Explore the most popular Parks in California with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
snow
40 minutes ago

The trail is snow free until the intersection to head down to Lake of the Woods. After that it is basically 100% woods. You don’t need snowshoes, but they can help. My feet stayed dry the whole time in ankle high waterproof boots. Lake Aloha and Lake of the Woods are both completely frozen still. If you’re planning to camp at Aloha, you get your choice of snow or a big flat rock.

hiking
43 minutes ago

Awesome, awesome view! If you go all the way to the end of the trail where there’s a 4ft y’all stack of rocks, you’ll have 180 degree view! It’s stunning! You really have to pay attention to the stacked rocks because it’s easy to get off trail.

ditto of everyone else, as i see why this is such a popular hike. get there early if going on a weekend, as parking goes fast

hiking
no shade
rocky
52 minutes ago

To avoid $10 entry fee we went High MTN rd & parked at Boy Scouts Camp French. Dune Vista was steeper/harder than we thought (oops almost did 7mi.) & the 80 degrees didn’t help but we didn’t quit! Great views of Lopez Lake from the other side. Trail was overall maintained. Trails need more signage big time! We couldn’t find the way up to the 2nd big MTN. Next part of the trail must’ve been closed or not maintained ... so we had to do Winterburg Trail back to the trailhead. Thanks to @alltrails we didn’t get lost. Also camelbacks, bug spray & hats are a must.

hiking
59 minutes ago

Easy trail- we enjoyed this one immensely. Pretty remote, did come across any other hikers. Trail was clear and clean and wide enough for this family of 5. We did not do the entire thing but enjoyed the shoreline and cut into the trees a bit to catch some shade and cooler air (picture shared)

hiking
bugs
no shade
1 hour ago

Did this trail due it being one of the few that are open in my area during this pandemic. This is a lackluster trail to say the least. The views are nonexistent and there is little to no water so definitely load up on water if you are thinking about doing this trail. Go early as there is little to no shade. As is to be expected as you’re one a ridge. I only came across 2-3 streams/puddles that were stagnant. You also have a grueling road walk down to the trailhead as the gate is closed which is a killer on your way back to the car. The only decent thing this trail offered was the view from the bridge. You can make your way down to the water if you make a left once you cross the bridge. But you’re also comforted with signs that say “make your way to higher elevation once you hear sirens” as that means the dam was opened and water will soon be rushing into the area. Along with photos of what it can look like in minutes of being opened.

Easy Parking and paved walkway for the most part. Some trees are fallen and does make it harder. it overall really nice shaded walk. Can get busy with anglers and bbq'ers. Day use area is nice. Kid friendly....go Counter clock wise.

Beautiful trail! The caves are so much fun to crawl through. Gorgeous views. We saw a California Condor which was incredible. Bring water shoes for the caves. A lot of the trail is pretty exposed, so plenty of water and sun protection is essential. Overall a great way to see a large portion of the park in one day!

hiking
muddy
snow
1 hour ago

5/23/2020 - Great hike but we only made it about 2.5 miles in. At that point we hit large patches of snow that covered the trail. Otherwise views were great and trail wasn’t hard to follow. We’ll try again when more snow has melted!

hiking
icy
rocky
scramble
snow
1 hour ago

You probably want to be in decent shape for this one. It’s steep and at high elevation so breathing can be difficult if you aren’t used to it. Fun hike in the snow but things can get bad quickly if you are not prepared. As of 5/24/2020 there was snow most of the way to the peak. Once you really start climbing, stay on the dirt trail. The snow is icy and slippery on the steep slope and someone could very easily slide down the entire hill or cause an avalanche. I tried to do the whole loop ending on PCT but once I got across the peaks I lost the trail. Lots of people hiking up with regular shoes. I highly recommend trail shoes or hiking boots, poles, and a map. You shoes will get wet!! The closer you get to the top, the more you are scrambling up rocks and they slide under you on the way down. Also saw some bear tracks in the mud.

walking
1 hour ago

The trail is pretty well maintained and there is parking. The pond is at .5 miles with some anglers. Was close to the road at some points so was a bit noisy. The trail does passes the pond and gets kind of boring after that. Nice walk overall,not to busy. Watch out for Ticks.

so beautiful!

Great trail Great views fun to ride. It is pretty steep. On our way back we took Grizzly Flats down to the FWY 2 and head back to the ranger Station where we parked. 18 miles ride awesome

Solid hike overall. There were a few pretty overgrown sections with a fair amount of thistle and other thorny plants, so I recommend bringing tights/long pants for those areas (although shorts were great for 85-90% of the hike. The elevation change throughout was very manageable as well. I recommend doing the redwoods section in the morning and the beach walk in late morning/early afternoon, so the fog burns off.

hiking
rocky
snow
1 hour ago

Overall, I truly enjoyed this hike. It gave great views and the overall elevation was not very strenuous ( we had a 9 and 13 year old with us and they hung in there). A little past mile 3, it was a little difficult to find the trail due to the snow conditions. I definitely recommend downloading the map before you hike this trail. It definitely helped knowing how far off the trail we got when the conditions were quite snowed over. Also, for the current trail conditions, have a solid pair of waterproof hiking boots. This saved my feet and I was not miserable. A good pair of hiking boots will also help with the rocky terrain. Bats of luck and enjoy the views.

ohv/off road driving
1 hour ago

It was a very enjoyable trail, found a great spot to stop for a moment and picnic with the family. Parts of the trail have a lot of gravel. Very light traffic even on the weekend. For the most part it’s easy

hiking
1 hour ago

Easy my kids love it hear!

hiking
no shade
1 hour ago

Loved this trail..... enjoyed the view. Horses and bikes are around too.

Perfect hike for leisure and to enjoy nature. Lots of vegetation, trees, and creeks. Will be back again. Be ware for possible poison oak.

3.5/5 Half of the loop, via Fern and Sage, has pretty standard views of Carmel Valley up until the peak. Nothing particularly special. The other half though, via Garza’s Canyon and Waterfall Trail, has these really magical giant trees covered with dangling moss that look straight out of a storybook, and an interesting part with huge boulders. The trail was difficult, with steep incline pretty much the whole way through. We were warned about lots of poison oak as well. Not my favorite, especially given the beautiful ocean side hikes nearby.

It was a great trail but not maintained all the way. Some places were so much overgrown that it was very hard to find the trail. The trail has view all through its way. Wearing full sleeve will help pass through those over grown area without any scratches on your body. I recommend taking the clockwise way: ridge trail, panorama trail and bluff trail on your way back.

running
rocky
1 hour ago

This trail is certainly a gem and you can link this all the way to Monticeto. I use it to train for hikes in the sierras however the freedom this trail provides is worth its weight in gold. This year the trail is in amazing shape and certainly appreciate the all the work the crews put in.

mountain biking
1 hour ago

Went here for a family hike with our little dog. Very easy route for kids 10 years and under. Went mountain bike here with my MTB. It’s an easy trail. Lots of shades. Parking is very odd because you park at a school and walk/bike through a neighborhood to get to the trail.

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