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    Ray Bouknight saved Westside Trails

    21 days ago

    Ray Bouknight completed Mono Lake Boardwalk

    2 months ago

    Ray Bouknight saved Bluff Trail

    3 months ago

    Ray Bouknight completed Bluff Trail

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    Ray Bouknight added Bluff Trail

    3 months ago

    Ray Bouknight reviewed Mount Harkness Loop Trail

    4 months ago

    Came in late July 2018. I should have checked the Lassen NPS webcams for air quality/visibility because it was very smokey from the Carr fire and the views were non existent. The air quality site showed "good" conditions.

    The road in was bumpy in the middle portion, but nothing my 2WD crossover couldn't handle. My fellow hikers had a Nissan Altima and they did fine. My GPS tried to make me take some sketchy forest roads. I just stayed on the paved road until it ended and veered right.

    We paid our $25 fee at the iron Ranger across the road from the ranger station. There's a pit toilet behind he ranger station.

    The trail itself was nice. I think its a 1300 foot climb up to the fire look out. I should have brought my hiking poles. Totally spaced on that item. Bring plenty of water and head protection. We visited Dave at the fire look out and he was very nice. He explained how he spots fires. Shortly after we arrived, more guests arrived, making the lookout very crowded.

    We did the loop which was about 6 miles for us. The trail down the west side is pretty rocky. Those poles would have been handy and saved my legs. We stopped by the lake and cooled off our feet. Other than the crowded look out, we didn't encounter many hikers.

    We'll have to come back when the views are better.

    Ray Bouknight reviewed Five Lakes Trail

    4 months ago

    Arrived at the trail head at 9:30 AM. There was plenty of parallel parking near the trail head. There are no restrooms at the trail head, so it was good thing we stopped at the rest area on Donner Summit. Nor is there water.

    From the start it was steeper than expected. It was also warm for July morning. For an alpine trail there isn't much shade. As others have said, the first .5 mile is the steepest then it lessens. The total climb is about 2 miles. We saw lots of dogs on the trail.

    If I did this hike again, I would do it when it was cooler - maybe start earlier or go earlier/later in the season. And bring sun gear (wide brim hats, SPF clothing) and drinks with electrolytes.

    Ray Bouknight saved Five Lakes Trail

    4 months ago

    Ray Bouknight completed Five Lakes Trail

    5 months ago

    Ray Bouknight added Five Lakes Trail

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    Ray Bouknight saved Lighthouse Trail

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    Ray Bouknight added Eugene ToDo

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    Ray Bouknight added South Bay ToDo

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    Ray Bouknight added Palm Springs ToDo

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