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    Member Since March 2015

    John Thompson Pro-red@3x

    Sonora, California 

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    John Thompson reviewed Old Stage and Soaproot Ridge Loop (Long Option)

    3 months ago

    Start at the Red Hills Recreation area parking lot and head counter clockwise. As other paths veer inward stay to the right keeping the circumference of the loop as large as possible. You will reach the parking area near Old Don Pedro Road and just keep going. The trail becomes an old gravel road for a ways and it seems like it's going too far but it's just your mind. Finally you will reach an area where you will have a view of the lake and the trail turns back. You will start seeing signs that say Soaproot Ridge, follow those back. it's a long way. It's rocky and dry and not a good place for an emergency. Be sure of your ability because it is every bit of 8 miles and tiring.

    John Thompson reviewed River Canyon Trail

    3 months ago

    Not as hard as I expected. Yes, there are a lot of trees across the trail at this time, but it's more than an inconvenience than anything. The trail itself starts at the Scenic Overlook. There are restrooms and parking at the trailhead. But remember, this is a state park and it costs $10. to get in so bring cash. Once you park, the trail is wide and easy to follow. It's more of a walk through the forest than a real hike. It is a steady decline to the river and an incline back out but nothing treacherous. It's a good bit of exercise, true, but not to be feared.

    John Thompson completed River Canyon Trail

    3 months ago

    John Thompson reviewed Twaine Harte Old Railroad Grade

    3 months ago

    Excellent walk. Shady and convienent.

    John Thompson reviewed Pueblo Alto Trail

    4 months ago

    I didn't know how long and muddy the road was going to be or I may not have attempted the drive in the winter. Get gas first because there is not any services at all nearby. However, the park was astonishing once I got to it and the Peublo Alto Trail was breathtaking. In the winter I had the whole park to myself. There is a welcome center and you must sign in and carry a permit.

    John Thompson reviewed Lake Eleanor Hike

    4 months ago

    I give this hike a 4 because of the remote and difficult access. I have hiked in from the parking area at Cherry Lake and I have driven to the trailhead which is closer. Still, it is a long drive from civilization. I even backpacked around the lake which took 3 days because of the rugged terrain without a trail. This is not advisable and I was fined for not having a wilderness permit. Once at Lake Eleanor, the walk in is worth it. It is quite pristine with pine covered islands. And the scenery is gorgeous.

    John Thompson reviewed Sonora Pass Scenic Drive: Sonora to US 395

    4 months ago

    Yes, this is one of the highest mountain passes and most beautiful in California. At the peak is a parking area and trail head. I love to ride over it on my motorcycle and have hiked to Sonora Peak from the parking area. Remember the Hwy is closed in the winter and sometimes does not open until June or July depending on snow levels. This is not a good road for heavy trailers or motorhomes as portions become very steep and winding as you near the summit.

    John Thompson completed Lake Eleanor Hike

    4 months ago

    John Thompson reviewed Peoria Flat

    4 months ago

    I gave it a 4 star rating because it is easy to find and was a decent workout. Just drive to the end of Old Melones Rd. to the gate and the parking area is right there next to the trailhead. Whether you start clockwise or counter you will have to ascend steeply for about 40 minutes or so. It levels out on top and becomes a pleasant walk with the lake in view. Then it's back downhill to the parking place. One reviewer said it seemed longer than 2.8mi and I agree. There was noone else in sight and the trail had no graffiti or trash about which was nice considering how over-used other trails in Tuol Co are becoming. This is definitely not one for 100 degree days as the ascent is somewhat strenuous, but when it is green and covered with poppies in the spring it's quite lovely.

    John Thompson completed Peoria Flat

    4 months ago

    John Thompson saved Kennedy Lake Trail

    over 2 years ago

    John Thompson completed Pueblo Alto Trail

    over 2 years ago

    John Thompson completed Bat Caves Buttes

    over 2 years ago

    John Thompson reviewed Fort Ord-Laguna Seca Trail

    over 2 years ago

    I give this trail 5 stars because it's easy to find with good parking, restrooms and information stations. I saw people running and bicycling or walking the hills with plenty of room for people of any fitness level. The trails are actually gravel roads with foot paths connecting them, but it is all well marked and maintained. Some paths are flat and easy but there are also steeper hills if you chose a greater challenge. There are many miles to explore here with trails splitting in different directions but nothing so daunting or confusing that anyone could get seriously lost. It's a great place for regular exercise that anyone visiting the area can easily find and enjoy with enough space to keep you exploring for several days.

    John Thompson completed Fort Ord-Laguna Seca Trail

    over 2 years ago

    John Thompson updated Pinecrest Peak Trail

    over 3 years ago

    John Thompson updated Pinecrest Lake National Recreation Area

    over 3 years ago

    John Thompson updated Preston Falls

    over 3 years ago

    John Thompson followed Melanie Ferrer

    over 3 years ago

    John Thompson updated Red Hills Loop

    almost 4 years ago

    John Thompson reviewed Pinecrest Peak Trail

    over 4 years ago

    Hi I made it to the peak from the the lake parking area. On the return I finished the loop around the lake and the entire walk was a little over 12 miles.

    John Thompson completed Pinecrest Peak Trail

    over 4 years ago

    John Thompson added Pinecrest Peak Trail

    over 4 years ago

    John Thompson completed Upper Natural Bridge Trail

    over 4 years ago

    John Thompson completed Dragoon Gulch Trail

    over 4 years ago

    John Thompson reviewed Dragoon Gulch Trail

    over 4 years ago

    Walked this with my friend and his 8 year old son who brought his bicycle. A lot of local people use this for a daily exercise trail because it's right in town. It's a little steep in places but there are occasional benches for resting and it's not too long. The trail is nicely maintained and convenient for Sonora residents.

    John Thompson completed Preston Falls Trail

    over 4 years ago

    John Thompson reviewed Preston Falls

    over 4 years ago

    John Thompson completed Calaveras South Grove Trail

    over 4 years ago

    John Thompson reviewed Arnold Rim Trail

    over 4 years ago

    The Arnold Rim Trail is a new trail that connects older existing trails and some dirt logging roads that are no longer in service into one very long trail. There are three main trail heads with enough parking for horse trailers, trucks and plenty of cars. This trail is very much a long walk through the forest. Mostly evergreens with oak mixed in. Be sure to visit the Arnold Rim Trail website to download a map. Although the trail is marked, there are many intersecting paths and old roads splitting and veering off everywhere along the way so it can become confusing at times staying on the true path. I would recommend a GPS for this one. If not, make sure to mark your trail as you pass through the various splits in the path, as this is long trail and it can be hard backtracking out the first few times. This is one of the better trails around for mt. biking. Not a lot of rocks for the most part and plenty long enough for a good workout. A nice place for horsebacking too. Shady in the summer with nothing too treacherous. The trail's highlights are Cougar Rock and The Top of the World. The best place to access the trail to find these spectacular vistas is the Valley View Drive parking area, which is near the middle of the trail. You can reach these spots on foot from the lower trail head on Avery Sheep Ranch Road but it's a good 8 to 9 miles total and steep for a long portion. I've done it, but it's not for the little ones or grandma. These vistas are breathtaking however and worth the effort. I will try to get back out there for some photos and a more accurate mileage estimate. The upper trail head near The Logging Museum is easiest to find but not as spectacular in my opinion. I give this trail 5 stars because of the tremendous amount of volunteer work done in creating and maintaining this magnificent trail and because of the length and beautiful location of this trail. The Arnold Rim Trail is still under construction and will continue expand which makes it even better still.

    John Thompson completed Arnold Rim Trail

    over 4 years ago