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    Member Since July 2016

    Nicki Crain

    Anderson, California 

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    Nicki Crain followed Breck Tuttle

    18 days ago

    Nicki Crain reviewed Salt Creek Trail

    20 days ago

    Great trail for an after work stroll. Several walkers, trail runners, and bikers along here. Area is burned out from Carr Fire, but spring grass and flowers have grown in. Creek was flowing decently when we went, but I'm not sure how much it dries out as it gets hotter. You can park/start at either end which is nice. There are a couple of bridges as well as several spots to dip your feet in the creek.

    Nicki Crain reviewed Salt Creek Trail

    20 days ago

    Great trail for an after work stroll. Several walkers, trail runners, and bikers along here. Area is burned out from Carr Fire, but spring grass and flowers have grown in. Creek was flowing decently when we went, but I'm not sure how much it dries out as it gets hotter. You can park/start at either end which is nice. There are a couple of bridges as well as several spots to dip your feet in the creek.

    Nicki Crain updated Salt Creek Trail

    20 days ago

    Nicki Crain reviewed Mount Shasta Mine Loop Trail

    20 days ago

    Explored this trail on an overcast day with a friend and we were not disappointed! I would call this a moderate trail but the worst of it was at the beginning (we went counterclockwise) where it was narrow and rutted out. There were so many little mines and areas to pop down by the creek that we spent hours exploring this trail. What a gem! It might be miserable in the middle of a hot summer day (burned trees = no shade in some areas), but if you hit it early or late enough and in spring or fall, this is a great adventure. I can't wait to take my kids out on it!

    Nicki Crain reviewed Zion Canyon Overlook Trail

    20 days ago

    For how short this trail is, it packs a lot into it! We did this at the end of a busy day, so it was nice to have something not quite as challenging. Parking can be challenging, so be prepared to walk farther to the trailhead if it's busy. If you're afraid of heights just be aware that there are some areas where you might get nervous. This was a fun trail with varied trail surfaces (including a cool boardwalk!) and spectacular views at the end. I saw people wearing flip flops while doing this, but try to wear shoes with better grip. There are areas where the rocks are sandy and can be slippery. All in all a WONDERFUL trail!

    Nicki Crain reviewed Lower Emerald Pool Trail

    20 days ago

    Short hike but I was a little disappointed with the actual "pools" and falls. They were muddy and with the trail closed just beyond the lower falls, there were a lot of people standing around trying to get photos which kind of took away from appreciating the destination. There were a lot of people at Angel's Landing too, but the crowds didn't bother me there. I wish we would have skipped this one to be honest, but it is easy and if you are looking for easy or kid friendly then this might just work for you!

    Nicki Crain completed Lower Emerald Pool Trail

    20 days ago

    Nicki Crain reviewed East Rim Trail from Big Bend

    20 days ago

    Took this route to Observation Point since Weeping Rock was closed. So that adds another 1000' +/- of ascent back up to the top. Our first night we got a late start and hiked the 5 miles in to Stave Spring and camped off of Deer Trap Mountain Trail, hiking for the last hour in the dark. Woke up and hiked the remaining 5 +/- miles to Observation Point, then hiked back to our original spot and camped out there again. My friend (who is more seasoned) decided to wake up early and complete all of Deer Trap Mountain and Cable Mountain trails, but I was exhausted and made the 5 mile hike back down to the East Entrance.

    This whole trail was BEAUTIFUL, with varied vegetation, trail surfaces, and vistas. There are points along here, once you've descended from the top, that the trail is marked by cairns (stacks of rocks) and you need to keep an eye out for them. Once we got to the junction where Weeping Rock and East Mesa Trails hit the East Rim trail, that's where we headed up the switchbacks of East Mesa to Observation Point. Not only was the trail exciting and interesting, but the views from the top are the best in Zion. Plus, it isn't nearly as busy; until we hit Weeping Rock/East Mesa, we had seen not another person on the trail. It is indeed strenuous and I found my trekking poles to be my best friends along the descents especially. Be sure to take enough water and rest in the shade when you find it! Parts of this trail are very exposed to sun for much of the day.

    Nicki Crain reviewed The Zion Narrows Riverside Walk

    20 days ago

    Nice paved trail, easy walk for all ages and levels. Pretty scenery. The actual Narrows were closed because the Virgin River level was too high and fast.

    Nicki Crain reviewed Angels Landing Trail

    20 days ago

    Don't get me wrong: this should be 5 stars. The only thing that kept it from that was the amount of people around. Honestly, it didn't detract too much from the experience for me, but for others, this could be a major dealbreaker. We went on a Thursday and started the trail around 9:30 am.

    First off, this is strenuous. Walter's Wiggles up to Scouts Landing is no joke! Though it is a nice, wide path and not dangerous or exciting, it winded me in several spots during the 21 switchbacks. I DID have a full backpacking pack on, so that was added weight, but even without it, it'll get the thighs burning.

    Once at Scouts Landing, there are bathrooms (which were totally gross) and a lot of people resting and waiting for other members of their party to complete the final stretch of the trail to the top. It is a good time to grab some water, and it was here I ditched my full pack and put on my small day pack instead (to keep my valuables close). Beware though: if you ditch your pack, chipmunks will try to eat through. I was warned about it ahead of time, and sure enough, they had chewed a hole through the side.

    The final half mile to the top is not what I would call physically strenuous, but I did find it more mentally strenuous. There are sheer drop offs along the way and it requires you to pay attention and be courteous. I found it wider than I thought though, and after a while felt very comfortable along the chains despite the roughly 1500' drop. Some people thought going down was scarier, but I found it much nicer. Just take your time and stop in the wide spots to take in the views. It was very much worth the effort and I would do it again in a heartbeat! Just try not to let the crowds ruin it for you. Go on a weekday and early in the morning to avoid the most of the masses. Beautiful views. Though.... Observation Point's views actually top them!

    Nicki Crain completed Angels Landing Trail

    20 days ago

    Nicki Crain reviewed Ney Springs & Faery Falls

    8 months ago

    This was a little tricky to find, but we managed just fine. The ruins are cool, and the falls are great. The actual falls were beautiful and the hike itself was not too bad. I did have my 8 and 9 year old kids with me, and found the trail down to the falls a little narrow. I will be returning to scramble along the creek on the boulders some more; there are so many exploration opportunities.

    Nicki Crain completed Ney Springs & Faery Falls

    8 months ago

    Nicki Crain reviewed Castle Dome Trail

    8 months ago

    THIS WAS HARD! But one of the most worthwhile, amazing hikes I've ever done. Once you hit the wilderness area, the trail is rocky but to me that is fun; stepping up over boulders and stairstepping in certain areas is way more fun than an flat, even trail. The views were second to none. Our legs and lungs were burning, and we didn't bring enough water (so we were VERY thirsty back at the car!). At the dome it was fun to have some snacks and explore the cool terrain. I would do this again in a heartbeat, it's such a great experience.

    Nicki Crain completed Castle Dome Trail

    8 months ago

    Nicki Crain saved Castle Dome Trail

    8 months ago

    Nicki Crain added bucket list

    8 months ago

    Nicki Crain reviewed Lassen Peak

    9 months ago

    This was my first solo hike! I've been wanting to say that I've hiked Mt. Lassen and now I can. However, it is HARD. I kept seeing reviews about how much harder and better Brokeoff Mountain is, so I went into falsely thinking that meant this trail was a lot easier. I was wrong! It was a gorgeous day and I got started about 10:30 am on a Sunday and didn't see anyone for over an hour on the trail. My legs burned, my chest burned, and it was a chilly 35º, and probably even just barely freezing at the top. I had to stop many times to catch my breath and give my legs a break. The views were magnificent, the sounds of nature were amazing, and being able to sit up on the true summit and breathe it all in was magical. I expected more wind based on reviews, but I got really lucky and the wind didn't pick up until on the way down. It was so clear that you could see all the way to Shasta, which is amazing after a summer full of fires. Steep, elevated, and cold, but breathtaking.

    Nicki Crain completed Lassen Peak

    9 months ago

    Nicki Crain reviewed Wintu Loop

    over 1 year ago

    Nice quiet trail, I'd say more of a moderate hike just because the trail is rough and there's a lot of up and down. The bottom half of the loop was actually the toughest because it looks as if it's designed for biking, so you have to be careful not to slip. Pretty westward views along the highest points.

    Nicki Crain completed Wintu Loop

    over 1 year ago

    Nicki Crain reviewed Heart Lake Trail From Castle Lake

    almost 2 years ago

    Taxing hike up to heart lake but totally doable if you pace yourself. There were kids on the trails even. It will wind you though and wear you out, so bring lots of water! Once up there, there are plenty of exploring opportunities in the rocky landscape. Breathtaking views, even though it was smoky from fires.

    Nicki Crain completed Heart Lake Trail From Castle Lake

    almost 2 years ago

    Nicki Crain saved Manzanita Creek Trail

    over 2 years ago

    Nicki Crain reviewed Whiskeytown Falls Trail

    almost 3 years ago

    The trail is not too long, but it gets steep in areas. There are plenty of places to catch your breath though. Beautiful trail with places to get down to the creek along the way. It hooks up with the Mill Creek Trail too. The falls are amazing, the water cold, and it's worth bringing your lunch so you can stay and play a little.

    Nicki Crain completed Whiskeytown Falls Trail [CLOSED]

    almost 3 years ago

    Nicki Crain saved Brandy Creek Trail [CLOSED]

    almost 3 years ago

    Nicki Crain saved Boulder Creek Trail [CLOSED]

    almost 3 years ago