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    Stephanie Bradshaw completed Barker Valley Spur Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Stephanie Bradshaw completed Balboa Park

    over 1 year ago

    Stephanie Bradshaw completed Lake Hodges Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Stephanie Bradshaw completed Cedar Creek Falls Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Stephanie Bradshaw completed Ho Chi Minh Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Stephanie Bradshaw completed Grimes Glen

    over 1 year ago

    Stephanie Bradshaw completed Pictograph Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Stephanie Bradshaw saved Pictograph Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Stephanie Bradshaw saved Grimes Glen

    over 1 year ago

    Stephanie Bradshaw reviewed Three Sisters Waterfalls Trail

    over 1 year ago

    This is our family's all-time favorite hike in Southern California. I love the fact that it feels remote and relatively "untouched" compared to many other local trails. The more technical sections of the trail are the best parts -- they add a little bit of a challenge, and make it interesting. Take plenty of water, and I would recommend going on a weekday during the winter months. We were last there in February 2017 (after weeks of heavy rains in the region), and the water flow was huge compared to when we had previously gone in early June 2016. Our kids love this hike too. Our youngest was 7 when we first did it -- it's a challenge for young kids (especially the long hike uphill at the end of the day when they may be worn out). Our kids could do this hike just fine, but they are more experienced hikers/climbers than many other children their ages. And making sure everyone has a substantial lunch and plenty of water is really important. We also keep an additional large jug of water in our car in case anyone is out of water by the time we finish the hike. And because we went on a cool/windy day in February, our two big dogs did just fine on the trail too (I would not consider taking dogs anytime when it is hot or even warm out).

    I sincerely hope that the forest service never decides to "improve" this trail. This trail is great just how it is, and the fact that some people make poor choices to hike this trail without enough water, or when it's too hot out, or when drinking alcohol, and then need to be rescued, will only multiply if they try to make this trail more accessible and "safe." People need to be smart and come prepared, understand the risks of a few challenging parts on the trail, and decide for themselves if it's right for their skill level and if it's worth the risk to them (just like on any other trail). I love that this place feels somewhat "wild," even while sharing the trail with some other hikers. And I hope that we can keep it that way.

    Stephanie Bradshaw completed Ladder Canyon Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Stephanie Bradshaw completed Painted Canyon Drive

    over 1 year ago

    Stephanie Bradshaw saved Ho Chi Minh Trail

    over 1 year ago