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Sep 19 2015
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 Tucson, AZ
Lost MaplesHill Country, TX
Hill Country, TX
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We arrived at the park in the dark and light rain at 7 AM on a Saturday. The visitor's center was closed and we spent about 10 minutes trying to scrounge $12 for the self-pay admission to the park ($6/person).

We hiked the east and west trails, to make a ~6.5 mile loop through the park. Having been out of Arizona (sigh) for about 5 months now, I was a bit surprised at how winded a little elevation gain made me. But the hills are pretty big here and the trail gets right to it. There were few frustrating switchbacks, but if not used to it, going straight up or down for a 1/4-1/2 mile can be a little taxing.

Footing can be a little difficult at stream crossing (slippery) and at gravely steep spots. Take your time. Luckily it's very pretty, so taking your time isn't painful.

We finished around noon, having only seen some tents, boyscouts, and about 5 people on the trail. It's a really well maintained park and the rangers were very nice when we stopped at the station on the way out to buy a state parks annual pass - this park convinced us to give Texas state parks a try.
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Aug 02 2015
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Hill View TrailSouth Plains, TX
South Plains, TX
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My first hike as a resident of Texas. (Gulp) Eisenhower Park is nice because it's easy to reach from San Antonio (just two miles north of the 1604 Loop near its north juncture with I-10), doesn't have an entrance fee, and offers a wide range of trail options (paved and "natural", intersecting trails allowing for many route options). My boss recommended it after I complained about missing mountains - she said the Hill View Trail had a mountain- er, hill which allowed for some nice views of the city. It's been abysmally hot so we were eager to get outside for a couple hours and this seemed like a good choice.

We mostly stuck to the Hill View Trail, which is the "natural" (ie unpaved) trail skirting the park. The park is abutted on the north by Bullis military base and to the south by a rock quarry but you can't see much/any of them from the trail except for Keep Out/Danger signs on the fencing around the park. We arrived at around 6:15 (the park opens at 6) and there was one other car in the parking lot. We started on the eastern end of the trail as day broke. The trail is composed of white rock which was very easy to follow. It was pleasant walking amid some low trees (pines? oaks?) and shrubbery, though we were constantly surprised/perturbed by spider webs which had been strewn across the trail overnight. (Texas has lots of spiders)

The trail quickly gained some elevation (elevation is a relative term - it wasn't flat, but nothing like AZ elevation) and we had some partially obstructed views of power lines and San Antonio proper in the far distance. It was pretty with the sun rising and some clouds in the sky, but wasn't quite what we were hoping for. The views were better at the observation tower a little further in. I'm afraid the West has ruined me for mediocre landscapes.

We took the side loop Red Oak trail near the tower, but otherwise stuck to the Hill View Trail. By the time we were finishing up around 8 we had passed quite a few trail runners and the parking lot was filling up. We were glad to have started early as the sun had started to break free of the few clouds in the sky and it looked to be another hot, Texas, July day. (Sigh) But I'm glad to have gotten my start hiking in Texas and I look forward to exploring more parks in the near future!
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Jan 17 2015
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 Tucson, AZ
Agua Caliente HillTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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Hiking9.00 Miles 2,740 AEG
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I've started a preemptive Farewell Southern Arizona tour of favorite hikes and, though, I've only done the "hill" once, it was near the top of my list. It's one of the most spectacular and lesser known hikes, IMO, in the near Tucson area.

My small group started around 10a and it was surprisingly warm after a coolish night. We were in full sun for most of our time on the trail. It was in the 70s by the time we left the trail around 2. One in my group seemed uncomfortably warm and just out of water (she had brought 4 liters). I was fine and had a little left of my 3 liters, and a sunburn on my collar bone where I'd forgotten to put sunscreen. An important reminder that even in the winter, hiking in Tucson can be warm and water and sun coverage are always something to attend to.

Along the way, a small pool and seasonal water runoff made for a quick stop to listen to the birds. The last mile or so to the top of the hill is steep and the terrain loose and rocky, the trail could be in better shape but that is probably ultimately a losing battle given erosion. I had remembered almost giving on up this stretch the last time I was there and it was longer than I remembered it. BUT the 360 degree view payoff at the top is well worth the effort. Just take it slow, watch your footing. Normally I go down trails as fast as possible, but I really noticed the steepness of the trail all the way down. Thankfully, you have those beautiful views to make the slow(er) going.

There wasn't a ton of traffic on the trail, but there were enough people to definitely make it not feel like we were all alone out there. Everyone was nice and courteous, with good trail etiquette. It seemed quite a few were out to hike part of the trail.

Overall, a really lovely day on a highly recommendable trail!
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May 12 2014
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 Tucson, AZ
Aravaipa CanyonGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
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Five of our group did this as a one night backpack, while my friend and I did it as a day hike. When we arrived at the trailhead, there were only 2 other vehicles parked.

The water was a little lower than it had been in September 2013, the last time I was here. Initially the water felt frigid, in the very shaded area where we entered, but that quickly dissipated and we had no problems walking in the water. By the afternoon, it was a welcome relief from the heat (while only in the 80s and breezy, the sun is definitely wearing as the day goes on).

While most of the trip was spent walking through the water, in many areas we were easily able to walk around the water. The area was quite green, but there were few wildflowers and many of the grasses were already scorched.

Our group made camp at Horse Camp (always so lovely!) and my friend and I made great time back and encountered another group planning to overnight it and a few day trippers. Back at the trailhead around 5p, we were surprised to find the parking lot nearly full.
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Mar 18 2014
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Canyon Trail - Bosque del ApacheSouthwest, NM
Southwest, NM
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My friend and I stopped here in the late afternoon on our way from Tucson to Albuquerque. The refuge personnel in the nice, new visitor's center suggested we do this hike. The trail, which is a short 2 mile loop, isn't within the main part of the refuge and (I think) you can hike it without paying the $5 entrance fee.

The hike was fine and a welcome break from the driving, but if I go back, I would definitely pay to adventure around the main part of the refuge.
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Sep 01 2013
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 Tucson, AZ
Aravaipa CanyonGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
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Six friends and I embarked on a one-night stay in Aravaipa Canyon. It was my maiden backpack journey (finally!) - and as promised by my friend/organizer, it was the perfect first backpack.

There was several days of fairly heavy rain in the days immediately preceding our trip and we weren't sure conditions would be safe enough for us to go. However, our appointed day arrived with crystal clear skies - and A LOT of heat. I had recently returned to southern Arizona after time in Louisiana and California, and the heat really got to me and my companions (most of whom had extensive backpacking experience).

The muddy water was a relief, both because it cooled us off and was a water source for our shared filters. Two in our group were carrying Katadyns, which we heavily relied upon. By the second day, both filters were running significantly slower/harder - we assumed because of the large amounts of sediment in the water (thanks to the recent rain).

Shoes were a topic of conversation in our group. Most of us opted to trek in with hiking shoes/boots. Though several of us, including me, sometimes switched these out for water sandals. My old hiking shoes, which are extremely breathable and well worn, worked very well, but possibly only because I was wearing good quality socks that did not slip at all. I would have liked to have more grip on the bottom - which was one of the main benefits I found with the water sandals. However, those sandals kept allowing smalls pebbles under my arch (so painful) and because they are new and not well worn in, rubbed parts of my feet raw. Next time I'll bring the sandals, but ensure I wear my hiking shoes when actively hiking - the sandals would be good in camp.

We found a camp site about 2 miles in (it was hot and we were ready to stop) and spent the rest of the first day exploring up the canyon, particularly Horse Camp Canyon. Though it took a bit of scrambling to get into it (made more difficult because I had camera and water bottle in hand), it was well worth it. Simply outstanding.

Though the night was a bit uncomfortable because of the heat (we ended up letting our camp fire burn out after about an hour because it was just too hot), the spectacular starry sky, peacefulness of the canyon, and gentle breeze made it a fantastic experience.

I look forward to my next trip to Aravaipa (with a much better camera in hand) and Backpack Voyage II.
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Jun 28 2013
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 Tucson, AZ
Grand Isle State Park, LA 
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My colleague and I took a day trip down to Grand Isle to check out any remnants of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill clean up. (It's one of the few active areas for continued clean-up from the spill that occurred in 2010.) Along the way we stopped at the Grand Isle State Park. I'm so happy we spent the $1/person admission charge. Our brief visit involved going out to the observation tower and pier, though there were a couple very short, sandy (probably very buggy) nature trails we could have done. Overall, a nice stop.
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Jun 15 2013
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Twin Canals, LA 
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Before an evening in New Orleans, a few friends and I met at the Twin Canals trailhead in the Barataria Preserve of the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve. To say it was a buggy adventure would be an understatement. Next time I will wear bug spray with DEET.

Beautiful, swampy, green. You can canoe down the canal. Just be careful of alligators. We saw a couple in the distance. A good place to stop if you are in need of some sort of trail while in south Louisiana.

See the following for the preserve's trail descriptions: http://www.nps.gov/jela/upload/Side%20O ... 062209.pdf
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Jun 08 2013
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Point Lobos State Natural Reserve, CA 
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Before my brother's wedding in Carmel, I took a quick spin of several of the trails in Point Lobos State Natural Reserve. The property is located just 2 miles south of beautiful Carmel. Taking my brother's advice, I parked along Highway 1 to avoid paying the $10 entrance fee (which also gains you admittance to Big Sur). I did pay $2 for a map of the park. There are no parking signs all along the highway, but there were already cars parked there, so I joined the crowd along a stretch just opposite the park where I did not immediately see no parking signs. I was not ticketed during my 2 hours in the park.

I didn't have a lot of time, so I did a loop of the park taking the South Plateau Trail, using the Pine Ridge Trail to get to the South Shore Trail. The South Shore Trail takes you for about a mile down the coastline. It was overcast the morning I was there, but the views were still amazing. I wish I had more time to really take it all in. I returned quickly via the 0.7 mile South Plateau Trail.

I highly recommend this small park, you get a nice range of flora within a handful of short, easily accessible trails.
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Jun 01 2013
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Glen Aulin FallsSierra Nevada, CA
Sierra Nevada, CA
Hiking avatar Jun 01 2013
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Tioga Pass opened earlier than ever before this year - bad news for the snow pack, but good news for early season hiking in the higher elevations. With the campgrounds still closed, Tuolumne Meadows was blissfully people-light when we were there.

We started at Soda Springs Trailhead and took the easy to follow trail as it ran alongside, and occasionally across, the Tuolumne River. It was a last minute decision to hike there (one of the benefits of living in the San Joaquin Valley) and none in my small group had hiked it before, so we were not quite sure what to expect.

While it was 100 degrees down in the central valley, it was fantastically lovely in the high sierra. And the trail was nice, with pretty vistas every mile or so. Meadows, woodlands, pines and redwoods, deer, marmots, rivers, etc. The Glen Aulin falls are very pretty and make for a nice turning around point, however if I'd been alone or hiking with more fast paced companions, I would have gone on a few extra miles to check out the falls and canyon further downstream.

Overall, lovely day! I highly recommend trying to hit Yosemite in the early, late, or off season. It makes all the difference to not be overwhelmed by swarms of tourists.
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May 28 2013
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Raccoon Marsh and Woody Pond TrailsCentral Valley, CA
Central Valley, CA
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The Raccoon Marsh and Woody Pond trails are part of the San Luis National Wildlife Refuge Complex in the San Joaquin Valley. They are the two trails open to the public in the West Bear Creek (north central) part of the refuge. The area is easily accessible from CA-165, just south of the community of Stevinson and the junction with CA-140.

To get to the trailhead, turn into the entrance and take the Wet Bear Creek Auto Tour Route for maybe a mile. The trialhead is on the right, signed, and has restroom facilities and a picnic bench.

The linked, short trails loop around marshy areas and provide opportunities for plant and animal viewing. We saw jack rabbits, deer, crane, ducks, and other birds in the couple hours we were out there. The grasses were beautiful. We were the only visitors on that Tuesday morning, though we never felt quite alone since CA-165 is visible and audible for most of the walk.

If you want to see the Tule elk, head to the visitors center in the southern part of the park, near the town of Los Banos.
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May 26 2013
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Pinecrest Lake to StrawberrySierra Nevada, CA
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This is an easy stroll from Pinecrest Lake to the small town of Strawberry (and one of its bars). The trail to Strawberry branches off from the lake loop trail just north of the dam and then follows the Stanislaus River down to Strawberry. The lake loop trail is a bit of a freeway during the busy season, but along the river the crowds thin, though you might have to deal with some mountain bikers.

Begin the lake loop trail at the marina and head north to the dam. Once you have crossed the dam, the trail forks. Continue straight to keep going around the loop, but descend on the branch to the left to head toward Strawberry. A little ways down the trail forks again, but it doesn't matter which one you take as they join up again a little ways down. Apparently this trail can sometimes be hard to follow, but my group had no trouble at all and there are orange blazes on some trees. But in general, you just follow the river. It looked like there were some nice fishing spots with sizable trout.

At a couple points you will see trees bridging the river. About a mile in, the trail leads directly to one of these trees and there is a rope set up to help steady you across. Soon after this you will come to a dirt road. Take a left onto this and head toward some cabins and a paved road. Follow this about a quarter of a mile until you come to the Strawberry general store and Sonora Pass. Return the way you came.
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Apr 06 2013
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Linda Vista Trail - LoopTucson, AZ
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I had an hour or two to spare, so I decided to check the wildflower situation. At the trailhead, I went left and took another left at the first trail juncture. I came back to the trailhead via the main trail. Just a short time on the trail I remembered why I don't normally hike in the middle of the afternoon when it's hot.

I was disappointed by how few flowers were near the trailhead, but as I climbed (if you can call the slight incline climbing) higher and got into areas that were more protected I found many more. I also saw some cactus starting to bloom. No snakes, lots of bugs and birds. Just a few solo hikers.
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There were quite a few patches of fairly dense flowers away from the trailhead.
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Mar 30 2013
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Sweetwater Preserve LoopTucson, AZ
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Headed out on a Saturday afternoon, hoping to spy some wildflowers. I was disappointed that were were so few. However, the engorged saguaro-studded landscape was lovely and the air filled with buzzings and chirpings.

However, for the wildflowers, I suppose I'll journey northwesterlyward to the Tortolitos next week to see if I have better luck.
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Mar 09 2013
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Wild Mustang - Alamo Spring LoopTucson, AZ
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I went out on the Wild Mustang with a friend, late in the afternoon on a Saturday after a couple days of rain to try to catch a pretty sunset. There were very few people out on the trails. It was cold and looked like it might rain, so that might have deterred people - but I'm generally surprised that so few people seem to hike here. As I've noted before, this trail in particular has fantastic, easily accessed views in the first 1-2 miles.

Since the month since I had last been there, the area had greened TREMENDOUSLY! The little shoots I had seen were sporting tiny wildflowers. I imagine it's going to be gorgeous out here the next couple weeks.
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I anticipate heavy displays in the coming weeks. Very green all over.
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Feb 10 2013
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Wild Mustang - Alamo Spring LoopTucson, AZ
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ETA: I didn't complete the hike as described. Instead of coming back on the Alamo Springs Trail, I came back on the Wild Burro, through the wash.

Though I've hiked at Dove Mt many times, I'd only hiked the Wild Mustang portion once before. I'd had a scary run-in with some javelinas. Perhaps that had clouded my memory, because I had completely forgotten how beautiful the views are from this trail. Much better than the Alamo Springs trail on the other side of the canyon ridge. If I had done this correctly, I would have hiked an hour or two later, and done the loop in revers. That way I would have had stunning sunset views at the end of the hike.

Like the last time I hiked here, I didn't encounter anyone while on Wild Mustang Trail. Unlike last time, thank goodness!, I didn't encounter any javelinas either. I was hoping to see some of the snow that had dotted all the peaks in the area the morning before, but 24 hours of pretty good sunlight hadn't left me with anything.

This trail is great, I don't know why it's not more popular. It seemed less gravely than Alamo Springs and less ups and downs. It would be good for trail running.

The recent freezes left behind a lot of dead and badly damaged flora, BUT there was tons of new growth and lots of green on the ground. I'm hoping this means good things for wildflowers.

The hike description has not been updated since the trailhead was installed at the Ritz. The new trailhead shaves about 1+ miles from the previous hike total. [Edited] According to the Dove Mountain Civic Group, the loop is now 10.2 miles. See Hike 1 here: http://www.dovemountaincivicgroup.org/H ... 202012.pdf
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Feb 02 2013
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Pusch PeakTucson, AZ
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My friend and I arrived at the trail at 9:30a on a partly cloudy Saturday morning. The small parking lot was surprisingly unfilled, though it was well overfull when we returned at 1p.

Note: at least in the winter, the trail is in almost full shade for most of the morning. It can be quite chilly.

The grade is pretty sharp, most noticeably on the way down, which makes for slow going if you're overly cautious because of proneness to falling because you tend to stare off at the horizon instead of watching where you're stepping...If you've got a pole, it would make this a much quicker hike.

But the hike isn't bad at all. It's too bad this hike isn't more well known. The views from the top are stunning - I think the best you can find anywhere in the immediate area, whcih is saying a lot. I live in full view of this peak and this was my first time to the very top. It won't be my last. On second thought, I'm glad this isn't popular.
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Jan 27 2013
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Sweetwater TrailTucson, AZ
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Sunday afternoon hike, ran into very few people. Gorgeous day after the area received about .7" of rain. This is my new favorite route up to Wasson Peak. Easier to access to the trailhead, less traffic, beautiful stands of saguaros, and pretty views on the way up. Compared to Kings Canyon it does add 2 miles to the trip, but given it's an easy hike, I don't find that a significant downside.
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Nov 30 2012
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Old Baldy Trail #372 to Wrightson SummitTucson, AZ
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Hiked with a small group of three on a Friday morning. A bit chilly in the morning, hiking through the shaded lower portion of the trail, but excellent temps the rest of the way up and down. Came across a few other small groups, but trail wonderfully sparse of people.

I hadn't been up here since early Spring 2012, and while I've been regretting missing the wildflowers (though not the bees...), there were tons of remnants. Thankfully there's little more that I love than taking picture of withered, dried flowers. I'm weird.

The top, per usual, was breathtaking.
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Observation PeakYellowstone, WY
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The peak is in the Washburn Range, just west of Mt. Washburn. There's easy access from the Grand Canyon area. Take the mostly flat Cascade Lake Trail for about 1.5 miles through really pretty meadows, before taking the well signed Observation Peak Trail up for about 3 miles. The grade was fairly gentle, though seemed a bit rockier and steeper as we neared the top. The trail goes through pretty meadowy and wooded areas. We were generally too late for the wildflowers, but saw some pretty, dried remnants along with a few holdouts (geraniums, lupins, etc.).

It sits at 9,397 feet and, using a topographical map, we figured it was 2,000 foot gain. Nice views from the top, though with all the fires in the NW, our views were severely hampered by haze. We only passed 4 other groups of people while on the trail and had the top to ourselves for about an hour. Large rocks provided a good picnic spot and vantage points for spotting birds and trying (unsuccessfully) to spy loudly bleating elk.

We easily and leisurely hiked this in a half day, but there were multiple, easily reachable disbursed campsites along the way. Which would be a nice alternative to car camping in the very busy and RV ridden car camp campgrounds (though I have good things to say about the smaller Tower Fall campground, excepting the smelly toilets).

More info on the trail: http://www.trimbleoutdoors.com/ViewTrip/300080
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