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    Member Since September 2019

    Lucas Gonzaga

    Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada 

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    Lucas Gonzaga reviewed Paradise Peak

    3 days ago

    I never got to the trail.
    The so called "paved" road from Hammond is worst than a dirt road. I turned back after 7 km of the 35 km because it was getting worst. First time it happens to me and i have done lots of gravel and dirt road with my car.
    Better going there with a 4x4 and get a spare tire because there is lots of sharp rocks poping from the very old pavement, it's like driving on nails...

    The 2 stars are not for the trail itself but for the description that misleaded us and then we lost the morning, gas and had to change our plans.

    Lucas Gonzaga completed Paradise Peak

    3 days ago

    Lucas Gonzaga reviewed Moro Rock Trail

    3 days ago

    Easy paved stairs with 400 steps. Very safe with all the fences around. Good for the entire family. The point of view at the top and the informative signs are very interesting.
    A must do in the park because it is short, even if it is overcrowded.

    Lucas Gonzaga completed Moro Rock Trail

    3 days ago

    Lucas Gonzaga reviewed Beetle Rock

    3 days ago

    Very nice short and easy trail. The view is nice but no trees around :)

    Lucas Gonzaga completed Beetle Rock

    3 days ago

    Lucas Gonzaga reviewed Giant Forest Loop Trail

    3 days ago

    Best trail in the area, i recommend it.
    The first part with Sherman and congress trail is a little bit boring and overcrowded but once you turn left on the "Sequoia trail", you are all alone in that Giant Forest and the experience is much better (we met only another couple).

    The map does not show the good trail that goes around Log Meadows (far south). When we passed by there, there were no trail going above the 2 tiny creeks and around the north of Log meadows.
    Then we went along he Log meadows and around on the south part of it, just below the High sierra trail. It worth it to do that and it adds just a little extra (it's mostly flat ground). We reconnected the trail by going along the east part of crescent meadow trail.
    Beside that, the trail is well indicated with signs all the way.

    That part from crescent meadow back to congress trail is the most interesting part in terms of Giant Sequoias. Extremely nice but not better than Muir grove.

    Lucas Gonzaga reviewed Congress Trail

    3 days ago

    Paved trail all the way.
    It is a nice easy walk with some big trees but not the best.
    Lots of people.

    Lucas Gonzaga completed Congress Trail

    3 days ago

    Lucas Gonzaga reviewed General Sherman Tree Trail

    3 days ago

    Easy paved trail. Good for old people and lazy hikers.
    Again the experience is strange because you see trees behind a fence.
    Really overcrowded with lots of non-respectful people that walk on your steps, push you, make lots of noise. A bad experience overall.

    Lucas Gonzaga reviewed Muir Grove Trail

    3 days ago

    Definitely a must see in the park.
    Much more authentic than all the other trails in Sequoia national park because you are alone in the forest.
    The trail by itself is mostly easy and not really intermediate. A nice example of the ecosystem of the region. The end is most majestic part with the Grove. The density of massive trees is very high.
    It is blowminding.
    KEEP GOING AFTER THE TRAIL ENDS: this is the most interesting part, the grove is bigger than what it seemed.

    We did a picknick on rocks at a very nice spot at the north-north-east of the end of the trail. A tiny trail goes on the right and up the hill, follow that and you will have a view on the valley and a nice spot to sit on rocks.

    When we did it, the campground was closed so we had to park at the entrance of the road leading to the campground, on the other side of the road on a tiny dirt parking lot. It adds 4km return.

    Lucas Gonzaga completed Muir Grove Trail

    3 days ago

    Lucas Gonzaga reviewed Panoramic Point

    3 days ago

    Nice point of view from the "end".
    Easy access for disabled because it paved all the way.

    Lucas Gonzaga completed Panoramic Point

    3 days ago

    Lucas Gonzaga reviewed Park Ridge Trail Panoramic Point to Park Ridge Fire Lookout

    3 days ago

    Very nice trail to do in the afternoon.
    The panoramic point is nice but i have seen better.
    The trail is in good condition and give a nice example of what the forest look like in this region.
    The best part is at the Fire Lookout at the end of the trail. The view is awesome.
    When we got there, there were two volunteers oversleeping in the tower that were watching for fires. They were extremely friendly and kind and explained us lots of things on the park and the opportunities in the region. At that time, rangers were doing prescribed fires so the valley was full of smoke, it was very nice to see from above.

    Lucas Gonzaga reviewed North Grove Loop Trail

    3 days ago

    Very nice and easy trail. Much better than the General Grant loop. You can see massive trees which are not behind a fence. The grove burnt some times ago and most of the small trees are dead in some areas but the bigger ones are still alive.
    A must go if you are in the Grant grove area.

    Lucas Gonzaga reviewed General Grant Loop Trail

    3 days ago

    Very overcrowded, even in october, and not really a trail, more a paved way to see some big Sequoia trees. Definitely super easy and short.
    You can see General Grant but there is way more authentic and big trees in the North pine loop trail which start at the same parking lot. It's a shame to see trees behind a fence...
    I did not put 1 star because it is nice if you disabled because you can have access to that trail a watch some magnificent trees.

    Lucas Gonzaga reviewed Upper Yosemite Falls Trail

    3 days ago

    Very nice trail that worth the effort. I put only 4 stars because the half dome trail and view is much better. Definitively to do to warm up your legs before doing the half dome.

    Lucas Gonzaga reviewed Columbia Rock Trail

    3 days ago

    Steep but easy trail because it is very short. Very nice view on half dome.

    Lucas Gonzaga completed Columbia Rock Trail

    3 days ago

    Lucas Gonzaga reviewed Half Dome Trail

    11 days ago

    Going to the half dome is THE hike to do in Yosemite.
    Doing it one shot from happy island and return is a difficult hike. If you are not trained you will hurt yourself for a couple of days and can put yourself in danger for the cables.
    If you are trained it’s just a difficult day hike.

    Doing it in one day is way to rushy. I recommend 100% to camp at little yosemite campground at least one night (we did 2 nights). Yes you have to carry you stuff but the place is amazing and then it’s split the hike in 2 making both of them moderate. You’ll be able to enjoy the shared fireplaces and the beach up there for the maximum joy you can have.

    To go up: get the JOHN MUIR TRAIL it will be less crowded, less tiring even if you’ll walk an extra mile. The stop at Nevada fall is the best break and the view is stunning (you don’t have that when taking Mist trail: it’s only brutal).

    To go down: get the MIST TRAIL, like that you’ll have the loop done and will be able to enjoy both view without the pain to break your knees on the infinite-20-inches-stairs. If it’s dry, no problem. If it’s wet, that’s the most dangerous part of the hike (way above the cables which are just stressful).

    The cables: keep cool and do not panic. Do not make a too big break at the bottom of dome: do it while your muscles are still warm.
    Don’t look down if you are afraid.
    The effort worth it more than anything else.
    Gloves can be nice but no worries if you don’t have some: i didn’t nor my girl and we were just fine.

    Lucas Gonzaga completed Half Dome Trail

    11 days ago

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    11 days ago

    Lucas Gonzaga reviewed Kings Creek Falls, Bench Lake, and Sifford Lake Loop Trail

    16 days ago

    Moderate hike. It is a nice landscape but not exceptionnal. The best aprt is after the junction to go to Sifford lake because there is cliffs with eagles so it'S pretty nice to hang out there then continue to Sifford lake. When you get to the end of the trail, you are not at Sifford lake yet. If you want to see the actual Sifford lake, you have to continue off trail for about 600m. It took us 3h 15min including the extra.

    Lucas Gonzaga reviewed Lassen Peak

    16 days ago

    Definitively not a difficult hike i would say moderate to difficult. The conditions of the trails are very good, the slope is constant and very well maintained (no rock to avoid, no roots or anything that you normally find on a hike so you don't have to put your knees up a lot which make this easier). We did it in 90 minutes to the top.
    It was windy on the second half so bring a wind proof jacket. The view up there was amazing! When you get to the information signs at the top, continue after the glacier to real peak, it worth it.

    Lucas Gonzaga completed Lassen Peak

    16 days ago

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    16 days ago

    Lucas Gonzaga reviewed Prospect Peak Trail

    16 days ago

    Wonderful hike in a very nice forest. If you want to be alone that's a perfect spot. The different views from the top are incredible, you'll have to a little bit off trail to see the cinder cone from there.
    We did it in 90 minutes from the camping. The slope is constant and not too aggressive. Very pleasant.
    Edit: reading the other comments, i must precise that there is no sand at all on the trail except for the first kilometer (common trail to cinder cone so there is volcanic ashes on the ground but it's all flat ground).

    Lucas Gonzaga completed Prospect Peak Trail

    16 days ago

    Lucas Gonzaga reviewed Cinder Cone Nature Trail

    16 days ago

    Amazing experience to see this cinder cone. The view from the top is incredible.
    We did it in 80 minutes starting from the camping.
    The slope to the top of the cone is called difficult because it's made from volcanic sand so you are pushed back at every step but it worth it 100%.

    Lucas Gonzaga reviewed Fairy Creek Trail to Imperial Geyser

    23 days ago

    Definitely not intermediate hike but clearly an easy hike. It is flat all the way to the imperial geyser.
    You will hike through a very young forest (it burned a couple of years ago) with small trees until the fall. The fall is not the best i've seen but it was fair.
    The geyser though is pretty awesome.
    I recommend you to walk the very steep slope (if you feel doing it) on the other side of the geyser to have a better view of the geyser and the basin if you go a little bit further, it worth the 10min extra. Beware while going down on the way back it can be slippery but not dangerous if you take care and have hiking shoes.

    Lucas Gonzaga reviewed Dunraven Pass to Mount Washburn

    23 days ago

    Definitely not a "difficult" one i would better say intermediate.
    The trail is large and very clean, no roots, no stairs, no big rocks, it is super easy to walk. Also it is not steep but the slope is constant after the beginning.
    There were 2 inches of snow when we did it. We started at 11am and it took us 90 minutes to get to the top. We had some kind of a view during the first half because it was fogy. We had no view for the rest but it cleared out when we were at the top: best luck ever.
    The view from up there is 360. It is definitely a MUST SEE in Yellowstone. The room with big windows at the top is very nice to warm up a bit before going down.
    On the way back we enjoyed the view at every step, it was literally awesome. I recommend it with the upper geyser basin (in a very different way because there is not tourists here, only hikers).