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    Melissa Hale saved Pumpkin Rock Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Melissa Hale completed Cobalt Canyon Motorway

    4 months ago

    Melissa Hale completed Gaviota Wind Caves Trail

    5 months ago

    Melissa Hale reviewed Johnson's Pasture Trail

    6 months ago

    Nice hike. A lot of the trail is open (not shady) so it can get a bit hot. The steps going up from the Thompson Creek Trail are steep and hot too! Trail was pretty. A bit dry and dead already, which is a bummer considering it’s only June. I never saw a “pasture.” Kept looking for it. So if there is a pasture, it’s small and there are no signs.

    Melissa Hale completed Johnson's Pasture Trail

    6 months ago

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    8 months ago

    Melissa Hale reviewed Bridge to Nowhere via East Fork Trail

    9 months ago

    The hike was a lot of fun. There is a route sign at the trailhead which is about half a mile away from the parking lot. This sign is a little misleading. It says it is a 4 1/2 mile hike to the bridge. I have to assume that rockslides and flooding have rerouted the trail several times, because it was a 5 1/2 mile hike. Well actually, because the trail is not well marked in a few places, we missed it and ended up intruding into a group of sketchy looking guys that were panning for gold. (Yes, that is apparently a thing in 21st century Southern California.) so, having to backtrack caused our hike in to be approximately 6 1/2 miles and the hike out was 5 1/2. From the elevated trail that takes you to the bridge, we could see a lot of people had missed the trail and had to backtrack as well. There is no cell service From about halfway up the mountain all the way through the trip,, so I recommended taking a printed map.

    We went this last Friday, March 30. The weather was about 80 and sunny. It was perfect conditions for the hike. The first 3/4 of the hike in is rather shady. This is where all the water crossings are. If it had been any cooler, it might have been to chilly to hike wet. The last 1/4 of the hike in is completely exposed. No shade at all. So any warmer and this portion would have been rough.

    I took water shoes, but the crossings were so frequent, I gave up on those after crossing 2. It was easier to just cross in my hiking shoes and hike with wet feet. A friend was wearing Teva’s and she was pretty comfortable the whole hike.

    Everyone says bring lots of water. I went through s whole 2L camelbak. My daughter drank 2 camelbaks. But rather than carry extra water with you, I suggest investing in a steripen and a nalgene. There is so much water on, and next to, the trail, if you have a steripen, you could easily refill your camelbak. I should have taken mine.

    We also took 2 dogs. This hike was a bit too much for them. A lot of jagged rocks and rock scrambling was tough on paws. My lab blistered both of her back pads and is still limping 2 days later. I wouldn’t take a dog again unless you are CERTAIN your pooch can handle the rough terrain in areas. The other dog was good but he’s still pretty exhausted.

    All in all it was a fun hike! I really recommend it. The bridge was pretty cool to see!