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    Martin McCormick reviewed Trans-Catalina Trail

    3 months ago

    Did as a 1-day trail run, took the Catalina Express ferry from San Pedro and started at Two Harbors towards Avalon (skipped the north part). Ran the 26 miles to Avalon in about 8 hrs along the "official" Trans Catalina Trail see https://www.catalinaconservancy.org/userfiles/files/Hiking%20Map%202017%2011x17(1).pdf (it goes by airport via Sheep Chute Road).

    Definitely some pretty areas. I like the ridge north of Little Harbor and the section south of Black Jack Campground (where the buffalo are).

    Least favorite was Sheep Chute road and area near the airport. I'd consider doing the bypass along Cottonwood trail as shown in Red on AllTrails, but I guess that skips the water at the airport. Also it looks like Google Maps doesn't even show Cottonwood Trail so make sure you have this AllTrails map or a USGS version.

    3 bottles of Gatorade was less than enough, but was able to refill one at the airport halfway. Pretty hot out there in late July. Very arid and dry. Could imagine it being more pretty in the winter.

    Remember the ferry takes over an hour each way which eats into your trail time. Still I do recommend doing it as a dayhike trail run.

    Martin McCormick completed Trans-Catalina Trail

    3 months ago

    Martin McCormick reviewed Vivian Creek Trail to San Gorgonio Peak

    11 months ago

    Nice hike that oscillates between easygoing scenic wooded strolls and vertical treks up dusty switchbacks. The peak is a bit underwhelming and the lookout 2/3 the way up is better in my opinion.
    I prefer the Cactus to Cloud hike up Mount San Jacinto next door.

    Martin McCormick saved Sonora Peak Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Martin McCormick reviewed Lower Peters Canyon Trail Loop Via Citrus Ranch Park

    over 1 year ago

    flat, and then it get interesting. pretty landscape.

    Martin McCormick reviewed Skyline Trail: Cactus to Clouds

    over 1 year ago

    Climbed it yesterday. (Mar 18), started at 10am which was probably too late with the heat, made it to Long Valley / tram area around 5pm (that was pushing hard). The 2-3 miles before Long Valley are covered in significant snow. I'm not sure I was on the correct trail, followed footprints which involved some serious scrambling, very steep ice/snow sections. Crampons are a must, along with good trekking poles and gloves.

    Edit: I now realize I ascended Notch 1 rather than the correct trail. Be careful following the footprints and stick to your GPS.

    Martin McCormick reviewed Devils Path Trail

    over 2 years ago