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    Katy Cashman reviewed Big Sur - Sykes hot springs via Pine Ridge Trail

    over 4 years ago

    Went out to the hot springs on Memorial Day weekend. We anticipated (correctly) that there would be large crowds at the springs themselves and camped at Barlow flats, then hiked the final 3 miles to the springs. This time of the year is great - not too hot, perfect night temps for sleeping and there were TONs of wildflowers all over the trail. It was beautiful. This was a challenging, but not too challenging trail, though it is heavily trafficked because of the springs. The first two too three miles are pretty intense uphill, then it levels off for a while until you climb one final ridge before you hit the springs. It was great the follow the river the whole way so that we could wash/cool off in the river whenever we wanted. Plenty of places to camp and sleep, though don't expect to be all alone in the woods.

    Katy Cashman completed Devil's Chair Trail

    over 4 years ago

    Katy Cashman reviewed Vernal and Nevada Falls (The Mist) Trail

    over 4 years ago

    I'm not sure I would rate this hike as moderate unless you are a very seasoned hiker. We hike a LOT and we had to take our time on this trail. There really isn't much of a let-up from from heavy uphill or downhill, no matter what way you are taking, so be prepared. Because of the length it is manageable for a day hike for just about anyone in reasonable fitness.

    That being said, this is a FANTASTIC hike - one of the best I've ever done. Spectacular views, lots of waterfalls, and the mist trail is a unique treat, especially in the heat. We really enjoyed everything about this hike. I recommend going up along the mist trail and down the John Muir trail, as it's steeper up and more of a slope down this way - easier on the knees.

    Katy Cashman reviewed Sentinel Dome Trail

    over 4 years ago

    This is a great hike - pretty easy, length-wise, but with a spectacular payoff of views at the end! At 8,000+ feet, it does take some getting used to the elevation, but the dome is really not hard to climb if you take your time. Supreme 360 degree views of everything around, including Half Done, Nevada Falls, Yosemite Falls and the entire Valley. Take the loop around the lower half of the dome to Taft's Point for a longer hike with many more spectacular views (makes it about a 6 mile hike.)

    Katy Cashman completed Sentinel Dome Trail

    over 4 years ago

    Katy Cashman saved Days Fork Trail

    over 4 years ago

    Katy Cashman saved Sulphur Pots Camp

    over 4 years ago

    Katy Cashman saved Cerro Alto Trail Loop

    over 4 years ago

    Katy Cashman saved Horn Canyon Trail

    over 4 years ago

    Katy Cashman reviewed Ewoldsen Trail

    almost 5 years ago

    One half of this loop is "closed for construction" so we took the trail just past the turn around point to the overlook spur tail. This trail is difficult, but worth all the views as you go up hundreds of feet to fantastic views of the ocean, the coast line, down through valleys next to rivers and tall trees. It's a lot of variations in flora, a good challenge and a great overall hiking experience.

    Katy Cashman completed Ewoldsen Trail [CLOSED]

    almost 5 years ago

    Katy Cashman saved Ewoldsen Trail [CLOSED]

    almost 5 years ago

    Katy Cashman saved Cathedral Trees Trail

    almost 5 years ago

    Katy Cashman completed Rhododendron Trail

    almost 5 years ago

    Katy Cashman reviewed James Irvine Trail

    almost 5 years ago

    Got up early and took the James Irvine Trail from the ranger station about half way to the coast and cut back along the Miner's Ridge Trail. It was a beautiful morning with hardly anyone on the trail so we could really take in the fullness of the forest. For the part we traveled it was not too strenuous, and it was a bit more than 6 miles out and back. Great hike, all in all.

    Katy Cashman reviewed Cathedral Trees Trail

    almost 5 years ago

    Katy Cashman completed Cathedral Trees Trail

    almost 5 years ago

    Katy Cashman completed Emerald Lake

    about 5 years ago

    Katy Cashman reviewed Weeping Rock Trail

    about 5 years ago

    Katy Cashman completed Weeping Rock Trail

    about 5 years ago

    Katy Cashman saved Angels Landing Trail

    about 5 years ago

    Katy Cashman reviewed Angels Landing

    about 5 years ago

    For someone who is interested in pushing themselves and getting majorly rewarded, this is a great hike. The last part of the hike is seriously amazing and challenging, both physically and mentally if you are afraid of heights, but if your interested in some scrambling up rocks on cliff edges (one of my favorite activities) you'll be happy. However, you will have to wait out crowds because SO many people are on this trail, even the treacherous ending. If you can push through the crowds at the top to get a good view, you'll love it.

    Katy Cashman completed Angels Landing Trail

    about 5 years ago

    Katy Cashman reviewed The Big Trees Trail

    about 5 years ago

    This is a great trail to get out and get a good feel for the trees. It's not long or challenging and if you want to get a feel for the immensity of the sequoias, this trail will give you that, along with plenty of plaques of info about the trees and ecology of the area. This is a well-traveled trail, and if you wanted a back country feel, you won't get it, but its a great way to experience the giants forest.

    Katy Cashman completed Big Trees Trail

    about 5 years ago

    Katy Cashman reviewed Zumwalt Meadow Trail

    about 5 years ago

    Katy Cashman completed Zumwalt Meadow Trail

    about 5 years ago

    Katy Cashman saved Mist Falls Trail

    about 5 years ago

    Katy Cashman reviewed Mist Falls

    about 5 years ago

    Went on this hike with five other people and we all agreed - one of the best hikes we've ever done! Not too challenging, spectacular all around, river and waterfalls and forests - all around just exciting and spectacular. A great way to see all of the canyon (not to mention you need to drive all the way in to get there so you get a fantastic drive too) and it's not too busy so we saw wildlife and not too many crowds. I've been told that if you go farther down the trail it continues to be spectacular, too, with even less people.

    Katy Cashman completed Mist Falls Trail

    about 5 years ago

    Katy Cashman reviewed East Fork Trail (Bridge to Nowhere)

    over 5 years ago

    As a Midwesterner who used to spend my summers enjoying hiking to a lake or river and jumping in, I was so glad to find the swimming holes all along this trail, even if they were not very deep and all full of people. It was perfect for a hot day, especially when you're hiking in a canyon. Bring lots of water and rest because it's hot here in the summer. but the trail wasn't too physically grueling as much as it was a longer hike. Lots of shade and trees in the beginning, but the last few miles you're out in the sun and on the way to the Bridge you are slowly going uphill.

    Nice views, not TOO busy and running water nearby. I'd recommend it.