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    Pavel Hanc reviewed The Beehive Loop Trail

    25 days ago

    A great hike with fantastic views and a fun climb. Just make sure you wear appropriate shoes and follow the instructions at the trail-head and do the hike in a counterclockwise direction, otherwise you end up blocking sections of the trail for people that are going up.
    I would stay away if you're afraid of heights but, otherwise, this is a must-do in Acadia!

    Pavel Hanc completed The Beehive Loop Trail

    25 days ago

    Pavel Hanc reviewed Great Head Trail (Short Option)

    25 days ago

    A great little hike that's definitely worth the effort. Especially the views back toward Beehive across the little bay can be absolutely stunning if the weather is right.

    Pavel Hanc reviewed Old Pinnacles Trail to Balconies

    about 1 month ago

    Nice little hike to do in the afternoon when the heat of the day starts fading (we visited mid-June). There isn't much to the first 2/3 of the hike, the Balconies Caves and Balconies themselves are fun though. Nevertheless, if you only can do one hike in Pinnacles, do one in the High Peaks/Condor Gulch instead.

    Pavel Hanc completed Old Pinnacles Trail to Balconies

    about 1 month ago

    Pavel Hanc reviewed High Peaks Condor Gulch Trail

    about 1 month ago

    A lovely hike. We came in mid-June and, originally, thought that we'd do the whole loop, continuing along the High Peaks Trail. By around noon, however, the hot weather started to get to us, so we decided to call it a day and hike down through the Condor Gulch instead.
    For how short this loop is, it really does offer an outstanding taste of what Pinnacles are all about - lovely views most of the way and we even saw 4 condors - one soaring overhead and three sitting in a gulch in the Condor Gulch.
    Highly recommended!

    Pavel Hanc reviewed Lookout Point Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Nice little hike that offers some views of the Hetch Hetchy area. There were still wildflowers in bloom when we visited mid-June and we saw several species of songbirds so, overall, a pleasant experience even though I wish we had more time and could hike further out and experience the area a bit more.

    Pavel Hanc completed Lookout Point Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Pavel Hanc reviewed Wapama Falls Trail

    about 1 month ago

    An interesting part of Yosemite NP that I never knew existed before a friend mentioned it to us. It's not as spectacular as the Yosemite valley but what it lacks in that department, it makes up in being much quieter and just unassumingly pretty. Definitely a good place to visit to get some rest from the crowds in the valley.
    The hike itself is short but can get tiring if it is hot - it certainly was mid-June when we visited. I guess the moderate rating is quite appropriate. The waterfalls are pretty and the views of the lake are simply beautiful.

    Pavel Hanc completed Wapama Falls Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Pavel Hanc reviewed Half Dome Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Certainly a hike for your bucket list. Just make sure that you get your permits in advance. We tried to get ours on 5 separate occasions and never got lucky. In the end, on our last day in Yosemite, we decided to hike up anyway to see how far we would be allowed to go. As luck had it, we ran into a group of other hikers who had 2 extra permits, so we were able to make it all the way to the top. Otherwise, the permit check is just below Subdome, which means is that there are some views to be had even without the permit, however, they are nowhere near as impressive as from the top and you won't even see the Half Dome at all. The rangers check the your permit against an ID of at least one person in the group, so if you don't get lucky with your own applications, you really need to find a group of people who have extra permits - getting a permit from people who get tired and turn back doesn't help.

    As for the hike itself, it is not nearly as difficult as I had expected it to be. That said, it does take a better part of the day, so be prepared for it, head out early in the morning and bring plenty of water, especially if going in summer. The cables look scarier than they in fact are - the only annoying thing about them is trying to avoid all the people going in the other direction, especially if you arrive during a busier day.

    On the way back, my suggestion would be to take the John Muir Trail between Nevada and Vernal Falls. It might be slightly longer but offers stunning views of Nevada Falls and is also less steep than the Mist Trail - something your knees might thank you for later.

    In all, if you have the chance and ability, I really can't recommend this highly enough!

    Pavel Hanc saved Half Dome Trail

    4 months ago

    Pavel Hanc completed Half Dome Trail

    4 months ago

    Pavel Hanc reviewed Valley Loop Trail

    4 months ago

    An easy hike to do if you have nothing else planned for an afternoon. You get some nice views of El Capitan as well as the Half Dome in the distance.

    Pavel Hanc completed Valley Loop Trail

    4 months ago

    Pavel Hanc reviewed Mirror Lake via Valley Loop Trail

    4 months ago

    A pleasant little hike that gets very busy later in the day (like everywhere else in the valley), so an early start is highly recommended. Nice views of the North Dome with the Mirror Lakes and some pleasant meadows along the way.

    Pavel Hanc reviewed South Tufa Loop Trail

    4 months ago

    Well worth the detour from Yosemite. The tufa towers are quite impressive and the lake itself is pretty too.

    Pavel Hanc completed South Tufa Loop Trail

    4 months ago

    Pavel Hanc reviewed Cathedral Lakes Trail

    4 months ago

    The hike is not very strenuous or difficult in any way, although there is some elevation gain and you already start at higher elevation, making things a little more difficult. Moderate feels like an appropriate rating... The hike itself offers little in the way of views until you get to the lakes, which, however, are beautiful and well worth the effort, and provide a good alternative to the over-crowded valley floor. If you want to see a part of Yosemite that is less touristy, this is a good choice.

    Pavel Hanc completed Cathedral Lakes Trail

    4 months ago

    Pavel Hanc reviewed Lower Yosemite Falls Trail

    4 months ago

    Short, easy and pretty. But also unbelievably crowded with many people being their most annoying selves, showing absolutely no regard for anyone or anything else, just so they have the "perfect" Instagram picture...

    Pavel Hanc completed Lower Yosemite Falls Trail

    4 months ago

    Pavel Hanc reviewed Glacier Point Trail

    4 months ago

    As far as reward to effort ratio goes, you can't get much better than this. The walk from the parking lot to the viewpoints is short, paved, mostly flat and, understandably, pretty crowded. Actually, just finding parking space can be quite tricky. The views of the valley and especially the Half Dome are absolutely stunning though and I really can't recommend this highly enough.

    Pavel Hanc completed Glacier Point Trail

    4 months ago

    Pavel Hanc reviewed Bridalveil Fall Trail

    4 months ago

    Beautiful falls that are perhaps too close to the road. There are just too many people everywhere, scrambling on the rocks, screaming on top of their lungs and in general exhibiting the sort of "crowd behavior" that one would expect to see at an amusement park rather than in nature.
    That said, it is definitely wort stopping by if you're driving past.

    Pavel Hanc completed Bridalveil Fall Trail

    4 months ago

    Pavel Hanc reviewed Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias Trail

    4 months ago

    A nicely restored area that we were lucky to see at all, as it reopened just a few days before we arrived. We only had a few hours, so we didn't manage the whole loop all the way to Wawona Point but the sequoias are definitely worth it, even if you only walk up to the Grizzly Giant and the Tunnel Tree.

    Pavel Hanc reviewed Grizzly Falls

    4 months ago

    Not much of a hike, or even a walk to be quite honest, but the waterfalls are pretty and definitely worth stopping for if you happen to be driving by.

    Pavel Hanc completed Grizzly Falls

    4 months ago

    Pavel Hanc reviewed Roaring River Falls Trail

    4 months ago

    A short walk to a pretty waterfall. Nothing to go out of your way for but worth stopping if you happen to be driving by. I'm sure we would have been more impressed if not for the fact that we had just finished the stunning Rae Lakes hike, which made everything else pale in comparison.

    Pavel Hanc completed Roaring River Falls Trail

    4 months ago

    Pavel Hanc reviewed Zumwalt Meadow Loop Trail

    4 months ago

    A short, easy walk that doesn't offer the magnificent views that you get if you hike further out but it is a pleasant way to spend an hour or two, watching birds or just enjoying the lush green meadow between the rock cliffs. Definitely worth stopping by if you are in the area.

    Pavel Hanc completed Zumwalt Meadow Loop Trail

    4 months ago

    Pavel Hanc reviewed Rae Lakes Trail

    4 months ago

    I've read somewhere that this is the most often done hike in the High Sierra and it is easy to see why. You really get the taste of just about everything here - from lush meadows, pleasant forests and swift rivers with waterfalls to snowy mountain passes and crystal lakes, and all that beauty in a loop that can be done in a couple of days! You really can't go any better than this.
    We did our hike in the clockwise direction in 3 and a 1/2 days and it wouldn't be that difficult to do it in 3 if needed.
    On the first day, we started from the permit station at around 10am and reached the Upper Paradise by mid-afternoon. The bridge over the river is still out and we met several groups of people who turned back at the sight of the river that needs to be forded. That said, with hiking poles for extra support and sandals or water-shoes to give you some grip, we didn't really feel that it would be quite that bad. Mid-June, the water reached to just around the upper part of my thighs (I'm 6'1") and I'm sure that later in summer, it will be lower than that (if you're not unlucky with rain).
    On the second day, first thing in the morning, we forded the river and hiked up to where the trail meets the PCT/JMT (in the upper right "corner" on the map) and followed those to the Upper Rae Lake where we set up camp at around 5 or 6pm. This was by far the most strenuous day of the hike with 3600+ feet of elevation gain and quite a few up-and-down bits, especially in the first part, which added some extra feet to boot. Nevertheless, the views along this section are just spectacular as you slowly ascend above the treeline, and the lakes themselves are simply breath-taking.
    On the third day, we started with the first light in order to reach Glen pass before the sun would soften the snow, making it more difficult and dangerous to walk on. Especially since we didn't have any micro-spikes or snow-axes, we were a bit worried but, as it turns out, with hiking poles and sturdy boots, the pass was nowhere near as bad as we had feared. Later in summer, things are bound to get even easier, but I would definitely think twice about doing this when there is a lot of snow. After you reach the pass, it's all downhill from there and there was no snow at all on the southern side, making the descent a walk in the park. We reached Charlotte Meadows by around 3:30pm and for a moment we debated whether to stick to the plan and set up camp there or hike all the way back to the car. In the end, we decided to take it easy and spent the rest of the afternoon bird-watching, but it's easy to see how one could make it from the Lakes back to the permit station in a day, albeit a fairly hard one.
    On the fourth day, it only took a couple of hours to get to the end.
    So, in summary, this hike is definitely right there in the top best hikes that I've ever done and I can happily recommend it to anyone who likes the outdoors and is not afraid of backpacking.
    As other have said, the clockwise direction seemed easier with the ascent being more gradual, and I also felt that it worked better in terms of dividing the trail into manageable sections in a way that you get to camp by the lakes, which I can't recommend enough.
    Finally, while on the trail, particularly in the lower sections, keep an eye out for rattlesnakes - we encountered two, and one of them let us get within striking distance before it started rattling, all coiled up and scary as hell. We froze and it slithered backwards off the trail while still coiled (I didn't even know that they can do that!) never once taking it's eyes off us, so no harm done, but it did scare me a lot. We haven't seen any bears but plenty of deer, a variety of lizards, birds, some marmots and a pika at the top of Glen Pass.

    Pavel Hanc saved Rae Lakes Trail

    4 months ago

    Pavel Hanc completed Rae Lakes Trail

    4 months ago

    Pavel Hanc updated General Sherman Tree to Moro Rock

    4 months ago

    Pavel Hanc updated General Sherman Tree to Moro Rock

    4 months ago

    Pavel Hanc reviewed Marble Falls Trail

    4 months ago

    After our plans to reach the Mineral King area today fell through, we decided to do a hike in the foothills instead.
    Mid-June, the temperature was easily in the 90s and there isn't much shadow along the way, so be sure to carry a lot of water and wear sunscreen and a hat if you're doing this in summer. Long pants also come highly recommended, as the trail is narrow and there is a lot of undergrowth.
    The hike itself is not terribly exciting for most part - you don't get much in the way of views and, especially in the summer heat, it can become a bit of a slog. The waterfalls are quite pretty though.
    Overall, I would say that there are better hikes to do in Sequoia, but if you want to experience the climate of the foothills, this is not a bad hike to do.

    Pavel Hanc completed Marble Falls Trail

    4 months ago

    Pavel Hanc reviewed Little Baldy Trail

    4 months ago

    A great little "off-the-beaten-path" hike, perfect for when you have half an afternoon free. The sign at the trailhead says that it should take between 2 and 3 hours, but I think an hour and a half is just about enough. The views from the top are absolutely worth the effort.

    Pavel Hanc completed Little Baldy Trail

    4 months ago