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    Janet Blake reviewed Bodega Dunes Trail

    4 months ago

    This trail is all soft sand. The entire way. Yuck.

    The starting point is not well marked and in the middle of the campground, thus no parking.

    Trails to the beach are not marked.

    Janet Blake completed Bodega Dunes Trail

    4 months ago

    Janet Blake saved Sidewinder Canyon

    6 months ago

    Janet Blake reviewed Mount Umunhum

    8 months ago

    An enjoyable trail to an interesting historical artifact. Characteristics:

    1. Parking can be limited. We spent half-an-hour on a Sunday early afternoon waiting for one parking spot among 20-ish at the Bald Mt. TH parking lot until one freed up. YMMV depending on the day and time.

    2. As of early October 2017 (read: prior to its first rain season), the Mt. Umunhum trail is extremely well-graded and groomed. But as a primarily dirt 1.5 track (everything but the last 0.2 miles to the summit was designed and designated as a multi-use trail), it can be a bit dusty. It is a very fast trail to crank-out a bit of miles/elevation (on foot or on wheels), and noticeably easy on the feet and knees. But as somebody who used to be an expert-level MTBer, the trail as it currently stands would not be very attractive due to its high foot traffic and completely sanitized nature (read: long, dirt sidewalk on a mild incline).

    3. The trail is more shaded along the route than you might imagine. It can also be windy, esp. at the summit.

    4. There is no potable water at either the Bald Mt. TH nor the Mt. Umunhum summit. I am told there isn't any at the general-parking/picnic/restroom facilities just off the summit as well. I was also told that there are no plans to run water up there. You need to bring yourself every bit you will need.

    5. The Mt. Umunhum summit is accessible by car (next-to-the-site parking is available for handicap placards, regular parking is just off the summit a short distance away), so there will be lots of people visiting the site that way. You're not reaching some secluded waterfall to introspect and wax philosophical. There will be lots of people with kids, taking phone panoramas. That's all good, as long as your expectations are in-line.

    DY

    Janet Blake completed Mount Umunhum

    8 months ago

    Janet Blake saved Mount Umunhum

    8 months ago

    Janet Blake completed Wildcat Canyon Loop Trail

    9 months ago

    Janet Blake reviewed Bay View Marsh Trail

    9 months ago

    Janet Blake completed Bay View Marsh Trail

    9 months ago

    Janet Blake reviewed Lower Tubbs Island Loop Trail

    9 months ago

    IMPASSABLE AND NOT MAINTAINED. We decided to go clockwise around the loop. This meant we found the IMPASSABLE trail 90% done with the loop, which meant this was an 11.5 mile hike. There is more than 10 feet of fast moving water that no one, regardless of ability, should walk through. Afterwards we see a tiny notice that the trail is out, right next to a big map which doesn't note this.

    My legs are fully scratched up from unmaintained trail of sharp brush, starting at the shoreline.

    For the previous 5 star reviewer: you clearly didn't take the route in the map.

    Janet Blake completed Lower Tubbs Island Trail

    9 months ago

    Janet Blake added Redwood NP/SP complex

    10 months ago

    Janet Blake reviewed Cluster Lakes Loop Trail

    11 months ago

    We did the CLLT clockwise as a dayhike after an anomalously wet winter. We chose to do it clockwise in order to 1) tackle the greater climb in the cool of the morning, and 2) we wanted to save the unburned (read: shaded) forest portions for the heat of the afternoon. After the hike, we concluded that our choice was good.

    Despite daytime temps of ~80F in mid-July, the anomalously wet winter left intermittent patches of snow on the trail under the shade of trees. Despite this, navigation was not difficult, and required no special equipment other than good boots. A GPS (or GPS app) is always recommended for distances this far from frontcountry.

    This is an outstanding hike if you like pristine mountain lakes (I certainly do). You will pass no less than a dozen of them in the course of this loop, some more pristine than others, and some incredibly so. In particular, Silver Lake lies in the middle of a burned-out area with what seems like a bottom primarily of volcanic sand, and seemingly no organic turbidity. This is the first lake I have ever seen where the water is so clear and optimal you can stare into it and see the water plants at the shore edges "pearling" (a term planted-aquarium enthusiasts use, usually associated with high-powered lighting + CO2-supplementation where you are turbocharging the photosynthesis) with oxygen bubbles. Lower Twin Lake is the forested version, with very clear water (only a little soiled by pollen) that everyone felt compelled to filter water from.

    As dayhikers, we didn't spend much time at any of the individual lakes. But it would make sense that as backpackers with the luxury of time, you might want to bring a swimsuit. Somebody was doing just that Lower Twin Lake while a Park Ranger was there filtering water with us.

    DY

    Janet Blake completed Cluster Lakes Loop Trail

    11 months ago

    Janet Blake saved Big Break Trail

    11 months ago

    Janet Blake saved Stewartville Trail

    11 months ago

    Janet Blake saved Big Trees Trail

    11 months ago

    Janet Blake saved Port Costa Loop

    12 months ago

    Janet Blake saved Cesar Chavez Park Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Janet Blake saved The Narrows (Top-Down)

    about 1 year ago

    Janet Blake saved Trillium Falls Trail

    about 1 year ago