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    Kim Maize reviewed Two Harbors to Parsons Beach Trail

    4 months ago

    Gorgeous beautiful and spectacular hike. We backpacked this last weekend and saw whales breaching, a fox, a bison, a bald eagle, an Osprey ( not the backpack, haha). This hike was perfect for a first time backpacker, me, as it was mostly flat the entire way. If you do camp at the campground we preferred campground 2 over 1. Our group reserved both, but campground 1 was quite rocky. There were 3 spots on 1 that we're cleared, but campground 2 had lots of sandy spots to pitch a tent.

    Kim Maize reviewed Backbone Trail

    5 months ago

    My hiking friends and I broke this up in 5 sections, going east to west. Section 1: Will Rogers to Deadhorse Trail,
    Section 2: Deadhorse Trail to Malibu Canyon, Section 3:Malibu Canyon to Newton Canyon, Section 4: Newton Canyon to Mishe Mokwa Trailhead, Section 5: Mishe Mokwa to Ray Miller Trailhead. This is a beautiful hike with views of the Pacific on each section. We took a few side trips that shouldn't be missed, Hondo Canyon being one of them. The rock formations at Casto Crest was another favorite spot filled with caves and lots of exploring opportunities. We had multiple people in our group so we were able to shuttle back and forth with all the cars we had. I've heard that you can also arrange an Uber or Lyft car to get you back to your car. But I'd make sure you have cell phone service before you depend on this. This was one of the best times I've had on the trail. The last 16 miles (which turned into 17 due to a missed trail sign) was by far the most difficult. That could always be turned into 2 sections though. However you do this trail, just make sure you do it in Winter. There's many exposed trails, and with the warm Jan/Feb weather we had, it gave us a glimpse of what truly hot weather would be like. This is definitely a cool to mild weather hike. I also suggest an east to west direction so you are always looking at the Pacific, and if you time it right, you're last hike on The Ray Miller Trail will give you gorgeous sunset opportunities.

    Kim Maize completed Backbone Trail

    5 months ago

    Kim Maize reviewed Nightmare Gulch Loop Trail

    6 months ago

    Loved, loved this hike. The first 3 1/2 miles or so are rather boring and made me wonder if we were on the correct trail. We were. Once you get to the the beautiful sandstone rock formations with all the slot canyons you are in awe of it all. Make sure you pay attention to the dates and is closed 6 months of the year and is too hot for summer hiking.

    Kim Maize completed Nightmare Gulch Loop Trail

    6 months ago

    Kim Maize reviewed Slide Mountain Trail

    7 months ago

    A nice steep climb to the lookout tower with great views of Lake Pyramid and Castaic. Very exposed so you wouldn’t want to hike this on a hot day.

    Kim Maize completed Slide Mountain Trail

    7 months ago

    Kim Maize saved Slide Mountain Trail

    7 months ago

    Kim Maize added Mt. Baldy

    8 months ago

    Kim Maize reviewed Mount Whitney Portal to Lone Pine Lake

    8 months ago

    I loved everything about this hike. It was a nice steep climb to a gorgeous lake. The views on the way were spectacular and you get to hear the sounds of the falls as you make the climb. Every switchback offers a beautiful view. This was a perfect way to end the weekend after we had completed Big Pine Lakes the day before. Try to get to the lake when the sun is up high, you'll have great reflections off of the lake.

    Kim Maize saved Big Pine Lakes Trail

    8 months ago

    Kim Maize reviewed Big Pine Lakes Trail

    8 months ago

    This is one of the most beautiful hikes I’ve ever done. We started at the trailhead off of Glacier Lodge Road and hiked to 3rd lake. There was so much fall foliage to look at and when you get that first glimpse of turquoise water at first lake, you just want to stay there and admire. But don’t! Keep going because it’s beautiful. We did over 13 mikes and the terrain is nice and soft. I had no aches or pains after this hike. Loved it!

    Kim Maize completed Big Pine Lakes Trail

    8 months ago

    Kim Maize added Ontario Peak

    8 months ago

    Kim Maize reviewed Hanakapi'ai Beach

    9 months ago

    My husband and I hiked this trail after a morning of snorkeling. I’m a hiker and he is not but I wanted to take advantage of the trail head being right there and the fact that we had a parking spot. So anyhow this hike can be done for non hikers as long as the trail is dry, which it was on 9/24. I was fortunate to have hiking shoes in the car which I suggest. He however only had water shoes. These worked but I do not suggest them at all. Make sure you have a thick sole to absorb the very rocky trail and a nice tread. Many hiked in Tevas and a few locals were barefoot. The hike is longer than 2 miles, that was agreed by everyone we saw. It can be quite hot as it is exposed. Views are well worth the hike and the beach is gorgeous. Saw lots of kids on the trail and parents carrying baby’s in packs. Great family hike. Carry lots of water and have a snack at the beach.

    Kim Maize completed Hanakapi'ai Beach (CLOSED)

    9 months ago

    Kim Maize reviewed Hanakapi'ai Falls Trail

    9 months ago

    Kim Maize reviewed Hanakapi'ai Falls Trail

    9 months ago