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    Ricky Fell reviewed South Kaibab to Phantom Ranch to Bright Angel Trail

    3 months ago

    Beautiful hike. Start south kaibab early so you can catch sunrise at Oh Ah point. Going down to phantom ranch is very fast. We started later than we wanted to, hit the trail head at 7 am and missed sunrise :(. Got back to the trailhead at 3 PM. Amazing hike, wish we would successfully get back country permits. We keep getting denied. Rim to rim is on the bucket list but not success obtaining back country permits.

    Ricky Fell reviewed Na Pali Coast (Kalalau) Trail (CLOSED)

    3 months ago

    The best time of my life. We underestimated this hike (September of 2017). We had just did Mt. Whitney and Nevada's high point, boundary peak the month prior. So we figured it will be a relatively easier, strenuous hike. We woke up, went and got some breakfast thinking a late start would be ok, it is only 11 miles in. Got to the trail head at 9 and got to kalalau beach at 430. We stopped a lot to enjoy, sit in the streams, take pictures, and enjoy the views. The heat is what made it tough going in. Mile 6 going in is the best place to get water before mile 10.5. Fill up all your water at the last stream before you cross it to get to the beach. There is plenty of campsites, so do not pick your first walk. I know you will be tired but just walk a few hundred more yards. There is a couple sites elevated right off of the sand, with the best ocean views. Make sure to bring a hammock. After a long hike in, set up Camp, brought some whiskey down to the beach for sunset and while the sun was setting I proposed to my best friend. Could not have planned a better proposal. be sure to stay for 3 nights. Hike in to kalalau valley too. There is guava every where. swimming holes too. We started the hike back to the parking lot leaving kalalau. each at 430 A.m. We wanted to beat the heat, and that we did. We made it back in 5.5 hours. The most perfect place on earth. We cannot wait to go back.

    Ricky Fell reviewed East Rim Trail to Observation Point

    3 months ago

    One of my favorite hikes in all of Zion. The best canyon views. Have made this hike 5 times. There are many ways to reach the summit. You can start from the bottom of the canyon, the beginning of east rim trail, or the stage springs trail head (extremely easy and the fastest way to the point). Stave springs is great for a completely different view of Zion. You start on the top of the rim and walk a flat trail to the top. The trail head is in and past zion ponderosa ranch.

    Ricky Fell reviewed Angels Landing Trail (CLOSED)

    3 months ago

    Have done angels landing 4 times and will most likely not do it again unless they start some form of permit or limited hikes per day, etc. There is way too many inexperienced people on this hike. I've seen people in flip flops, bare foot holding dress shoes, 5 year old kids crying. This is NOT a place for any of that. They make the trail dangerous. There are times were you're standing on the side of a cliff have to inch around people due to so much traffic. Too many tourists who should not be up there. On a another note, beautiful views from the top. Get on the first bus of the day to beat the crowds.

    Ricky Fell completed Angels Landing Trail

    3 months ago

    Ricky Fell reviewed Frenchman Mountain Trail

    3 months ago

    Hike is harder than you would expect. Go up there for sunset and then sit and watch the city light up. Beautiful night views.

    Ricky Fell completed Frenchman Mountain Trail

    3 months ago

    Ricky Fell reviewed Boundary Peak - Nevada Highpoint

    3 months ago

    We did the via trail canyon. Did not want to mess with queens mine road as I could not get solid information on it. Multiple people had different takes on the road. Also wanted a harder hike. We gone two different ways up boundary from trail canyon. first time was up the scree slope (I would never recommend that to my worst enemy), it is sandy granite and straight up. Two steps forward and you slide back one step. Thankfully our second time we found the turn off the scree trail to meet up with the trail junction. So much easier that ascent than the scree. We did a brief count at the summit log book and only seen about 200 people signed in the past couple years. A lot of people must not reach the summit considering a comment at queens mine trail log stated 200 since July. Both times we have been there were saturdays and not one person on the mountian. Bring car battery jumper, last you want is to be 17 miles from a "highway" with no cell reception and a dead car battery.

    Ricky Fell reviewed Mount Whitney via Mount Whitney Trail

    3 months ago

    What an amazing accomplishment. we summited whitney June of last year. after a big snow season, the switchback were still not open (completely covered in snow) Had to out on spikes and climb straight up 2,000 ft. Met two gentleman on the summit which were doing the PCT. It was only us 4 up there that early. Coming down the scree was so fun. Glissading down 2,000 was a blast. Not so much for my fiance as she was yelling at me in fear. All in all, not bad at all. as a day hike it would kick anyone's ass, backpacking and staying at trail Camp, the hike was not too bad. Until you come back to your car and your car battery is dead.

    Ricky Fell reviewed Clouds Rest Trail from Tenaya Lake

    3 months ago

    Beautiful hike. The switchbacks are devastating. Take your time, hydrate, snack half way through them. Once you're done with the switchback, it is an easy hike to the top. Coming down the switchbacks is not too fun. Trailhead gets packed. Get there early!

    Ricky Fell reviewed Griffith Peak Trail

    3 months ago

    Great hike! We did this hike a month ago. prior to all the smoke. Amazing views. lots of switchbacks. Once you get to the ridgeline, that is a great place for a break prior to the final straight up push to the summit.

    Ricky Fell reviewed Charleston Peak South Trail

    3 months ago

    South loop is a great trail. We love to backpack this hike as there is many sites along the way. This is a great beginner backpacking trip, I highly suggest it. Final push to the summit is the hardest part of the trail. Beautiful views!

    Ricky Fell reviewed North Mount Elbert Trail

    3 months ago

    Flew in from Vegas just to complete this Mountian. Me and my fiance have done many high elevation hikes, Boundary Peak (Nevada high point), Mt. Whitney, Charleston Peak, and many many more. I have never got elevation sickness. On Saturday we attempted this summit from black cloud trail and 3 miles in, I was throwing up, light headed, etc. Had to come back down to camp to sleep and hydrate. I was very upset as we had to head back to Vegas the following day. I said: I am not going home without doing Summiting this. The following morning we had woke at 330 am and hit the trail at 425-430 am. We made it to the summit at 7:45 am, took quick picks of the hazy horizon (smoke) and departed after 10 min on the summit (had a flight to catch). We were the second group to the summit that day. We made it back to the trail head at 10:12 am. Ran the last 500 yards to get to the trailhead before 10:15 for a great accomplishment. We brought a bottle of the oxygen that they sell everywhere you go, and it WORKS. You get your breath back immediately. Get an early start, wear warm clothing. The hike is really easy the first 1.5 miles. At the top of the tree line we had an average pack of 2.6 MPH, which slowed down after the tree line. That's when the climbing starts. We had a blast! The hike is a challenge, when you're in a hurry. The 3 false summits suck. Bring trekking poles and start early. When we were heading back down and made it back to the tree line, there was soooooo much traffic. Too many people underestimate this hike and start around 8 am. Get to the trailhead at 4 am and give yourself time. Happytrails.

    Ricky Fell completed North Mount Elbert Trail

    3 months ago