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    Vonda Peralez saved Shell Beach Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Vonda Peralez reviewed Sunday Peak Trail

    over 2 years ago

    This is a short steep hike. It's just over a mile and a half to the top. The trail is shaded most of the way. Trail is pretty well maintained. There are a couple of trees across the path but they are easy to get over. Make a sharp left at the sign (look up you'll see the sign on the tree). Once you get to the top you have to scramble up over a couple of boulders. It's not to bad. Would be better if the bushes were cut back. Then there'd be a direct path. The top is worth the effort. Make sure you sign the book in the jar. Take a moment to enjoy the vast view.

    Vonda Peralez completed Sunday Peak Trail

    over 2 years ago

    Vonda Peralez saved Sunday Peak Trail

    over 2 years ago

    Vonda Peralez saved Mount Pinos Trail

    over 2 years ago

    Vonda Peralez completed Mount Pinos Trail

    over 2 years ago

    Vonda Peralez completed First Creek Trail

    over 2 years ago

    Vonda Peralez completed Oasis of Mara Nature Trail

    over 2 years ago

    Vonda Peralez saved 49 Palms Oasis

    over 2 years ago

    Vonda Peralez reviewed 49 Palms Oasis

    over 2 years ago

    Vonda Peralez completed 49 Palms Oasis

    over 2 years ago

    Vonda Peralez reviewed Upper Yosemite Falls Trail

    over 4 years ago

    This hike was HARD. I thought I prepared for it but going 3.5 miles straight up takes a lot of training. It is literally straight up. I will say the views along the way and the top are all worth it. I was very tired once I got to the top so I didn't venture around much. I sat and had my lunch with a friendly squirrel. When I was still he would come up directly next to me and eat my Fritos out of the bag. I know it's not good for him but it was cute to watch. I eventually had to take them away from him before he developed high cholesterol. The hike down was probably more brutal on my knees and calves than the hike up. The rocks seemed very slippery on the way down. I highly recommend hiking poles for the descent. Take lots of water and enjoy!

    Vonda Peralez completed Upper Yosemite Falls Trail

    over 4 years ago

    Vonda Peralez reviewed East Fork Trail (Bridge to Nowhere)

    over 4 years ago

    1st time on this trail. The elevation gain was moderate but I found this trail to be a challenge for me. There were lots of different terrain to navigate. You went from packed gravel, to sand, climbing up/down boulders, stair steps, crossing the river several times, very narrow trails along the side of the mtn which is very sketchy, and back to gravel. It would be easy to get off trail but everyone along the way was helpful. Plus there are gold panners along the river who were very friendly. They helped us navigate the right way once. Thank God for them. We made it to the bridge where people were bungee jumping. That was fun to watch. The river was cool and refreshing. Our first crossing of the river we didn't dare get our feet wet by by the 3rd and 4th we were wading in it. Much easier since you're going to get your feet wet anyways. Most of the trail is exposed unless you leave VERY early in the morning. We were on the trail by 8am and we were in the sun about 80% of the way back. Take lots of water if you're going to do the hike all the way to the bridge. It's 4.7 from the parking lot to the bridge according to my Garmin. There is a Cafe/Store on your way back at Camp Williams. They have every cold drink you can think of. That little place saved my life lol

    Vonda Peralez saved Ice House Canyon Trail

    almost 5 years ago

    Vonda Peralez completed Eaton Canyon Trail

    almost 5 years ago

    Vonda Peralez reviewed Wind Wolves Preserve

    almost 5 years ago

    I was really pleased with my choice this last weekend with Wind Wolves Preserve. This is a PRIVATE preserve. The rangers there were very friendly. I meet a group of friends there early Saturday morning. I was surprised how many people were there. The preserve is free and accepts donations. We choose the Canyon View Trail. It was a moderate/easy trail. We had to cross the running creek several times which was a lot of fun. We hiked five miles out then turned around just after Reflection Pond. Of course due to the drought, Reflection Pond was dry. We took the road/trail back which cut off two miles of our hike. This is an exposed trail with little to no trees. I wouldn't recommend this hike during the mid-day/afternoon with the Valley heat. It was a perfect weather day for us but later in the year it will be hot. Only downside was we didn't see any wildlife except the birds and some sheep. Overall a great place to go especially for families.

    Vonda Peralez reviewed Echo Mountain Trail

    almost 5 years ago

    This is not a beginner course. At least not to me. The trail takes you up to a hotel ruins. The trails are steep in spots and well maintained. The width is a little wide at parts and narrow for only one person in others. It's a busy trail with hikers, runners, and dog walkers. I suggest you wear the right shoes for this course. We wanted to go up to Inspiration Point but it was very foggy so we didn't see the point. Bring your jacket and don't forget your camera. I can't wait to come back and do this one again.