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    Patrick Smith added Annie's Canyon

    5 months ago

    Patrick Smith saved Clevenger Canyon North

    almost 4 years ago

    Patrick Smith reviewed Elfin Forest Trail

    almost 4 years ago

    Patrick Smith completed Lake Hodges Overlook Trail

    almost 4 years ago

    Patrick Smith reviewed Potato Chip Rock - Mt. Woodson Trail

    almost 4 years ago

    I did this hike with a buddy of mine and my 7-year old daughter during the middle of the day. We were hoping to avoid lots of trail traffic by going mid-day, but there were still quite a few hikers despite the heat. About 1/3 of the way up, I thought we were going to have to turn back because my daughter was having a tough time with it, but I kept on pushing her and we finally made it to the chip! Very tough hike for young 'uns but very rewarding once you stand on the rock and enjoy the view. Quite an amazing experience standing on that rock over the valley and amazing photo ops! My new favorite SoCal hike!

    Patrick Smith reviewed Cowles Mountain From Big Rock

    almost 4 years ago

    Did this hike with my brother-in-law today. We started out around 10AM and finished up around 12-12:30ish. The trail is very dirty/dusty so wear shoes that you don't mind getting a little dirty. We saw quite a few pet owners with their dogs on the trail, so very dog-friendly. We didn't see too many young 'uns, however, there were a few at the top. I'm pretty sure mine wouldn't have been able to make it due to the heat and how steep the trail is near the top.

    We did saw a few mountain bikers and trail runners, but they obviously were more dedicated than I was... I'll stick to hiking. Take lots of water because you'll need it. I was soaked with sweat by the time we got back to the car. Also, we didn't see too much wildlife besides bugs and hummingbirds at the summit. Was hoping to get some pictures of snakes, but they were all hiding somewhere when we went.

    The trail we took which seems like the back trail was much less crowded than the trail on the front side of the mountain, which was nice.

    Once we got to the top, the view was absolutely stunning. 360 degree panoramic views make the mostly uphill hike very rewarding. When you're at the top, you definitely feel a sense of accomplishment!

    Because of the views near the top and the great workout, this trail is definitely 5 stars!!

    Patrick Smith reviewed Beach Trail / Broken Hill Trail Loop

    almost 4 years ago

    My brother-in-law and I, and 4 kids did this hike today. First off, definitely utilize the golf course parking lot. $15 is a little steep in order to go hike the trails and park at the parking lot near the trail heads. Unfortunately Torrey Pines is a state park, not a national park so the national park pass won't get you in. Very, very busy today... couldn't believe how busy it was really.

    As far as the trail was concerned... very nice easy trail for all ages. Some great views, very desert-like trails and atmosphere. Being someone from the PACNORWEST, I definitely have to get used to what San Diego wilderness is vice Washington State wilderness.

    Amazing views of the ocean, and a very nice hike down to the beach. If you're wanting less trail traffic and a good workout, go during the middle of the day. There were definitely fewer people on the trails when we finished up our hike and much better parking as well.

    Overall, I'm satisfied with the hike, but giving it 4 stars simply because of the $15 fee to get into the state park and because of how busy it was.

    Patrick Smith saved Harvey Moore Trail

    almost 4 years ago

    Patrick Smith saved Stelzer Park Loop Trail

    almost 4 years ago

    Patrick Smith saved Cedar Creek Falls Trail

    about 5 years ago

    Patrick Smith saved Meadowdale Beach Trails

    almost 6 years ago

    Patrick Smith reviewed Big Four Ice Caves Trail

    almost 6 years ago

    Today was the perfect day for a hike up to the Ice Caves (28July12). The trail was very nicely maintained... LOTS of traffic on the trail and just about every other hiker we passed had their dog(s) with them (much to my 5-year old's delight). There's beautiful views around every corner of the trail, flowers along the way all the way up, and it's a very easy trail for kids of all ages!

    Unfortunately for my family, the ice caves weren't very big today... I'm thinking about mid-August on through September would be the best time to go. There was one small cave, maybe 5-6 ft high, and it was cool to look through. I tried to keep the kids off the ice flow, but it was tough as there were people and dogs climbing all over it. My main concern is the ice melting and someone falling through the flow, but it was pretty thick and didn't appear to be a problem. Still, not a good idea to go jumping all over it or climbing into the caves. Great hike though, and I'll definitely be going back later in the year for better pictures!

    Patrick Smith completed Big Four Ice Caves Trail

    almost 6 years ago

    Patrick Smith completed Lake 22 Trail

    almost 6 years ago

    Patrick Smith reviewed Heather Lake Trail

    almost 6 years ago

    So, my brother-in-law and I started this trail around noon on a nice sunny day. It seems mid-July is a perfect time for this trail. It was a little muddy, but overall a great experience. Towards the top of the trail near the lake there's some great waterfalls on the stream that comes down from the lake. I wouldn't advise taking younger children because the trail is somewhat steep, but great if you have teenagers.

    The lake is absolutely clear and amazing beautiful. My brother braved the cold water and went for a swim, but I was too chicken to try it. It looked incredibly inviting though so maybe next time. The views once you reach the lake of the surrounding mountain tops is stunning! We decided to climb up an avalanche flow on the far side of the lake and found some ice caves, definitely worth the extra climb up the mountainside. Overall, well worth the steep trail... took us about 5 hours total from leaving the house in Lake Stevens to getting back after we were done. Definitely a 5-star outing!!

    One thing to remember about Heather Lake... if you're going to spend more than half an hour there, bring insect repellant! It's definitely needed!

    Patrick Smith saved Heather Lake Trail

    almost 6 years ago

    Patrick Smith completed Heather Lake Trail

    almost 6 years ago

    Patrick Smith saved Boulder River Trail

    about 6 years ago

    Patrick Smith saved Wallace Falls Trail

    about 6 years ago

    Patrick Smith saved Mount Dickerman Trail

    about 6 years ago

    Patrick Smith saved Goat Lake Trail

    about 6 years ago

    Patrick Smith completed Lake 22 Trail

    about 6 years ago

    Patrick Smith reviewed Burney Falls Loop Trail

    about 6 years ago

    Very easy trail, great for a day out with the family. The trail's a little steep on the back side which means you'll probably be carrying the young 'uns for maybe 1/4 - 1/2 a mile, but still not bad at all. Of course, the main attraction is Burney Falls itself... which always amazes me every time I go up there. Beautiful scenery for pictures, and if you're going up through Burney, it's well worth the stop!

    Patrick Smith updated Burney Falls Loop Trail

    over 6 years ago

    Patrick Smith saved Mount Pilchuck Trail

    almost 7 years ago

    Patrick Smith completed Burney Falls Loop Trail

    almost 7 years ago

    Patrick Smith completed Goat Lake Trail

    almost 7 years ago

    Patrick Smith completed Lake 22 Trail

    almost 7 years ago

    Patrick Smith saved Lime Kiln Trail

    about 7 years ago