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    Joseph Rogles completed Soldier Pass Trail

    14 days ago

    Joseph Rogles completed Island Trail

    14 days ago

    Joseph Rogles reviewed White House Ruin Trail

    about 1 month ago

    This trail is moderate rated at best. Start around 4 PM to stay in the shade on the way down to the canyon floor. After that it's some dirt and sand till you reach the ruins. There's restrooms at the bottom. The ruins are blocked off by a fence so you can't get close, bring a telephoto lens and stand on something to get the fence out of the pictures. Honestly, it's not worth going down into the canyon. Seek out far older and better ruins in AZ where you're allowed to enter and explore, there's plenty. The view from below is rather dull, you'll get the best views from the top and midway on the trail down.

    Joseph Rogles completed White House Ruin Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Joseph Rogles completed Rim Trail

    9 months ago

    Joseph Rogles completed Peekaboo Loop Trail

    9 months ago

    Joseph Rogles completed Fairyland Loop Trail

    9 months ago

    Joseph Rogles completed Navajo Loop Trail

    9 months ago

    Joseph Rogles completed Laurel Falls Trail

    9 months ago

    Joseph Rogles reviewed Angels Landing Trail

    over 1 year ago

    While it was a physical hike, I had enough energy to walk some of the Narrows afterwards. Still - I wouldn't recommend this to anyone out of shape. I also wouldn't let anyone try to convince you to do this hike, or try to influence anyone else to join in when they don't have interest in it. I saw folks who had no business even thinking about this hike with the shape they were in and others near frozen in terror. Angels Landing isn't the place for this stuff, go to Magic Mountain instead.

    I found the walk to the top to be an amazing experience. I took my time, let folks pass me and double-checked every step and grip. I only felt danger when others were around me, so gave them distance. The top itself is scenic, but didn't have as much as an impact on me as the walk to reach it. The most aggressive chipmunks I ever saw were there to greet me.

    I arrived in the Grotto parking lot an hour before sunset and had no issues grabbing a prime space. Left as soon as I could see the trail. You definitely want to beat the crowds here. Most the time I had the path to myself. By 9 AM there'll be an army storming up the landing, avoid them if you can!

    I brought a $5 pair of rubber gripped mechanics gloves (Dewalt) and they worked very well on both the chain and rock surfaces. The rocks had sand on them from prior rain which made it a little more slippery than I expected.

    Joseph Rogles completed Angels Landing Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Joseph Rogles completed Emerald Pools Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Joseph Rogles reviewed Pine Knot Trail to Grand View Point

    over 1 year ago

    Very fun trail. We were racing an incoming storm and had our view blocked by fast moving clouds at the top. It was such an awesome experience we didn't even care.

    This trail is very well established and worn. It intersects several other trails and even a fire/logging road at the bottom of Grand View Point. We encountered numerous bikers and even spotted a few trucks out looking for firewood.

    Joseph Rogles reviewed Butler Peak Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Trail is actually a fire road leading to the fire lookout. You'll need a 4x4 to drive it and not risk damaging your suspension. Watch for boulders blocking the road and cross fingers you don't bump into anyone coming the opposite direction as it's one lane with many drop off points.

    Like others have said the views from the fire lookout are epic. There's several picture taking points as you work your way to the top along with several rock formations.

    A recommended destination no matter how you get there.

    Joseph Rogles completed Butler Peak Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Joseph Rogles completed Bertha Peak Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Joseph Rogles completed Cougar Crest Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Joseph Rogles added Big Bear

    over 1 year ago

    Joseph Rogles reviewed San Jacinto Peak from The Tramway

    over 1 year ago

    A physically rough hike made even tougher by altitude. Spend some time researching mountain sickness, understand it's signs and don't think your exempt from it's effects because your in good cardio shape.

    Buy tickets online for the earliest time available (9:00 AM for me) then show up at 7:30 to see if you can get an earlier spot (wasn't an issue for us on a Saturday). You want as much time as possible to get used to the alt and take extended breaks.

    Check in with the Rangers down the ramp from the tramway. For $2 you get a map that they'll highlight for you and give you advice on how to navigate the more confusing trail branches along with pointing out common mistakes.

    Make your way from the Ranger station to the Wellman's Divide split/junction. Spend an hour there to get used to the elevation and rest up before the final 2.5 mile trek to summit, you won't regret it and the scenery is spectacular. Make sure you understand the signs and are heading on the right trail when you leave.

    The Peak trail is rough, you'll need breaks as you traverse the switchbacks. Keep going and you'll soon be above all those peaks you've been admiring through the trees. The views are stunning the entire way.

    When you reach the rock cabin you're right below the peak, it's closer than it appears!

    I had a rough time doing this hike despite hiking every weekend in Idyllwild and Palomar over the last two months. The effects of altitude hit me far harder than the physical exertion. Make sure you're ready for this one and don't take it lightly. We witnessed folks quiting due to mountain sickness, limping back with injuries and one being carted away by Rangers. Others were running the trail and making me feel every bit my age while leaving me in awe. I intend to do this hike several times but will camp overnight at one of the camps to let my body adjust prior to summit.

    There's no water sources on San Jacinto, the water spiket was dry at Round Valley on 10/15/2016 with a few bottles of water left by fellow hikers under it.

    Joseph Rogles reviewed Ernie Maxwell Scenic Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Easy trail, some good scenery but trees will get in the way of the best views and camera shots. It's a rather busy trail with lots of hikers, their dogs, car noise from the road next to it and construction noises from nearby homes. Not the most ideal trail considering what the area offers, but it's easy enough for everyone and family friendly. An Adventure Pass is required for this trail, but a Wilderness permit isn't according to a posting on the Ranger Station board.

    AllTrails has you starting the trail in the south and walking north which is a slight uphill trail most of the way, parking starting from here is on the side of the road. If you follow Fern Valley Road from Idyllwild it will lead to Humber Park where the north trailhead is located right next to the first set of parking spots. This allows you to "warm up" walking downhill before the trek back.

    Joseph Rogles completed Ernie Maxwell Scenic Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Joseph Rogles reviewed Suicide Rock Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Pictures look awesome, but can't do justice to the amazing views once you reach the cliffs. This is definitely a trail for the adventurous. I've read online that the trail is longer than 6.7 miles round trip, it seemed much further than that and our step counter recorded 10+ miles. Regardless of actual distance it's 3.5+ miles on an incline to reach the rock. The trail condition ranges from smooth to rock steps and it often feels (and looks) like it's a drainage ditch more than a trail. Trekking poles recommended.

    You'll need a daily adventure pass ($5) or a yearly pass along with a wilderness permit (free) on this trail. Both are available at the Idyllwild Ranger Station 1 mile from the trail head. You can self service the wilderness permit if it's closed and get the pass from multiple locations in town. Parking fills up quickly on the weekend, by 8:15 AM there were few spots left.

    Make sure to dress for the workout and be prepared water wise. Our group went through nearly 3 liters of water per person.

    Joseph Rogles completed Suicide Rock Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Joseph Rogles completed Scotts Cabin Trail

    almost 2 years ago

    Joseph Rogles reviewed Thunder Spring Trail

    almost 2 years ago

    There's not much scenery on the Thunder Springs and Chimney Flats trails, it picks up a little once you transition to Scott's Cabin Trail. The loop is mostly either uphill or downhill and can be a bit of a cardio workout. There's sections that will be difficult for small children or the out of shape. Cell phone reception cuts out around the halfway point.

    We spotted deer, chipmunks and a good variety of birds doing this loop. While pretty it isn't as impressive as the other trails this park offers.

    Joseph Rogles completed Thunder Spring Trail

    almost 2 years ago

    Joseph Rogles reviewed Doane Valley Loop Trail

    almost 2 years ago

    A very easy trail with lots of photo opportunities. I recommend adding the French Valley Trail into the loop if you want a little longer route.

    Joseph Rogles reviewed French Valley Trail

    almost 2 years ago