Join the largest community of outdoor enthusiasts.

Get Started
  • Stats
  • Activity
  • Completed
  • Recordings
  • Lists
  • Reviews
  • Photos
  • Profile
  • Recent Activity

    Lynn Bonelli reviewed Hunter Trail

    over 2 years ago

    This is one of my favorite trails for a few reasons...the 360 degree view from the top, the landscape (I love the desert), and mainly, the sense of accomplishment once you complete it. I have a pretty big fear of heights so I, personally, would rank this trail as bordering on difficult...or at least somewhat technical. However, I wouldn't want to dis-way people from tackling this trail because it's really a self-esteem booster.

    The husband and I climbed this in December (2014) so the temps were perfect. We ascended via the Hunter Trail and then took the Sunset Trail down, which added a lot more distance to our hike (including having to get back to our vehicle at the Hunter Trail head). Once you get to the saddle the fun starts and you may worry that your next step is to descend on some cables. And yes, unfortunately you have to regain all those steps down to make it to the peak.

    There were definitely parts of the trail that scared me and I'm grateful the husband was there to remind me I could do it. Going down, while brutal on the knees, wasn't as difficult as I had anticipated except for the sheer wall we scaled to get to Sunset Trail...there's cables there as well but someone with a fear of heights it can seem overwhelming. But you can do it!

    Lynn Bonelli reviewed Arch Canyon - Boulder Overlook

    over 2 years ago

    So, there are some discrepancies on the distance of this trail. The NPS map shows only the maintained sections which is marked .6 miles one way (out and back) but there is an extension...an unmaintained primitive trail which starts at the "steep trail" warning sign. I have no idea how far up it is to the top of the mountain but another site claims it's 4 miles (roundtrip) with a 900-1100 foot gain in elevation.

    The first .6 miles is relatively easy-moderate but I'd rank the primitive trail as moderate to strenuous. Additionally, the trail gets a little tricky to follow, even with the cairns, and requires scrambling up some kinda steep rock. The trail seems to dissipate as well so be aware of your landmarks.

    Views are fantastic BUT you cannot get to the arch. As a matter of fact, we were only able to find a tiny side trail that offered a very limited side view from about 200 yards away. We couldn't figure out any way to actually get to the arch. Still a challenging hike and the views are grand.

    Lynn Bonelli reviewed Second Beach Trail

    over 2 years ago

    The beaches of Olympic National Park are not to be missed. And what better way to experience one of these glorious spots than with a nice 2.4 miles hike through the dense woods. THe trail is well maintained and easy enough that I saw quite a few people accomplishing it in flip flops. I, however, prefer at least some light weight hiking shoes or trail runners because we all know how wet and slippery the Olympic Peninsula can get. It's a beautiful hike that opens to a beautiful beach. Perfect for a late afternoon picnic where you can watch the sun setting and the clouds turn pink. Don't miss this one...and be sure to bring your furbaby as this is a dog friendly hike and beach.

    Lynn Bonelli reviewed Alabama Hills Natural Arch

    over 2 years ago

    Be sure to read Jim Jackson's review for more info and directions. Don't be fooled by the Alltrails description...this is actually part of a loop and it takes you to both Mobius Arch and Lathe Arch. These arches are easiest to get to by taking the loop counter-clockwise. So, when you're in the parking area be sure to look for the smaller trailhead to the left as opposed to the larger trail head which faces the big heart-shaped arch (which is NOT Mobius and, unless you can do some serious rock climbing, is not an arch you can take photos through).

    Lathe Arch is hard to spot since it's very low to the ground but if you hit Mobius (and you can't miss it) then go back to the trail and retrace your steps about 30 feet looking low and to the left. Anyway, you can get some AMAZING photos through both arches and it's especially wonderful to capture the first light as the sun hits Mt. Whitney. Spectacular. If you miss sunrise don't worry, getting a shot of the eastern Sierras through either arch is still fantastic. The hike is great.

    Tip: if you happen to take the main trailhead toward the heart shaped arch you can see from the parking lot be sure to take a LEFT at the fork in the trail if you want to get to Mobius and Lathe Arch. It will seem like you're going the wrong way as you pass through a gulley and up some rock stairs but it will lead you there. Continue on that same direction and the trail leads back to the parking lot...making it a loop.

    Lynn Bonelli completed Mobius Arch Loop Trail

    over 2 years ago

    Lynn Bonelli reviewed Caines Head Trail

    over 2 years ago

    Great hike with lots of opportunity to enjoy gorgeous views along the way. I did this hike with my little dog back in July when the salmon were spawning and saw quite a few making their way upstream. Blueberries were just getting ripe and the trail had enough ups and downs to make it interesting yet not TOO challenging (although the first part, which is also the last part on the return trip, is a long slow decline/incline and not very "exciting" but don't give up!). Even if it's high tide hiking to Tonsina point and turning around is still worth it.

    Lynn Bonelli completed Caines Head Trail

    over 2 years ago

    Lynn Bonelli saved Caines Head Trail

    over 2 years ago

    Lynn Bonelli reviewed Periodic Spring Trail

    about 3 years ago

    A short but beautiful hike loaded with wildflowers during our visit. The only "bad" thing was that with the snow melt going on the springs was not periodic at all...we waited and waited and waited and waited for the flow to stop but it never did...still worth the trip as it was gorgeous.

    Lynn Bonelli completed Periodic Spring Trail

    about 3 years ago

    Lynn Bonelli completed Hidden Falls Trail

    about 3 years ago

    Lynn Bonelli reviewed Zebra and Tunnel Slots

    about 3 years ago

    Zebra Slot is incredible...but short. Still, it's worth seeing. We hiked it in April 2015 and everything was dry making the hike through the wash especially grueling on the way back. I found a website that tried to explain doing both slots as a loop but we must have dropped down too soon and ended up having to hike a LOT in the wash. Even though it's not a looooong hike, our legs were pretty tired. But, man is it pretty...and the Moqui Marbles are so cool...just take your time and enjoy the views.

    Lynn Bonelli completed Zebra and Tunnel Slots

    about 3 years ago

    Lynn Bonelli reviewed Willis Creek Narrows

    about 3 years ago

    This is a great hike for those interested in seeing slot canyons but don't want a technical hike. I'd say this is a pretty easy, family friendly hike but, like all canyons, conditions can change with each rain fall so check with the visitors center and use common sense. We hiked this in April 2015 and it was perfect. Ran into 4 people total...one with a young kid and another with 2 dogs. Lots of nice places to stop for a picnic and many photo ops throughout the hike.

    Lynn Bonelli reviewed Bull Valley Gorge

    about 3 years ago

    I'm fairly new to hiking slots but after completing a few in now in Southern Utah I have to say that this is my favorite so far. From the parking area hike on the right side of the canyon (sign in to the log book) for about 1 mile until the floor of the slots rise and you can easily climb or step down into the slot. Then start hiking back up toward the bridge. Going into the canyon too soon means you'll miss a good section of the slots.

    There were very few obstacles during our hike (April 2015) and the few boulders blocking the passages were easily overcome. No ropes needed but the canyon is constantly changing so be prepared. We hiked about 2 miles through the canon before it started to snow on us so we turned around and retraced our steps...which were just as spectacular a second time.

    Highly recommend this slot!

    Lynn Bonelli completed Willis Creek Narrows Trail

    about 3 years ago

    Lynn Bonelli completed Bull Valley Gorge Trail

    about 3 years ago

    Lynn Bonelli reviewed Fairyland Loop Trail

    over 3 years ago

    4/12/2015 What started off as a late afternoon hike to Tower Bridge turned into tackling the entire Fairyland Loop...and I'm so glad we did it! We parked near the store (not Fairyland Point) and did the loop counter clock wise which I think was a great choice. Started at 2pm and got back to our vehicle at 7:30pm with plenty of light remaining. Stopped at Tower Bridge and along the trail in Fairyland fora picnic lunch.

    Amazing views and NO crowds (unlike the Queens Garden and Navajo Loop). Truly felt like we were on our own out in the wilds. A few thigh burners (at this altitude) but the scenery makes it so worth it and is quite distracting (in a good way).

    Lynn Bonelli completed Fairyland Loop Trail

    over 3 years ago

    Lynn Bonelli reviewed Sheep Creek Connecting Trail

    over 3 years ago

    This is a great get-away hike in Bryce Canyon. If you're tired of the crowds and groups of hikers who somehow fail to understand trail etiquette (like not walking 5 abreast on a crowded trail and thereby blocking anyone from passing) and you can no longer stand to watch another hiker break the rules and climb on top of the fragile hoodoos for the "perfect picture" then this hike is for you. It's a refreshing stroll through the beautiful pine trees surrounded by hoodoos and fins.

    Sure it's not quite as awe-inspiring as the Queens Garden but it's still a lovely hike AND a great stress reliever. We hiked this on the last Saturday of Spring Break and never saw another person. That alone was worth the price of admission. And we got to enjoy our lunch without any crying toddlers whose parents forced to "hike" the more popular trails without water or proper footwear (poor kids).

    Lynn Bonelli reviewed White Pine Lake

    over 3 years ago

    One of my top 5 hikes (so far). Although there's a thigh burning sections and sea level folks my struggle with breath a bit this hike is so worth the time and effort. Most of it is quite easy and extremely beautiful. We hit this up in late June and were surrounded by blue skies, meadow of green grasses and colorful wildflowers. Many great spots to picnic along the lake as well as tent camping sites so you can stay longer and really enjoy the mountain air. I can't recommend this trail enough.

    Lynn Bonelli completed Navajo Loop Trail

    over 3 years ago

    Lynn Bonelli completed Queens Garden Complex Trail

    over 3 years ago

    Lynn Bonelli reviewed Limber Pine Trail

    over 3 years ago

    Easy but beautiful trail suitable for pretty much anyone. Hiked in late June, which was the perfect time to experience wildflowers in bloom. The old tree is pretty stunning too.

    Lynn Bonelli reviewed Bloomington Lake Trail

    over 3 years ago

    Although this is a very short hike it's one of the most beautiful places we've seen. Definitely worth the drive out and the perfect place for a picnic.

    Lynn Bonelli completed Bloomington Lake Trail

    over 3 years ago

    Lynn Bonelli reviewed Red Hollow

    over 3 years ago

    Orderville is not known for labeling its streets so here's a tip on finding the trail head. Coming north on hwy 89 you'll make a right on road 100E...which isn't marked but is the same road as the high school and cemetery. Follow to the T and make a left...the road will curve right. Follow just a few hundred feet and at the next curve is where you can park OR if you have a 4x4 (something that can handle some deep sand) then continue on the sandy, unpaved road toward the water tower and park there. Hike the trail down and turn left...continue straight up the big wash (to the left) toward the red cliffs. Trail will dead end at the slots.

    It's actually a very short hike and easily managed by anyone in decent health (obviously slightly longer if you need to park on the road by the new houses). It was spring break when we hiked it so we came across a few groups with kids who managed to scramble up the 3-4 boulders in the slots without issue. Great photo ops and a nice warm-up hike. On a side note, there's a nice German Bakery less than a mile up the road that serves lunch and great pastries...always a great treat after hike.