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    Paul Honatke reviewed Ellis Peak Trail

    about 2 years ago

    Great views. Well worth the (unexpected) ascent/descent in the middle!

    Paul Honatke completed Ellis Peak Trail

    about 2 years ago

    Paul Honatke completed Lola Montez Trail

    over 3 years ago

    Paul Honatke reviewed Lola Montez Trail

    over 3 years ago

    I've done this hike twice, after a couple of times being thwarted by snow in early spring. The first time I got up to the lake it was still iced over. Recently I decided to go see it unfrozen. It's definitely worth the walk. The lake is a beauty. Small but not too small. I'd thought I might not hike there again but after seeing it "unfrozen" it seems like a great place to hike to for a swim. Also some nice camping spots.
    I didn't go to the Upper Lake, but I would with more time (and maybe a map, since I didn't see any trail signs leading there).
    It being early spring, I didn't see any residents. You pass a couple of houses but it doesn't seem intrusive.
    A good part of the hike is on roads and in parts is not particularly scenic. Some of the trail follows a creek which in April is flowing strongly. Very pretty.
    There's also a place where the road crosses the creek. Previously there was a makeshift bridge of logs you could cross on. This time I had to take off my boots and wade across in numbingly cold water. Adds to the adventure!

    I definitely recommend this as a good day hike or even an overnighter if there's not too many people. I didn't see anybody either time I went.

    Paul Honatke reviewed Castle Peak

    over 3 years ago

    Excellent day hike. Some snow but you could walk on top of it. Wished I'd had a good map to identify more of the visible peaks.

    Paul Honatke completed Castle Peak Trail

    over 3 years ago

    Paul Honatke reviewed Tahoe Rim Trail

    over 4 years ago

    Yesterday I hiked a small part of the Rim Trail for a great view of the Lake. Drive 2.7 miles out of town on 267. The trail crosses the road there and goes uphill (East). Follow signs for the Spur Trail. A nice 1.5 mi uphill climb for a little side trip while you're in the area.

    I have gone downhill from the trailhead there and found it less than thrilling...

    Paul Honatke completed Tahoe Rim Trail (TRT)

    over 4 years ago

    Paul Honatke reviewed Lower Lola Montez Lake Trail

    over 4 years ago

    Paul Honatke reviewed Sierra Discovery Trail

    over 4 years ago

    I've done this nature trail a few times. It's a nice little walk in the woods with interpretive signs pointing out different species of pine and other flora, none of which I can ever remember! Same as the earlier reviewer, I've done this trail before or after other hikes higher up in the mountains. A few weeks ago I heard a giant chorus of frogs down in the marshy area. A pretty creek with some small-ish waterfalls. Great for kids (of all ages).

    Paul Honatke reviewed Mount Tallac

    over 4 years ago

    Paul Honatke completed Mount Tallac Trail

    over 4 years ago

    Paul Honatke saved Mt. Rose Summit Trail

    almost 5 years ago

    Paul Honatke completed Calaveras South Grove Trail

    almost 5 years ago

    Paul Honatke completed Stagecoach Trail

    almost 5 years ago

    Paul Honatke reviewed Echo Lakes Trail

    almost 5 years ago

    I did this hike several years ago. Beautiful. I took the water taxi which was pleasant in itself and also affords you more time to hike farther into the wilderness. I went up to lake Aloha. I seem to remember the taxi was cheaper then ($10?) than it is now according to another reviewer. Anyway you go though - gorgeous area.

    Paul Honatke completed Echo Lakes Trail

    almost 5 years ago

    Paul Honatke saved Castle Peak Trail

    almost 5 years ago

    Paul Honatke completed Sierra Buttes Lookout Trail

    almost 5 years ago

    Paul Honatke completed Rubicon Trail

    almost 5 years ago

    Paul Honatke completed Eagle Lake Trail

    almost 5 years ago

    Paul Honatke reviewed Granite Lake

    about 5 years ago

    I camped at Granite Lake on the last night of a trip in Desolation. When I left there I was glad to be walking down the hill towards Tahoe as it is a long series of switchbacks down a steep grade. The lake is a nice place for a swim and great views.

    Paul Honatke completed Granite Lake & Maggie's Peaks

    about 5 years ago

    Paul Honatke reviewed Soberanes Canyon Trail

    over 5 years ago

    I really enjoyed this hike. The Soberanes Trail connects with the Rocky Ridge Trail at the top to make a nice loop of six miles (according to my trail book). There is so much diversity in the vegetation and terrain all along the way and the views are stunning.
    It was early may when i went and the wildflowers were all over the place. And lots of side trails into the redwoods along the creek. The trail was supposedly "closed" after a point, but, as that point was not marked I just continued along. There are some sketchy places where once there were steps. But a little scramble and you're past them. I also saw four other people the whole trip, who obviously disregarded the "closures". It was partly cloudy when I went, which somewhat limited the ocean views, but even with that: gorgeous hike.

    Paul Honatke completed Soberanes Canyon Trail

    over 5 years ago

    Paul Honatke reviewed Horsetail Falls

    over 5 years ago

    I've reviewed this hike before but I went again recently and have to write a little more.
    If you're going to do this hike give yourself some extra time to climb up above the falls.
    It's a steep scramble up over lots of rocks where there are some "trails", but mostly its just a free route up and over. Be careful!

    There are a couple of small lakes before you get to Rofi Lake. It's gorgeous up there with a nice view of Pyramid Peak to the west.

    I went in April (in shorts and t-shirt} and there was still a good bit of snow but I could walk on top of it for the most part. Tried to go further East but really started sinking into the deep snow and was running short on time.

    That's the thing I find about the DW, I always want to keep going farther to see what's next!

    Awesome day!

    Paul Honatke completed Guy West Bridge to Goethe Park

    over 5 years ago

    Paul Honatke completed Mount Judah Loop Trail

    over 5 years ago

    Paul Honatke saved Lake Natoma Trail

    over 5 years ago

    Paul Honatke reviewed Big River

    almost 6 years ago

    I kayaked the Big River recently and it was fantastic! I saw more wildlife than I've ever seen on a single day trip, including river otters, harbor seals, and a wide variety of aquatic birds.

    There are also remnants of the logging industry that existed there many years ago that provide some interest.

    The trail that runs along the river seems to be an old road and is popular with bikers.

    I paddled upstream for about 5 1/2 hours and got back in just 1 1/2 or so. In that time I saw two paddle boarders on the river and caught glimpses of a few riders on the trail. I was very surprised to see the harbor seals that far up the river, and had a great time watching the otters playing.

    It was a cold and overcast day and I almost decided to skip this but went anyway and it was awesome!

    Paul Honatke completed Big River Trail

    almost 6 years ago

    Paul Honatke reviewed Hidden Falls Trails

    almost 6 years ago

    I did this "hike" as a little diversion from my drive back home from Roseville. It's pleasant. The falls are nice. Nothing spectacular but a nice couple of hours outside. Probably better in the spring when it's greener or the summer when you want to cool off in the creek.

    Paul Honatke completed Hidden Falls Trail

    almost 6 years ago

    Paul Honatke completed Sierra Discovery Trail

    almost 6 years ago

    Paul Honatke completed Stevens Trail

    almost 6 years ago

    Paul Honatke reviewed Bull Run Lake Trail

    about 6 years ago

    I did this hike as part of a loop which started at Mosquito Lakes, went up the Heiser Lake trail, down the Bull Run Lake trail and then part of the Sandy Meadow trail.
    From Heiser I went off trail to reach Bull Run and while it was rugged going, the views were amazing.

    Bull Run is a very pretty and swimmable lake. While there I saw/heard several big fish jump. Why don't I have my fishing permit yet?

    Nice hike.

    Ten or eleven miles the way I did it.

    Also, I camped at the Mosquito lakes campground, which I discovered is free after 9/23 as are the others in the area, but with no bathrooms etc...

    Paul Honatke completed Bull Run Lake Trail

    about 6 years ago