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    James Stearns reviewed Potato Chip Rock via Mt. Woodson Trail

    11 months ago

    done it a few times. great trail. make it longer by going the other way around the lake on the way back down

    James Stearns reviewed Mount Whitney via Mount Whitney Trail

    over 1 year ago

    on day one I arrived, September 12th, at Whitney portal and slept inside my Grand Cherokee. o got about 10 hours of sound sleep which is about twice what I normally get. the noise level while sleeping a vehicle is not bad at all. there are great facilities at the portal. there had been a big storm the couple days before I arrived which caused some issues with the Whitney portal store water system. as a result their kitchen was closed and they weren't cooking any food. just a heads up. the next day I began backpacking up to trail camp at 10am. the first few miles are on a trail of dirt/gravel and few steps. it made for great hiking. after outpost camp it gets more Rocky and there was some wet trail to cross but nothing more than a couple inches of water. trail camp was amazing. there were snow patches over 10k ft but none on the trail until near the summit . I began the summit push at 3am on the 14th, first on the trail. temps in high 20s. I had to bust through several icy spots on the trail, so just have good footing. nothing that required additional equipment. I got to the summit at sunrise. layers required. temp was about 20°, even lower with the wind chill. the few miles leading to the summit was more bigger rocks and steps. headed down after. overall a great hike.

    James Stearns reviewed Sunset Cliffs Park Trail

    over 1 year ago

    James Stearns completed Sunset Cliffs Park Trail

    over 1 year ago

    James Stearns reviewed Mission Bay Trail

    over 1 year ago

    James Stearns completed Mission Bay Trail

    over 1 year ago

    James Stearns reviewed Kwaay Paay Peak Trail

    over 1 year ago

    James Stearns reviewed Visitor Center Loop Trail

    over 1 year ago

    James Stearns completed Kwaay Paay Peak Trail

    over 1 year ago

    James Stearns completed Visitor Center Loop Trail

    over 1 year ago

    James Stearns reviewed Pyles Peak Trail

    over 1 year ago

    James Stearns reviewed Fortuna Mountain Trail

    over 1 year ago

    James Stearns reviewed Cowles Mountain Trail

    over 1 year ago

    James Stearns completed Pyles Peak Trail

    over 1 year ago

    James Stearns completed Fortuna Mountain Trail

    over 1 year ago

    James Stearns completed Cowles Mountain Trail

    over 1 year ago

    James Stearns reviewed South Fortuna Mountain

    over 1 year ago

    James Stearns reviewed Mt. Baldy via Devil's Backbone Trail

    over 1 year ago

    I made a loop by going up Baldy Bowl and down Devil's Backbone. Roughly 11 miles according to 2 gps I have. Wow! climbing Baldy Bowl was no joke. Great workout and so beautiful. Devil's Backbone is a great name for this trail. Stunning views all around. There were a couple spots with snow North of the trail but I don't expect them to be around long. I went down this trail, but it looked to be a great workout if coming up.

    I'm a huge fan. Most people brought trekking poles which I recommend. Everyone should do this loop.

    James Stearns reviewed Baldy Bowl Trail

    over 1 year ago

    I made a loop by going up Baldy Bowl and down Devil's Backbone. Roughly 11 miles according to 2 gps I have. Wow! climbing Baldy Bowl was no joke. Great workout and so beautiful. I'm a huge fan. Most people brought trekking poles which I recommend. Everyone should do this loop.

    James Stearns reviewed Boucher Trail and Palomar Mountain Loop

    about 2 years ago

    Great trail. I'd rate it mostly easy with a couple sections of moderate. it was 45° when I started which was perfect. I saw zero other hikers which made it even better. just like another reviewer stated, this route is a combo of about 5 different trails, all well marked. grand vistas, meadows, forest. this one has it all. the mountains to the Northeast were all snow covered. Also, I saw 10 deer on the hike. The last group was 7 deer and they could care less I was there. I was about 30 feet away from them for 10 minutes. Very enjoyable day.

    James Stearns saved Big Laguna Trail

    about 2 years ago

    James Stearns saved Middle Peak Loop Trail

    about 2 years ago

    James Stearns saved Pioneer Mail Trail

    about 2 years ago

    James Stearns saved Garnet Peak Trail

    about 2 years ago

    James Stearns saved Stonewall Peak Trail

    about 2 years ago

    James Stearns reviewed Sunset Trail to Laguna Meadows Loop

    almost 3 years ago

    legit. great meadow views as well as Sweetin westerly views in a couple places. easy trail but great experience