Phantom Ranch to Rim Bright Angel Trail(8/9/16, 5:35:45AM)
Ira Spring Trailhead to Mason Lake, King County, WA, USA
Fowler Trail at El Dorado Canyon
Kaitie, Hang, and Beulah hosted us on a great hike and picnic at El Dorado Canyon.
The nice, gradual incline kept us moving forward pretty well despite Hazel wanting a ride most of the time. The trail claims to be wheelchair accessible on the sign, but the ground gets pretty rocky so I'm not sure that's totally accurate. A jogging stroller would have worked easily.
Had fun looking through the scopes at the rock climbers across from the trail. They looked so tiny up there. Didn't see any rattlers or raptor birds, but apparently plenty live out there.
Big Four Ice Caves
Had a mystical time with Jason and Maddie Bowman. A nice easy traverse through the gorgeous Washington scenery.
The trail is super well maintained, and even lined with boards and lots of bridges to be accessed. Some incline which would make wheelchair accessibility more difficult, but I'm fairly confident most if not all of this trail would accommodate the physical chair itself. I saw strollers and families and tons of dogs.
Tons of great foliage of many varieties, water, and pretty heavily trafficed since the trail only takes a mile to get to the ice cave.
Pay attention to signs, there's some interesting danger to stay aware of.
Cloudy day, but a fantastic hike otherwise. Though the result of a forest fire, the contrasted colors of the landscape going up was beautiful.
Urban Ranger-Leon Lind (10/1/15, 3:52:15PM)
Dog Waste (6), Trash (4), Public Contacts (1),Trail Maintenance Needs (3)
Varen - Salquenen, Switzerland (20.09.15 11:32:6)
mayflower Ridge Hike
Very, very little known trail designed for a quick cardio workout with incredible views of the Cascades. Ascends nearly 3000 feet in approximately 2 miles. You'll know in the first several hundred feet if this is for you, or not :)
Did this short, carbo burning trek with a new friend from Salem, David Gasser. He's fit and loves the mountains, so connected on many levels.
Cooper Spur- Mt. Hood
This hike is definitely a new favorite. Beautiful & colorful trek up the east side of Mount Hood to Elliot Glacier. I highly recommend doing this hike around sunset and catching the view. All peaks surrounding Hood lit up in pink and orange- Mt. Saint Helen, Mt. Adams, Mt. Jefferson
Scrambling to Condor Peak Trail to Fox Mountain (9/5/15, 10:30:03AM)
Sunset/full moon on the Dome, with day hikes to the Diving Board and Bunnell Cascade. *Note, the Distance and other stats are not updating correctly with what the app, map, and graph show*
Youpon Loop and Post Oak Loop at Lick Creek Park
I hiked here once before years ago, but didn't remember much about it. Asked a couple for some advice on which trail to take, and they told me Youpon was their favorite, so that's where we started.
Turned out the terrain was a little craggy for a jogging stroller, but we made it work this time. Next time I'll probably try a different one and go a little earlier to avoid the high temps.
So much sand. Definitely need to get a different pair of shoes for the next trip out.
We saw an armadillo cross, and some teenagers on horseback, lots of "og!" "og!" running around wagging tails.
Carried the diaper bag rather than stowing it in the stroller so I could get used to a little weight on my back while trekking. Plan to add a little weight each time and go a little further, too.
Barr Trail Hike (8/29/15, 4:33:56AM)
Planned on leaving early from Manitou Springs with the hopes of hiking to the top of Pikes Peak and return. Arrived at the Barr Trail parking lot (very small) at about 4:15 AM and there were only 2 or 3 spots open. There is a kiosk at the trail head to pay for parking ($5).
If you plan on doing the hike, be sure to not get off the trail by accident in the dark. There was one section where I wandered to the incline instead of making a sharp left and staying on the trail. Zoom in on the map and you can see a section that crosses a dashed line (its labeled "incline"). If you cross it, turn around to stay on the Barr trail.
At mile 6, I had a terrible pop in my calf and had to turn around and head back. This is an easy trail but if you plan to summit Pikes peak its a pretty grueling distance (11 miles). Hopefully I can try again in a few weeks or may wait until next spring.
Diving Board of Half Dome
Great views from half way up the face of Half Dome. Lots of bushwacking and rock scrambling. No real trail in many places. No access to water. Totally worth it!
We got lost on the way in, so I only published the track out. Use it for both directions.
Upper and Lower Loop Over Night Trails - Fall Creek Falls
We knocked this trip out over 2 days and 1 night. The Rangers warned us these trails have several downed trees to work through.
We started from the parking lot with our day packs. We decided to tackle the upper loop because it is the easiest of the two. With that said, the Upper loop is moderately strenuous at times.
You hike in almost a mile before you get to the actual loop. We took a right at the fork to begin the loop. This choice provides a nice gradual descent, followed by a slow climb which was surprisingly easy on my knees. You cross a couple creeks before you come to some camp sites about 3/8 of the way through this loop. This great a good spot to camp if you want make this a 3 day 2 night journey. We continued across a bridge and continued to finish the loop.
We hiked the mile back out to our car in the parking lot and switched to our much heavier overnight packs. We made great time knocking out 14 miles in just over 5 hours.
We headed back down to start the lower loop. Warning this trail has a lot of downed trees. The trail is generally easy to follow, and paths have been made around many of the downed trees. Watch out for snakes hiding in the fallen trees. This trail is rated difficult!
You again hike in about about a mile to begin this loop. We tooka right to head toward camp site #1. We made it to camp site # 1 about 4:45pm. We decided to make camp here at mile 16.3. It was 2.5 miles from the parking lot to camp site 1. There is a creek you pass right before you head up the hill to the camp sites. That's your water source. The campsite has an outhouse, but it's old and mice infested. The area around the outhouse is trashed!
It's important to rest up really well before journeying further past camp site 1. It's about 2.5 miles between campsite 1 and campsite 2. After exiting campsite 1 you are quickly met with a steep descent. This is followed by an equally tough and steep climb. Its rocky and its shades of the Fiery Gizzard at times (but not quite as torturous). This part is an ASSKICKER!!
At one point you may have thought you made it to campsite #2, unless it's clearly marked as camp site #2 then it's an illegal campsite.
After you reach camp site 2 you have about 7 miles left to hike, but it's much easier than the earlier sections.
From camp site 2 and on you are afforded with incredible views of different water falls. After crossing several bridges you will walk by the nature center. The loop ends and you walk a mile back out and you've just completed mile 27!!!!
James Irving - Miner's ridge - Clintonia trail (18/08/2015 11:10:15)
Green Canyon/Logan Canyon Loop (8/21/15, 6:11:23AM)
After touring around Machu Pichhu we climbed Machu Pichhu mountain. It's only a few km but steep and takes you to over 3000 m with spectacular views of surrounding mountains as well as the Inka city below.
Track (8/4/15, 2:44:46PM) LAKE IRWIN to HRC
Leukerbad (1'400m) >> Gemmi (2'340), Switzerland (09.08.15 14:03:51)
Climbing from Leukerbad to Gemmi from 1'400m/M to 2'340m/M.
Mt. Timpanogos (8/9/15, 11:45:45AM)
Mt. Timpanogos trail
I rode this clockwise. There is a gate that big bikes can go around just past the first hump on the track.
Day 3 Ptarmigan Traverse, Yang Yang Lakes to White Rock Lakes (7/29/15, 06:53:12)
TikeHike in Joaquin Miller Park
Today was our first official TikeHike. We set off for Joaquin Miller Park in the Oakland Hills. My original plan was a 3.5 mile loop on the Sunset Trail and Bay View trail. But we had a little trouble finding the Sunset trail from the parking area and ended up going over some terrain that was a little steep for a toddler and a stroller, and I decided that plan had been too ambitious. So we just meandered up and down the Sunset trail for two miles.
The park was great for the dogs. Most of the other hikers had dogs too, and the trails wide enough that they weren't getting in anyone's way. There was good hiking for my 15 month old for a lot of the nice flat Sunset trail, but Calliope she was drawn to the sharp drop off. Adlai made it about a mile over a decent sized hill before he just wanted to ride in the stroller.
There was a fair bit of poison oak alongside the trail, but I think we avoided it. I brought our single BOB Revolution Stroller, and our lenny lamb carrier. We had to carry both kids for about a mile. The stroller worked well on the terrain, but the double stroller would have been too wide. It's hard for Calliope to snack in the carrier though, and she got a bit grumpy. I think I'll try the Osprey backpack next week.
The best part of the hike was when we stopped at the end to walk on some logs and climb through an amazing redwood tree. It's important with the little ones to have a good balance of outdoor play and actual hiking on our trips.
Ah-Shi-Sle-Pah Badlands 100904
Like other northwestern New Mexico badlands there is no 'trail'. You go where you want till it gets too hard to go then you turn around and go somewhere else.