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    Canyon McPherson completed Sturtevant Trail

    7 days ago

    Canyon McPherson reviewed Etiwanda Peak via Cucamonga Peak Trail

    3 months ago

    Once you get past the crowds looking to check another box on their six pack social media list, you'll have the trail all to yourself. Etiwanda Peak is probably better than Cucamonga Peak view-wise and definitely better solitude-wise. The section of trail between Cucamonga and Etiwanda is also superb with old lodgepole and limber pines decorating an undulating ridge. If you have gas in the tank after Cucamonga, this peak is worth it.

    A few technical notes: the peak is a few hundred feet below Cucamonga, so you'll gain some elevation on return. The spur trail to the peak is also easily missed, so know that the peak is the second prominent bump (it is composed of white quartz) on the ridge past Cucamonga.

    Canyon McPherson completed Grotto Trail

    4 months ago

    Canyon McPherson completed San Simeon Bay Trail

    7 months ago

    Canyon McPherson reviewed West Cucamonga Truck Trail

    10 months ago

    Our hike started in the San Antonio Heights, on Mountain Ave, went up the southwest ridge of Frankish Peak, and then down the "fire road" on the northern slopes of Frankish to the West Fork Trail and out to Skyline Dr. in Rancho.

    Here's some info for anyone looking to poke around any of the areas we visited. The West Cucamonga Truck Trail is actually in pretty good shape. The section going through West Fork Cucamonga Creek is pretty precarious (if you don't like fairly narrow single track over 20+ foot drops, then give this trail a skip). The section between where Barrett Stoddard meets w/ the truck trail and Frankish Peak is completely overgrown. It's passable, but prepare for a thrashing and bring GPS because the brush is thick so it's hard to visually get your bearings. Overall, I'd strongly recommend shuttling from Barrett Stoddard road near Baldy to northern Rancho Cucamonga. Be careful where you park in Cucamonga, because they will ticket/tow! Good luck!

    Also I almost forgot to mention, mountain bikers use this trail, and they go through very fast. Be alert for them!

    Canyon McPherson reviewed Three T's Trail via Icehouse Canyon

    about 1 year ago

    This is a great trail that can be done from Icehouse or Manker Flat. There are a few sections on the south side of Telegraph that are confusing and/or eroded, but the trail is pretty easy to follow. Just follow this app, a GPX, or a map, and you'll be fine. This hike is a more strenuous than Cucamonga, but not extremely so. The views from Telegraph are some of the best in the San Gabes if you enjoy the desert and like looking at other peaks from different angles. Baldy in particular looks amazing.

    Canyon McPherson reviewed Tokopah Valley Trail to Tokopah Falls

    over 1 year ago

    This is a fantastic short hike from the Lodgepole campground. The waterfalls were going full blast in June. You could do this hike and a few others in the area for a full hiking day, as Lodgepole is centrally located at a number of trailheads.

    Canyon McPherson reviewed Crescent and Log Meadows Trail

    over 1 year ago

    This is an easy, well marked and beautiful trail. It doesn't get as much traffic as other Sequoia trails and connects with many other landmarks (Sherman/Congress, Moro Rock via Sugarpine trail). Highly recommended!

    Canyon McPherson reviewed Skyline Trail

    over 1 year ago

    This is a good low elevation hike near Three Rivers (it might also be the Salt Creek BLM trail, that's how we found it). I have to agree that this trail is not very well marked, but it's in a canyon/valley with one obvious entrance so it would be hard to get lost. Use tracking on your phone to make sure you take the right junctions. Finally, this trail is only partly shaded so it will be very hot from late spring through early fall.

    Canyon McPherson completed Skyline Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Canyon McPherson reviewed Stoddard Peak Trail

    over 1 year ago

    The peak gets 5 stars, but the trailhead gets 1. We went on a Saturday morning and came back to our car's smashed windows. Leave nothing of value in the car and consider leaving your windows down. It's such a shame because this hike is truly excellent.

    The hike involves following a fire road as it traverses toward Stoddard Flat. Once at the flat (open area with level ground on both sides) follow the ridge up and to the right. Stoddard is the third hill on the ridgeline. The second hill requires a bit of scramble/exposure but just take your time and make sure to watch for sand on the rocks! Last bit of info: there's a false trail that cuts to the right leading to Spring Hill about .5 miles before Stoddard Flat. If you notice you're heading downhill after turning off the fire road, you're likely headed to Spring Hill. Go back to the fire road and keep heading up!

    Canyon McPherson completed Stoddard Peak Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Canyon McPherson saved West Fork Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Canyon McPherson reviewed Sunset Peak Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Great hike. There are a few ways to summit, and the standard route provided here will take you along a fire road to the top. Along the way, there are a few chances to bushwhack up the ridges for a quicker and more challenging summit. We went on a pleasant spring morning, though I could see this getting hot in the summer on the more exposed slopes (~30% of the standard route). Great hike though and excellent views of the IE, LA and beyond.

    Canyon McPherson completed Sunset Peak Trail

    over 1 year ago