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    Tatiana C reviewed Mount Whitney via Mount Whitney Trail

    26 days ago

    I was here on May 19. Got all the information about trail condition as well as about recent lethal accident from MtWhitney Portal forum. And I’m so glad I did. This is where I learnt that switchbacks were still frozen and anyone who plans to make it to the summit has to use an axe and crampons. Considering I have zero self arresting skills with an axe and didn’t have time to acclimate for this high elevation, I decided to keep it safe on this solo hime and uturn on 7.5 miles into the trail. Plus it was thundering and heavily snowing. I do not regret this decision and hope to come back in summer or after I pick up some mountaineering skills.
    Also I did Kearsarge Pass a day before and had a high altitude sickness. So a lesson learnt for the next time is to arrive two days earlier and acclimate camping in higher altitude. Physically its not that difficult to do an entire trail on a day hike but for people who live at the sea level like me, its necessary to acclimate.
    I went off the trail by mistake around mile 7 next to the sign of Trail Meadow. Just followed some footprints in the snow and ended up on a side of the trail and had to climb up to catch the trail and cross the snow pack with a creek running under it. Extremely stupid idea.
    All well that ends well, but I’m sharing this notes for others. Mt Whitney in May is both beautiful and treacherous .

    Tatiana C saved Moro Rock Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Tatiana C reviewed Kearsarge Pass Trail to Kearsarge Lakes

    about 1 month ago

    Just completed it today May 18.
    Amazing view throughout the trail and not just the pass itself. Beautiful lakes and some at higher elevation were still frozen. Most snow has melted and it was very easy to see the trail. Less than a mile of the trail was still under the snow.
    We also met some PCT thru hikers on the way to resupply at Independence. The trail just keeps going west and I would love to camp here one day and just keep going. But we still made a beautiful day hike out of it.
    Saw a marmot , my first encounter.
    It is not an easy trail, but if you are cardio prepared, the reward are the views and entire experience of being out there and going thru snow in May.

    Tatiana C saved Twin Lakes Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Tatiana C saved Mill-Castle Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Tatiana C saved Rough Ridge

    about 1 month ago

    Tatiana C saved Mammoth Crest Traverse Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Tatiana C saved Keet Seel Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Tatiana C saved Arch Rock to Secret Beach

    about 1 month ago

    Tatiana C saved Upper Antelope Canyon Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Tatiana C reviewed Yellow Mountain Trail

    2 months ago

    Very well marked trail. Some trees are down after Irma.
    Pretty sleep elevation gain, so it was a great work out. We did it on a foggy rainy Sunday and didn’t meet any single person.
    Flowers along the way and mossy trees.

    Tatiana C completed Yellow Mountain Trail

    2 months ago

    Tatiana C saved Yellow Mountain Trail

    2 months ago

    Tatiana C reviewed Panthertown Backcountry Loop

    2 months ago

    Rather easy, less than 1000 feet elevation gain trail.
    We were here on a weekend , so met some people but it was not crowded.
    Beautiful waterfalls.
    The whole trail sparkles! You need to witness it in order to understand it.
    Be prepared for several water crossings specially in wet season. .

    Tatiana C reviewed South Kaibab to Phantom Ranch to Bright Angel Trail

    3 months ago

    I did this amazing trek on March 17, 2018.
    Started at 6:30am and finished almost at 3pm stopping for a short lunch down by Colorado river and some rest at Indian Garden.
    I did an acclimating hike down Bright Angel trail the day before just to see what those switchbacks were about. Good physical shape and some mental preparation and great spirit was all needed to complete it without huffing and puffing and enjoy every single moment. Amazing views on every spot of the trail. I got lucky with weather as it was in 60s down in canyon and in high 40s up closer to the rim and clear skies. The next day however it snowed and snowed a lot so that last 2-3 miles were covered in snow. So be prepared for a turn in the weather and have layered clothing, snow chains and trekking poles and plenty of water and snacks. If you did hikes in the mountains before, you can do this one too!
    My Garmin Fenix watch clocked over 20 miles and over 4700 elevation gain on the ascent by Bright Angel.
    Definitely start as S Kaibab as the trail there is more rugged and you want to go down there not up.
    There are restrooms and emergency phones at least in 5 spots on the way.

    Tatiana C reviewed Dipsea Trail from Muir Woods to Stinson Beach

    4 months ago

    The only way to the trail head we could find is through the main park entrance and then taking bridge number 4 and Ben Johnson trail up where it intersected with Dipsea trail. We followed the Dipsea trail sign after that but it looped and we noticed from Garmn navigation device that we were only a mile away from the car at some point. So we had an option of taking the road and coming back to the car or going back the same way we came in. So most probably we were on a sort of different route but still enjoyed climbing up and later descending in redwood forest as well as distance Pacific views from the top. Even came across a deer.
    The trail was crowded and full of trail runners who ran despite the risk of tripping hazard. One of them ended up falling and bleeding...ouch

    Tatiana C reviewed Dipsea Trail from Muir Woods to Stinson Beach

    4 months ago

    The only way to the trail head we could find is through the main park entrance and then taking bridge number 4 and Ben Johnson trail up where it intersected with Dipsea trail. We followed the Dipsea trail sign after that but it looped and we noticed from Garmn navigation device that we were only a mile away from the car at some point. So we had an option of taking the road and coming back to the car or going back the same way we came in. So most probably we were on a sort of different route but still enjoyed climbing up and later descending in redwood forest as well as distance Pacific views from the top. Even came across a deer.
    The trail was crowded and full of trail runners who ran despite the risk of tripping hazard. One of them ended up falling and bleeding...ouch

    Tatiana C saved Devils Bridge Trail

    5 months ago

    Tatiana C saved Secret Canyon Trail

    5 months ago

    Tatiana C saved Wilson Mountain Trail

    5 months ago

    Tatiana C saved Inca Trail Trek

    5 months ago

    Tatiana C saved Hidden Forest Trail

    5 months ago

    Tatiana C reviewed St. Francis Trail

    5 months ago

    We completed the east portion of the trail and camped by the river at St Francis in mid January. West part of the trail was still too wet and muddy, so we returned back the same way we came avoiding the swampy part of the loop.
    Weather was beautiful with 55 during the day and 39 degrees at night. Starry night sky, beautiful nature with unfortunate signs of human presence in the form of dropped cans and food wraps that we picked up on the way back.
    No mosquitoes. Saw remains of armadillo who became someone’s dinner and presence of bears , but no bears themselves. Still very glad we hanged the food and garbage high up on the tree branch at night. Saw a white tail deer.
    There is nothing left of town of St Francis. The nature claimed it back completely.

    Tatiana C completed St. Francis Trail

    5 months ago

    Tatiana C saved Castle Trail

    6 months ago

    Tatiana C saved St. Francis Trail

    6 months ago

    Tatiana C reviewed Myakka Hiking Trail Partial Loop

    6 months ago

    Great hike with interesting landscape and change of scenery from prairie to woods to swamps. We hiked this trail at the beginning of Dec 2017. Only encountered people at their campsites , not on the trail. So its very uncrowded.
    Ended up finding the way back to our campsite under a full moon, which was not that easy but quite adventurous.
    Plenty of wildlife: , deer, a hog, a rabbit and birds