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    Russell Uresti reviewed Four Mile Beach

    4 months ago

    This isn't much of a hike on its own, but it's a great way to end a hike at Wilder. After doing the Enchanted Loop, I headed down to 4 Mile Beach via this trail. The beach is a great place to relax after a long hike.

    Russell Uresti completed Four Mile Beach

    4 months ago

    Russell Uresti completed Glacier Point Trail

    4 months ago

    Russell Uresti reviewed Round Top Loop Trail to Volcanic Trail to Skyline Trail Loop

    4 months ago

    This area isn't bad, but it's also not great. I think if you live in this area, this is a nice place to go when you want to get out and don't have a lot of time. I'm a bit further out, so I doubt I'll be back. The trails are okay, pretty moderately trafficked. You'll see hikers, bikers, and a good number of dogs (that are of leash). The views at the top along Volcanic Trail are also okay - they're a nice little bonus if you're just out here for the activity, but I wouldn't count them as a draw to come here.

    Biggest issue: very limited parking.

    Russell Uresti reviewed Canyon View Trail to Little Yosemite

    4 months ago

    How to make this hike easier: go counter-clockwise to avoid the steep incline at the start of Canyon View Trail.

    How to make this hike more difficult: add in McCorkle Trail to Cerro Este Road. Clockwise, this only adds a bit more elevation at a fairly gradual pace. Counter-clockwise, this adds a good amount of elevation that matches about the same incline as if you started Canyon View Trail clockwise (a.k.a. it's a decent challenge). This also adds about a mile to the hike.

    What I Liked: The views on Cerro Este Road are really nice. I also like the trail portion of Canyon View Trail between Cerro Este and Geary Road; it's partly shaded and only lightly trafficked. It's also nice that there are several spots to get down into the water along Geary Road. Finally, if you take McCorkle Trail, that trail has some really nice views on the way to it's peak where you can see the lake in the distance.

    What I Didn't Like: The Geary Road portion is a road where people drive. There weren't a lot of vehicles on this portion, but a couple did pass me.

    Overall: It's a nice hike that's a bit strenuous. The trail goes from heavily trafficked in some parts to lightly trafficked in others. At some points, I would go half an hour and not see anyone. At others, I'd pass 5 or 6 whole families in the span of a few minutes.

    Russell Uresti added Sibley

    4 months ago

    Russell Uresti added Saturday Trails

    5 months ago

    Russell Uresti updated Holandsmelen

    5 months ago

    Russell Uresti updated Holandsmelen

    5 months ago

    Russell Uresti updated Holandsmelen

    5 months ago

    Russell Uresti reviewed Holandsmelen

    5 months ago

    This trail has a bit of a multiple personality disorder going on. The start of it is through a wooded area, which then turns into crossing a boggy bit of land, before finally ascending the mountain which has a bit of a rocky scramble at the top.

    This trail is largely unmarked, and a bunch of footpaths go off in every direction at different points. I actually got lost after reach the top and made my way back down the wrong side of the mountain, where I had to cross a wire fence to get back to the main road.

    At the start, you'll park alongside the main road - Google Maps has the area listed as Holandsmelen Parking. From there, you'll pass through a gate that makes it seem like someone's property, but that's the right path. The middle and end of this trail is rather exposed, so keep that in mind and don't forget your sunscreen.

    This trail has a big payoff, though, with wonderful 360 degree views. Holandsmelen is a lone mountain in this area, so it offers a great view of all the surrounding flatlands, including a great view of some beautiful beaches.

    Russell Uresti updated Holandsmelen

    5 months ago

    Russell Uresti reviewed Fire Wave Trail

    5 months ago

    It's a pretty nice hike and if you're already at the park, it's worth seeing. Parking is crowded. The patterns the rocks make are pretty cool. Downside is that, until the end, there's not much to see along this trail.

    Russell Uresti completed Fire Wave Trail

    5 months ago

    Russell Uresti reviewed Canyon Overlook Trail

    5 months ago

    I think this is a fun little hike. Requires a bit of effort and skill. Wouldn't recommend for everyone, but should be fine for large majority. Keep a close eye on kids.

    Russell Uresti completed Canyon Overlook Trail

    5 months ago

    Russell Uresti reviewed The Zion Narrows Riverside Walk

    5 months ago

    I feel like this is just "okay" - it's highly trafficked so there will always be a ton of people around. On the flip side, though, that means it's very accessible.

    Russell Uresti updated Bunes Beach

    5 months ago

    Russell Uresti updated Bunes Beach

    5 months ago

    Russell Uresti updated Bunes Beach

    5 months ago

    Russell Uresti reviewed Bunes Beach

    5 months ago

    Bunes Beach is very scenic and very isolated. To get here, you first have to take a ferry from Reine to Vindstad, and those only run twice a day (usually once in the morning for drop-off, and once in the afternoon for pick-up).

    The trail is rather easy, with only a bit of steepness at the end, before the beach. The trail is well-marked, considering how isolated and lightly trafficked this is. It starts in the town of Vindstad, as soon as you get off the ferry. As you walk through the town, there will eventually be a sign that points you to the left and the real "trail" part of this trail starts. Most of it is at a mild incline, which kicks up a bit just before you reach the beach (though I wouldn't call this "steep"). Then a quick decline to get you onto the sand part of the beach. To get to the actual water, though, it's about another 10-15 minute walk. At the end, you end up on a very lovely white sand beach surrounded by glacier mountains (which can also be hiked, if you plan on camping overnight).

    This is Norway, so it goes without saying that you can camp here. Most people just do this hike as a day trip, but there will be a few people who stay behind to hike the peaks alongside the beach (which offer great views themselves).

    Russell Uresti updated Bunes Beach

    5 months ago

    Russell Uresti reviewed Tjeldbergtinden

    5 months ago

    A short hike, but I wouldn't describe it as easy as there are areas of pretty steep incline. But once you make it to the top, the views are spectacular in pretty much all directions - especially over Svolvaer and the ocean.

    I went at midnight, during the summer, to view the midnight sun.

    Russell Uresti updated Tjeldbergtinden

    5 months ago

    Russell Uresti reviewed Stanford Dish Loop Trail

    5 months ago

    I will start off by saying that this trail wasn't for me, so you can take what I say with a grain of salt.

    Who this trail is for: the whole family (saw several groups of large families with children of all ages - even parents pushing strollers), track runners (solo or group), small groups looking to chit-chat while getting a bit of fresh air and exercise.

    Who this trail isn't for: anyone looking for a bit of adventure, people looking to get out into nature (the paved path and tons of people kind of ruin the experience there).

    The trail is rather easy, but it does have hills and areas of pretty decent incline/decline - this probably wouldn't be good for someone with bad knees. Other than that, it's pretty much all-ages. The path is wide and paved smooth. At the high points, there are pretty nice views (nothing exceptional or anything that will make you stop and say "wow", but this trail isn't really for the views). There isn't really any tree coverage, so take that into account during sunny/hot days. Also, the trail is marked "highly trafficked" for a reason - there are tons of people here.

    The biggest thing this trail has going for it is location. If you're near Stanford, this is an easy place to get to that offers outdoor activity with minor exertion. There are several entrances, and while there is a decent amount of parking at them, they're often very full (as I said, lots of people).