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    Richard Martinez reviewed Oakzanita Peak Trail

    3 months ago

    Good little hike close to home (I'm in Descanso). We Started at the East Mesa Fire Rd which intersects the South Descanso Creek Trail and continued to the North Descanso Creek Trail. Everything is nice and green right now, there is even some water flowing through the creek, which will probably be dry in a few weeks. Its a nice gradual climb to the peak with a few switchbacks along the way. The trail is well established and it would take a lot of work to get lost, but bring a map and compass just in case. There are plenty of other trails in the area that you can use to make this a much longer hike. Great views from the top, you can see Stonewall Peak, Cuyamaca Peak and even my house (with binoculars).

    Richard Martinez completed Oakzanita Peak Trail

    3 months ago

    Richard Martinez completed Moonlight Canyon

    3 months ago

    Richard Martinez reviewed Sweetwater River Loop Trail

    3 months ago

    Nice little trail, close to my house. The first trail on the left is Dead Horse Trail, it takes you to a creek crossing at about .1 miles. The logs look pretty sturdy, but will probably sink when you step on them if you hike this trail after winter rains like I did (wet left foot for the rest of the hike). Its a nice little climb up the trail from there to a pass between two small peaks. After that, there are some nice meadows that would make a great spot to stop for lunch and possibly see some wildlife. Due to time restraints, I took the Saddle Back trail, which takes you to a second creek crossing which was much wider, but easier to negotiate. This trail intersected the Merigan Fire Rd after about 1.6 miles, after that its easy money back to the trailhead. I tracked my hike to about 7.68 miles. BTW, check for ticks! I came back with two.

    Richard Martinez reviewed Corte Madera Mountain Trail

    4 months ago

    Tried to do an overnight trip here, but the rain and wind sent us packing to the car and down to Alpine for some burgers and beer. My fellow hikers and I didn't bring enough cold weather gear and trying to stay warm in wet jeans wasn't working out for them. The trail wasn't as bad as I thought it was going to be. Its pretty well defined about 70% of the time, so you need to stay focused. The Manzanitas that line the trail throughout the hike are cool, some were completely covered in the bright red bark. When the fog did clear the views were exceptional. We were able to snap a few pics and then the fog and rain came back with a vengeance. There's a good spot off the trail to set up camp about 3/4 of a mile from the peak, there is also appears a good spot further down at the Los Pinos trail junction. Will definitely be coming back when the weather clears up for another try at an overnighter.

    Richard Martinez reviewed Bloody Canyon Trail

    4 months ago

    I backpacked through this trail a few years back before it was on alltrails. I was hoping to keep traffic down on it, so I never added it. Now that it IS on alltrails I guess Ill give my opinion. This is my all time favorite trail for a weekend trip! its a pretty good climb up to Lower Sardine lake, but well worth it. There are some beautiful water falls on the way up and the fishing at lower sardine was awesome. We caught 4 fish (brookies)in a matter of 15 mins. We camped at Lower Sardine the first night, there is a good spot at the North end of,the lake. I recommend climbing up to Upper Sardine and checking out the view from up there. We were getting picked up in Yosemite, so we continued over to Parker Pass and camped a second night over there. The light blue waters in the surrounding ponds were really cool.

    Richard Martinez followed David Proulx

    4 months ago

    Richard Martinez reviewed Horsethief Canyon Trail

    5 months ago

    Great hike for the kids, water features are always a nice way to take a break halfway through. especially in San Diego where water features are almost nonexistent. Its a pretty gradual descent down into the canyon which flattens out as you get closer to the Pine Valley Creek. We went in the afternoon around 3, which was perfect. Hopefully we get some more rain this year, because I'm planning on a springtime return here. I could see how it could be scorching in this area around summer time, so bring lots of water. Should really call it the Espinosa Trail through Horsethief Canyon.

    Richard Martinez followed Christmas Moncada

    5 months ago

    Richard Martinez completed Bloody Canyon Trail

    5 months ago

    Richard Martinez reviewed San Dieguito River Park Lagoon Trail

    5 months ago

    Looks like a work in progress here. The Alltrails map is a little wrong. Once you cross Jimmy Durante, the trail sticks close to the road. If you follow the app trail, it will take you approximately 800 feet to a dead end. Still kind of a good place to stop and watch the wildlife. Great trail for birding, we saw an Osprey and some Kestrels.

    Richard Martinez completed Stonewall Peak Trail

    10 months ago

    Richard Martinez reviewed Mount Whitney via Mount Whitney Trail

    11 months ago

    Ok, so the Mt Whitney hike is amazing! The wildlife, the landscape and the feeling of accomplishment are breathtaking. The only issue? The kind of people that frequent the trail. If you receive a wag bag from the permit issuing station and have no intention of using it and just burying your "stuff", you DON'T belong on the trail. If you have a wag bag and you plan on just leaving it somewhere on the trail because it's too gross to carry around, you DON'T belong on the trail. If you don't want to carry your trash because it's too heavy or you're just too careless to make sure you don't sprinkle it all over the campground, then you DON'T belong on the trail! Please respect nature and your fellow hikers and don't take part in destroying what everyone else is there to enjoy. If you can't follow the rules, just stay home.

    Richard Martinez completed Stelzer Park Loop Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Richard Martinez reviewed San Miguel Mountain Trail [PRIVATE PROPERTY]

    over 1 year ago

    Looks like people need to make sure they are on the right trail before they review this one. Rock House is much easier and is often mistaken for this trail, maybe because of the main picture. There's a big difference between 970 feet of elevation gain and 2100.

    Richard Martinez followed Dustin Jennings

    over 1 year ago

    Richard Martinez reviewed Vivian Creek Trail to San Gorgonio Peak

    almost 2 years ago

    The begining and end are the most challenging portions of the trail. Once you cross the large wash about .2 miles from the trailhead its steep switchbacks for about a mile. When you reach the "Entering San Gorgonio Wilderness" sign, it becomes a more moderate hike. It's a pleasant hike with a decent amount of shade and water source not too far up the trail (at least for now, not so sure about later in the summer). The trail becomes increasingly more difficult the closer you get to the High Creek camp which is your second and last water source. We dropped our gear here, set up camp and had some lunch. It took us about 3 hours to get to High Creek from the trailhead. After lunch the hard part started again. Its another set of steep switchbacks that end once you get above the tree line. You should have a nice view of San Jacinto to the South East at this point. The trail steadily climbs to the Peak and becomes a little hard to follow, but the destination is pretty obvious since your are on the highest peak in Socal. There are some campsites at the peak and a log book that has been cemented into the rocks. If you sign the green Rite in the Rain note pad, that was my donation :)

    Richard Martinez followed Eileen Hill

    almost 2 years ago

    Richard Martinez reviewed Pear Lake Trail

    almost 2 years ago

    Beautiful Hike, we had a great time. We started at the Wolverton trailhead at about 6:30am and got back around 1:30pm. It wasn't too busy because it was the middle of the week, so we only saw about 5 other hikers on the trail. The first 2 miles are a steady/moderate climb and is a pretty good warm up for whats to come. We took the Hump trail (which lived up to its name) up and over to the first of three lakes. The Hump trail provides a nice overhead view of Heather lake that you don't get from the Watchtower trail, but it is a lot harder of a hike and there are plenty of mosquitoes, so bring your repellent. Every time we stopped for a break we were swarmed, even though we used repellent. The wildflowers were out in force throughout the entire trail, especially at the creek crossings. After the Hump trail took us to Heather lake, things got a lot easier. After taking in the view of Heather lake we climbed up and over again to Emerald lake. There are trail camps here and a composting pit toilet, but you need permits to stay overnight, so plan accordingly. The last portion of the trail to Pear lake is probably the easiest, because the trail skirts around the side of a mountain rather than climbing up and over it. There still is a little elevation gain, but nothing compared to earlier portions of the trail. Pear lake is awesome, the water was crystal clear and the surrounding mountain peaks look super cool. There are also trail camps and toilets here and a ranger station nearby (which I believe it is seasonal). We took the Watchtower trail back to the Wolverton trailhead and we were not disappointed. There are great views of the valley and a really cool cliff-side trail, so watch your step. Also, there are no freaking mosquitoes! The whole trail was great, definitely one of my top 3 favorite trails. P.S. The trail marker sign says that Pear Lake is 6.2 Miles from the trailhead (which was confirmed with my GPS), so total mileage is more like 12.4 miles, not 11.7.

    Richard Martinez saved Tanner Trail

    almost 2 years ago

    Richard Martinez followed Tony Mungo

    almost 2 years ago

    Richard Martinez followed Philip Yoho

    almost 2 years ago

    Richard Martinez reviewed Marion Mountain to San Jacinto

    almost 2 years ago

    The trailhead was easy enough to find, but follow the "trail" signs to the left. if you go to the right, it will take you to some cabins for the Marion Campground. The trail starts off steep and stays that way pretty much the entire time. I started at 6:45 and reached the summit at 10:15. It was much faster than the Fuller Ridge trail, but the scenery isn't as nice. There was still some water flowing once you pass the Fuller Ridge trail on your way to Little Round Valley. The trail gets a little hard to follow sometimes, so make sure to bring a map and a GPS/compass, they will come in handy.

    Richard Martinez reviewed San Bernardino Peak Trail

    about 2 years ago

    Great hike today. perfect weather. Crampons and microspikes were not needed. (although, if you call the ranger station, they would probably say they are required). There was a ranger on the trail checking for permits, so make sure you get one, you need one even for day hikes! Water was available on the trail once you pass the Limber Pine Bench campground. Follow the signs from the fire station and take 1W07 (or Upper Rd), there's a small sign that directs you to the right for parking. Turn right there (duh), the road then sweeps to the left and just follow it until it ends at a small dirt parking lot by the trailhead sign. It fills up quick, so get there early.