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    Perry McCullough added tr hill

    21 days ago

    Perry McCullough saved Training Hill

    2 months ago

    Perry McCullough added the big hike

    3 months ago

    Perry McCullough added tamaroo bar

    4 months ago

    Perry McCullough reviewed Loch Leven Lakes Trail

    6 months ago

    Don't go without ice trackers. Icy granite is no fun in just hiking boots! It was my own fault for not being more prepared, but I will be back, it's absolutely beautiful. probably made it a half mile in before hitting an impasse and turning around...

    Perry McCullough reviewed Clementine Trail to Clark's Pool

    about 1 year ago

    Nice wide trail most of the way, and most of the way has at least sparse shade if you start early. Dogs are allowed on the trail, but cannot go to the water of Lake Clementine, not even to kayak or camp.
    From the trailhead at the Confluence, it is a slow and steady uphill until you reach the end of the dirt trail and hit the pavement down to the lake and the "Rainbow Falls" skills at from the dam at the lake.
    I went mid morning on a weekday and had the trail mostly to myself and my German Shepherd. When we got to the lake parking lot just up the hill a bit from the falls, I spoke with the gal working the toll booth and got the skinny on the rules of the lake and hours of operation, where to put in a kayak, etc. Her name was Andrea S., and she was very nice.
    I would call this trail family friendly. It has bathrooms at the start, and I'm sure there are some down by the boat ramp, I just did not see them.
    It was about 96 degrees in the shade at 1:00 on 6/22/17, the first full day of Summer, so pack accordingly with water, and a wide brim.
    I would definitely do this hike again, but would do it more often if my dog was welcome at the lake, as it is, I plan to take the kayak...sans dog, up to check it out at another time.

    Perry McCullough added Training Hill

    about 1 year ago

    Perry McCullough completed Training Hill

    about 1 year ago

    Perry McCullough reviewed Stevens Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Today on Stevens Trail. 9.97 miles, half going down, half co.ing back up. Pack was 40 pounds today (knew it was gonna be tough so I lost the bear vault and food to save weight). Hit the trailhead at 845 AM and hit the trail right about 9. Made it to the falls then down to the river by about 11 and stayed for about an hour. The water was so cold it hurt my feet after about 30 seconds, but there were deep pools in the rocks that were warmer. Started back up around noon and it was starting to get hot for the uphill out. When I go again I will get there closer to 7 AM, have a light weight day pack and lighter shoes...the first mile and a half or so is forested and shady and cool...so that's the first and the last thing you walk through...which is nice!
    Stopped a lot on the way up because of the pack weight, but made it without a lot of drama. Finished up and went to Brookside in Auburn for lunch.
    The trail is beautiful. The terrain is diverse. The river is awesome. GO!

    Perry McCullough reviewed Spaulding Lake Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Went o. this hike with my 4 year old German Shepherd. It was drizzeling and a little cold and because of that, we had the trail to ourselves! Beautiful little hike. Had on a 50 pound backpack because I am training for Lost Coast and got a really good workout.
    If you go to the parking lot with the toilets on the way in overlooking the lake, you've gone just a tad too far to catch the trail. GO back until you see a road (gated when I was there) and park on the side of the road then walk down the road, past the gate and over a small bridge for vehicles and you are golden.
    There was a pretty massive bunch of rocks and boulders across the trail and detours around it, then under a big water pipe with my big backpack I had to crawl...the rest was awesome! Wish I could figure out how to post pics.
    On the way out I decided that I didn't want to crawl, so we picked our way over the rock slide and cut about 10 minutes off our time...but it wasn't easy with a big dog and a big pack.
    Read some of the other reviews. This place is well worth a day hike!

    Perry McCullough saved Stevens Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Perry McCullough added Get here early!

    about 1 year ago

    Perry McCullough completed Stevens Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Perry McCullough reviewed Sweetwater Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Half mile out I picked 2 ticks off of my dog. There is a ton of poison oak, the trail is mostly 2 feet wide with long grass growing across it for ticks to use to wait for you to come along. This trail was a waste of the 10 dollar parking and the time and gas to get here. I gave it a 2 star because the restroom was clean and the area is beautiful.

    Perry McCullough completed Sweetwater Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Perry McCullough completed Spaulding Lake Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Perry McCullough saved Stevens Trail East

    about 1 year ago

    Perry McCullough reviewed Mount Wittenberg Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Starting off we decided to do the Mount Wittenberg trail instead of the easier Bear Creek. Well...I'm training for the Lost Coast Trail and only had a 30 pound pack on for the day, so I figured it would be fine...I forgot to take into consideration my new boots! very steep (for me) in spots but generally a lot of elevation gain (for me) in a short amount of milage.
    (I'm 56 and have had knee surgeries on both knees and an ankle surgery, I don't hike "up" very much!)
    The scenery was...how shall I put this...breathtaking! Seriously, it was beautiful and almost 70 degrees today. My feet didn't start to feel the heel blisters until we were 3/4 of the way up.
    We got to the top and decided to go to the summit...no ocean view at all from the top, but the view from the trail signs was nice, so don't go the extra .8 miles out of your way.
    We went down the hill on the Ocean side just a little way to the Meadow trail and took it back to meet the Bear Creek Trail. It was a much easier descent that way than going down the way we came! (Might consider taking the Bear Creek Trail to the bridge that marks the Meadow trail and taking it up to the top next time as it was a little less steep, I think)
    Took Bear Creek Trail back to the parking lot. All in all about 6 miles and around 1300-1400 feet gained and lost...took about 3 1/2 hours.
    The Meadow trail is beautiful, also, but no view of the ocean from it.
    Needed less that a liter of water and brought a granola bar and an apple to tide me over until lunch in Point Reyes Station.
    Take your time and enjoy! Get out there while you can!

    Perry McCullough completed Mount Wittenberg Trail

    about 1 year ago