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    Eric Gerfen completed Kennedy Meadow to the Bridge

    over 1 year ago

    Eric Gerfen completed Mount Pinos Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Eric Gerfen added Mt Pinos Trail

    almost 2 years ago

    Eric Gerfen completed Green Lakes Trail

    almost 2 years ago

    Eric Gerfen completed Trail Canyon Falls

    about 2 years ago

    Eric Gerfen added PCT KM to Bridge

    about 2 years ago

    Eric Gerfen reviewed Paulina Peak Trail

    about 2 years ago

    A short yet challenging forest trail with amazing views. Some sections near the top still had snow (today, June 20th).

    Eric Gerfen completed Paulina Peak Trail

    about 2 years ago

    Eric Gerfen added Paulina Peak Trail

    about 2 years ago

    Eric Gerfen added Track - Jun 14, 01:27 PM

    about 2 years ago

    Eric Gerfen reviewed Roundtop / Mt. Pacifico

    about 2 years ago

    We hiked from the trail head up the PCT to Mount Pacifico. The PCT section was beautiful and blooming with a lot of wild flowers. The views out to the desert were amazing. So much of the vegetation is well on its way back. The sections that were not burned were amazing and serene. The hillside meadows with wildflowers in bloom caught me off guard.

    Once we crossed over from the PCT to the fire road the going got slow, the altitude and some fatigue took its toll. The camp ground provided respite with tables in good repair, nice fire rings and a pit toilet.

    We took the fire roads down rather than return via the PCT section. There were some good views although on this day we were buffeted by chilly winds from the west for much of the descent. Towards the end we were tempted to cut the fire road switchbacks; that area is marked off limits however you can't see it if you are just hiking down; you would only have seen it if you went up the fire roads first. Whats more is the "all trails" maps shows trails in those areas.

    All in all we did about 12.5 miles round trip. Would hike this again without much hesitation at all.

    Eric Gerfen completed Mount Pacifico Loop Trail

    about 2 years ago

    Eric Gerfen added Mount Pacifico

    about 2 years ago

    Eric Gerfen reviewed Long Canyon Loop

    about 2 years ago

    I hiked from Long Canyon to Simi Peak and Back, this review is for that track. The day was beautiful, cool in the 60's with almost total cloud cover and patches of blue sky. The fields had already turned golden and China flat was no longer lush and green however this was still an amazing hike.

    This route was not overly difficult. I would rate it as medium difficulty and nearly a perfect way to spend a day. Not a hike I would be interested in doing in the heat. as there is very little shade cover save for a few spots.

    I have hiked in this area in dry warm conditions and the ground becomes hard and clay like which puts a bit of stress on my legs and knees. Fortunately the day I hiked this was the day after rains and the soil was soft and moist, even a touch muddy in places. It was great for hiking overall despite the muddy spots, soft ground with no dust.

    Despite the fields of gold there were patches of green in places, mostly under a small section of oaks.

    Rather than take China Flat trail I took a narrower trail which was nice however, it gets quite narrow and very cut out in places which makes finding a flat surface challenging. Not good if you have bad ankles. Also, the tall grasses combined with the narrow track made using my trekking poles a bit challenging. Next time I might stay on the main China Flat trail until it intersects with the Simi Peak trail.

    This hike took me nearly 6 hours with ample breaks at both Simi Peak and the ridgeline overlooking Long Canyon. Total hiking time was about 5 hours. Bring plenty of water as there are no sources on the path and make sure you bring sunscreen or clothing to cover exposed skin as the midday sun is known to get quite brutal out there, especially in the summer.

    Eric Gerfen added Long Canyon to Simi Peak

    about 2 years ago

    Eric Gerfen saved Ice House Canyon Trail

    about 2 years ago