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    Member Since February 2019

    Matthew Oranges Pro-red@3x

    Los Angeles, California 

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    Matthew Oranges completed Venice Canals Trail

    15 days ago

    Matthew Oranges completed Prospect Hill Park

    about 1 month ago

    Matthew Oranges reviewed UCLA Perimeter Walk

    about 1 month ago

    As others noted, this isn’t much of a trail - just a “path” around the UCLA campus. The trail map shown here is somewhat inaccurate, as at points it says you should be across the street where there’s no sidewalk and a 75 degree hill - for segments where the map doesn’t make sense, I just ignored it and tried to stay as close as possible. Other parts seemed to want you walking on the street shoulder rather than the dirt path a few yards in.

    This ended up being a nice walk and worked up a decent sweat walking fast. UCLA is bordered by some nice neighborhoods and I did the walk around sunset so I had some good views. Good way to learn the area a bit more too if you’re new like me.

    Won’t do it again most likely, but could see it being a good consistent jogging or dog walking path for someone living close by.

    Matthew Oranges completed UCLA Perimeter Walk

    about 1 month ago

    Matthew Oranges added UCLA Perimeter Walk

    about 1 month ago

    Matthew Oranges reviewed South Kaibab Trail to Ooh Aah Point

    about 1 month ago

    We hiked this trail after researching best places to view the sunrise over the Grand Canyon - woke up at 4am to head over from our campsite and make it down in time. At that hour, we had no competition for trail space, which was good because the switchback is relatively narrow.

    Have to say, this one is very aptly named, especially for sunrises - we were certainly oohing and aahing once we reached the point. Phenomenal views of both the sun coming up over the canyon, as well as the canyon itself which changes by the minute with different light.

    This ultimately wasn’t a very tricky trail, just a pretty steep decline via switchbacks. The way down was quite easy and quick, while coming back up was a bit more of a challenge (the donkeys had also come through before we ascended so the smell was a bit heavier!).

    Two logistical notes: you can’t actually park at the trailhead, must rather park on the street a ways away (where my recording starts) or take a shuttle, which I’m not sure of the details. Plan accordingly, especially if you’re trying to get there in time for sunrise! And on that point, the sunrise hits Ooh Aah Point later than the official listed Grand Canyon sunrise time (about 20 minutes when we went), so don’t feel the need to rush if you’re coming up on the time.

    Overall a great hike with some beautiful views! We will do this one again next time we’re back at the Canyon (maybe go all the way next time!).

    Matthew Oranges reviewed Eagle Rock Via East Topanga Fire Road

    about 1 month ago

    We arrived around 7:30am so the gates to the parking lot were still closed (open at 8am), but we were still able to find some free street parking just outside.

    We had a nice, overcast day to start the hike so the lack of shade for the majority of this trail didn’t hit us too hard - on a clearer day or starting later it definitely would have heated up. We took the clockwise route going up, giving us steeper incline up and a better, more gradual grade coming back down.

    Eagle Rock itself is great - beautiful views around the entire canyon and mountain range. It’s also deceptively large, which gives plenty of room for multiple parties to have their own space.

    This was an overall nice hike, not too demanding due to the majority being on well maintained fire roads and mostly gradual elevation changes.

    We had a great time on this one overall and will do it again. Side benefit is the beautiful drive up Route 1 from LA!

    Matthew Oranges reviewed Eagle Springs Fire Road Loop Trail

    about 1 month ago

    We arrived around 7:30am so the gates to the parking lot were still closed (open at 8am), but we were still able to find some free street parking just outside.

    We had a nice, overcast day to start the hike so the lack of shade for the majority of this trail didn’t hit us too hard - on a clearer day or starting later it definitely would have heated up. We took the clockwise route going up, giving us steeper incline up and a better, more gradual grade coming back down.

    Eagle Rock itself is great - beautiful views around the entire canyon and mountain range. It’s also deceptively large, which gives plenty of room for multiple parties to have their own space.

    This was an overall nice hike, not too demanding due to the majority being on well maintained fire roads and mostly gradual elevation changes. We lengthened this with the Backbone Trail, which was mostly clear until the last section that was overgrown.

    We had a great time on this one overall and will do it again. Side benefit is the beautiful drive up Route 1 from LA!

    Matthew Oranges reviewed Eagle Rock and Temescal Peak

    about 1 month ago

    We arrived around 7:30am so the gates to the parking lot were still closed (open at 8am), but we were still able to find some free street parking just outside.

    We had a nice, overcast day to start the hike so the lack of shade for the majority of this trail didn’t hit us too hard - on a clearer day or starting later it definitely would have heated up. We took the clockwise route going up, giving us steeper incline up and a better, more gradual grade coming back down.

    Eagle Rock itself is great - beautiful views around the entire canyon and mountain range. It’s also deceptively large, which gives plenty of room for multiple parties to have their own space.

    This was an overall nice hike, not too demanding due to the majority being on well maintained fire roads and mostly gradual elevation changes. The one part near the end to Temescal Peak however is SEVERELY overgrown, would not recommend trying to approach it from this trail. We still lengthened this with the Backbone Trail, which was mostly clear until the last section that was also overgrown.

    We had a great time on this one overall and will do it again. Side benefit is the beautiful drive up Route 1 from LA!