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    Leslie Shimasaki-Kung completed Eaton Canyon Trail

    about 4 years ago

    Leslie Shimasaki-Kung completed Archaeology Trail

    about 4 years ago

    Leslie Shimasaki-Kung added Archaeology Trail

    about 4 years ago

    Leslie Shimasaki-Kung reviewed Temescal Canyon Loop Trail

    about 4 years ago

    I've done this hike several times over the last few years and it is usually the one I take people to who are new to hiking. It is good for beginners, but also a good work out for those who have hiked before. If you take the trail clockwise, the ascent is pretty steep right at the beginning, but then it starts to become more gradual as you continue. There are several places to stop to get beautiful views down to the ocean (and the big houses tucked into the hillsides). Going clockwise, the first half of the trail is in the sun most of the time, but the second half is almost all shaded, making for a nice cool down as you descend. I've only ever seen the waterfall flowing ONCE in all my years of hiking here. Even then it was just a trickle. There are several ways to extend the loop and make a longer hike, which is nice for variety. Park on Sunset or Temescal Canyon Road for free. If you drive into the park it costs $7. FULL STOP at the stop signs. There are cameras and many people have gotten ticketed for rolling. Come early because it gets very crowded on the weekends.

    Leslie Shimasaki-Kung reviewed Pa'rus Trail

    about 4 years ago

    More like a nice stroll than a hike. It is an easy, wide, paved path that winds next to the Virgin River and along the campsites. When we went a couple weeks ago there was construction going on so part of the trail was closed off. If you are just looking for a relaxing walk through Zion, it doesn't get any easier than this.

    Leslie Shimasaki-Kung saved Rising Sun Trail

    about 4 years ago

    Leslie Shimasaki-Kung reviewed Diamond Head (Le'ahi) Summit Trail

    about 4 years ago

    This hike has gorgeous views all the way up (is there any hike in Hawaii that doesn't). Of course it's a huge tourist attraction, so it gets pretty crowded but it also means that it's well maintained. My mom was able to complete this hike, and she is not an outdoorsy person at all. There are lots of overlook places to stop and take pictures. At the top after climbing all the steps, you will be rewarded (again) with beautiful views down onto Waikiki, the ocean, and pretty much everywhere you turn your head.

    Leslie Shimasaki-Kung reviewed Sullivan Canyon

    about 4 years ago

    Easy hike, though long. It's a very shaded canyon trail so probably good in the summer time. I went in the morning before work though (early November) and it was probably mid 40s the entire time. Because it was so early on a weekday (and cold) there was no one else on the trail besides my friend and me. It was kind of boring most of the way because there was no elevation gain and the same views over and over... until we got almost to our turn around point, heard a LOUD growl from the bushes up ahead and saw a flock of birds fly up out of it. It sounded like a motorcycle starting, but we knew it was a mountain lion. We couldn't see where it was because of all the shrubbery and bushes so we just turned around and hightailed it back. It took us half the time to get back than it did to get to that part because we were pretty alarmed.

    Leslie Shimasaki-Kung reviewed Murphy Ranch Trail

    about 4 years ago

    3.5 stars, rounded up. You start out parked in an extremely nice neighborhood, walk down the street and then onto an extremely uneven dirt road. Eventually you hit the fire road. You can either take that all the way up to the gate to the compound, or find the staircase(s) off to the left behind the fence and take it down to the canyon. I've never taken the staircase going up, but even going down is brutal. It is extremely narrow, there's nothing to grab onto for balance, and some of the steps are kind of uneven. I went so slowly on it, my quads were killing me the next day from gripping them so hard. If you go to the compound very early, it can be kind of creepy wandering around there all alone. But other times there's lots of teenagers spray painting the buildings. What's painted on the buildings changes all the time because so many people do it. It seems pretty easy to get lost in there, so be sure to go with a friend. Once you are down among the buildings, it's not much of a hike, more like a stroll. But it's still worth going out to see at least once.

    Leslie Shimasaki-Kung reviewed Watchman Trail

    about 4 years ago

    This was the first trail I did in Zion and it was very good. Not as popular as some of the other hikes deeper into the park, so it was nice to be out there with smaller crowds. We started out paralleling the Virgin River, then crossed a road, and took some stairs and started going up. There are some great views of the Watchman and some very interesting shaped rocks perched precariously on the ledges. Overall it was a moderate hike due to length and elevation gain, but very doable. Some portions had low stone walls built onto the edges, making me feel a bit safer. When we went it was overcast so it wasn't hot, but I can see that if it were sunny, it would get very warm as there's no shade.

    Leslie Shimasaki-Kung reviewed Queens Garden Trail

    about 4 years ago

    Leslie Shimasaki-Kung reviewed Emerald Pools Trail

    about 4 years ago

    Great views from this hike, and the length of all 3 pool trails together was decent. The trail to the lower pools was the easiest - paved and wide. However the waterfall into the pools was pretty underwhelming at the end of March. I'm sure it looks spectacular after a lot of rain. The connecting path to the middle pools was very short. There was a nice view over the falls and the water trickling down the rocks on the ground was pretty neat. The trail leading to the upper pools was harder than the other two. Rocky and uneven in some spots, I think I nearly twisted my ankles several times. The view from the top was nice as well, but it seemed pretty dry up there. The best water views are in the lower pools. The way up wasn't too crowded since we went before lunch, but as we came back down it was getting very crowded; children running everywhere. Go early if you can and avoid the crowds.

    Leslie Shimasaki-Kung completed Mount Hollywood Trail

    about 4 years ago

    Leslie Shimasaki-Kung reviewed Riverside Walk

    about 4 years ago

    Leslie Shimasaki-Kung reviewed Petroglyph Canyon (Valley of Fire State Park)

    about 4 years ago

    Very easy hike. Some cool petroglyphs but you really have to hunt for some of them as they are high up on the rocks and not at eye level. Because it was so sandy, my eyes were focused more on the ground as I walked rather than up. So definitely take your time to really look everywhere when you are on this trail. As I mentioned, it was very very sandy. If you have shoes with breathable mesh, I do NOT recommend them on this trail. My husband dumped out about a cup of sand from each shoe when we got done. The Mouse's Tank at the end was kind of hard to see (not much water in it in November) and there were lots of flies. Definitely do not try to go down into it. Take a quick peek and then head back.

    Leslie Shimasaki-Kung reviewed Weeping Rock Trail

    about 4 years ago

    Short, paved, mildly steep trail to a rock overhang that leaks water. You may get a bit wet. I'm sure it looks more awesome when there's more water coming down. When we went there was not too much trickling down. But it was still cool nonetheless.

    Leslie Shimasaki-Kung reviewed White Dome Loop

    about 4 years ago

    Leslie Shimasaki-Kung reviewed Navajo Loop Trail

    about 4 years ago

    Did this hike with the Queens Garden Trail to make a loop. The Wall Street section was closed for the season because of dangerous conditions which was a bummer. But the rest of the Navajo Loop was beautiful. The road is fairly wide and easy to walk on, not too many rocks, other than the ones that looked like they had slid down at some point recently. The switchbacks make it easy to descend to the amphitheater. We went down the Navajo Loop and up Queens Garden (counterclockwise). Saw Thor's Hammer, Two Bridges, Queen Victoria, and lots of other really picturesque formations. There were quite a few people on this trail though, so I suggest going midweek if you are there multiple days. It is popular for a reason.

    Leslie Shimasaki-Kung reviewed Valley of Fire: Elephant Rock

    about 4 years ago

    Very easy walk to an incredible rock formation that really does look like an elephant! Who knows how much longer this will be here. The part that connects the head of the elephant to the body looks like it could crumble anytime. So go see it while it's still there.

    Leslie Shimasaki-Kung reviewed Tower Bridge Trail

    about 4 years ago

    Great hike with a lot of variation in the landscape. As it is part of the Fairyland Loop, you can always extend it to make a longer hike but at the end of the day, just going out to Tower Bridge and back was a great hike to end with. It was fairly empty as well, we saw no one as we headed out and only 3 people on the return trip. There are some really nice views of the hoodoos. The trail is also fairly wide and even, not too many rocks, but a little snowy/muddy at the end of winter. The white sandstone against the sapphire sky was incredible. And across from that was this sea of red sand and the China Wall. It felt like being on Mars. Tower Bridge, you can't actually get that close to, but you can see it pretty decently if you find a spot between the trees. This trail is not nearly as popular as the Navajo or Queens trails but worth venturing down for some variation.

    Leslie Shimasaki-Kung reviewed Canyon Overlook Trail

    about 4 years ago

    Great way to end our trip in Zion as we headed to Bryce Canyon. The trail starts up some steps and winds around the side of a rocky hill. There are lots of areas with railings, which is good if you are afraid of heights (like me). There are some cool features along the way, like a cave/grotto and some beehives (the rock formations, not actual hives of bees). We also saw a bunch of bighorn sheep including several babies. Very cool. The view at the end is beautiful. We did it kind of late in the day though so the sun was not in our favor for picture taking of the overlook. If you want nicer pictures, I'd recommend going earlier in the day when the sun is on the other side. Also, parking is not great. The 2 lots are tiny. We had to park down the road a bit and it was kind of dangerous walking along it with the blind curves. But it was a great little gem of a hike with a lot of scenic views.