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    Joshua Slater added unal

    16 days ago

    Joshua Slater completed Unal Trail

    16 days ago

    Joshua Slater saved Unal Trail

    17 days ago

    Joshua Slater saved Kern River Trail

    17 days ago

    Joshua Slater saved Dome Rock Trail

    17 days ago

    Joshua Slater added willow loop

    9 months ago

    Joshua Slater added las padres

    9 months ago

    Joshua Slater added burton mesa

    10 months ago

    Joshua Slater completed Punch Bowl Lake Loop

    11 months ago

    Joshua Slater added burton mesa

    11 months ago

    Joshua Slater added Bodger Trail

    12 months ago

    Joshua Slater reviewed Mount Whitney via Mount Whitney Trail

    about 1 year ago

    First and foremost for 'once in a blue moon' hikers. This is a well-established trail and very easy to follow. There are also lots of prettier hikes with far superior picturesque peaks.

    Started on this beast at 7am. Why 7am? B/c there wasn't gonna be any lolligagging around. Also, I do wonder if the reason ppl have so much trouble with this hike is b/c they start out at like 2 or 3am. No! Get a good night's sleep! If you are going to be hiking in the dark, wouldn't it be better to have to do it after plenty of rest???

    Onward-> I took 6.5 hours to summit. During this time, I also managed to play messenger when 4 ppl decided to turn around after 4 miles, yet 2 of there companions were already up at camp so they axed me to play messenger and get the 2 dudes the mssg. Axed around and found them. Mission Accomplished! Next I ran into a couple that had camped at the camp at 12k. They went to summit Whitney and had hiked made it past the switchbacks and a half mile down around the bend before dying of hunger. Luckily, this DAY hiker, had plenty of protein bars on him to spare one plus a half container of fig newtons. I don't know how you get that hungry after maybe 3 miles of hiking but they did. Nice ppl tho. SOOooo yes, plan accordingly. KNow your limits, and if this is your first hike or you are from sea level or you do not condition for mountain hikes, then maybe wait a bit on this one or do it in 3 days.

    Now I was completely impressed with my summit, passed 21 ppl on the way up, and I was amped to get back down in 4 or 4.5 hours. But then! tragedy struck. I twisted my knee or something with 7 miles to go. Thank you ibuprofen and natural endorphins. So yes, my return time ended up being the same as my summit time. On the way down I was fortunate to catch up to 2 other ppl hiking down in the dark (w/headlamps). Hiking in the dark in bear country is not my favorite thing to do. And I never do, but when I do I would recommend yelling 'hey bear' and clacking your trekking poles to make some noise every once in a while or like every minute if your me and really, really don't want to get jumped by a grizzly. Hit the parking lot 13 hours after starting at 8pm. Mark another peak off the list.

    Other miscellaneous items I would like to look back on: The dark red , not transparent ziploc bag with my snow trax seemed extra heavy...yeah, pulled the trax out on the way down and found a huge bag of coins inside, too. Double check your pack!. Oh yeah, ask the ranger if there is snow near the summit. I read on one of the mssg boards there was snow so I brought my trax. No snow and dead weight in my bag. Going at a fast walking pace I only needed 4 liters of water not the 5.5 I brought. I drank it all which I am sure helped but again lower the weight you are carrying by zeroing in on what you need. Again on the water issue I based it off of others' experience and should have tailored it more towards my personal experiences. Also, the mileage on this hike is listed differently around the web. Based on the signage on the trail it is 21.2 miles. Alltrails recorded 19.1. So it was a bit hard to dial in exactly what I needed for this hike, and I ended up overpacking.

    It's better to fall forward from exhaustion, then falling back cause, at least, your moving forward.

    Joshua Slater added Haha omgawd.

    about 1 year ago

    Joshua Slater added gaviota again

    about 1 year ago

    Joshua Slater added mount whitney

    about 1 year ago

    Joshua Slater completed General Sherman Tree Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Joshua Slater completed Moro Rock Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Joshua Slater added california

    about 1 year ago

    Joshua Slater reviewed Mounts Democrat, Cameron, Lincoln, and Bross Trail

    about 1 year ago

    We drove to the trailhead in a chevy cruze. I wouldn't recommend it but it is possible. We bought hiking poles beforehand as recommended by the reviews. I always thought poles were lame; however, they definitely helped going down the Bross Bypass descent, and my knees do not ache today. I'ma believer now!

    We live below 500 ft elevation so this was a bit of a challenge. We hiked 1000 to 430 with a long break on Democrat and short ones on the others.

    Personally, if you are only going to do one peak, I would do Lincoln. I felt like it was the best, you will have it all to yourself on a weekday, and it's not much further than Democrat. We met about 8 or 9 couples that went up Democrat and decided that was enough. So just a suggestion if you will only be doing one. Good luck and happy hiking!

    Joshua Slater added Doc Holiday Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Joshua Slater completed Doc Holiday Grave Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Joshua Slater reviewed Crater Lake Trail

    about 1 year ago

    The bells are cool but, this lake is lame. It reminds me of the mud and slit lake in The Lion King that is drying up and all the animals are becoming sluggish and sad. Definitely not worth your time unless you do plan to hike to Maroon Peak or Buckskin Pass. The view from the Maroon Lake is excellent but Crater not so much.

    Also, if you go after 8am then you are suppose to pay $5 on weekdays or $10 on weekends to park your car and then $8 per person to ride the shuttle to the lake. It's a real con-job 1) b/c there was ample open parking on a late August weekday 2) the money goes to private business not the forest service. If I went again I'd drive past the restricted road usage sign and pay my fee for parking to the forest service.

    Joshua Slater completed Crater Lake Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Joshua Slater added Crater Lame Downhill

    about 1 year ago

    Joshua Slater added Crater Lame

    about 1 year ago

    Joshua Slater reviewed Maroon Bells Scenic Loop Trail

    about 1 year ago

    If you are going to maroon bells after 8am they want you to park at the hotel for $5 and then pay $8 per person for the bus ride; however, the road is not congested and you can save yourself money by simply driving around the restricted road usage sign. If anyone ask, you are staying at a cabin on the road. also, this will save you the hassle of having to do a stop and go tour on the bus.

    Joshua Slater added Glenwood

    about 1 year ago

    Joshua Slater reviewed Delicate Arch Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Not sure why this is rated as hard lolz. Nice breeze at the top and, of course, the compelling awe of the arch rendering a 5-star rating.

    Joshua Slater added Kinda Blue Lake

    about 1 year ago

    Joshua Slater completed Blue Lakes Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Joshua Slater added aspen

    about 1 year ago

    Joshua Slater added denver

    about 1 year ago

    Joshua Slater added Up to Bridge to Heaven

    about 1 year ago

    Joshua Slater completed Horsethief Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Joshua Slater completed Kanarra Creek Canyon Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Joshua Slater added Kanker Sore

    about 1 year ago