Justin Anderson

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    Justin Anderson saved Grand View Point Trail

    almost 3 years ago

    Justin Anderson completed Rae Lakes Trail

    almost 3 years ago

    Justin Anderson reviewed Holy Jim Falls Trail

    over 3 years ago

    Justin Anderson completed Holy Jim Canyon Trail

    over 3 years ago

    Justin Anderson reviewed Ice House Canyon Trail

    over 3 years ago

    One of the quickest getaways from the city chaos with beauty and challenging trails. I went up to Kelly Camp for an overnight backpacking trip and learned a few things. One, the river runs dry within the first 2 miles. I carried 2.5 liters which equals over 5lbs, knowing I wanted water to cook and drink at camp. Wish I would have left my bottles empty till right before the 3 mile mark where a natural spring was flowing. Now I know. I topped off my bottles and filled up an additional 2 liters for later filtering although everyone drinks straight from the spring itself. When I hung my bladder to filter, I noticed sentiments that had settled to the bottom of the spring water, so I'm glad I did. There are a lot of old stone cabin foundations and chimneys left standing along the creek which makes for cool scenery early on. The trail is rocky and gets steeper as it goes on. Luckily it was a cool mid week day and there were only a handful of people on the trail. At the saddle the trail splits 4 ways. A small lookout to the North East if you walk to the left of the map sign towards the 3 T's trail which allows you to see the 15 freeway in the distance and the desert past that. We went right/south to Kelly camp which is a nice little area with decent seating and flat smooth spots for tents. Fire rings were also there even though it is a "NO FIRE" zone. There was one other spot occupied beside ours, and even though it was breezy, they made the stupid decision to have a fire and put everyone at risk. Their $30 walmart tent told me a lot about the type of campers they were and I'll leave it at that. It got down to 40 degrees at night and wind howled through the tops of the trees while the camp stayed pretty calm in comparison. Hiking in with packs around 20lbs it took 3 hours. On the way out/down, it was just under 2 hours with a few stops. My biggest suggestion for backpackers is to leave the water weight behind until you hit the spring and then load up. I could've shaved 5lbs for more than half my hike which adds up step by step. Average 2000 steps in a mile x 2.5 = 5000 steps. Add 5 lbs to every step and ya. You're gonna feel it.

    Justin Anderson completed Ice House Canyon Trail

    over 3 years ago

    Justin Anderson reviewed Big Santa Anita Loop Trail

    almost 4 years ago

    Justin Anderson completed Big Santa Anita Loop Trail

    almost 4 years ago

    Justin Anderson reviewed East Fork Trail (Bridge to Nowhere)

    almost 4 years ago

    I've been exploring all of the national parks backpacking, but wanted to do something quick and local and decided on the Bridge to Nowhere. An hour and 45 minutes from Huntington Beach, and we were on the trail at 10PM. It seemed to take forever, but we had surfed earlier that day and were spent. We crossed the river numerous times, more on the way in because the trail is confusing. The old trail is washed out so stay close to the riverbed instead of heading uphill around the 2 mile mark. Log walking obstacles and sheer sided trails make this not so kid friendly. We camped a half mile past the bridge in one of the few rock free areas along the river. I was surprised to see as much water running this time of year. Early November and we haven't seen much rain at all this year. Nice surprise, but zero signs of fish. Three deer were grazing on the hillside, and some raccoon visited our camp while setting up at night. Hiking around, we saw a few gold miners, actually finding gold. Tiny amounts they compared to the fly doodies. Haha. Cool nonetheless. There is so much history of mining here, plus the flood that washed out the road etc. Read up and really take in this awesome place. Bring a lot of water and hat for shade as it's pretty exposed the entire hike. I will be back soon for sure. Pan and shovel in hand. haha. Not jk.
    Not to take away any from the trail, but there was a lot of plastic bottles and trash on this trail. Buckets and tarps are signs left by miners letting others know that area is being mined, but it looks trashy to me. That is the one star deduction for me.

    Justin Anderson checked in to East Fork Trail (Bridge to Nowhere)

    almost 4 years ago

    Justin Anderson reviewed Sturtevant Falls Trail

    almost 4 years ago

    For local Backpacking, hiking and trail running, this place is amazing. Backpacking Campgrounds are first come first serve, and have picnic tables, fire rings and wood burning stoves. All you need is a parking pass and you're set. No camp fees etc. Just be aware of fire restrictions as they don't allow them at all during dry season. The trails are challenging, single track and dangerously steep off the sides so keep that in mind if you plan on trucking your kids with you. The water was at a trickle so falls were nonexistent, but it was October and we've had Zero rain for months. A lot of animals at night, and woke up to a pair of Buck going head to head in battle. Sounded like a freight train. Lol. Cool. Bear droppings right around Sturtevant Cabins, so ya.

    Justin Anderson completed Sturtevant Falls Trail

    almost 4 years ago

    Justin Anderson checked in to Sturtevant Falls Trail

    almost 4 years ago

    Justin Anderson saved Sturtevant Falls Trail

    almost 4 years ago

    Justin Anderson reviewed Yosemite Valley to Tuolumne Meadows Trail

    about 4 years ago

    This trail is EPIC to say the least. Starting in the Valley is probably harder than starting in Tuolumne, but either way, just do it. You see Vernal and Nevada falls, Mist Trail, Halfdome and Clouds Rest, Sunrise and Cathedral Lakes etc. It's a visual dream come true for someone trying to escape the city life and walk in John Muir's footsteps. Next try Tuolumne to Devils Postpiles and ya. Mind Blowing.

    Justin Anderson saved Sunrise Lakes Trail

    about 4 years ago

    Justin Anderson reviewed Sunrise Lakes Trail

    about 4 years ago

    Wowwww...Three lakes to choose from, but I think the one closest to Tenaya is my favorite. It has amazing camping spots over to the right with staggered rock platforms for tents etc. The lake was beautiful with half granite, half forest surrounding the lake itself. Fishing was the best I've seen in the area with huge Rainbow trout which snapped my 5lb leader twice. Note that in late July, it's mosquito feeding time, and you are dinner. We set up tents on the rocks to have a screen room to protect us from their attacks which do come in waves. lol. I've been to many lakes and this is one I plan on returning to in the future.

    Justin Anderson completed Sunrise Lakes Trail

    about 4 years ago

    Justin Anderson reviewed Clouds Rest Trail

    about 4 years ago

    Justin Anderson reviewed Minaret Lake

    about 4 years ago

    A hidden gem, one of the prettiest lakes scenery wise with all of the smaller pools creating an amazing place to hike or camp at. We left Reds Meadow on a 9 day hike over to Yosemite. We planned on hiking up and over Minaret to Iceburg and Ediza the next day, but the North facing bowls were still packed with snow even though it was late June. All that aside, the hike wasn't too grueling, but summer time mosquitoes left us looking like pigpen from the peanuts comic, but instead of clouds of dirt, it was blood thirsty skeeds. Other than that, epic trail with a pot of gold in the form of Minaret Lake. Fishing was great as well. Look for the highest triangular point in the range as you head up. That is where you'll end up.

    Justin Anderson saved Minaret Lake

    about 4 years ago

    Justin Anderson completed Minaret Lake

    about 4 years ago

    Justin Anderson reviewed Moro Rock Trail

    over 4 years ago

    Awesome short but mentally challenging trail for those with fear of heights..lol. I love this view and experience all together. One second you're on flat ground, next you're walking along the edge of a ridiculously high cliff and then the handrail just stops...OMG, I hated this the first time I went up. Vertigo and me were battling. Once you get up top, it is pretty safe as there are bars around the entire viewpoint. I will always do this half mile hike for the thrill this brings. Must do

    Justin Anderson completed Moro Rock Trail

    over 4 years ago