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on The Lighthouse Trail

hiking
3 hours ago

Great moderate difficulty trail. Not much shade so definitely be sun wear prepared. We encountered heavy winds, glad I packed my gator!

backpacking
4 hours ago

first, a note for backpackers: THERE ARE BEAR BOXES @ THE PINNACLES/BOOT CANYON/EMORY PK JUNCTION FOR BACKPACKERS TO STOW PACKS.

views are even better than from the rim, except for the annoying solar panels. the emory peak trail itself is only a ~1.5mi spur off the boot canyon/pinnalces junction, and that 1.5mi is relatively easy save for the last ~100 vertical feet. the last 100 is in part a technical climb that for some reason doesn't seem to be broadcast sternly enough to visitors. seriously, please be honest with yourself about your capabilities and those of your companions. don't endanger yourself and others by attempting the final scramble if it's not easily within your physical capabilities - imo, you should not do the last 100' unless you can complete a pull up, push up, and a dip (even when fatigued from a long hike) and you know for certain that you do not freeze when exposed to extreme heights. unfortunately, i imagine it's only a matter of time till people die up here and the route ends up scarred with chains like angels landing

hiking
5 hours ago

did this as an overnight solo recently, taking the south fork and pitching on the RG on day 1, then hiking out via north fork the following morning. it was a pretty crappy trip for several reasons, and i wouldn't do this hike again. the heat/sun exposure are a given, as is the need to hump in water, but footing on the trail is what makes it rate any harder than easy/moderate day hike. the trail starts in a wash and the footing doesn't ever really get much better - 90% of the trail is on various sizes of broken rock that makes for relatively slow progress, a reasonable amount is overgrown with thorny bushes/cactus (sort of similar to the Dodson), etc. this could all be fine if the pay off were fantastic, but frankly, 70-75% of the trail is ass ugly. 10% gives you the same view of the sierra del carmen as you have from the road, and 15-20% is pretty but not spectacular (i.e., no south rim or emory peak). the ugliness is probably part of what give the hike a remote feeling, because you think "nobody in their right mind would do this, of course i'm alone!" but on a per-mile basis, i actually saw more people here than on the OML. you'll get equal/greater feelings of solitude and magnitudes greater desert beauty in grand canyon, some of the utah parks, etc.

finally, as one other person noted - beware the wind. i bumped into some rangers who noted that extreme winds stir up "every time a cold front comes in." the wind down at the RG bent the poles of my copper spur 1, and the "sand" down by the river is actually very fine powdered clay that will blow right through tent mesh and coat everything / sting your eyes / make breathing normally impossible. of the three groups camped by the water while i was there, i and at least one other group were both up tinkering with stakes/tie-outs at 1am, and i and another group both left at 6am to GTFO.

Decent trail

trail running
8 hours ago

This is one trail in a system of trails called "Canyonlands". The Canyonlands trailhead is located on Trophy Dr. There is plenty of parking, but I could see it getting crowded on holiday weekends. Kiosk at trailhead has a trail map. When facing kiosk, I went left and, well, that's the powerline service road. The trailhead itself is to the right. No dogs off leash on these trails. There's a bench near the very beginning, and some rather nice restrooms a little further down- but after that you're on your own. You could bring the family, but a stroller might be a little much, especially if you go down into the "canyon". The signage on these trails is rather good, but some of the arrows pointing the direction are, well, "more or less" correct. But it'd be difficult to get lost either way.

The trail itself is good for trail running. Some tight spots; some twists and cut-backs; good elevation changes; rocks and roots (small to largeish), leaves and sticks; and foliage is maintained. A very small percentage of the trails are flat dirt, the rest are the rocky/rooty/leafy stuff. Some spots you'd better be careful- some of the trails go rather close to rather sheer edges of the "canyon".

If you stay on "Rough Hollow", the trail shown here, you get all this stuff. Go onto any of the other trails, and you get more of the same. Also, it's 90% shaded, which a lot of people like. And oh, the water crossings all have bridges, which are good for those just walking, but for those looking for a good rugged hike, water crossings are much liked. As I said, the signage is pretty good.

Be aware: if you see the "Mount Lakeway trail" or the "Bisset" trail, these do not loop back to the Canyonlands.

The hike is perfect for a 2.5hr walk, hike, jog. The trail is well signed and smooth enough for running with low ankle-turning risk. By my calculation the out/back clocked in at 6.5miles (from park restroom to top and back down).

San Antonio’s crown jewel. Sections of trail not very well marked. Fortunately your in the middle of the city, so you can’t really get too lost.

hiking
15 hours ago

trail running
15 hours ago

Beautiful trail and plenty of mileage for a long run. Soft footing with pine needles and leaves and sandy soil. Lots of exposed roots to keep your attention. Major river crossings had working bridges but minor creek bed crossings had poorly maintained bridges but no big deal as they were easily crossed. Peaceful and quiet little gem.

hiking
18 hours ago

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hiking
19 hours ago