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    Member Since June 2015

    Rachel Pieper Decker

    Tustin, California 

    September 2016: After doing some research on boots and thanks to REI's return policy, I was able to get a half size bigger for backpacking and completed my second backpacking trip with no broken bits.
    March 2016: First pair of hiking boots purchased. Vasque Women's Breeze in Gargoyle/Violet. These are great on flat and uphill treks. Going downhill on my first hike with these yielded bruised and very painful toenails on both big toes.

    Favorite Activities

    backpackingcampinghikingohv / off road drivingscenic driving

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    Rachel Pieper Decker reviewed Sierra Pelona Road

    about 2 years ago

    Second off-roading trip. The first half mile to a mile is more intense than the rest. We went on a mild day, but I would suggest water and snacks. This took about 3 hours for us, but we're still getting to know our vehicle's abilities. Watch the signs! There are some places where other fire roads cross and we turned onto the wrong one and ended up with a 14 mile trip instead of the 17 miles this says it is. Artesian Springs crosses about 11 miles in and that's around where we took 6N08 (This Sierra Pelona trail is 6N07). We ended up back on Bouquet Canyon Rd, just a lot sooner than we expected.

    Rachel Pieper Decker completed Sierra Pelona OHV Road

    about 2 years ago

    Rachel Pieper Decker reviewed East Fork Trail (Bridge to Nowhere)

    about 2 years ago

    1) If you bring your dogs, keep them on a leash. My partner was bitten by an off-leash dog in the parking lot before the hike even began.
    2) Bring water AND a filter. Take care to drink enough and monitor how you are feeling. Stay in the shade when you need to. We were stopped by a lady who let us know about a gal who needed help. The lady continued on the get EMS and we found the gal and her buddy and assisted her back up to the parking area. She was in bad and getting worse shape; watch out for yourself and your buddies. It was 90+F when we started on Saturday and 108F when we left at noon on Sunday. Even by a river, the open areas can be brutal and dangerous.
    3) PARKING IS AN ISSUE. The parking lot only holds about 20-30 vehicles. This was full when we arrived and found a spot along the cliff wall, off the road in the gravel, where the majority of the other cars were parked. When we were done, there was a $63 ticket waiting for us. The next available/legal place to park is 3-4 miles down the road near the Oak Canyon picnic area. This is not well-planned out.
    The campsite was very full. Tents practically on top of other tents. We were going to try to find another location to spend the night. There were so many people. As far as the hike goes, there were sparse shaded areas in the beginning and about halfway they are much more spread out. The river crossings can be fun, but you do need to be careful. As we were backpacking, we were trying to do it without getting wet, but at this time the water was low and slow enough that shorts and taking off shoes would have worked also.
    An EMS helicopter flew over very low in the evening and we later found out that someone had been bitten by a rattlesnake near the Bridge
    4) Watch out for rattlesnakes! We only saw one slither away and I count that as very lucky.

    We made it about 2.8 miles in where we set up for the night. We didn't make it to the bridge and hiked out the next morning, mostly due to the heat. Next time we'll get an earlier start and hopefully set up sooner and day hike to the bridge instead of pack it the whole way.

    Rachel Pieper Decker reviewed Del Sur Ridge

    over 2 years ago

    We went on a dry day, but there was still a lot of green to be seen. Great panoramic views at the height of the trail. Mostly well-marked. Bringing water is a must, even in a vehicle. We didn't see anyone else around, but it does seem like a great location for dirt biking or horse riding.
    This was our first off-roading trip and I'd say this trail was easy, we did it in our stock 2010 XTerra.

    Rachel Pieper Decker completed Del Sur Ridge

    over 2 years ago

    Rachel Pieper Decker added Pierce college

    over 3 years ago

    Rachel Pieper Decker added To Do

    over 3 years ago

    Rachel Pieper Decker reviewed Morgan Trail

    over 3 years ago

    I would say this is an easy-moderate trail. A lot of terrain variety as you pass through oak groves on your way up to the higher points with tall scrub and grasses. Some really great views of the other peaks. We staged cars and started at the trailhead and ended at the candy store, which is a really nice treat at the end of a hike.

    Rachel Pieper Decker reviewed La Tuna Canyon Loop Trail

    over 3 years ago

    This was very rough and almost dangerous trail. It had been dry for weeks and the hard-packed bleached dirt was sliding away under us on the down hill sections. I ended up sliding into a gouge made by runoff and tearing up my leg pretty badly. Great views, bring 1-2L of water as there is none around and little shade. I would agree with others that this is a moderate-difficult trail.

    Rachel Pieper Decker completed Morgan Trail

    over 3 years ago

    Rachel Pieper Decker added Work to lunch

    over 3 years ago

    Rachel Pieper Decker reviewed Garden to Sky

    almost 4 years ago

    Garden to Sky can be done as an out and back, or it can be combined with 2 other trails (Memorial Road to Divide Road and then to Hermit Gulch Trail) to create a 4.2 mile loop. We did the loop. Starting at the Wrigley Botanical Gardens, you purchase entrance to the Gardens ($7/person) and sign up for a hiking pass (free). I suppose you could start from the Hermit Gulch campground and avoid the fees, but the trail is maintained and marked, so I would encourage supporting the Conservancy. The information desk personnel go through a basic hiking checklist, suggesting water and asking not to touch or feed the animals. We started around 1pm and finished around 5pm. The city of Avalon faces east, and there are some spectacular views of both East and West when you get to the top. I would have loved to see the sunset from there, but it would have been much too dark to make our way back. Memorial Road and Divide Road are wide roads that tour vehicles also travel on. Hermit Gulch is a bit more rugged and you need to be careful of loose rocks.

    Rachel Pieper Decker completed Garden to Sky Trail

    almost 4 years ago

    Rachel Pieper Decker completed Palo Comado Canyon Trail

    about 4 years ago