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    Member Since November 2018

    Chris Canning Pro-red@3x

    San Diego, California 

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    Chris Canning added El Capitan

    11 days ago

    Chris Canning saved El Capitan

    12 days ago

    Chris Canning saved Pyles Peak Trail

    30 days ago

    Chris Canning saved El Cajon Mountain Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Chris Canning reviewed Grandstaff Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Initially, I didn’t give this trail the love it deserves, as I had hiked the Bowtie Arch trail the day before which has more of a “wow” factor, but with time and a few more hikes under my belt, this is definitely a great hike.

    We went back in mid-November 2018 and took our dog. We set off early (around 7am) and it was a really pleasant day and cool temperatures (early 50s) which made for a great hike. I would say this is definitely on the easier side of moderate (I’ve seen 10 mile hikes with 1,500+ feet of incline listed as moderate on All Trails!), but there were a couple of creeks to navigate and certainly some incline in places. But the sort of hike that a family with children could definitely do. The arch at the end really was amazing (and if it were anywhere else outside of Moab, it would be the highlight of the city!) and while it might not have the consistent views of some other hikes, it was still a really great versatile hike that I would definitely do again!

    Chris Canning reviewed Lawson Peak Trail

    about 1 month ago

    We loved this hike, but feel as if we got “lucky” in terms of finding our way into/through the cave. Wanted to give a more descriptive review on All Trails as we really appreciated finding a more detailed review on google prior to us going on this hike.

    Firstly, because of the challenging nature of the “hike” at the cave section, I’d recommend going with someone, as you’re one slip away from a lot of trouble. My wife and I went with our dog in late Feb 2019, so weather was cooler (still a gloriously sunny day) and there was a decent amount of greenery (especially with the views). Parking was okay, but hardly a lot of parking spots, so could imagine this maybe being tricky in peak-season, as you’re just parking on side of road. As noted in prior reviews, the first couple miles are fairly rocky and while not overly challenging, it is a consistent incline and certainly wasn’t the easiest from a footing standpoint (not helped by the large amount of rain there had been in the weeks prior). Also the first 2 miles has no shade, so prepare accordingly. Once you get past that, the fun begins! We went slightly off course at the first peak about 1.8 miles up and walked/scrambled up the large rock face to the right of the trail to see some epic views (you’ll see the rock on the right hand side fairly clearly on the satellite view of the map)

    As a side note, downloading the map after that point was crucial, as finding and navigating the cave was a bit of a pain.

    Just after our venture on the large rock face we were back on course and almost immediately there was a decent amount of scrambling involved, and a couple of points where we had to take our dog off-leash so he could walk under rocks that we had to climb over. There were a couple times we had to hoist him on a rock (he’s a 30-40lb medium sized beagle-lab mix, so was just about doable). Then we got to the start of the cave, where you see the ropes. I would add that it definitely took 5 mins of checking out a couple potential areas before we found the ropes, but again zooming into satellite view of map with your GPS signal is key. Either way, that’s where the real fun began! We were tempted to leave it there, as a couple we’d walked past earlier with their dog told us they’d got to the ropes and turned around. But we decided at least to give it a try! We hoisted Snoopy up to the first section (there are two main points with ropes you have to navigate) and my wife and I jjjuuuust about managed to muster the strength to hoist ourselves up. We are very much borderline beginner-intermediate from a general fitness standpoint, so it was a real challenge. We then hoisted snoopy up again and got past the next set of ropes. I wouldn’t have been able to do it without my wife pushing my backside, ha! Once we got up we enjoyed the views for a good hour, and snoopy had a well deserved rest. Views were stunning and I explored some more and managed to scramble up to the very top and find the trail marker I’d seen in other pictures.

    Getting down the rope area was also very challenging in its own way, so be careful! Even having some durable pants on would’ve helped as opposed to shorts (or even knee pads!) as it’s difficult to not scrape yourself on the rock while hoisting down. If Snoopy was any bigger we wouldn’t have been able to do it. Giving it 5 starts for the challenge of the cave and the views on top. Don’t be put off by the first/last 1.5 miles, because the middle third of this hike is awesome!

    Chris Canning reviewed Lake Hodges Overlook Trail

    about 1 month ago

    This is a good hike, that is challenging in parts. The first mile or so from parking lot will get your heart pumping, and then it is quite flat after that and gets a tad repetitive for the middle 3-4 miles. Views are impressive at times however. We went in early Feb 2019, so the weather was cooler, there was a decent amount of greenery and a couple of creeks of water which was great for our dog. The majority of the hike has no shade, so prepare accordingly if going in summer months. We would do this hike again if in the area!

    Chris Canning reviewed Torrey Pines Beach Trail Loop

    about 1 month ago

    5 stars for the views. World class views of the Pacific throughout and one of our go-to places when we have friends in town. Hike really isn’t anything too strenuous (especially as a part of the area is closed - believe us, we have tried it ha!) but couple areas that get your heart pumping. It has always been busy, which isn’t surprising really. We’ve paid $20 for the parking on site once, because we couldn’t find anywhere else within a mile! Other times we’ve been lucky and found somewhere on side of road. No dogs allowed unfortunately.

    Chris Canning reviewed Tecolote Canyon Trail

    about 1 month ago

    This is one of our go-to hikes for a bit more of a burn-out type hike. First mile or so is flat, looking up at the university. Then the fun begins. 3 or 4 peaks that really get the heart pumping, straight up and straight down! We have taken our dog a couple of times as there is a creek towards the end which is a great stop for him to get some more water. I tend to go over the creek for one last up-and-down. You can then take an easier route back that passes next to the golf course, or challenge yourself some more! Pack plenty of water and dress appropriately as there is very little shade. Views are okay, but not worth doing this hike for specifically. I do this trail for a nice workout and because it is local. As a side note, it looks like All Trails has extended this hike a couple miles since I first did it.

    Chris Canning reviewed Sugarloaf Loop Trail

    about 1 month ago

    5 stars for the incredible sunset we witnessed. We went in mid-November 2018 and even though we’re semi-experiences hikers, we saw “easy” rating and didn’t think much of it. We are used to “easy” ratings being a mile stroll around a lake with literally no incline. Just note that there is a 1/3 mile section that is straight uphill, so bring a water in case! Views at the top were awesome and really not that many people. Highly recommend for a quick hike.

    Chris Canning reviewed Potato Chip Rock via Mt. Woodson Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Even though it is riddled with tourists at the top, this is a great hike. There is no shade so be prepared for 2+ hours under the sun, so dress/prepare accordingly. I wish AllTrails had more options for level of difficulty, as I would definitely say this feels like a slightly more difficult moderate hike, rather than a truly difficult hike. Again, pack plenty of water and enjoy the views. And be prepared for a 30+ min wait for a photo on the potato chip if that’s your thing ;-)

    Chris Canning reviewed Corona and Bowtie Arch Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Loved this hike so much. We went back in mid-Nov 2018 and took our dog with us. Views are incredible throughout and a couple bits where you need to scramble (primarily a small section with a ladder - we had fun hoisting our dog!!) but if you took that out of the equation this hike is definitely on the easier side. We watched the sun set from under the arch. Awesome.

    Chris Canning reviewed Munds Wagon, Cow Pies and Hangover Loop Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Loooooved this hike. So good. We are about 6 months late posting (did the hike mid-November 2018) but it is so good. Views after the first mile or two are incredible and continue for 75% of the hike. It is challenging enough without being crazy. I would note we didn’t have to scramble at any point, but it is certainly challenging and I can see how some people might scramble certain parts (either because they’re not paying attention to map or just want to short-cut!). A couple of times near the peak we had to stop and double check our downloaded map, and at one point we probably went 1/3 mile off course! Once we got back on the trail we realized we’d made a silly error, but just a word of caution regardless. Either way, if we are ever in Sedona again this is an absolute no-brainer hike.

    Chris Canning reviewed Turtle Head Mountain Trail

    about 1 month ago

    This hike was surprisingly challenging, but that was primarily because it is quite overgrown in places. Be prepared for a couple of scrapes on bushes/trees along the way. That said, we really liked this hike. It is challenging enough and the views of the lake throughout are great, with a nice peak to stop at for a break at the “turtle head”.

    Chris Canning completed Turtle Head Mountain Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Chris Canning reviewed Big Rock Trail

    about 1 month ago

    We loved this hike and would thoroughly recommend it over the overly-busy popular side of Cowles. We went midweek after work with our dog, and it was great. Tons of parking either on road or in parking lot by the park. Moderate rating feels accurate as there are some strong inclines towards the peak but 75% of the hike is a nice steady incline. Surprisingly few people and the same great views at the top. This is one we’ll definitely do again!

    Chris Canning reviewed Laguna Mountain Ridge via the PCT

    about 1 month ago

    My wife and I did approx 2/3 of this (11 miles total. 5.5 out and 5.5 back) and it is a great hike with incredible views from the get go. We had a near perfect day of weather (60s and sunny) although the last couple miles back there were some strong winds which made it slightly more challenging. A moderate rating feels appropriate as it is never overly strenuous. I would add to be prepared for ending on a continuous steady incline, as that is something I’ve not experienced much considering 90%+ of our hikes are to a peak and back, so end on a decline. Again, nothing too difficult for a semi-experiences hiker but make sure you save adequate water. Surprisingly few people we crossed paths with on the hike, and a couple of them with dogs. We didn’t want to take our older dog (and rightly so it turns out) due to lack of shade throughout. Overall a great hike with stunning views, and would thoroughly recommend!

    Chris Canning reviewed Laguna Mountain Ridge via the PCT

    about 1 month ago

    My wife and I did approx 2/3 of this (11 miles total. 5.5 out and 5.5 back) and it is a great hike with incredible views from the get go. We had a near perfect day of weather (60s and sunny) although the last couple miles back there were some strong winds which made it slightly more challenging. A moderate rating feels appropriate as it is never overly strenuous. I would add to be prepared for ending on a continuous steady incline, as that is something I’ve not experienced much considering 90%+ of our hikes are to a peak and back, so end on a decline. Again, nothing too difficult for a semi-experiences hiker but make sure you save adequate water. Surprisingly few people we crossed paths with on the hike, and a couple of them with dogs. We didn’t want to take our older dog (and rightly so it turns out) due to lack of shade throughout. Overall a great hike with stunning views, and would thoroughly recommend!

    Chris Canning completed Big Rock Trail

    2 months ago

    Chris Canning saved Big Rock Trail

    2 months ago

    Chris Canning saved Bertha Peak Trail

    2 months ago