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    Rebecca Dresser reviewed Tomales Point Trail

    about 1 year ago

    We hiked this trail in late June because we wanted to see the elk. Wow... we didn't know what to expect as we hadn't actually factored this trail into our plans. But it was a wonderful trail. We started out before mid-morning, and it was quite cool and very foggy, so our views on the way up the trail were pretty limited, though we did see elk. However, on our return, the fog magically lifted and we could see out into the ocean and also the bay. It was like a new trail in that regard. I recommend it for the views, the elk, the wildflowers, and the birds... and it isn't difficult at all. You can also make it shorter by simply turning around when you're ready to. Well worth the hike!

    Rebecca Dresser completed Tomales Point Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Rebecca Dresser reviewed Hetch Hetchy Loop via Lake Vernon

    about 1 year ago

    This was my first experience in Yosemite, and we chose this trail because we'd heard there was less traffic and we were looking for true wilderness and not many people. We'd originally planned to go up on Moraine Ridge and down into the Jack Main Canyon, but because of the still high levels of snow there in mid-to-late June, the rangers recommended against it. They also warned that we may not be able to cross Falls Creek because of the amount of snowmelt. The switchbacks were hard and gruelling in 90 degree heat, but I made it and am proud of that (at 58 and not backpacking in almost 40 years, that is saying something). We hiked toward Beehive Meadow which was nothing but mosquito-filled because of all the wetness on the trail. But arriving at Lake Vernon, we were thrilled. The granite surrounding the area, the lovely lake, the camping areas, the side trails, the wildflowers, the wildlife... all quite wonderful. I fell in love with this backcountry, for sure. So beautiful, so peaceful. We were not able to make the loop because of the raging water covering the footbridge at Falls Creek, but we spent a couple nights here before heading back down. I definitely want to do this trail again, but go onto the Ridge and the Canyon too, in a season and year when the snows aren't so prolific.

    Rebecca Dresser reviewed Moores Knob Trail

    over 1 year ago

    I only take the back trail through woods and rocky terrain. I don't like the stairs... too many people and it's hard on the knees. I also prefer the rougher terrain and longer distance, a better workout and more interesting too. Views are great at the top, but there are often too many people for my taste. For that reason, I would NEVER take this trail on a weekend, unless it's winter or very early spring.

    Rebecca Dresser completed Moores Knob Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Rebecca Dresser reviewed Hanging Rock Trail

    over 1 year ago

    I only take this trail in the early mornings if there are few cars in the visitor lot. Otherwise, it is way too crowded for my taste. I've seen all kinds of people on this trail, which is tricky because the first part is paved, then it becomes gravel, and then levels out to dirt. But then come the stairs and the quicker elevation; this is what fools people, and they often stop along the way, out of breath and wondering "how much further" and "are we almost there?" For those accustomed to hiking, it's a nice trail and the views are inspiring, if there are not a lot of people at the summit. My recent experience was wonderful; I had the summit all to myself for about 45 minutes... early morning on a Monday, on a day that was supposed to be rainy but wasn't. On my way down, a met a lone male hiker who told me he'd just had a black bear cross the trail in front of him! First bear sighting of the season at the park, I was later told by a ranger.

    Rebecca Dresser completed Hanging Rock Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Rebecca Dresser reviewed Indian Creek Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Early mornings are wonderful on this trail; I've seen lots of wildlife and birds while enjoying the serenity of the trail and the gurgling of the creek. There are creek crossings in the lower half, so make sure you have waterproof boots, especially if the area has had a lot of rainfall. A very pleasant experience if done early in the day or in the winter.

    Rebecca Dresser completed Indian Creek Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Rebecca Dresser reviewed Cook's Wall Trail

    over 1 year ago

    One of my favorite trails in the park, it is not as crowded as Moore's Wall Loop or Hanging Rock Trail. The views may not be as spectacular, but nonetheless it is quite lovely and you can sit and watch the turkey vultures gliding on the air currents. They come quite close as they roost nearby. Early morning hikes are much quieter; you won't run into many people.

    Rebecca Dresser completed Cook's Wall Trail

    over 1 year ago