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    JoLi Willis added Limantour Loop

    18 days ago

    JoLi Willis saved Bolinas to Limantour

    about 1 month ago

    JoLi Willis reviewed Limantour Beach to Mount Wittenberg Loop

    about 1 month ago

    This trail has it all: a beautiful beach, mountain views (elevation gain) and plenty of wildlife. An excellent workout with perfect temperatures. Just be aware of poison oak in different parts of the many trails that comprise it (wear long pants).

    JoLi Willis reviewed Mount Burdell Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Nice short trail. As you can see on the map, there are lots of fire roads that can be mistaken by the trail.
    If you want a better workout, do it counterclockwise (steeper going up that way). There's some peculiar historical information about the area. Also, lots of turkey vultures flying by the tower on top (taking advantage orographic lift).

    JoLi Willis completed Mount Burdell Preserve Loop

    about 1 month ago

    JoLi Willis added Ice House Reservoir

    about 1 month ago

    JoLi Willis reviewed Grouse, Hemlock, and Smith Lake Trail

    about 1 month ago

    This trail has become one of our favorite trails in the El Dorado/ Tahoe area. The views from the Hemlock and Smith Lake are amazing (there was even some snow on the northeast side of the lake, where the granite wall prevents the sun from reaching).
    The full trail (back and forth) is 9.8 miles instead of 5.5 miles as originally reported (we had a tracking device that recorded the distance and altitude gain; and if you check the full map here and add the distances, you'll see that it's close to 5 miles one-way).
    As mentioned before, the trail is well-visible until a certain point (up to where it splits with the Twin Lakes 16E12); from that point on, it's essential to have some guidance (the AllTrails map works great), keep an eyes on the stacked rocks too.
    On our way back, we saw some commotion due to someone getting lost (there are too many splits) and the Rangers and El Dorado Police had to be called (when we got back to the parking lot, we heard that they had found the guy).

    If you are going on a weekend, chances are that the parking lot by the trailhead will be full. Don't park by the cabins or by the road or you will get a ticket. Park at one of the two Wrights Lake parking lots.

    JoLi Willis reviewed Sendero De Los Arrayanes Trail

    2 months ago

    The trail is well-marked and well-kept. We accessed it by boat, but there are ways to get to the main trailhead by car.

    JoLi Willis reviewed Vila Velha State Park Trail

    2 months ago

    This trail has unique sandstone formations carved by nature. It allows you to take a closer look at large craters with exuberant vegetation, groundwater and beautiful rock formations with varying contours.

    JoLi Willis reviewed Tahoe Rim Trail (TRT): Tahoe Meadows to Twin Lakes

    2 months ago

    The views are breathtaking (as is the elevation gain). As mentioned before, it's heavily used by mountain bikers.
    On the way back, we decided to take the Tahoe Rim Trail to BP (Diamond Peak - 8,540 feet) and then the Incline Flume Trail (it will add an extra 9 miles to the hike, but it's totally worthwhile, with unique views of Washoe Lake.

    JoLi Willis reviewed Half Dome Trail

    3 months ago

    What to say that hasn't been said?! Just reinforcing the main points:
    1. Leave early (like 05:00 AM the latest) during the summer months
    2. One gallon of water minimum;
    3. Save energy for the last 2 miles;
    4. Hike light (don't pack much)... water, energy bars, sunscreen, gloves, cap, sunglasses, i.d. and permit are the essentials.

    It's one the best hikes you'll ever do. Worth every step.

    JoLi Willis completed Half Dome Trail

    3 months ago

    JoLi Willis saved Half Dome Trail

    3 months ago

    JoLi Willis reviewed Canyon Guartelá - Castro

    3 months ago

    One of the hidden gems in Parana State in Brazil, the Guartelá Canyon seem to be only known by locals. There are a couple of different trails, but the most challenging ones require a guide (for reasons that no one could explain). The easy trail is worthwhile your time though and the canyon is more impressive that pictures can tell.

    JoLi Willis completed Valley View Overlook

    3 months ago

    JoLi Willis completed Buzzards Roost Trail

    3 months ago

    JoLi Willis updated Buraco do Padre

    3 months ago

    JoLi Willis reviewed Bluff Trail Loop

    3 months ago

    This is definitely one of the most picturesque trails in Big Sur. I'd highly recommend it to be done clockwise (Creamery Meadows Trail - Ridge Trail - Panorama Trail with a stop at the Pink Beach - Bluff Trail and then Beach Trail) because you will have: A) a better view of the ocean, and B) a better workout, not to mention that you will get to the beach in the end (like a reward for completing the hike).
    Two things to be noted: the end of the Panorama Trail (last 0.4 mile) has had some erosion and you may have to take a parallel trail that hasn't had any maintenance lately and the bushes are high. The Beach Trail is closed at the 0.2 mile point (from the beach) to the starting point, so... instead of using all the Beach Trail to return, you'll have to cross (0.2 mile) to the Creamery Meadows Trail and then follow it back to the parking lot.
    Remember that you'll have to cross shin-high creek when starting and finishing these trails (bring a small towel).

    JoLi Willis completed Bluff Trail Loop

    3 months ago

    JoLi Willis completed Feather Falls Loop Trail

    3 months ago