on your right and follow it back into the forest.

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    Monday, August 21, 2017

    We tackled our 5th peak #sanjacinto in our #sixpackofpeaks challenge. This was a little harder than normal since Shawn had been sick with bronchitis for almost a month and I got a cyst removed from my foot Monday and was sick Tues and Wednesday. It was slow going but we made it. The miles weren't bad it was just hard breathing for us both. One more peak to go.

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    Saturday, August 19, 2017

    We completed our final peak #sangorgonio in our #2107 #sixpackofpeaks challenge. This beast took us 11 hours and was 22 miles roundtrip. We went up to 11,500 elevations via #southforktrail in #angelusoaks #california. The elevation gain was 4858. This is the highest peak in all of #southerncalifornia. We opted for this trail over Vivian Creek due to the elevation. We decided we could go longer miles easier than the steep incline since we were both coming off bronchitis and being sick for a few weeks. We started at 7:10 am and ended at 6:35 pm. We did stop for lunch and spent about 30 minutes chilling on the peak enjoying the unparalleled views atop and another snack before the long hike back. It seemed like the trail would never end. It just kept going and going and going. Absolutely epic day and grateful to explore these epic journeys with the one I love #shawnbrown and great friends #reneedelbarba. #Alltrails said it was 18.8 miles but we both GPS it at 22 miles Round Trip. #daniwalker #danilynwalker #socalhiker #killinit #californiahikers, #optoutside #viewfromthetop #blessed #neverstopexploring #sticktogetherinloveforever

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    Friday, July 07, 2017

    We tackled our 4th peak #SanBernardinoMountain for our 2017 #sixpackofpeaks challenge. We trekked up to the top of 10,649 feet. It took us about 6 hours to reach it and was such a beautiful hike. I have to admit this has to be my So Cal favorite now with stunning views and scenery all along the way. It was 18-miles out-and-back (we ventured off) and over 4,600 vertical feet. It was a very long day hike but worth all of the aches and pains today. We knew we would need a lot of water (4 liters each min.) so we dropped frozen water bottles and full bladders along the way so on our way back we had ice cold water and it saved us from lugging it all up and back. The first 5 miles is a gradual climb and was pretty easy compared to the rest. We actually dropped my pack 1 mile from the peak and Shawn’s ½ mile. We were so tired of carrying them and made the rest much easier. We kept looking up wondering “how much further” we could almost touch the sky but it kept going and going and going. Once we summit we got to take in the breathtaking views of Big Bear Lake. Lucky for us that there we light sprinkles and it kept us cool since it was a nice hot day about 85 degrees. I’d definitely do this again but would love to camp out.

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    Wednesday, June 21, 2017

    Tackled our 3rd peak in our Six pack of Peaks challenge. Mt. Baldy. Was 10 miles with elevation over 10,064, elevation gain was 3,900 and took us 9 hours. Devils backbone was no joke. it was a gorgeous day out and was about 95 degrees with a winds all day. We went up via Mankers Trail head and the lifts were closed so we had to hike all the way up and down. Mankers trail down is a nightmare and I would strongly recommend poles coming down. The creek was a nice treat for washing the dust, cooling down and soaking feet. This trail has lots of dust, boulders and loos rocks the entire way and massive tree roots to climb over. It is not marked well so easy to get off trail.

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    Sunday, May 14, 2017

    Unlike most girls I didn't ask for a nice romantic candle lit dinner, diamonds, vacation or clothes.

    My wish for my birthday celebration was to go hike Cucamonga Peak with my man. This was a 16+ mile hike (was suppose to be 11.6) that is #2 in our Six Pack of Peak Challenge with 4,300 feet of vertical gain and a top elevation of 8,859′. it says it is about 4 miles to the notch. It is 5 miles to the notch and then 3.3 to the peak. You will pas two signs for Ice House Canyon trail and that is once you are already 1 mile in. One says 3 miles the other is 4.7 and both end at the notch. Then the sign for the peak says 2.4 and it is 3.3. We both had our GPS and both came out almost exactly the same.
    There is a few small patches of snow on the trial but no spikes required right now.
    We conquered it. My feet hurt, legs are sore and slept 10.5 hours last night so I was super tired but we had such an amazing time.
    These are the things that make me the happiest. Spending time with the ones I love, pushing yourself to the limit and being outside in all of Mother Natures beauty.

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    Wednesday, May 10, 2017

    This was a very easy trail down to the beach and back. You can hike over the rocks and go to a private beach and snorkel. The trail ends at a Rum Still and it is pretty cool. There are many little trails off of Reef bay to run off to. You can most definitely make a nice day of all of these little ones. Trails is maintained and the big huge things that look like massive bee hives are actually termites. You will see them all over and they are harmless.

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    Wednesday, May 10, 2017

    this trail was so much fun. going up is just a fire road but once you get up there you can hike off to the tops have some lunch and then the real fun and adventure begins. You can climb down the waterfall. It was super scary and I had to jump a few times and he had to catch me. Crawl through rocks, slide down wet ones on your butt, get super muddy and wet, traverse along the sides of the billy goat trails and slide down the loose terrain through the poison oak and back down to the waterfall. It was very crowded at the bottom along the water and lots of accidents. Wear hiking boots not tennies, rocks are wet, muddy and sharp. Saw so many people slipping, falling and split chins, cuts and scrapes. This is not for the beginners if you go the water way. I would not bring kids or dogs. they were there and people were carrying them or turning back after awhile. Not safe for kids, beginners or pets. . If you use the fire road up and back it is easy.

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    Wednesday, May 10, 2017

    To celebrate New Years 2017 Shawn and I didn't go out partying and drinking. We decided to stay in (drinking too much wine at home) and tackle our first peak for our Six Pack of Peak Challenges for 2017.
    This hike was more than we had thought. 16.6 miles with elevation gain of 4,200. We started at 10:30 am and finished at 6:08 pm. We hiked the last 3 miles with our flashlights. this was one of our most challenging hikes by far and it is suppose to be the easiest of our 6. Needless to say we realized we have some serious training to do to prepare for the next peak.
    Today both of us can barely walk, our calves hurt so bad I could not even get a massage, only shoes that I can put on are slippers, flip flops and barely uggs.
    It was worth every pain. We laughed our butts off and it was a new adventure we got to share together.
    Happy New Years 2017.

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    Wednesday, May 10, 2017

    This is an up and back fire road trail. Pretty easy. parking gets full early so go early or a bit later when others are coming out.

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    Wednesday, May 10, 2017

    This was such an amazing hike. Due to the coastal route being washed out we had to travel up and over all of the cities. Most people start in Montorosso and end in Riomaggio. We started in Levanto and ended in Riomaggio. This ended up being a total of 18.5 miles for us. Make sure you purchase your Cinque Terre pass upon arrival and get it stamped when you start the hike. This pass is only about 30 Euros pp and includes all your buses and train rides for the day. Since we were staying in Levanto it was our train ride back that was only about 15 mins. If you start in Levanto it will add about 6.5 miles to the trek. It is definitely worth it. We only saw one group the entire way to Montorosso. Once you get through Montorosso it was so crowded and some people are out for a leisurely stroll. You have to be aggressive and say pardon on your left/right and just pass otherwise you will be struck forever. There are so many groups of kids too. Most of the groups are only going through one town and not doing the entire hike. We started at 9 am and ended at 5:30 pm. Killer dinner in Riomaggio too.

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    Wednesday, May 10, 2017

    This was a pretty easy hike besides lots of stairs. Trail is marked very well all along the way. If you are staying on the Amalfi Coast you hop on the bus and take it to Poistano and then you grab a smaller bus to Nocello and start there. You hike to Praiano and can grab the small bus back to Poistano and then hop back on the big bus. You can do this all in reverse too. You can get bus tickets right inside the hotel or shops. Total cost was less than 10 euros per person. There were several groups that had paid for guides but we went solo. NO GUIDE necessary. You can not get lost. There are signs all the way that say Path of the Gods.

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    Friday, October 14, 2016

    Did this one on a Sunday and hit the trail by 7:30 am. Parking lot was pretty empty at 7 am but by 7:15 it was full. Easy hike, 12.5 miles RT done in 5 hours with a good pace and 1 hour lunch break. Lots of water crossings but fun to check your balance. You could get wet so extra socks might be a good idea. Not strenuous at all and easy for beginners however you do have to climb over some big rocks.

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    Tuesday, May 31, 2016

    Peaking the Three Ts. Took the Mount Baldy lifts to peak Thunder, Telegraph and Timber Mountains then back down Ice House Canyon. It was a gorgeous day started out about 50 degrees at 6:30 am but as we reached the top of the chair lifts the sun warmed you quickly. This is not a beginners hike and the trail is very steep at some points and single track. You will start to feel the elevation as soon as you get off the chair lift. and that can certainly slow you down. Saw a few deer along the way and a snakes. Trails were not very populated considering it was a weekend. We passed maybe 8-9 people except for the decent on Ice House. That was populated. Make sure to sign in at each peak in the metal box. Each one makes you feel like you have a new accomplishment.

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    Monday, February 22, 2016

    I was a little disappointed when I did this one. It is SO over populated and it was not even close to 7 miles round trip. I tracked it and was less than 4 miles. There is graffiti all over the rocks, people toss their trash every where and dog poop smells bad.
    there was consistently groups of people surrounding you up the fire road and kids crying.
    Once you reach the falls everyone is sitting on the rocks texting and throwing trash in the water. We ventured off in all directions once we reached the falls and did a little rock climbing and it still wasn't close to 5 miles.
    This was disappointing. The falls are more like a creek .

    If you want a easy easy hike this is fine but not challenging whatsoever.

    Super easy one to do. You can park in the residential neighborhood and enter through the fire road entrance. You will go uphill for about the first 1/2 mile but it is easy and kids can do it.

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    Thursday, February 18, 2016

    I do this track at least 1 or two times a week. If you park in Big Bend lot ($3) you will start up Big Bend 1.4 miles uphill and it is steep. Once you hit the top at Bommer and turn right it is level and then downhill on willow. You will pass the willow parking lot and proceed along 133 on the trails thought to Big Bend lot. I did my best time is 1 hr 33 minutes last weekend.
    You can park in Willow lot and start there too but you will have 1 mile of flat land before you hit the steep hill.

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    Monday, June 08, 2015

    Here is the way to get here. google this address The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
    28291 Alicia Pkwy
    Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
    You park in the parking lot across the street for the trails it is paid parking too. If you get luck you can park on the street but NOT in the church.This address is on Awma and Alicia Parkway in Laguna Niguel. the trial is very easy to find. You walk through the parking lot to the fire road about 1.5 miles (guesstimate) to the porta potty/gate for closed road and go right follow Wood canyon trail to Dripping Cave which is a left turn (Not Cave Rock which is a small half circle hike back onto Wood Canyon)Dripping cave is actually a short hike direct to the cave you can spice it up by going past Dripping cave and keep going to Oak Grove and up Car Wreck (which is a single track all the way up and steep, great ass workout) for the ones who like the extreme hiking and follow that all the way to the top where you see homes and when you get to top at the T follow to the right back down Mathis Canyon (which is all downhill and can get pretty slippery and a single track) which will go back down to Wood Canyon and Dripping Cave. Wood Canyon will take you to most of the trail heads. It is beautiful and pretty populated. Lots of mountain bikers so follow road courtesy and walk directional of you will get hit. There are no water stations on the trials so pack lots of water. This was about 3 hours and 4-bottles of water if you follow this route. 72 degrees and it can get dry and hot. Trails is very easy to follow and markers everywhere. Best thing you can do is take a picture of the map when you take off and you can venture anywhere and find your way back easily.

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    Wednesday, May 06, 2015

    This was a pretty easy hike along a ridge. Getting to it was a bit off road and my navigation took us to the left when we should have stayed right at the fork. Luckily I had AWD and was able to off road our way back out. It is a single lane dirt road going in and you hit a sign that says "Splinters" take that road to the day use parking. Remember to get your permit too. If you don't the fine is only $5 same as the permit. When yo hit the trail don't go across the bridge stay to the left and follow the PCT along the ridge. it is a single track the whole way. When you come back go across the bridge at the beginning to the creek below it is cool and beautiful. Soft sandy beach to rest on and put your feet int he water. There are bathrooms at the parking lot and a picnic area too.

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    Wednesday, May 06, 2015

    Was a beautiful hike. I recommend you start early in the day it gets pretty warm. You are hiking out of the mountains into the desert. There is one part that is pretty difficult and very loose sand. You will loose your footing. Remember what you go down you have to come back up. :) At some points we were on all fours climbing up with the sand slipping out from under us. You can step off to the side and use the bushes to keep from slipping but it is steep. Great ass workout.
    Hot springs was beautiful and peaceful. Of course there were a lot of naked people.
    It figures the ones you DON"T want to see naked were the naked ones. The ones you did want to see were in suits. There were hot springs and cold springs too so it was nice to cool off before you headed back out.

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    Monday, April 13, 2015

    Great hike and views. reviews said about 2.5 hours however it was 3 hours. 2 hours to get up. Lots of activity on the trail and very little shade to hide out in. Bring lots of water and sunblock. Only thing I didn't care for was all the dogs that were off their leashes and running into you and turning back and forth in the switchbacks. There were a ton of dogs and homeowners didn't bring enough water for them and a lot of people were having to carry them up and down.

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    Monday, March 16, 2015

    Absolutely gorgeous views. Went all the way to the peak and back. Biggest pine cones I've ever seen in my life, trees that grow in the upper elevations and are gorgeous. About 3.5 hours there and 2 back.

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    Thursday, February 12, 2015

    Absolutely loved this hike. it can get pretty treacherous once you start heading up the peak but well worth it. Trail markers go off in a few directions so you can get a bit off path and find yourself doing a bit of rock climbing...Took 3 hrs round trip total 5 miles. Enjoy lunch on the peak.

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    Friday, March 30, 2012

    this was physically tough but well worth every ache and pain after. Strongly recommend being physically conditioned if doing in one day. it was hot and sunny and worht it. Physicaly one of the hardest things I have ever done and I am very physically active but this certainly challenged my body....loved it! Recommend walking sticks for coming down...lots of pressure on the knees. whitney is on the next one!

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    Friday, March 30, 2012

    real short trail to the waterfall. You have to cross the creek about 14 times and it can get tricky with the water and rocks but fun and adventerous.