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    Shelia Stoneburner reviewed Palm Canyon Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Steep decent down in the sun. Of course younhave to climb it on the way back. The oasis however is maintained beautifully. Tree droppings are removed, the sand had been raked recently to get up the animal dropping (although watch step because the animals were busy adding waste), picnic tables in the shade and porta potties and trash cans. Nice place to sit and enjoy the scenery and the relaxing feeling. The trail goes following the creek so there's a lot more palms. We walked it until it started another steep assent to what I believe would have taken us to the stone pool but then turned around. I have some back troubles and it was just too much for me. Couple that with it was later in the afternoon and that part was all sun-it was just too hot. We walked back the way we came in the shade! The trail did connect with several other trails if you wanted to explore further.
    The top of the trail starts at the Trading Post which sells cold water and cans of Coke for $1. They also had various snacks and items like hot dogs. There's a short film playing on a loop at goes over the park history that you can watch while you eat your snack. A couple of humming bird feeders that had frequent visitors. A ranger sits at the head of the trail to answer questions. Friendly and willing to chat about the history of answer questions. No bathrooms with running water but porta potties at the top as well. They had hand sanitizer and outside there is a small station with soap and a foot pump gets enough water to rinse. $9 a person to get in. Past the potties there's a very short hike to a waterfall. I could see small portions of it but couldn't get a good luck because it was hidden by rocks and trees. Must be back at car by 4:30 and gone by 5.

    Shelia Stoneburner reviewed Andreas Canyon

    about 1 year ago

    Well maintained and well marked. There is a ranger at the trail head for questions. They are friendly and very willing to chat about its history, what you'll see etc. Trail walks along a small creek with cascades (I didn't see anything I would classify as a waterfall) and babbles along in areas. Amazing to be in the desert with that much water and the sounds. The creek is lined with palms and small bushes. Goes through areas with shade and some areas with none and its hot with little breeze until you go up so remember water, hats etc. A short steep area to go up but wonderful breeze at the top and great view. Disappointed that there's a fence that is out of place. Some club bought the property years ago and its private property. Would like to see the fence perhaps made to blend in or be hidden by plants. Porta potties only (stinky at the end of the season) but they keep hand sanitizer in them and there's a small station outside with soap that you use a foot pump to get enough water to rinse. Same at visitor center.

    Shelia Stoneburner completed Andreas Canyon

    about 1 year ago

    Shelia Stoneburner completed Palm Canyon Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Shelia Stoneburner reviewed Borrego Palm Canyon

    about 1 year ago

    Trail is relatively easy until the end where you have to scramble over rocks. Wear shoes with good traction. You also have to cross the steam a couple of times. Trail is marked well until near the end where we were left wondering where we should be. We made a few oops and had to turn back. There is zero shade or places to rest so wear a wide brimmed hat and take plenty of water. The oasis is pretty. You go from desert and killer sun to palm trees and shade. I would go earlier in the day than we did to save yourself some of the heat. Glad I went once but not a trip I would do again. There is a $10 fee. There's a yellow ticket to put in your window. A ranger did drive through and check for them when were coming back to our car.

    Shelia Stoneburner completed Borrego Palm Canyon

    about 1 year ago

    Shelia Stoneburner reviewed Ryan Mountain Trail

    about 1 year ago

    I'm not ashamed to say I'm a quitter. The trail was just
    Too steep for me. It gets hot quickly. The path is rock steps with small flat areas in between. I got maybe 1/3 way up and the view from there was ok but not great. Some flowering cacti along the way. Must be able to climb steep grades to do this one.

    Shelia Stoneburner reviewed Oasis of Mara Nature Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Nice cemented walk. Flat and easy. Goes by the fan palms. Went on the ranger walk with Cynthia which made it very worthwhile. She explained a lot of that weren't on the signs. Behind the Oasis visitor center so there is running water in the bathrooms!

    Shelia Stoneburner reviewed Keys View Loop to Inspiration Point Trail

    about 1 year ago

    There was so much haze there wasn't much to see. Per the signs due to pollution that's the norm. It says handicap accessible but it's a very steep incline both up and down so you'd want help. It is a cement sidewalk. Very windy and rather chilly. You want a windbreaker.

    Shelia Stoneburner reviewed Hidden Valley Nature Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Well maintained and marked. Moderate amount of effort is some places but most is easy. Nice views. Well worth the walk.

    Shelia Stoneburner reviewed Barker Dam Nature Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Easy walk with a well marked trail. Signs along the way tell you about the area. See the dam and watering trough from old cattle ranchers. Early May and there were many blooms. I saw lots of people with tennis shoes but the sand was loose in places and there some rock steps so I prefer hiking boots/shoes with better traction. Worth the view and minimal effort required.

    Shelia Stoneburner completed Ryan Mountain Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Shelia Stoneburner reviewed Skull Rock Nature Trail

    about 1 year ago

    The trail is an easy hike with a well marked trail. Takes you by a lot of the wildflowers that are blooming now. I'm not sure there was anything to cause me to want to do it again. You can park at skull rock and walk a short distance to see the same things and simply walk back the couple hundred feet.

    Shelia Stoneburner completed Skull Rock Nature Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Shelia Stoneburner completed Mastodon Peak Loop Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Shelia Stoneburner reviewed Ledges Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Decent hike. Nice overlook for fall colors when they finally turn.

    Shelia Stoneburner completed Ledges Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Shelia Stoneburner saved Ledges Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Shelia Stoneburner reviewed Watkins Glen

    over 1 year ago

    Beautiful as always. Despite the drought there is still a decent water flow. Some congestion at several areas due to people refusing to share the trail but all in all people are friendly and courteous. Trail for the gorge is well maintained. I did not take the rim trail because I enjoy the gorge view a lot more. Several Pokestops and gyms if you're into that. Women's bathrooms was in need of some repairs. Several stalls don't have a door, just a shower curtain. Others the doors weren't working well and the locks were missing screws so they were just falling off. $8 fee that is good at any other NY park for the day. I love it here and come every couple of years. Trail is not strenuous but does get wet with puddles.

    Shelia Stoneburner reviewed Ithaca Falls Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Fairly easy trail with a beautiful waterfall even during the drought. Worth a visit.

    Shelia Stoneburner completed Ithaca Falls Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Shelia Stoneburner reviewed Blackwater Falls State Park

    over 2 years ago

    Nice easy boardwalk to the falls. Nice view.

    Shelia Stoneburner completed Blackwater Falls

    over 2 years ago

    Shelia Stoneburner reviewed Yellow Birch Trail

    over 2 years ago

    Shelia Stoneburner completed Yellow Birch Trail

    over 2 years ago

    Shelia Stoneburner completed Brandywine Gorge Trail

    almost 3 years ago

    Shelia Stoneburner reviewed Brandywine Gorge Trail

    almost 3 years ago

    Very easy boardwalk trail can be taken directly to the falls. Great view with little effort although it's easy to continue on to see where the grist mill used to be. Too bad some people insist on going off trail-right by the sign asking them not to no less-and have started spray painting odd sayings and pictures to ruin the view. Was just there this past Saturday.