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    Jack TrailHunter reviewed Icehouse Canyon to Cucamonga Peak Trail

    8 months ago

    Incredible views from the summit

    Jack TrailHunter reviewed Mount Whitney via Mount Whitney Trail

    8 months ago

    EPIC ADVENTURE!!! I did this as a Day hike on Saturday 10/14/17. I arrived Thursday morning and camped out at Whitney Portal Campground, less than a mile from the trailhead, sitting at 8,000ft elevation. I did a lot of research and followed the advice of many people by arriving 2 days before the hike, to allow my body to become acclimated to the altitude. I had one friend arrive Thursday night after 11pm and 2 other friends arrived Friday after 1pm. Out of the 4 of us, I felt no effects of AMS, my buddy that came Thursday night did have slight symptoms of altitude sickness, but he still managed to finish the hike. Of the other 2, one was very slightly affected and the other had absolutely zero problems (just goes to show that some people are immune to altitude)
    We went to sleep at 7:30pm Friday night and woke up at 12:30am Saturday morning and began hiking just before 2:30am. It was literally FREEZING, with temps in the 20’s and 30’s the first half of the hike. We all had our headlamps on and used them for about 4 hours until the sun came up. It was a welcome sight for me, because I wasn’t properly layered, so I was very cold..it turns out I was actually wearing too many layers under my jacket and I became sweaty and cold, despite wearing moisture wicking fabrics. My friend actually made the same mistake, and at one point in the darkness, he removed a couple shirts and they froze and became firm and crunchy! We kept taking small breaks on the way up because of the difficulty breathing as the air got thinner and thinner the higher we ascended. We finally made it to the summit after 9 excruciating hours. But it was such a great feeling and sense of accomplishment! We hung out at the summit, ate some lunch, took some photos and laid out clothes out on rocks to dry. After about an hour, we started back down. It took us 5 hours to get back to the trailhead, arriving around 5:20pm.
    The weather was sunny and extremely clear the whole day, but it probably stayed in the high 50’s at the warmest. Trekking poles were definitely a help going down. I went through 3L of water in my Camelbak, 2 16.9oz bottles of water with added electrolytes and a 20oz Gatorade at lunch on the summit...could’ve used 1 more bottle of water though.
    This was an incredibly difficult hike, and I’ve been training for months and months, reaching the summits of a dozen mountains in Southern California, so make sure you are used to hiking at altitude and going 20+ miles at one time. One of my friends is very athletic and it kicked his butt.
    I’m pretty stoked that I have finally completed Whitney, after months of training, planning and worrying that everything would work out, and if you ask me if I’d do it again, I would...but NEVER in the cold again! I’ll do it in the summer

    Jack TrailHunter reviewed San Bernardino Peak Trail via Angelus Oaks

    8 months ago

    I had an off day on this hike, and it totally kicked my butt. The views are beautiful, and the trail is very easy to follow, probably among the easiest I’ve been on.

    Jack TrailHunter reviewed Taft Point and The Fissures

    over 1 year ago

    This is more like a pleasant stroll than a hike. But the scenery is beautiful and the payoff at the end is amazing. The views are stunning, and If you have the courage to lay on your stomach and look down over the over hang, to the straight drop below 1000+ ft, it's chilling and definitely worth it.

    Jack TrailHunter reviewed Na Pali Coast (Kalalau) Trail

    over 1 year ago

    INSANELY BEAUTIFUL!
    Did this 23 mile trail as a 3 day backpacking adventure with the wife this summer. We were warned not to leave our rental Jeep at the trailhead from a bunch of different websites, due to fear of it being broken into, but the locals said it would be fine as long as you don’t leave anything in plain sight.
    We began close to 7am. My wife, who chose not to train for this hike, despite my constant insisting, quickly felt the elevation change as we climbed haha. It was a long day and I had to have extra patience, but we made it to Kalalau Beach and were able to get a great spot and set up camp right on the sand, under a tree, facing the ocean. There’s a waterfall nearby that we went to wash up at and refill our water supply. I brought a Jetboil and some dehydrated backpacking food, which actually wasn’t too bad tasting. We relaxed the whole second day, explored the beach and a nearby cave and soaked up the beauty.
    The third day, we woke up at 4:30am and were on the trail at 5:30am.
    Things to now:
    -Some people can’t handle the hike back, so they jump on pirate taxis(boats show up in the morning and give people rides back to the Ke’e Beach, for a large fee) The wife was tempted, but $150-$200 a person is pretty steep.
    -Crawler’s Ledge is NOT that bad...it’s the same width of a normal trail, just no shrubs or rocks on the side, just a cliff down to the ocean...it’s all a mental thing.
    -To reduce the weight of our backpacks, we decided not to fill our water bladders but to just fill our water bottles at each waterfall or stream we came to. A couple of the locals I spoke to said that the water is clean and they drink it all the time with no problems. Out of pure annoyance, I stopped treating the water on the hike back and just drank it straight from the waterfalls...it was clear and tasted great! Skip to a couple days later, we both had the runs for 3 days straight hahaha. So don’t drink the water without treating it!
    -Beach hippies are weird. There’s a group of them that hang out at the beach.

    This trail is the most beautiful trail I’ve been on, with lush tropical jungles, to amazing ocean cliff views. It’s not easy, but you absolutely MUST put it on your bucket list of adventures!

    Jack TrailHunter reviewed The Narrows (Top-Down)

    over 1 year ago

    A truly unique experience. It's a magical place. All of Zion has a powerful presence..it feels ancient. The Narrows are truly breathtaking. The water is freezing, but you get used to it...well, in mid September of 2016 anyway..not sure about the rest of the year. Started a bit late and couldn't go as far as I wanted. My wife didn't have her regular glasses, only prescription sunglasses, and the rock walls are so high that the sun gets blocked out at times and it's pretty cold, But it's definitely an experience you must give yourself. I wore regular hiking shoes, but I can imagine the water doing some damage to some shoes. Highly recommend having a walking stick...you're walking through water most of the time, sometimes up to your waist, and having the extra balance can make all the difference. Be careful and take care of yourself, some guy twisted his ankle a couple miles in and had to wait hours to be rescued by a crew of rangers.

    Jack TrailHunter completed The Narrows (Top-Down)

    over 1 year ago

    Jack TrailHunter reviewed Half Dome Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Easily one of the best experiences of my life. What an incredible adventure. I went with a group of guys on 8-27-16. We rented a cabin, and had planned to wake up super early and be at the trail by 7am...which is even later than most people recommend. So around 10am we began Haha. The first mile to the bottom of Vernal fall is a lot of incline. Then it's hundreds of steps upward to the top. Then you make your way up and around to Nevada Fall. This is already pretty tiring. 4 miles in and we were all feeling the elevation difference, compared to Southern California. There's a bit of level ground, through the valley, which is a welcome change. Then you get to the more woodsy area, and you begin climbing again. It feels like a long time, but it's absolutely stunning. When you reach the base of the mountain, before Half Dome, you have to climb thousands of steps...this is by far, the hardest part. Once you finish the death steps, you reach the base of Half Dome. Of course, we didn't bring gloves, but there are a large pile of gloves that others have left behind (You should bring your own, you don't want to risk not having any and cutting up your hands). To ascend Half Dome, you need to climb up using cables and 2x4's. A lot of people freak out with fear and you have to wait, or go around them (both up and down...there's only one set of cables...but keep in mind, if you lose your grip or footing, you're most likely going to fall to your death...it's happened) But when you finally get to the top, the views are incredible! It's unbelievable, when you look all the way down at where you started, and feel that sense of accomplishment while sitting on the "diving board" 8,000+ feet high. So, I didn't prepare and ran out of water before reaching the top of Half Dome. My friends were nearly out too....but we all pitched in and shared with each other. You MUST bring at least 4L of water...if not more. And plenty of food to provide enough fuel for your journey. This is a true test of endurance. You need to be in pretty good shape and preferably have hiking experience. Bring some comfortable hiking shoes, extra pairs of socks to change out when your feet start to bother you and you might feel dumb, but trekking poles REALLY help. We hung out on Half Dome for about 45 mins. When heading down, we went on the outside of the cables to pass a handful of terrified hikers. After reaching the bottom of death steps, our legs felt like noodles. We started getting pains in our legs, I think because of lack of water (There isn't another water station after Vernal, and we didn't have anything to sterilize the river water). We got back to the bottom after sunset. The whole hike was around 17 miles and took 10 hours. Learn from us dummies and be more prepared! You need a permit to climb the cables (although, we weren't able to get any, but by chance nobody was there checking). Take a friend or 2 or 3. This hike is most DEFINITELY worth it.

    Jack TrailHunter reviewed South Kaibab Trail to Skeleton Point

    over 1 year ago

    Going down is not so bad haha. I took the family out on this trail 9-17-16, with the goal of reaching Skeleton Point and then turning back. It was a fairly hot day. I've been on a lot of hikes, but coming from California, I wasn't prepared for how unmerciful the desert treats you. On the way back up, after you take a drink of water, then take 20 steps, you're thirsty again. The dryness and the heat are something to be prepared for. Bring plenty of water and food. My wife and daughter quit 1.5 miles down. But I was determined to reach Skeleton Point, and my young son was not staying behind...he demanded to come along. We left the girls in the shade, with plenty of food and water and made the extra 3 miles out and back. It was worth it. The views of the canyon all around are astonishing. We sat on the edge of a cliff at Skeleton Point and could see the Colorado River. Coming back up is extremely challenging. I am more experienced, but bringing the wife and kids, who aren't, required frequent stops and water breaks. Still an amazing time. Would love to go back some day, with the guys, and go all the way down to the very bottom, camp out and then head back up. It would be torture, but it would be an incredible accomplishment.

    Jack TrailHunter reviewed Half Dome Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Jack TrailHunter completed Half Dome Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Jack TrailHunter reviewed Hacienda Hills Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Jack TrailHunter reviewed Winter Creek Santa Anita Canyon Hoegee's Campground Loop

    over 1 year ago

    Just did this hike with the family on 1/29/17. With all the rainfall recently, this trail is insanely beautiful! So much greenery and lots of water flowing in the creek, and pouring off the dams. You start out near the little general store at the end of the road up Santa Anita (You need a $5 parking pass you can buy at the General store....parking was terrible...a lot of people on the weekend. There are a couple parking lots, but they fill up fast and most people just park along the side of the road or anywhere the can squeeze in). The trail loops around and back up to where you parked, about 5.5 miles total...the last half mile is up a killer incline paved road. The trail hugs the sides of mountains, with amazing views, and then goes down into what feels like a rainforest. The stream was flowing pretty good and you have to cross about 7 times throughout, but your feet won't get wet if you can keep your balance across the logs and rocks. There are creepy abandoned looking cabins the last couple miles, but it's still really cool. It takes about 2.5 hours, and it's not very difficult. I highly recommend this trail...it really is stunning and I'll definitely be back.

    Jack TrailHunter completed Steep Canyon Trail

    about 3 years ago