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    Mark McQueen reviewed Mishe Mokwa Trail to Sandstone Peak

    2 months ago

    Beautiful early spring day for a hike, and a beautiful place to take one. Red sandstone monoliths contrasted nicely with green coastal shrubs, some of which were blooming. We saw a couple of dozen other hikers on this trail, and the trail is dog friendly. The views are amazing and reminded me a little of hiking in Arizona with the red sandstone contrasting with the greenery of the plant life and the bright blue dessert skies. The parking lot was flooded from recent rains, and was nearly full to capacity when we arrived-but there was also parking on the street leading into this hike. This area also appears to be popular with rock climbers and rappelers as we saw both.

    Mark McQueen reviewed Kilauea Iki Trail and Crater Rim Trail

    3 months ago

    Neat hike through island rain forest and down into an inactive volcano's crater. According to the NPS, the volcano last erupted in 1959 sending lava 1900 feet into the air. Incredible to consider all the plant life that has grown in around the rim of the crater considering what must have been left after such a violent irruption. The rainforest along the rim was lush and green which was an amazing contrast to what you find in the crater once you descend in. It was like walking through an asphalt paved valley, complete with steam as if parts of the asphalt were freshly laid! Also amazing was the plant life that has begun to grow through the lava to begin reclaiming the crater floor. We hiked this on a day when the air quality was rated as unhealthy for sensitive groups, but felt no effects. Bring water, as it does get hot on the crater floor. The descent and ascent back out of the crater are a good workout. We also through on the Lava Tubes at the tail end of the hike before returning to the parking lot where we parked the rental car. Great hike!

    Mark McQueen reviewed Pa'rus Trail

    4 months ago

    A fun little hike that follows the Virginia river up from the Zion NP visitor center to till its terminus at Zion Park Blvd. An easy hike that allows for views of the pink and red sandstone cliffs that are the hallmark of Zion National Park. Would have like to have had more time in Zion, and will be going back, however being the beginning of spring break the park was crazy crowded.

    Mark McQueen completed Pa'rus Trail

    4 months ago

    Mark McQueen added Pa'rus Trail

    4 months ago

    Mark McQueen reviewed Peekaboo Loop Trail

    4 months ago

    This trail is a good one to have on your bucket list. The trail descends into the canyon among the curious Hoodoo's. The descent and return ascent are strenuous, and it is a good idea to bring water. We did this hike in early spring when parts of the trail were covered with snow which was stunning in contrast to the deep reds of the hoodoos and canyon walls, the dark green of the evergreen trees and the bright crisp blue sky. The time of year we did this hike the trail seemed to be ours alone.

    Mark McQueen completed Peekaboo Loop Trail

    4 months ago

    Mark McQueen reviewed Mesa Arch Trail

    4 months ago

    This little hike combines the beauty of Canyonlands with the amazing Mesa Arch. The arch frames the Canyonlands vista. The trail goes from the parking lot to the rim of the canyon at a point where an arch has been formed right at the rim of the canyon. Well worth the stop.

    Mark McQueen completed Mesa Arch Trail

    4 months ago

    Mark McQueen added Mesa Arch Trail

    4 months ago

    Mark McQueen reviewed Devils Garden Loop Trail with 7 Arches

    4 months ago

    Beautiful hike that we started early. Should have taken the advice provided by other reviewers on All Trails, we hiked this loop trail clockwise and somewhere missed a sign and ended up further in the gardens than other tracks show and we didn't deem to go in as far NW as other tracks. That said, beautiful hike. There was a crisp blue sky which contrasted beautifully with the red rock and arches.

    Mark McQueen reviewed Hovenweep Ruins Trail

    4 months ago

    Fun hike that was interesting in contrast to Chaco Canyon and Mesa Verde. While I'm no expert on the ancient ones, Hovenweep seems to be a great addition to Chaco Canyon and Mesa Verde in a journey to learn about the ancient ones. The trail circumnavigates a slot canyon that is rimed with various ancient-one watch towers and ruins, and then the trail descends into the little canyon and back up the other side to complete the loop. Well-marked trail that is dog friendly.

    Mark McQueen completed Hovenweep Ruins Trail

    4 months ago

    Mark McQueen added Pueblo Alto Trail

    4 months ago

    Mark McQueen reviewed Pueblo Alto Trail

    4 months ago

    Chaco canyon is amazing to me and this hike just added to that amazement, I am also to grateful that dogs are allowed on this hike. The trail ascends the bluffs overlooking one of the sites at Chaco Canyon-Pueblo Bonito. The trail ascends through a crack in the bluff, and while easier than the stairways (ladders really) built into cliff walls still a fun challenging little climb. Along the trail are great overlooks of the ruins in the canyon/valley below as well as a view of Jackson Stairway, an ancient one ladder up the side of the bluff/cliff. Really amazing to contemplate all of the activity that must have existed here back in the day.

    Mark McQueen completed Pueblo Alto Trail

    4 months ago

    Mark McQueen completed Dust and Fire Trail

    4 months ago

    Mark McQueen reviewed Dust and Fire Trail

    4 months ago

    Educational little hike right by the Washita Battlefield. The hike provides great insight to the prairie settlers home sites, as well as the importance of prairie fires on the growth of prairie grasslands. Along the trail there is an example of a settler home, which was more of a mud hovel. Also on the trail were three plots of prairie grass illustrating the impact of grass fires-the first plot burned in the last year, the second plot two years ago and the final plot three years ago with the plot burned three year ago being full and lush.

    Mark McQueen reviewed Hacienda Hills Trail

    4 months ago

    Mark McQueen saved Rocky Peak Trail

    7 months ago

    Mark McQueen saved Murphy Ranch Trail

    7 months ago

    Mark McQueen reviewed Inspiration Point Trail

    7 months ago

    Started off at noon. Neat park that was gifted to the state of California by Betty, the wife of three great humorist and cowboy philosopher Will Rogers. If you don't know who Will Rogers is, he is worth looking up and learning about. The park cost $12, and has a small parking lot. Will Rogers house open for tours on the hour. Really though, the best feature of the park is the Inspiration Point Trail, a roughly 2.5 mile loop. The views are amazing. From Inspiration Point there are sweeping views of Los Angeles to Santa Monica, and the beach communities all the way down to Palos Verses. Trails are well maintained, and the park was moderately busy. Also, lots of equestrian activity including a polo field.

    Mark McQueen completed Inspiration Point Trail

    7 months ago

    Mark McQueen reviewed South Kaibab to Phantom Ranch to Bright Angel Trail

    9 months ago

    This was a bucket list hike, simply amazing! We did it as a one day hike, but we took our time and took all day. Both South Kaibab and Bright Angel have different scenery showcasing the diverse ecosystems in the Canyon, and there are even ruins of the ancient ones down along the Colorado river at the bottom. We descended at dawn down the South Kaibab trail and scrambled back off the Bright Angel trail at the rim by sunset. Plan carefully as once you are in, there is no plan B if you can't make it back out yourself. While there was no water on the South Kaibab trail, there was plenty of opportunity on the return Bright Angel trail, as well as a couple of bathrooms. This hike must have been on a lot of bucket lists as the trails were crowded, but not to crowded to detract from the experience.

    Mark McQueen reviewed Pine Knot Trail to Grand View Point

    9 months ago

    Just outside of Big Bear Lake in the San Bernardino mountains, it was a 2 hour drive from LA without traffic. After parking we were on the trail by 1015, with an air temperature in the high 40's. Beautiful alpine scenery all along the Trail, with nice glimpses of Big Bear Lake and of Snow Summit ski hill from the Grand View trail. Definitely dog friendly, and we saw a few other dogs on this hike. Also passed a couple of Mountain Bikers and a couple of families out enjoying the Sunday. Curiously, a band had been staying at one of the San Bernardino group camp sights and they played a set-normally loud music while enjoying the outdoors is annoying, but these guys were good and kept their set respectfully short.