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    Monique McIntosh followed Ginger V

    over 1 year ago

    Monique McIntosh reviewed Mount Lowe Railway Loop

    over 1 year ago

    This trail honestly should not be rated as moderate. It will absolutely kick your ass if you are not conditioned for steep long distance hiking. It is a steep incline for more of the trail. There is very little coverage, so you are exposed to the sun most of the trail, which on a hot day can be very dangerous. BRING LOTS AND LOTS OF WATER!!!
    The bugs were awful. I was eaten alive by bitting flies. Bug spray is a must this time of year.
    Be prepared for the hike back down to your car. Since it is very steep, it can really do a number on your knees and feet.

    Monique McIntosh completed Mount Lowe Railway Loop

    over 1 year ago

    Monique McIntosh completed Stough Canyon Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Monique McIntosh saved Trail Canyon Falls

    over 1 year ago

    Monique McIntosh saved Carmel River Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Monique McIntosh saved Manuel Peak Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Monique McIntosh reviewed Mount Wilson Loop via Chantry Flats

    over 1 year ago

    This was not only physically but mentally very challenging. Would not recommend to beginners. The entire hike is incredibly beautiful though. The start of the trail it like walking through a Disney movie with all the cute little cabins hidden away in the forest. Also lots of little newts to make friends with along the trail sides by the creek.
    So watch your feet or your may step on one by accident.
    Ascending to the peak was difficult to say the least, so make sure you have lots of water with you. I would recommend a camelbak since they hold more. Also if you don't have trekking polls I would invest in some. We ending up using sturdy sticks since we didn't have any.
    Reaching the top is such an accomplishing feeling. Unfortunately the cloud cover was super heavy when we went up, so the view was a bit lacking at the summit.
    Be prepared though. The hike down is extremely steep and a killer on the legs and knees. Honestly this was more challenging to me than actually reaching the summit itself.
    Overall, it was a great experience.

    Monique McIntosh completed Lime Kiln Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Monique McIntosh saved Murphy Ranch Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Monique McIntosh completed Murphy Ranch Trail

    over 1 year ago