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Stars go mostly to the lake that is kind of a secret gem. Very few people, very calm and pretty views. The trail is so easy. I’d recommend to run it and then enjoy the lake (in summer)

What a neat and unique hike in an urban area. Glen park is wonderful with rock formations and blackberry bushes throughout. Most importantly, it’s a dog friendly hike. We thoroughly enjoyed the views up top on twin peaks. A bit breezy, but a worthwhile trek.

I’ve done this trail from beginning to end and back again! A few times! I love all of it, the views are amazing and so are the trails and steps! It’s one that I will keep doing until I feel accomplished with my finish time, and even then, I will still do it because I personally like it!

Tried hiking around the lake. the map at the "lodge" or what ever the building is next to the parking lot clearly does not connect on the opposite side of the lake. but because of the map on this app we went for it. The north side is like a small four-wheeler trail that hugs the lake. it's pretty nice. Once you get to the other side (after crossing a river and bushwhacking) the trail on the south side of the lake is non-existent. followed the map on this app for a while hoping to pick up the trail. Never did. followed the coast of the lake until running into a really old service road that was so over-grown I would still consider it "bushwhacking". not really sure what this app or the map in the parking lot we're referring to on the south side. there is no trail.

stairs washed out for glass beach, but it has beautiful views

3 days ago

Very nice trail, shaded most of the way. Elevation gain is graduate and not too steep. Beautiful recreation spots at the top: picnic tables with lots of shade, placards to teach about the place, the Indian tribes who lived here (and still have ceremonies here) and the history, beautiful overlook, even a restroom at the top (also at the beginning). took us 4 hours with lots of stops and breaks.

Beautiful hike.

This hike is definitely intense. Hiked up on baldy trail and back down on devils backbone. Going up is tough is 4000 ft of just straight elevation imagine stair master x10. When you hit the green cabin (there is a little outhouse) you’re about halfway. It’s gets harder after this. The summit is really cool. Great view. Down devils backbone is VERY narrow be extra careful but it’s totally doable. I think this is the best way down opposed to baldy trail its not as intense. Long but not as intense. Plus there is the Mt baldy lodge where you can relax possibly take the ski lift back down if you wish.

Tips: bring at least 2 liters of water. Must wear hiking shoes. Trekking poles are very helpful.

BEST dog park in the Bay!

Had to take the shuttle in, I think 8 dollars round trip, but I think you can drive in before 830am but the road is narrow and buses are hard to get around. 10 dollars per car at the entrance pass the adventure center. Dogs need to be muzzled. Try not too take your dog if she/he is aggressive. Bus drivers don't like to take too many dog per trip so you may be asked to take the next bus. The drive is 30 miles. I have a lab so she barely fit underneath or in front of me. If you have a dog, make sure to get a seat. They have standing room but it's hard with a big dog.

Stop 6: Devil Postpile-0.5 miles; Rainbow Falls- extra 1.5-2miles (trail to lower falls is closed 2018) two viewpoints top of falls and lower falls viewpoints. First viewpoint to lower viewpoint is steep so climbing up is a pain. Trail itself is ok. Kinda up and down in elevation but not too steep. Well marked trail. Can deviate to the river to play in the water with dogs. You can also hike to the Mina--- Falls.

Stop 10: The other way to get in or get out: around 1 mile from rainbow falls. This trail is mildly challenging from falls to the stop so it's easier to walk down from this stop but you just see the falls. You are mostly gaining elevation coming back up. Pretty with wildflowers and Forest trees. Passes the PCT trail. There is a resupply general store here and a little restaurant that is heavily overpriced ($10+ hamburgers and $10 milkshakes)

The adventure center has tickets for the gondola and kid challenge structure/ rock wall. You can get a combo of gondola and shuttle 37 dollars each. Morning is best for gondola. No lines. But the food up there does not open till lunch. Summer time is for mountain/dirt bike and a beautiful view at the top. Construction at the top. The museum is nice for kids.

Cons: due to recent fires air quality and visibility was sub par.

It’s so confusing, followed the trail and we got lost.

Yes it’s been so hot this summer!! BUT this trail is nice and shady if you start as early as 6am. You would definitely need all terrain/hiking shoes. WATER and snack as well. Too many mountain bikers so Earphones headphones is not a good idea. Due to recent fires the view wasn’t as good but will definitely comeback!! Really liked the trail and if you’ve never hiked be ready for a great uphill downhill leg workout! :))

Didn’t notice any smoke today. Seems to be one of the few places unaffected by the fires.

Hiked this yesterday. Very low traffic, which was nice. Hazy at the top, got some weather for a few minutes. You can see smoke, but didn't interfere with the hike. It was a great day in the 70's, cooler at the top.

Very busy trail at the end of July. Yosemite Valley was closed due to fires. Which explained the heavier crowds in Mammoth Lakes. As on all trails, take plenty of water for everyone in your group. Try the west side of the river. Much fewer people.

Great hike for training. Doing Mt. Whitney in a couple of weeks and the consistent above 8K ft. helps.

hiking
6 days ago

What a beautiful trail!! What makes this trail special is the history about the trail which I’ll leave you in suspense so you’ve got to hike to see it. Great views. There is a herd of cows so just be on the lookout. I walked past 3 on the trail and lived to write this review so no biggie.

Easy trail for kids, you will want to swim and can. I have tried to come before and found the small day use lot full before, can't believe I got parking today. mid week, before 10am. got back to car at 12 and lot was full, and cars turning around. that being said, you can park along the road and rather than walk to the day use lot to start the trail, you will see trails leading into the lake from the road. hike is breath taking. lake is gorgeous.

We started at the Rainbow Falls trailhead off of the Red Meadows Shuttle stop #9 which is a shorter hike than this one (1.3 miles one way so 2.6 round trip) You can change it up on the way back and take the Reds Meadow Resort path back to Shuttle stop #10 which is recommended to get out because it is the last shuttle stop and usually fills up the shuttles leaving the area. The trail to the base of the Falls is closed now for 2018 for rerouting and restructuring and will reopen in 2019. Air quality was fine despite the fires but it was dry, hot and windy so bring enough water. The waterfall was beautiful and well worth the hike according to my seven year old!

Can anyone comment on the smoke at the top? I did Bighorn on Wednesday and the conditions weren't the best.

The waterfall is worth every step it took to get there!!

really good hike.
I actually did 12.4 mile total.
I started from Sam Trailway worked my way up to Inspiration
( I took the longer way) I liked the challenge. Came back down the same way I went up. You definitely need at least 3 or 4 liters of water in a hot day. Took a sandwich and orange and u survived lol.

Yes this hike is recommended for advanced hikers.

My husband and u went riding here and its the best trail so far and it's so beautiful!!I would definitely go here again

off road driving
11 days ago

Easy, very fun drive. Would not recommend stock cars for a few rocky areas, but stock SUV's are fine. If you are looking for great views and solitude, this road delivers.

Clip of Entire Trek: https://youtu.be/FV63mflPTIM

Paved and accessible, great views, lots of rest spots. Museum itself is a highlight too. Aggressively speeding bikers abounded, which was a little stressful. Distance is far greater than stated (maybe it would be accurate as point-to-point)

Comment on descending the Chapman trail: it was longer, narrower (above the camp site), at times washed out and a little sketchy, and with steeper sections than the main icehouse trail. Chapman was nicest below the camp site located about half a mile from its origin from icehouse. Was it worth less crowds? I was hot, tired, and the sharp rocky sections hurt my feet, so no for me.

Beautiful views and a fun day hike. I used this hike to train and test gear for an upcoming trip to Mt Langley. It was a good moderate hike. Nothing crazy. I will go back but next time I’ll approach from Idyllwild and skip the tram. Once was enough for me. Cheers

Great redwoods hike. Not too difficult, plenty of paid parking. The drive to the parking lot is narrow and windy but would definitely do again.

I'd rate this easy, not moderate...it's a levee trail after all and so basically level. We actually parked at Sunset State Beach (although you can park on the road side for free) and got to the trail via the 0.6 mile connector on the map. That is a private road through an organic farm and we planned to ask permission but never saw anyone. You could avoid this by entering about a mile up the trail at the Waste Water Treatment Plant where there is a dedicated parking area. The trail is actually a levee road, at least as far as we went to Main St. in Watsonville, mostly dirt but with a short paved section and is wide enough for two bike riders with the Pajaro River on one side and strawberry and cauliflower fields on the other.
Plus: we saw a big bobcat hunting on the river side.
Minus: we got punctures in all four tires from tiny thorns.

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