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Kinda just went and did it. Wish we had prepared for the hike. Went @halfway to river and headed back. Well be back to finish. Gorgeous landscapes... just when you’ve had enough exposure you’re blessed with shade.

I'll do this trail again when there's actual water in the creek/waterfall.

Great hike for me and my three boys. Intended to get to Upper but outflow was higher than I wanted. Hiking in soaking shoes and socks would not have been fun. Caught lots of 6-7 brookies on elk hair caddis.

25 days ago

Great trail. Very diverse from one side to the other.
Not listed as a mountain biking trail. Found out the hard way in the last 1/2 mile when an old lady let me have it!
Beautiful for hiking!

Easy did this can't wait to go back

hiking
25 days ago

It was a great local trail in Tehachapi. Be ready for a steady, steep incline for most of the way. However, the views and solitude are worth every step.

Only did an out & back of ~6mi from Crescent Meadow as a shortish day hike - enjoyed it, for sure. That section is easy going with a well-defined path, a couple of small water flows, and some great scenery from Eagle's Peak. Saw only a few other hikers on a summer weekday late afternoon.

Of note: I read another guy's comment regarding the gnats/horse flies/mosquitos and gaffed it off. Truth: they are no joke. The way out was no big deal, but coming back closer to sunset was ridiculous. They were flying in my ears, nose, and I'm pretty sure I swallowed a couple. Apparently, they can't be outrun either. Trust me, I tried. I'm happy that this trail is lightly traveled, because anyone crossing my path would've seen a real-life reenactment of Tommy Boy as I flailed my arms and sprinted through the forest like a crazed lunatic.

Also came across a black bear near my turnaround. We paused, stared blankly at each other, then he galloped away like a 250lb furry marmot.

We made it to the summit on 7/17/18. It was the most beautiful hike I've ever been on! It was long and difficult because we did it in a day. I just turned 65 and wanted to accomplish something really cool. Mt. Whitney was the perfect choice!

hiking
25 days ago

lots of trails to explore here with ample shade and a little Creek, nice area to picnic, your in the mountains it's peaceful yet very close to urban areas, you wouldn't even know it.

The area in general is interesting to explore, but this trail in particular is kinda meh. Good for a walk after breakfast in Martinez.

hiking
25 days ago

Nice hike, path a little hard to follow and was easy to moderate til you get to the downhill part to get to the water. we had 4 children with us (ages 3 and 6), a little stressful, but in the end totally worth it. We stayed in the little water hole opposite of the jump off area. Perfect for the kids and it was like our own personal water hole. If bringing younger kids expected to carry them and to be on high alert with them. Can't wait to come back!!!

Great hike ,was a bit challenging but worth it when we got to Duck Lake. Beautiful wildflowers and Thankfully no mosquitos !

hiking
25 days ago

This was a decent hike. Took my dog for an overnight trip. The first few miles are beautiful through the forest along the river with slight elevation changes. The last mile or so is all uphill pretty steep. I was carrying 60lbs of gear on my back which made it pretty difficult. Got to the lake right after sunset, and it wasn’t the best lake, more like a pond with kinda dirty water and no easy access except through the marsh.

Overall, it was a nice hike, although next time i wouldn’t start the ascent to the “lake”, it wasn’t worth it. I did catch a fish though!

What a beautiful trail! It was an easy hike (minus the heat towards the afternoon hours) When we got back to the car it was was well over 100 degrees. So with that said, preparation is key! If you have a dog, make sure you bring booties to protect his feet because the last mile is exposed to direct sunlight and the hot ground will burn his pads. Also, bring enough water! Whether it be 3+ liters or a filter. The hike to the bridge is worth it. So pretty. We were lucky enough to have the swimming holes to ourselves under the bridge for about two hours.

There is a lot of trash in the beginning (diapers, tampons, etc) Pack in and pack people!! Let’s protect our environment. That’s my biggest pet peeve with hiking anywhere within driving distance of the city.

hiking
25 days ago

Love this trail. Beautiful scenery along the trail that finally opens up to an amazing meadow, the likes of which I had never seen growing up in Vegas. I don't think we actually made it to the upper lake because we couldn't really tell where the trail continued from, but we were certainly satisfied with what we did see. The first climb at the beginning can be hard, but then it gets pretty easy.

A lovely, short hike that offers some pretty views along the way and an oasis at the end.
Having started with the Ryan Mountain hike in the morning, we only got here at around noon and hiked out at about the same time that everyone else was coming back. As one would expect, it gets really hot in June (110+) but the hike isn't long and the oasis offers some shadow to rest in before heading back, making it doable even in summer. As always when hiking in a desert, just make sure that you carry a lot of water and wear a hat.

ENDLESS. SWITCHBACKS. I really enjoyed this hike because I don't really have any beef with switchbacks. But once you start scaling the granite face, there's no shade or cloud cover, so if you're hiking in the dead of summer (like we were) you need to make sure you have a lot of water (2-3 L/person). The view from the top was great and it was really cool to be able to get close to the fall (though, that was a bit scary to me).

The top falls are worth the hike. Smoke every where right now because of the Ferguson Fire. south part of the park a little bit better.

A nice hike that doesn't take very long and offers some nice views of both the Joshua Trees and a lake/dam. The dam mostly dries up in summer but the area still remains greener than anywhere else in the park that I've seen and is certainly worth the hour or so that this hike takes.

I love it! All the hikers are very friendly. Great workout. Light traffic

Beautiful view, hilly but not too difficult.

Super fun and definitely worth the view! Tougher than it seems but if you’re an active person you won’t have problems

rock climbing
25 days ago

Most amazing hike I’ve ever done! Be sure to get a hiking permit from the national park website. They have a park ranger at the cables making sure that if you climb to the top, that you have a permit. If you start from half dome village and go to the top of half dome and back down...it’s about 18.5 miles round trip. Prepare yourself.

Tips:
At least 3 liters of water
Harness with carabiner or some way to clip in to the cables.
Rubber gripped gloves to climb the cables
Extra socks
Gu energy as snacks
Hiking poles are not a must but a HUGE help.

Go slow and drink lots of water. And don’t quit!

I loved this hike! Lots of shade to cool under and it’s a quiet hike. This place is beautiful! No one was on the trail when I went so all I was able to hear was the animals in the bushes, birds chirping and lizards moving around. The first time getting here I didn’t know there was a $5 day fee. I ended up just getting a annual pass all year so I can go back here. The camping spots are very pretty. Some have huge spots available with great shade!

walking
25 days ago

Short and easy trail but the pay off is that you can say you went to the original Adam West Batcave!

Very cool

Also saw a bunch of little animals on the way, which was fun.

hiking
25 days ago

great hike as all others have said. Hard going up the Ridge Trail for moderate hikers. Saw awesome falcon's fighting in the air for food, deer and their babies and beautiful ocean vistas. Beautiful spread of wildflowers- Trail easy to follow... lots of erosion on Panorama trail with a "fence" of poison oak. In fact, poison oak was doing very well on most of the trail. Best to keep appendages covered. bring plenty of water and wear good shoes

hiking
25 days ago

Fun, short little hike! Recommend in the morning to avoid the heat! Safe area. Trail head is across the street from the parking lot.

Tough hike for me as a beginner, but worth it. Bring water shoes for lower falls area. The rocks are sharp if you want to take a break and swim.

Great trail with great views of Lower and Upper Echo Lake. Just wish there wasn’t so many cabins along the shoreline.

walking
25 days ago

Went for an evening stroll and loved every second of it! Beautiful sunset and peaceful, not too many people.

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