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    Nicki Crain reviewed Ney Springs & Faery Falls

    2 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

    2 months ago

    Nicki Crain reviewed Castle Dome Trail

    3 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

    3 months ago

    Nicki Crain saved Castle Dome Trail

    3 months ago

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    3 months ago

    Nicki Crain reviewed Dunsmuir Waterfalls [PRIVATE PROPERTY]

    3 months ago

    This was an adventure! I took my kids, ages 8 and 9, and I was a little stressed out about the trains. There are many areas where it is narrow and not a lot of room on the sides of the tracks, and I worried about getting stuck in that section if a train rolled through. You're stuck basically walking either on the tracks, or on the rock, which is actually tricky to walk on and found it was worth the stress to just walk on the tracks. Stay on the EAST side of the tracks on the way in and out; the west side is really narrow and you'd basically be pinned against a rock face if a train came through. We had one train go by, but we had basically found a nice wide spot to sit and enjoy some snacks and wait for one so we knew we'd likely be clear the rest of the way there. The train ended up stopping, actually, and we continued on while it was stopped and moved aside once it started moving. The falls themselves were magical and absolutely gorgeous. My kids enjoyed the adventure. We parked on Dunsmuir Avenue and walked down through Shasta Retreat, and had no problems at all. We always eat at Yak's after a hike in the area because they have delicious food!

    Nicki Crain reviewed Lassen Peak

    4 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

    4 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

    over 1 year 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 saved Manzanita Creek Trail

    about 2 years ago

    Nicki Crain reviewed Whiskeytown Falls Trail

    over 2 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

    over 2 years ago

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    over 2 years ago

    Nicki Crain saved Boulder Creek Trail

    over 2 years ago

    Nicki Crain reviewed Boulder Creek Trail

    over 2 years ago

    The hike itself isn't too special for most of the way, but the areas by the creek crossings and the ruins of the old residence were really pretty and neat. We went the longer route. Lots of poison oak (even right in the middle of the trail at times) so if you have kiddos, be sure they know what it is and to stay away. Didn't see any snakes but saw lots of lizards. The actual falls were incredibly peaceful and beautiful, and the rock formations were really fascinating. We climbed up the rock face up to the next level of the falls, which was fun and adventurous. The pool is a good one for kids to swim in, if they can last the entire hike. All in all, totally work the trek. I would say moderate is a good description of the difficulty. It's long.

    Nicki Crain completed Boulder Creek Trail

    over 2 years ago

    Nicki Crain reviewed Manzanita Creek Trail

    over 2 years ago

    A nice, moderate hike through the pines, near Manzanita Creek (which you cross once over a culvert), with a pretty meadow at the end. Great views of Chaos Crags and Loomis Peak

    Nicki Crain completed Manzanita Creek Trail

    over 2 years ago

    Nicki Crain reviewed Brandy Creek Trail

    over 2 years ago

    I've hiked this twice now, both times starting at the gravel parking area, making it about a 3 mile round trip hike. Not too tough. A few steeper areas but plenty of areas where it levels out. Gets a little slippery in spots on rocks and with moss, but there's plenty to grab on to for keeping steady. At the falls, wade across or rock-hop to the other side and climb up to the upper pool area. So beautiful! Pretty well maintained. Lock your cars wherever you park, and bring bear spray. On my first hike there I saw a mom bear and her cub!

    Nicki Crain completed Brandy Creek Trail

    over 2 years ago

    Nicki Crain saved Shasta Bally Trail

    over 2 years ago

    Nicki Crain reviewed Shasta Bally Trail

    over 2 years ago

    Steep and tough. We didn't start at Sheep Camp though, we drove up the road a ways. Started at about 3,800 elevation making it about 6 miles round trip. Thank goodness, or I'm not sure we would have made it. The first 3/4 mile for us we saw a 650' elevation gain. We had to stop frequently to catch our breath and get water. It seemed to be less steep about halfway through. There were a lot of bees along the ground and at one point we had to run through them. Stayed at the top for a bit to take in the amazing views. The trip down was hell on my hips and feet, but every bit of it was worth it. Took us about 4 hours round trip from where we started and we didn't see a single other person out there the whole time.

    Nicki Crain completed Shasta Bally Trail

    over 2 years ago