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    James Cocco reviewed Morgan Trail

    3 months ago

    Nice trail. Great for trail running. Love the variety of terrain and ecosystems.

    James Cocco completed Morgan Trail

    3 months ago

    James Cocco saved Morgan Trail

    3 months ago

    James Cocco reviewed Mt. San Antonio & Mt. Baldy Notch Trail

    5 months ago

    Did Baldy via backbone on Sunday (1/15/18). Made it to summit via backbone without crampons but highly recommend them. Still plenty of snow above 8,000 feet. Came down ski hut and more snow on that side. Bring crampons or spikes. Wish I had brought my dog. He would’ve been fine. Be safe.

    James Cocco completed El Moro Canyon Loop Trail

    6 months ago

    James Cocco added Moro Ridge

    6 months ago

    James Cocco saved Valido Trail

    8 months ago

    James Cocco saved First Creek Trail

    8 months ago

    James Cocco reviewed Mount Whitney via Mount Whitney Trail

    11 months ago

    It is painfully overcrowded. But it's one of the best trails in the nation. Trail Camp smells like the portapotties at Bonnaroo and human waste everywhere. (Serious people. Leaving your shitbags for others to trip over? F you!!!! Haul your poop out you inconsiderate a-holes!!!) So, with that, I strongly recommend camping at Consultation Lake - much nicer and better camp spots. Also, I recommend bringing water shoes/sandles for the many water crossings. Wet shoes on push to summit is no bueno. Happy trails.

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    James Cocco reviewed Vivian Creek Trail to San Gorgonio Peak

    12 months ago

    Still one of my favorite hikes/climbs in SoCal. If I can offer any advice: 1. Camp on the summit. It's so worth it. But check weather first. 2. Resist stocking up on water at High Creek and use snow on summit.

    James Cocco reviewed Marion Mountain to San Jacinto

    about 1 year ago

    This is one of my favorite climbs in Southern California, but this was my first attempt in the winter. Do not even think about doing this without crampons (spikes at the very least) and an ice axe. First 1,000 or so feet you can follow the trail, but at about 7.5 K feet, lots of snow and not many tracks. Don't make the mistake I did and rely on someone's GPS route without checking it. (Isn't there an unwritten law that you don't upload GPX routes if you got lost and butchered the route?). Anyway, after two nights on the mountain, I finally made it to the summit at sunrise on Sunday morning. Well worth it. But please be careful. I encountered several unstable slopes. Climbing with this much snow is nothing to take lightly. Happy summits!!!

    James Cocco completed Marion Mountain to San Jacinto

    about 1 year ago

    James Cocco followed Mark Shandrow

    about 2 years ago

    James Cocco reviewed Vivian Creek Trail to San Gorgonio Peak

    about 2 years ago

    Love this hike/climb. One of my favorites.

    I recommend camping on the summit, if the weather is favorable. Make sure there are no systems lining up. This is not a place I would like to be when the weather turns.

    This is a beast of a hike, no matter how you slice it. Steep and long most of the way.

    Plenty of water at the spring and at the creek at High Camp.

    Have fun. Be safe.

    James Cocco reviewed Mount San Antonio (Mt. Baldy)

    over 2 years ago

    I love this climb/hike. Did it on Sunday (3-13). Went up Devil's Backbone and down the face. Snow wasn't much of an issue, except on south face and south side of backbone. Backbone was pretty tame, save for a few stretches where extreme caution and deliberate actions are advisable. Highly recommend ice axe. Have fun.

    James Cocco reviewed San Gorgonio Mountain - South Fork / Mineshaft Saddle Approach

    almost 3 years ago

    A wonderful but very long hike. Just an amazing experience. Did it in two days, one night. Spent the night at dry lake, made it to the summit the next morning at about noon. The hike from Dry Lake to the summit is pretty gnarly. But if I can offer any advice, it's this: BRING PLENTY OF WATER!!! There was only one spot (about 3 miles from the trailhead) where you could fill up. Other than that, nada!!! And make sure you have your permit. I saw zero hikers, but five backcountry volunteers who were nice but eager to check to my credentials, which is cool. I am glad someone is keeping on eye our wildernesses.

    James Cocco reviewed Mount San Antonio (Mt. Baldy)

    about 3 years ago

    Finally completed this hike on 5/16/15, and I have to say it far exceeded my expectations. Due to a recent storm, the summit, and most of the trail from the backbone up, was covered in 6-10 inches of snow. I was the second person up to the summit that day from the Devil's Backbone route, so I was potholing for about the last 1,500 feet. Due to this, I exerted far more energy than I expected, and in hindsight, wish I had eaten more calories that morning. But due to the snow, I think many hikers stayed away that say, thus leaving the mountain for myself and a handful of other ambitious climbers. In short, it was truly a spiritual experience and I expect to go back as soon as possible. Took me 7 hours, having gone down the Ski Hut trail. I recommend not taking the ski lift, to get the full experience. I'm glad I skipped it. The Devils Backbone was a little sketchy with the recent snowfall, and I wish I had some crampons or microspikes, but no biggie.

    James Cocco added Map - May 15 06:59 PM

    about 3 years ago

    James Cocco saved Mt. Waterman Trail

    about 3 years ago

    James Cocco followed Alexandra Deguzman

    about 3 years ago

    James Cocco reviewed Pine Knot Trail

    about 3 years ago

    Distance: 6.34 miles.
    Top elevation: 7,713 ft.
    Total elevation gain: 1,004 ft.
    Time: About 3 hours.

    The reason my distance is different than the AllTrails version, is at the top there is a spur trail that takes you a little higher. It's called Grand View Trail. I highly recommend this. You are rewarded with a wonderful view. This is a nice hike. Pretty easy overall. This is my new favorite hike in the immediate Big Bear Lake area.

    James Cocco reviewed Ryan Mountain Trail

    about 3 years ago

    This is my go-to hike in Joshua Tree National Park. It's pretty short (less than 3 mi) with enough elevation gain to get in a good workout. On our last visit here, we were fortunate enough to stumble upon a herd of bighorn sheep. The views from the summit are incredible.

    James Cocco completed Ryan Mountain Trail

    about 3 years ago

    James Cocco saved Gaviota Wind Caves Trail

    over 3 years ago

    James Cocco saved Gaviota Peak Trail

    over 3 years ago