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    Member Since January 2019

    Janis Letourneau Pro-red@3x

    Blythe, California 

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    Janis Letourneau reviewed Hidden Falls Trail

    12 days ago

    We did this as a lark passing through the park on Labor Day. The lower trail is closed for recovery it seems. The hiking traffic is therefore completely diverted to the upper trail and it was crowded. It is on the more moderate side of easy as the base elevation is high. But many families were on the trail and some three generation families succeeded in going the distance. The views of the lake and across the distant meadow are lovely. The Falls were extremely crowded as they can be accessed by a short walk up from the shuttle dock. It was not a serene experience. We took the boat shuttle back just to find a quieter place. This is a nice option for hikers who might not have time to do the out and back (loop not possible now with the lower trail closed).

    Janis Letourneau completed Hidden Falls Trail

    12 days ago

    Janis Letourneau reviewed Cub Lake Trail Loop

    12 days ago

    We did this loop early one morning just after Labor Day. It was surprisingly uncrowded and the views are good along the way. The Lake was filled with water lilies. We went clockwise and with the high base elevation it is probably a bit easier climb this direction. The Cub Lake side can be more exposed and would get hot later in day! The return leg is busier as it passes through The Pools which are really pretty and but accessible on an “easy” route. Return along the Creek is much shadier. While we saw a few people with tennis/running shoes, I would recommend hiking shoes at the least as the path is quite rocky on the Cub Lake side.

    Janis Letourneau completed Cub Lake Trail Loop

    12 days ago

    Janis Letourneau reviewed Holzwarth Historical Site / Never Summer Ranch

    12 days ago

    This is a busy site/trail, but not bad after Labor Day. The valley and meadow are incredibly beautiful and the historical site and accompanying graphics are very interesting. Elk are also present in the meadow. It would be a great place to visit with kids - a retro look into one of the original dude ranches in the area.

    Janis Letourneau reviewed Lily Lake

    12 days ago

    Super easy for beautiful views of peaks (including Longs) and mirror effect in early morning. Apparently moose frequent area but we weren’t lucky. Nice warm up to Wild Basin area or can be extended to include a climb to ridge which we didn’t have time for.

    Janis Letourneau completed Lily Lake

    12 days ago

    Janis Letourneau reviewed Ouzel Falls via Wild Basin Trail from Sandbeach Lake

    12 days ago

    We did a mini loop to Copeland Falls and the cascades (not all the way to the second Falls - Ouzel Falls). This is about 3.6 miles out and back. We didn’t have time to go further though we had already managed most of the climb in elevation. We traversed the Copeland Falls area going up and the other trail going down. This is a very pleasant hike suitable for families or multigenerational groups. It is mostly shady in the morning and the water and light on the water are beautiful. It is more crowded (weekday after Labor Day) than we expected and we were lucky to get started by 900 am. We stopped at Lily Lake en route which is also worth a stop for a quick loop or a detour up the ridge.

    Janis Letourneau reviewed Alluvial Fan Trail

    12 days ago

    This is an interesting and pretty area, but the trail was under renovation early Sept (probably for handicap/stroller accessible). There was lots of equipment around and barricades (bright orange plastic) were up. The cascades are nice and once the trail is redone, access to the area will likely be restored air and up and back figure of 8 sort of loop hike.

    Janis Letourneau completed Alluvial Fan Trail

    12 days ago

    Janis Letourneau reviewed Dunes Overlook Trail

    12 days ago

    This is a nice, relatively easy hike that is suitable for families or multigenerational groups. We started at loop 2 of the campground early in the morning (there is a small parking area near one of the restrooms for the campground). The trail was uncrowded and the views are spectacular. It was particularly nice to have vistas of both the mountains and the dunes before the crowds descended on the latter for boarding and other activities. While the trail is obvious and not all that challenging, there is a small gain in elevation and the base elevation is significant for non-locals. Recommended hike...... However, if you want to go by 4x4 into mountains and you don’t have a suitable vehicle, suggest arranging for one in advance as this provides access to high country trailheads. The road to Point of No Return is sketchy for standard SUV and not passable beyond without something that can manage sand.

    Janis Letourneau saved Sacred Rim

    20 days ago

    Janis Letourneau saved Cascade Falls

    22 days ago

    Janis Letourneau saved Lake Ann Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Janis Letourneau saved Rainy Lake Trail

    about 1 month ago