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Sep 02 2019
lojones5
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 Guides 22
 Routes 153
 Photos 482
 Triplogs 94

26 male
 Joined Jun 24 2015
 Redding, CA
South Gate Loop, CA 
South Gate Loop, CA
 
Hiking avatar Sep 02 2019
lojones5
Hiking5.41 Miles 1,386 AEG
Hiking5.41 Miles   2 Hrs   44 Mns   2.54 mph
1,386 ft AEG      36 Mns Break8 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
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My first time hiking on Mt. Shasta was incredible. I couldn't believe how few people were on the trails today, although I did pass by several groups. There are many wildflowers on this hike that goes through meadows and ends by some beautiful springs with more colorful flowers. There was also sweeping views into the trinity wilderness area.
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Mount Shasta
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Wildflowers Observation Substantial
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Aug 24 2019
lojones5
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 Guides 22
 Routes 153
 Photos 482
 Triplogs 94

26 male
 Joined Jun 24 2015
 Redding, CA
Gray Rock LakesNorthern, CA
Northern, CA
Hiking avatar Aug 24 2019
lojones5
Hiking5.05 Miles 1,648 AEG
Hiking5.05 Miles   2 Hrs   50 Mns   2.06 mph
1,648 ft AEG      23 Mns Break
 
1st trip
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I didn't drive all the way to the trailhead because the road was getting a little rough for my comfort, but it wasn't too much farther to reach the start. I felt very secluded in this wilderness, but did come across a couple of tents from some campers who I did not run into during my hike. I went to an upper lake and pond where there were many lily pads that were drying up. The trail up away from the main lake was difficult to follow and I ended up exploring off trail a bit. I walked to a ridge overlooking gray rock lake for a nice view.
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Gray Rock Lake Upper Gray Rock Lake
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Jul 27 2019
lojones5
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 Guides 22
 Routes 153
 Photos 482
 Triplogs 94

26 male
 Joined Jun 24 2015
 Redding, CA
Bumpass HellNorthern, CA
Northern, CA
Hiking avatar Jul 27 2019
lojones5
Hiking5.51 Miles 1,395 AEG
Hiking5.51 Miles   2 Hrs   20 Mns   2.85 mph
1,395 ft AEG      24 Mns Break
 
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The alternate route to Bumpass Hell was beautiful with many colorful wildflowers and still a lot of snow banks. The more popular route is still closed and has been for over a year for repairs.
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Named place
Bumpass Hell
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Wildflowers Observation Moderate
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Jun 08 2019
lojones5
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 Guides 22
 Routes 153
 Photos 482
 Triplogs 94

26 male
 Joined Jun 24 2015
 Redding, CA
Heart LakeNorthern, CA
Northern, CA
Hiking avatar Jun 08 2019
lojones5
Hiking3.38 Miles 1,285 AEG
Hiking3.38 Miles   2 Hrs   34 Mns   1.66 mph
1,285 ft AEG      32 Mns Break
 
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There is still plenty of snow above Castle Lake which made the hike to Heart Lake more interesting. I continued on to reach the top of the ridge overlooking Heart Lake and Castle Lake, but had to turn around right before I reached the top. The last 30 yards was too steep and slippery for me to attempt on my own. I returned the way I came and enjoyed the amazing views. On the way down I had fun running down the the snowy hill knowing that if I fell it wouldn't really hurt. In some areas there was a flowing creek beneath the snow I was hiking on. This hike never disappoints!
Named place
Named place
Castle Lake Heart Lake Mount Shasta
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Jun 02 2019
lojones5
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 Guides 22
 Routes 153
 Photos 482
 Triplogs 94

26 male
 Joined Jun 24 2015
 Redding, CA
Cliff Lake Trail - Trinity DivideNorthern, CA
Northern, CA
Hiking avatar Jun 02 2019
lojones5
Hiking3.89 Miles 375 AEG
Hiking3.89 Miles   2 Hrs   10 Mns   1.80 mph
375 ft AEG4 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
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The Cliff Lakes are the headwaters of the West Fork of the Sacramento River. They create the West Fork Sacramento River which combines with the North Fork and Middle Fork to become the Sacramento River.

This was a nice hike to a beautiful alpine lake with a backdrop of rocky cliffs. There was lots of flowing water throughout the hike and even some falls could be seen across the lake. I wanted to make it to upper Cliff Lake, but there was no trail up the steep hill. I decided to turn around after hiking through lots of manzanita. Next time I will bring a friend so I don't have to trek up there alone.

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May 25 2019
lojones5
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 Guides 22
 Routes 153
 Photos 482
 Triplogs 94

26 male
 Joined Jun 24 2015
 Redding, CA
Root Creek FallsNorthern, CA
Northern, CA
Hiking avatar May 25 2019
lojones5
Hiking6.14 Miles 1,909 AEG
Hiking6.14 Miles   3 Hrs   30 Mns   2.65 mph
1,909 ft AEG   1 Hour   11 Mns Break
 
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Awesome hike that begins on the PCT just of the I-5 near Castle Crags. It begins with some uphill through forest, flattens out for a bit, then ends with more uphill and some scrambling to reach the best viewing spots of the falls. The falls are nice on the own, but even more incredible is the backdrop of the sheer face of Castle Dome seen above the falls. I'm glad to have finally went on this hike and was more than impressed with the destination.
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Mar 16 2019
lojones5
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 Guides 22
 Routes 153
 Photos 482
 Triplogs 94

26 male
 Joined Jun 24 2015
 Redding, CA
Mossbrae FallsNorthern, CA
Northern, CA
Hiking avatar Mar 16 2019
lojones5
Hiking1.50 Miles 222 AEG
Hiking1.50 Miles      27 Mns   3.33 mph
222 ft AEG
 
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This was a quick hike to a popular waterfall in Dunsmuir. The hike itself is not exciting, but the waterfall at the end is unique and beautiful. The falls are created by many natural springs on the hill that release into the Sacramento River creating several mossy falls on the side of the river. This is unlike most waterfalls and certainly worth a visit, especially for people who enjoy photography. Unfortunately, the only way to access these falls is by walking along railroad tracks that are owned and still used by Union Pacific Railroad. It is illegal to trespass along the tracks, but hundreds of people do it every month. This occasionally results in injuries or death. There is plenty of room to safely walk along the tracks, but it is dangerous for people who decide to walk on the tracks rather than walk on the sharp and loose surrounding stones. No one will give you trouble if you park legally and hike carefully, put it is understandably a point of conflict since this is an easy "Instagram hike" and many people are not careful or do not realize trains still use these tracks. I will add more information in the description, but there are plans to hopefully create an alternate route that will be legal and much safer. There is no ETA on when/if these plans will be approved.
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Blue Jay
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Named place
Mossbrae Falls
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Feb 10 2019
lojones5
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 Guides 22
 Routes 153
 Photos 482
 Triplogs 94

26 male
 Joined Jun 24 2015
 Redding, CA
Chamise Peak TrailNorthern, CA
Northern, CA
Hiking avatar Feb 10 2019
lojones5
Hiking4.87 Miles 863 AEG
Hiking4.87 Miles   2 Hrs   1 Min   2.46 mph
863 ft AEG      2 Mns Break
 
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It's been a while since I've hiked this trail because I mostly use it for biking now, but I wanted to take my camera for some photography. I thought there would be more snow on the mountains around for some cool photos. There was some snow, but not much, and the view of Mt. Shasta was blocked by weather. Still an enjoyable hike.
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Dec 30 2018
lojones5
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 Guides 22
 Routes 153
 Photos 482
 Triplogs 94

26 male
 Joined Jun 24 2015
 Redding, CA
Piestewa Peak Summit Trail #300Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 30 2018
lojones5
Hiking2.81 Miles 1,349 AEG
Hiking2.81 Miles   1 Hour   38 Mns   1.74 mph
1,349 ft AEG      1 Min Break
 
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Afternoon hike up Piestewa Peak with two of my brothers. It was a good workout with lots more steps than I remembered! We explored the top for a bit, reaching the true peak and other high points. We made great time up and down, my youngest brother kept up a quick pace downhill.
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Dec 28 2018
lojones5
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 Guides 22
 Routes 153
 Photos 482
 Triplogs 94

26 male
 Joined Jun 24 2015
 Redding, CA
Garden Valley Hike, AZ 
Garden Valley Hike, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 28 2018
lojones5
Hiking5.83 Miles 596 AEG
Hiking5.83 Miles   2 Hrs   49 Mns   2.13 mph
596 ft AEG      5 Mns Break
 
1st trip
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I've been wanting to visit the Superstitions for a while now, and met up with some friends for a short hike. We started at First Water trailhead, then explored off trail a bit to a cool spot with a cave and good views. We found a small arch that made for some nice photos. I'm going to have to visit the supes more when I'm back in Phoenix again.
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Dec 26 2018
lojones5
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 Guides 22
 Routes 153
 Photos 482
 Triplogs 94

26 male
 Joined Jun 24 2015
 Redding, CA
Peak 2429 - Phoenix PreservesPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 26 2018
lojones5
Hiking2.88 Miles 916 AEG
Hiking2.88 Miles   1 Hour   59 Mns   1.48 mph
916 ft AEG      2 Mns Break
 
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Returned to this peak again because it is conveniently located and a nice hike. We were going to make a loop down the east side, but decided to go back the way we came since we weren't exactly sure of the route down. I finally got to hike again with a friend who now lives on the east coast, so that made this hike pretty great.
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Dec 24 2018
lojones5
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 Guides 22
 Routes 153
 Photos 482
 Triplogs 94

26 male
 Joined Jun 24 2015
 Redding, CA
Hidden Valley via Mormon TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 24 2018
lojones5
Hiking3.85 Miles 949 AEG
Hiking3.85 Miles   1 Hour   52 Mns   2.06 mph
949 ft AEG
 
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This was my first time on this trail since a hike in Cub Scouts probably 15 years ago. The only thing I remembered was fat man's pass, so I was looking forward to visiting it again. We did a lasso loop to hidden valley, walked through a cave, and through fat man's pass. It was much narrower than I remembered! But I still easy slipped through. Overall a very nice hike, with lots of cool rocks. Very different than where I live now in northern CA!
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Nov 03 2018
lojones5
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 Guides 22
 Routes 153
 Photos 482
 Triplogs 94

26 male
 Joined Jun 24 2015
 Redding, CA
Castle Dome TrailNorthern, CA
Northern, CA
Hiking avatar Nov 03 2018
lojones5
Hiking6.79 Miles 2,582 AEG
Hiking6.79 Miles   3 Hrs   37 Mns   2.18 mph
2,582 ft AEG      30 Mns Break5 LBS Pack
 
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Certainly one of my favorite hikes in the area that always amazes me when I reach the crags at the top. It is a huge granite playground with incredible views in every direction. At lunch I lounged on the edge of a cliff with a sheer drop many hundreds of feet below. The weather was perfect and the hike reminds me how wonderful it is to be able to visit such awesome places.
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Oct 27 2018
lojones5
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 Guides 22
 Routes 153
 Photos 482
 Triplogs 94

26 male
 Joined Jun 24 2015
 Redding, CA
Lake Siskiyou TrailNorthern, CA
Northern, CA
Hiking avatar Oct 27 2018
lojones5
Hiking7.46 Miles 346 AEG
Hiking7.46 Miles   3 Hrs   2 Mns   2.46 mph
346 ft AEG2 LBS Pack
 
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I had been looking forward to doing the full loop around Lake Siskiyou to see the fall colors this year and was not disappointed. The trail has some amazing views of the lake, fall foliage, and Mt. Shasta in the background. There is one part of the trail with temporary foot bridges that I believe are removed when the water level rises, but they were present during this hike so I could easily complete the full loop. This lake is one of the best places to take family because there is a picnic area close to one of the parking lots with one of the best views of the lake and Mt. Shasta.
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Oct 06 2018
lojones5
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 Guides 22
 Routes 153
 Photos 482
 Triplogs 94

26 male
 Joined Jun 24 2015
 Redding, CA
Heart LakeNorthern, CA
Northern, CA
Hiking avatar Oct 06 2018
lojones5
Hiking2.93 Miles 852 AEG
Hiking2.93 Miles   2 Hrs   3 Mns   1.47 mph
852 ft AEG      3 Mns Break
 
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Heart Lake has always been an incredible destination, but this visit was truly magical. I could not believe my eyes at the already astounding views being complimented by an unbelievable rainbow that was present on both the hike up and back down. While photos of course hardly capture the full beauty of most places, the photos from this trip are nothing short of amazing. So you can get an idea of just how crazy it was to actually be out there experiencing this--I was ecstatic.
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Sep 22 2018
lojones5
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 Guides 22
 Routes 153
 Photos 482
 Triplogs 94

26 male
 Joined Jun 24 2015
 Redding, CA
Stoddard Lake - Trinity AlpsNorthern, CA
Northern, CA
Hiking avatar Sep 22 2018
lojones5
Hiking7.91 Miles 1,452 AEG
Hiking7.91 Miles   3 Hrs   33 Mns   2.48 mph
1,452 ft AEG      22 Mns Break
 
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Headed to the Trinity Alps for a change of scenery, and it was certainly worth the drive. I haven't done much hiking in this area, but it is an area where I would like to plan a backpacking trip. This is one one of the few trails in the alps that lends itself to a day trip. I saw meadows, views of distant peaks, giant trees, and the awesome Stoddard Lake surrounded with forest and granite.
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Stoddard Lake
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Aug 25 2018
lojones5
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 Guides 22
 Routes 153
 Photos 482
 Triplogs 94

26 male
 Joined Jun 24 2015
 Redding, CA
Lassen Peak TrailNorthern, CA
Northern, CA
Hiking avatar Aug 25 2018
lojones5
Hiking5.18 Miles 2,088 AEG
Hiking5.18 Miles   2 Hrs   46 Mns   1.98 mph
2,088 ft AEG      9 Mns Break
 
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Finally hiked Lassen Peak trail! It is a wide and gentle uphill trail with a plenty of visitors and awesome views. The air quality was good, but the views were limited by smoke in the distance. We seemed to be above the layer of smoke and could see just the tip of Mt. Shasta above the smoke in the distance. There was a decent amount of butterflies at the peak and small flowers in some of the rocks. Overall, a fantastic hike but I will have to visit again when it is more clear out!
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Named place
Lassen Peak
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Aug 11 2018
lojones5
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 Guides 22
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 Photos 482
 Triplogs 94

26 male
 Joined Jun 24 2015
 Redding, CA
Kings Creek TrailNorthern, CA
Northern, CA
Hiking avatar Aug 11 2018
lojones5
Hiking4.30 Miles 793 AEG
Hiking4.30 Miles   2 Hrs   13 Mns   2.46 mph
793 ft AEG      28 Mns Break2 LBS Pack
 
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The air quality has been quite poor in Redding due to the Carr fire, so I've been staying indoors a lot. Today I drove to Lassen National Park to escape the smoke and went on this fantastic trail I hadn't visited yet. The waterfalls were gorgeous and my favorite part of the trail followed right along some cascading falls. It was awesome to do something active outdoors again, and I'm looking forward to cleaner air in Redding once the wildfires are over. Unfortunately, the fire passed through almost all of the mountain biking trails in Redding and many of the hiking trails. It may take a while to re-open the trails. Here's to hoping we get some rain soon to stop the fires, but not too much so the trails don't erode away this fall since the vegetation is gone.

After taking a look at photos from AZLOT69 from 2009, the falls and other views look very similar now compared to 9 years ago. The trails have certainly been improved, they are very well-built-- now with good stairs along the part that was previously described as a bit difficult to pass. There is also a nicer railing at the Kings Creek Falls viewing point.
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Bench Lake Kings Creek Falls
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Jul 04 2018
lojones5
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 Guides 22
 Routes 153
 Photos 482
 Triplogs 94

26 male
 Joined Jun 24 2015
 Redding, CA
Heart LakeNorthern, CA
Northern, CA
Hiking avatar Jul 04 2018
lojones5
Hiking3.22 Miles 1,232 AEG
Hiking3.22 Miles   1 Hour   38 Mns   2.08 mph
1,232 ft AEG      5 Mns Break2 LBS Pack
 
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Awesome hike up to Heart Lake. This time I continued on up the ridge to a peak that overlooks both Heart Lake and Castle Lake. The views were fantastic in every direction, and I could see Castle Crags from the peak and along the ridge. Unfortunately visibility was a bit lower than usual because of smoke from wildfires, but it wasn't too bad. Mt. Shasta looked like it was floating in the sky because I could only see the top part of it.
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May 26 2018
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 Photos 482
 Triplogs 94

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 Joined Jun 24 2015
 Redding, CA
Trail 58 - French Fry Loop, CA 
Trail 58 - French Fry Loop, CA
 
Hiking avatar May 26 2018
lojones5
Hiking11.66 Miles 1,274 AEG
Hiking11.66 Miles   1 Hour   44 Mns   6.73 mph
1,274 ft AEG2 LBS Pack
 
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First time biking this, part of the Mayor MTB Challenge. It rained all day the day before, and I didn't realize this would mean all the plants would be wet and throw water at me during the ride. Despite the wetness, the trail went well. It got a bit technical near the end, so I had to get off my bike a couple times.
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