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    Laurie McQuay reviewed Devils Chair Trail

    19 days ago

    Loved this hike. I would say it is on the easy to moderate side based on my experience with other AllTrails hikes and ratings. The hike in is a breeze. The walk down to the chair is steep for about 25 yards and then easy peasy. I do hike a lot, as my daughter reminds me, but it is not hard at all. As for the trail eroding, it's not bad at all. I have a fear of narrow, steep trails, and I was able to do this without too much effort. Beautiful area! It would probably be hot in the morning in the summer months when the sun is shining on the trail, but most of this trail is in the shade on the north side of the mountain. Cool in late December.

    Laurie McQuay completed Devils Chair Trail

    19 days ago

    Laurie McQuay reviewed Rocky Peak Trail

    19 days ago

    I turned this hike into an 8 mile adventure by doing the loop around Rocky Peak. You will see in the map that there is a loop at the top. I hiked clockwise, and it was very enjoyable. I was the only one on most of the trail. A very easy 8 miles except for the last half mile of the loop back up to Rocky Peak turnoff. That was very steep. I climbed up it. I think going down would have been just as hard, but I have bad knees. It was a good hike.

    Laurie McQuay reviewed Rocky Peak Trail

    21 days ago

    This was my first time hiking in the Simi Valley Rocky Peak area. I really enjoyed it. Instead of simply doing an out and back to the peak, I did the loop at the top - continue north on Rocky Peak Trail to the next fire road, then back down to a fire road cut off to the right (at the big tree stay to the right.) This additional loop turned a short 4.6 mile into a nice 8 mile hike. I was alone throughout most of the loop. Cool rock formations, peaceful surroundings, great hike.

    Laurie McQuay completed Rocky Peak Trail

    21 days ago

    Laurie McQuay reviewed Anza Loop Trail to Calabash Canyon Loop Trail

    21 days ago

    I started this hike at the Bark Park and hiked counter-clockwise. I had not hiked this trail before the Woosley Fire, but found it quite beautiful post-fire. So many interesting things to see. Technically the area is still closed due to hazardous conditions, but except for a few rocks on the trail, the trail was great. It is certainly easy ... except for the ascent and/or descent out of the shown parking lot.

    Laurie McQuay reviewed Mesa, Box Canyon, Lower Santa Rosa, Shooting Star and Santa Rosa Loop

    23 days ago

    I really enjoyed this loop, not at all difficult overall, but it did get the heart pumping in places. Walking through the "residential" ranch area on the backside was quite enjoyable, even though it was on the street for a while. Loved the orange trees and Box Canyon was beautiful.

    Laurie McQuay reviewed Caballero Canyon Trail

    24 days ago

    There ARE a lot of options for hiking here. Based on someone's comment below I took the far left trail going up rather than walking up through Caballero Canyon. The far left trail which doesn't seem to have a name (it's the trail left of Little Hectic) was steep and challenging to be honest. A bit more than I wanted to do. Not impossible but it took some work. I was hoping to hike 6 miles so the plan was to hike up the un-named trail, do the figure 8 at the top, and come down Lower Hectic. I ran out of light for an unknown trail and came down through Marvin Braude Mulholland Gateway. The trail to the far right, the one west of Caballero Canyon, is beautiful, not too hard, and fun. And I highly recommend taking the time to hike out to Farmer's Ridge Trail overlook. The view of Santa Monica and Catalina was fantastic.

    Laurie McQuay completed Caballero Canyon Trail

    24 days ago

    Laurie McQuay reviewed Mandeville Canyon Trail

    25 days ago

    This is my favorite after work hike! I don't usually make it to the Nike missile site before the sun goes down, but I usually get within a half mile. I hike the ridgeline in and take the fire road out. Great exercise. Amazing place to be at sunset.

    Laurie McQuay reviewed Triunfo Park Conejo Crest Loop Trail

    25 days ago

    My intent was to combine this hike with the Triunfo Park trail for slightly longer hike. I was half successful in that I did the Triunfo Park trail and the loop around Conejo Crest but did not go down into the valley below. While pretty and serene, particularly on the south side away from the freeway, there are so many trails not on the map that it is easy to take the wrong turn. Many of the non-trails are bike trails and look like trails, while the formal trails don't look like trails at all. I don't recommend this area if you are on a time crunch. It's great if you don't mind exploring, as in the end all the trails come out somewhere.

    Laurie McQuay reviewed Marion Mountain to San Jacinto

    3 months ago

    Fantastic hike!!!! One of the best that I have accomplished this year. It is 11.4 miles, not 13, but if you don't like going down hill, the last 2.5 miles will feel like 5 miles. As others have said it is that first (and last) 2.5 miles that are the steepest. The middle is relatively easy (if you are used to big hikes) while the switchbacks make the last mile quite doable. Very pretty, no steep drop offs, lots to look at, the rock and tree formations are fantastic. The Forest Service office in Idyllwild opens at 8 but you can also get a permit in the outdoor kiosk.

    Laurie McQuay reviewed Upper Rustic Garapito Loop Trail

    3 months ago

    I hiked what I think is this trail today, although I am having trouble reconciling the map with the description. I hiked clockwise from Mulholland to Bent Arrow to Temescal Canyon to Garapito Canyon. Bent Arrow does not follow a densely wooded creek, so there may be another trail. I did see one on the map called Bay Tree trail; however, it must be farther east on Mulholland. However, when I used GPS and compared where I was with the map, it showed where I was supposed to be. It also comes out right at Garapito. Anyway, I really enjoyed the hike. Garapito Canyon is very pretty, and would probably be quite lovely in the Spring. I think hiking this loop counterclockwise might be harder than hiking it clockwise. Otherwise it is not hard at all, if you hike at all.

    Laurie McQuay saved Marie Creek Trail

    3 months ago

    Laurie McQuay saved Dragon's Back

    3 months ago

    Laurie McQuay saved Beehive Lakes

    3 months ago

    Laurie McQuay saved Mickinnick Trail

    3 months ago

    Laurie McQuay saved Oats Peak Trail

    5 months ago

    Laurie McQuay saved Coon Creek Trail

    5 months ago

    Laurie McQuay saved Headlands Trail

    5 months ago

    Laurie McQuay reviewed Gaviota Peak Trail

    5 months ago

    If you want a real hike to the top, take the Trespass Trail to the Peak and come down this fire road. The Trespass Trail goes to the right at the junction. If you love hiking the Trespass Trail to Gaviota Peak is by far one of the best hikes i have completed this year. It is not overly strenuous for the average hike although the last half mile to the peak is certainly grueling. I'm not sure how many times I asked myself we must be there, right? But the trail is very enjoyable, lots of true hiking experiences, many different things to see - fields, oak trees, rock formations, the ocean, other peaks, etc. It is not boring at all. The Wind Caves were a nice break in the climb up, and I highly recommend the detour to the Tunnel Overlook. It reconnects with the trail to the top and provides some great views. We took the fire road down which was fine, as we saw the sunset at the top so it was dark. I would think that the fire road up is arduous, great exercise, but by no means a true hike. Going down it was non-stop descent, so the reverse would be true. We did not visit the hot springs as it was dark.

    Laurie McQuay completed Gaviota Peak Trail

    5 months ago

    Laurie McQuay reviewed Gaviota Hot Springs and Trespass Trail

    5 months ago

    If you love hiking the Trespass Trail to Gaviota Peak is by far one of the best hikes i have completed this year. It is not overly strenuous for the average hike although the last half mile to the peak is certainly grueling. I'm not sure how many times I asked myself we must be there, right? But the trail is very enjoyable, lots of true hiking experiences, many different things to see - fields, oak trees, rock formations, the ocean, other peaks, etc. It is not boring at all. The Wind Caves were a nice break in the climb up, and I highly recommend the detour to the Tunnel Overlook. It reconnects with the trail to the top and provides some great views. We took the fire road down which was fine, as we saw the sunset at the top so it was dark. I would think that the fire road up is arduous, great exercise, but by no means a true hike. Going down it was non-stop descent, so the reverse would be true. We did not visit the hot springs as it was dark.

    Laurie McQuay reviewed Bulldog Loop Trail

    7 months ago

    Loved this hike! I loved the challenge, length and beauty of this hike. So much to see. It was foggy in the morning, sunny by the end.

    We hiked counterclockwise and really didn't have too much difficulty finding the trail back to Malibu Creek SP. When you reach the bottom of Mesa Peak Motorway/Piuma trailhead (where the toilet is), go left down the well worn trail. There will be a couple of small trails to the right - take one of them. It will take you down to the road to the water treatment plant. Turn left, look for small sign that says trail. Across from it is a small sign that says Backbone Trail. Follow the many trails down to the creek and cross it. Hike up in the direction of Malibu Creek SP on one of the many trails. When you get to the next paved road, turn left through the road gate. Continue on that trail until you reach the Camp Gilmore junction. The trail is across the way. It sounds like a lot, but it's not really too bad.

    Laurie McQuay completed Bulldog Loop Trail

    7 months ago