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    Dena Redhead saved General Grant Loop Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Dena Redhead saved Giant Forest Loop Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Dena Redhead saved Congress Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Dena Redhead saved General Sherman Tree Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Dena Redhead saved Grizzly Falls

    about 1 month ago

    Dena Redhead saved Roaring River Falls Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Dena Redhead followed Scott Turner

    8 months ago

    Dena Redhead reviewed Kitchen Creek Falls Trail

    9 months ago

    Drove out here 4 days after our first rainfall in January. There was some water in the falls which was perfect for rock scrambling around the falls. I would imagine in the late spring that you would not be able to climb around as much since the falls would be full. We started the hike on the PCT and climbed down some rocks to get to the falls. We continued to go down some boulders and went off trail for a more adventurous route. After bushwhacking our way back up to the ridge for about an hour, we finally made it back to the PCT. Thank God I had long pants on. When we got back on the official trail, we headed back to the small parking lot that we started. The total route we took was about 4 1/2 miles. I would like to go back again after we've had more rain and I get on the official trail the entire way. Beautiful hike!! We were the only ones there on a Sunday in January. Perfect hiking weather with a high of about 69 degrees.
    Here's the link to Google Maps on where to park
    https://goo.gl/maps/fmwMSXSYwu72

    Dena Redhead reviewed The Domelands Trail

    9 months ago

    Started our hike at 7:30am in early January to beat the heat. It started off about 59 degrees and got to about 75 degrees by noon. The weather was perfect this time of year. There was a nice cool breeze but the sun was intense. Bring lots of sunscreen and a hat. The views were amazing! We hiked off trail a bit and took a harder route in the hopes of seeing goats. Great workout! Glad I had 3 liters of water. We did a lot of rock scrambling and climbing through some awesome slots along the way. We also saw a lot of fossils. Before we headed back on the loop we saw some interesting wind caves. Some were pretty small. But we still climbed through them. We stopped in a larger cave and had lunch. When looking out from this peak, you could see the badlands. Truly enjoyed this hike but if I wasn't there with someone who knew the area, I would've gotten lost. The trails are not well marked.

    Dena Redhead completed The Domelands Trail

    9 months ago

    Dena Redhead reviewed Ellie Lane Trail to Iron Mountain

    9 months ago

    We started this hike at the Iron Mtn trailhead and turned at the first left around a small pond/lake which was still fairly flat. The Ellie Lane Trail took us along the ridge and we were shaded most of the time when we went in the morning. We were the only ones on the trail which was nice. The raptors were nesting at that time when we reached a viewpoint. There was a sign that said do not disturb the raptors. The views were beautiful up there! I loved it so much more then the regular trail. Ellie Lane trail intersects with the Iron Mountain Trail after about 3 miles near the heliport. You can continue on to go to the peak of Iron Mountain or go down the trail that most people come up to make your hike a loop. It's such a peaceful hike compared to going up to the top everyone goes. It adds an addition 2 miles if you go to the top and come back down the popular trail that is marked.

    Dena Redhead saved Big Horn Mine Trail

    10 months ago

    Dena Redhead reviewed East Fork Trail (Bridge to Nowhere)

    12 months ago

    Beautiful scenery on this hike! We went in mid October so the weather was perfect at about 76 degrees. It was just warm enough to get in the water and cross through the river crossings without getting too cold. We crossed through the water each time with our hiking boots on. There is a gradual incline and as you get closer to the bridge, it seems to have a little more climbing. The trail was challenging to find at times and split up higher or you could stay lower by the water but both ways get you to the bridge. Some shade the first 3 miles on the trail but it opens up the last 2 miles so bring sunscreen. After we arrive to the bridge where they were bungee jumping, we crossed and took a very narrow sketchy trail down to the water under the bridge. There were several small water falls and it was so beautiful and peaceful....definitely worth rock scrambling down there. Next time we go, I would like to backpack as we saw tents in different spots a lot the way. Just be careful not to go during rainy season as you could get washed away in the riverbed, which is where several people were camping since it was dry there in October. Loved this hike and can't wait to do it again!

    Dena Redhead followed Bethany Brown

    about 1 year ago

    Dena Redhead followed David Proulx

    about 1 year ago

    Dena Redhead reviewed Icehouse Canyon to Cucamonga Peak Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Went on the first Saturday of August and started the hike at 6:45am. We bought our adventure pass the day before at Big 5 Sporting Goods for the parking. When we arrived there at 6:30 we got the last parking spot. The weather was perfect for hiking. It was in the upper 60s in the morning and we were shaded most if the way up. Lots of people and congestion on the trail up until we reached the saddle. At the saddle you have 5 different trails to select from. Make sure you follow the sign that says Cucamonga Peak. The last 2 miles it opened up and we did not have any shade. It was not too hot though but glad we had sunscreen. You go downhill for a little bit before you start to incline again. The last mile seemed the steepest. The trail is very rocky & sketchy (narrow) in areas. So glad we had our trekking poles as it helped our knees going down. We about fell on the loose rocks & gravel several times so be careful descending. We drank 3 Liters of water and 1 bottle of Vitamin Water. If it was warmer out I could have easily drank 4 Liters. It ended up being about 70 degrees and sunny. It was a bit crowded at the peak but there is plenty if space up there to find a private spot on a rock to sit and take in the views. I would recommend doing this hike on a Sunday or a weekday during the summer. Stunning views throughout the hike and loved all the running water in the creek for the first mile.

    Dena Redhead reviewed San Jacinto Peak from The Tramway

    about 1 year ago

    We arrived at the Palm Springs aerial tram parking lot around 8:10am. It was already 98° in Palm Springs. We bought our tickets and caught the 8:30am tram up. When we got up to the Palm Springs Mountain station at 8,516 feet the temperature was 74° and sunny. We started the hike about 8:50am. The first couple of miles were mostly shaded and was a fairly gradual incline. We did not notice very many bugs but we did use bug spray.

    At mile 3 around Wellman's Divide it really opened up to blue skies. There's a beautiful place to sit and just take in the views. We sat there for about 15 minutes to eat a little snack and take some pictures. As we started to ascend, it began to get steeper. The last mile is pretty steep with a lot more rocks. We could really feel our heartbeat pounding hard due to the higher elevation. Three of us did not get a headache or any nausea but our heart rate was around 140 at a slow pace. We took frequent breaks and just took it slow so we wouldn't get any other symptoms of altitude sickness. After the last little bit of rock scrambling to the peak, we made it! There are 360° views at the top. Just breathtaking!! We ate lunch and spent at least 30 or 40 minutes up there. There were about a dozen people at the peak but there were so many different rocks to find a secluded spot to sit and take in the views. The weather was perfect! Not too hot- not too cold at about 69° and sunny.

    We used our trekking poles for the decent. My knees did not bother me on this hike but my feet were a little sore probably due to the rocks. I drank my 3 L of water and my 32 ounces of water from my Nalgene bottle. I had just enough water and it was not even that hot out. There was running water at the campground. If I was completely out I would've filtered some water there on our way back. I would definitely recommend a minimum of 130 ounces of water. We really loved this hike. It was a good distance of about 11 miles with about 3100 feet of elevation gain. After a little more training we will probably hike to the summit again from Marion Mountain. I highly recommend hiking the San Jacinto Peak from the tram station!

    Dena Redhead saved Morena Butte Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Dena Redhead reviewed Cuyamaca Peak Loop

    over 1 year ago

    12551 Highway 79 in Descanso, CA 91916 is the address of the Paso Picacho Camground where you can park. It is $10 to park there but they have decent restrooms and running water. I have hiked to Cuyamaca Peak 3 other times taking the Lookout Fire Trail, which is very steep, hot and so hard on my knees. The Lookout Fire Trail is also pretty open so it doesn't quite feel like a nature trail. I did not know there was other trails that lead to the peak until recently. So this beautiful warm June Saturday morning, A friend and I decided to take the Azalea Glen Loop to the Azalea Springs Trail to the Conejos Trail up to Cuyamaca Peak and back down the Lookout Fire Road for a total of 7 1/2 miles and 1,700 ft elevation gain. It was 4 1/2 miles to the peak taking the trails up and 3 miles down the Lookout Fire Road. We were some of only ones on the these trails going up. I think we passed two other people. It was a little warm but there was a nice breeze so it was very bearable. The trails were nice and shaded part of the way up. There was a lot of wildflowers and a lot of butterflies. It was so peaceful. The views at the top were worth the work! I don't think I'll ever take the Lookout Fire Road up again when you have so many beautiful trails to choose from. If you want to get to Cuyamaca Peak, definitely check out the trails!