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    Randy Huffman reviewed Awa'awapuhi Trail

    5 months ago

    I did the Awa'awapuhi/Nu'alolo loop trail. This is definitely one of my all time best hikes. If you do the loop hike, I suggest starting at the Na'alolo trail, which I didn't, because you have to walk back on the main road, 2 miles, to your car, and it is much easier to go down than up. The hike was amazing, views were spectacular to say the least. As mentioned in other posts, you need to go out to the farthest point on the Awa'awapuhi trail to fully take in the views, with the Awa'awapuhi Valley on your right and the Nu'alolo Valley on your left. Just be aware, going out to the point, the trail isn't all that wide, steep drop offs on both sides and not a lot room for that many people. So use your own judgement and be safe. The Nu'alolo cliff trail, that connects the two trails is about 2 miles, easy hike, goes through a variety of different scenery, their is even a shelter and picnic table to take a break. The very last section up to the Nu'alolo trail is actually pretty steep.
    Once you hit the Nu'alolo trail, it is .75 miles out to the lookout, but go beyond that for even better views of the Napali Coast and Nu'alolo Valley. Sat under a Pine tree, yes a Pine tree, for lunch, watched many of Kauai's state birds...Errrr the helicopters, flying over. I was lucky on this day, very little rain no wind and the sun was out for a good portion of the my hike. The climb back up the Nu'alolo trail, in my opinion, is steeper than the Awa'awapuhi trail. My total hike time, car to car was 6 hours, distance was around 13.7 miles. Make sure to take plenty of water, snacks, hat...Etc.... I also took a lightweight hooded jacket and a backup battery pack for my phone and GoPro. Last advice, don't wear you favorite pair of hiking shoes, because the trail can get very muddy and you will not get that red dirt out of them, this from experience, enjoy and have fun.

    Randy Huffman completed Awa'awapuhi Trail

    5 months ago

    Randy Huffman saved Nu'alolo Trail

    5 months ago

    Randy Huffman reviewed Canyon Trail to Waipoo Falls

    5 months ago

    Very nice hike, we took our, 6,9 and 12 year old granddaughters along with us and they didn't complain one bit. Their is definitely a couple of step sections and the actual area were to see the falls is a really small area, not more than 4 or 5 people, and be aware there are no railings, so be very cautious of your surrounds. Took us just a little over 2.5 hrs to complete. Take plenty of water and don't wear your favorite hiking shoes, they may get ruined if there is a lot of mud.

    Randy Huffman saved Awa'awapuhi Trail

    5 months ago

    Randy Huffman reviewed South Fork Trail to Dry Lake

    6 months ago

    This is my review on Dry Lake Hike, last week went to Dollar Lake, via the South Fork Trail, see my review on that Hike. We left at 7:30, weather was perfect, had 3L of water. Be aware that a large portion of this hike is through burn areas.
    After 1 mile, you reach the Old Horse Ranch and meadow, another 2/10's of a mile you reach the Forest Service Road, if you go left up the road, for about 1.5 miles, you reach Poopout Hill Trail, a short 6/10's of a mile hike, with a nice view of San Gorgoino Peak, that intersects with the South Fork Trail.
    About the 3 Mike mark, you reach the Dry/Dollar Lake split, go left and you come across your water stop if you need water. At the time of this review, their were 3 streams with flowing water. The next section is nice easy switchbacks with nice views. The very last section is much more rockier as you are going up a dry riverbed.
    Once you reach Dry Lake (lake is dry), you can go left or right. Left takes you to the camp sites, Right takes you to the Dry Lake Trail, which leads up to the Peak. Their is a sign for water at Lodgepool Springs, we didn't go check it out or actually how far it is away. Their are lots of camp sites on the east side of the lake. We sat on a log, at the edge of the lake, had a relaxing lunch and took in all the beautiful views and wehad the entire area to our self.
    As we headed back down, stopped to watch a woodpecker hammering away at a tree, saw lots of Steller Jays, Chipmonks, a dear, and two Jack Rabbit's. Lots of different varieties of flowers, and the Flume - which is a waterway off the Santa Ana River that winds all the way down to Jenkes Lake.
    We took the short trail up to Poopout Hill, and down the service road, then back down the South Fork Trail back to the car. Overall the hike was awsome, didn't find it all that difficult. Only saw 4 people on the trail all day, and they were a group going up to Dry Lake to camp. Overall hike was around 8 hrs, but we were just taking our time, enjoying bring out in nature.

    Randy Huffman reviewed South Fork to Dollar Lake Trail

    6 months ago

    Was looking for a new trail to hike, have been wanting to do this hike for awhile, but due to the fires in recent years it has been on hold, we also used this as a test hike for an up coming overnight camp and San G summit trip.
    Lots of parking available, and restrooms at the start of the trail. We started at 7:15am with 3L of water. The trail has a moderate incline at first, then it is a gradual incline for the first mile until you reach the old horse ranch. Be aware you are hiking through a burn area for a majority of the hike, but there is a different beauty in the landscape. Some people don’t like it, we on the other hand enjoyed it. We did pass a small creek with water, saw a couple deer and lots of birds.
    The second section, as you leave the ranch is also very moderate incline, more switch backs on this section, but the trail is easy, lots of nice views, still in the burn area. The last section, before you come to the Dollar Lake/ Dry Lake, is a straight gradual incline, not difficult at all.
    It took us a couple hours to reach the split, when continued up towards the right to Dollar Lake. This early section was not hit by the fires to bad, more green trees, but the trail dose change in elevation gain. Definitely steeper grade and the trail is more rocker than before. Also be aware, their is more open area as you get higher, so have your sunblock on. You still pass areas of burned out trees and manzanita bushes. Did pass one small Marsh area with a little water coming out. Good views of San Gorgonio Mountain going up
    Reached the split down to Dollar Lake around 11ish, no sign mark’s the trail down to Dollar Lake. It is .5 miles down. The trail is not maintained much, lots of downed trees over the trail, had to use previous rock markers to guide us down in spots. Have read that in June, a crew is going to start clearing out all the dead trees that have fallen down over the trail. Only spotted a couple camp site areas, and the lake is bone dry also. My recommendations, is not to go down their until the trail is cleared, plus it’s only 0.7 miles up to the saddle, if you don’t go down to Dollar Lake.
    Around 12:30 we started the decent back to the car, took out the go pro and got some nice footage of the area. Stopped at the split again, lots of water flowing down, Santa Ann Creek?, great place to fill or refill your bottles. Saw only tow other hikes the entire day, they were going to Dry Lake to camp. Got back to the car about 3:15. Next time we will hike to Dry Lake, camp, then summit San G

    Randy Huffman reviewed Skyline Trail: Cactus to Clouds

    7 months ago

    Want to start off by stating we were unable to hike to the peak, as the winds were blowing so hard it made it difficult to stand let alone hike, with that being said the skyline trail is all that it is advertised as, tough, strenuous, tiring and demanding.
    We started around 3ish with our headlamps blazing the path. We kept a sharp eye out for the painted circles on the rocks to help guid our path, even still we made a couple wrong turns, and we were watching for any snakes which have been reported in the past couple weeks. We stopped a couple times to takes in the views of Palm Springs at full darkness, pretty cool. We made it to the series of pick nick tables with out any problems, hacking was moderately difficult.
    Reached the rocks with the spray painted written mileage and no water for the remainder of the hick, continued up switchbacking up the side of a hill finding a great spot to watch the sunrise, awesome views, came across the first of two emergency boxes, then two our surprise, stumbled upon 3 dear, they kept their distance, but they did not run and hide also. Once you reach the picnic benches no more painted dots to guid your path.
    The next few mils was going up and over ridge lines, not bad hiking, saw our first view of the tram, the desert landscape is amazing, with bushes blooming flowers of all different colors, cactus blooming, lots of Cholla cactus close to trail head, be aware, lots of manzanita bushes and lots of yucca plants. Trail is moderate.
    Then the trail changes drastically, the major up hill accents starts, winding back and forth, definitely leg burner accents. We were in a manzanita Grove which felt like it would never end. The trail became more rocky for sure, pasted the second emergency box and what was called flat rock, not to impressed. The clouds started to come in and the wind began to pickup. By 7000ft, small snow flakes began to fall with the sun shining. I knew it was going to be a cold hike so, took a lot of warm clothing, and I used every bit of it, but I stayed warm.
    The trail was becoming more rocky, and the snow falling made the rocks a bit slipper at times. The incline seemed to have increased, my legs were feeling tired and I was having to stopped periodically to catch my breath, the higher we rose wind seemed to be hitting stronger and the snow flakes were increasing at times. We stopped for a quick and her comes the 64 yr old lady, just the happiest person, I asked when she started, 2 hrs after us and she looked she could run up the trail, haha. I asked her how much further, she said about 20 min, yeah for it was, me it was more like 35 min.
    By this point my legs felt like jelly, with the wind blowing and snowing I could not wait for the end, The trail at times became hard to read, lots of down limbs, scrambling over rocks, lots of switch backs and fairly steep at times. We finally crested the top, the snow had stopped but the wind was howling, put on the rest big my cold gear and headed to the tram, the worst part is climbing the concrete path to the tram. Went straight to the bar ordered a beer to celebrate our first cactus to clouds hike. After nearly 8 hrs I was tired, my legs acked, my feet were tired, but I would do it again in heart beat.
    Gear I took, 4.5 liters of fluid, one of those liters was Gatorade, a variety of snacks, emergency kit- matches, lighter, compus, knief, whistle, backup maps, first aid kit, small rope, clothing- gloves, Beanie, hat, Balaclava, windbreaker, plus the layers I had on, extra head lamp, hiking poles, charger for my phone. If you have any questions feel free to ask, thanks for reading, happy trails.

    Randy Huffman added Cottonwood Pass Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Randy Huffman reviewed San Jacinto Peak via Fuller Ridge Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Just hiked up fuller ridge trail from Black Mtn Road, to Little Round Valley campsite. Love this hike and trail , water was abundant, trail condition good. Used this hike as a trial hike for our upcoming High Sierra backpack trip.