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Sep 06 2020
lojones5
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 Photos 522
 Triplogs 102

27 male
 Joined Jun 24 2015
 Redding, CA
Bumpass Mill Hike, CA 
Bumpass Mill Hike, CA
 
Hiking avatar Sep 06 2020
lojones5
Hiking7.86 Miles 998 AEG
Hiking7.86 Miles   4 Hrs   8 Mns   1.93 mph
998 ft AEG      4 Mns Break5 LBS Pack
 
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I met my friend from Chico at the south visitor center--it's an equal driving time from Redding and Chico. We carpooled up to Bumpass Hell Trailhead which was quite crowded this holiday weekend. We hiked through Bumpass Hell to cold boiling lake and continued on to Mill Creek Falls before completing our journey back at the visitor center parking lot. Mill Creek Falls had a lot less water than our last visit, but it was still flowing nicely. It was fun to do a one way trail like this that was mostly downhill! Lassen is often a great destination when Redding is too hot and smoky from wildfires.
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Aug 29 2020
lojones5
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27 male
 Joined Jun 24 2015
 Redding, CA
Cliff Lake Trail - Trinity DivideNorthern, CA
Northern, CA
Hiking avatar Aug 29 2020
lojones5
Hiking6.02 Miles 1,308 AEG
Hiking6.02 Miles   3 Hrs   33 Mns   1.80 mph
1,308 ft AEG      12 Mns Break5 LBS Pack
 
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I decided to revisit Cliff Lake and was determined to make it up to the cliff above the lake this time. The trail to the lake is a very rough road which is at one point made up of piles of miscellaneous-sized rocks. There was one jeep that made the drive to the lake, but most cars will not. There was a group camping at the lake, so I felt less isolated than my last visit. The lake was full and beautiful, with some water still exiting the outlet of the lake--one of the several sources of water that eventually becomes the Sacramento River. This time I found the trail that leads to Terrace Lake, it was a little difficult to follow but it was there. Terrace Lake was smaller, but the water was still clear and it was below by a nice green hill side. I continued on towards Upper Cliff Lake which during the Spring will flow into Cliff Lake creating some beautiful waterfalls. There was no trail beyond Terrance Lake so I chose my own path and did my best to avoid having to step through manzanita. I found a small pond then continued on to Upper Cliff Lake and ate lunch at a local peak overlooking each of the Cliff lakes. Visibility was lower than usual due to CA wildfires, but was much better than the week before. I could see four lakes from where I was perched for lunch. Upper Cliff Lake was shallow and darker--not very inviting for swimming. So I hiked back down to Cliff Lake for a refreshing swim in its crystal clear water before heading back to the car happy with my decisions of the day.
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May 09 2020
lojones5
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 Photos 522
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27 male
 Joined Jun 24 2015
 Redding, CA
Heart LakeNorthern, CA
Northern, CA
Hiking avatar May 09 2020
lojones5
Hiking3.79 Miles 1,311 AEG
Hiking3.79 Miles   2 Hrs   45 Mns   1.44 mph
1,311 ft AEG      7 Mns Break5 LBS Pack
 
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Awesome hike to escape the Redding heat and visit Heart Lake again! There was still snow at the higher elevation, but it was soft enough for me to make it up to the peak overlooking Heart and Castle Lakes, with views of Castle Crags and into the Trinities. The snow was melting fast and there were many streams of water flowing from the snow.
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Feb 09 2020
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 Photos 522
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27 male
 Joined Jun 24 2015
 Redding, CA
Root Creek FallsNorthern, CA
Northern, CA
Hiking avatar Feb 09 2020
lojones5
Hiking6.30 Miles 1,164 AEG
Hiking6.30 Miles   2 Hrs   39 Mns   2.74 mph
1,164 ft AEG      21 Mns Break
 
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This was a cool hike that began by the I-5 at a PCT trailhead and continued up to Root Creek trail to end at Root Creek Falls for an impressive view of the falls with Castle Dome looming beyond.
Named place
Named place
Castle Dome Root Creek
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Jan 12 2020
lojones5
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 Guides 23
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 Photos 522
 Triplogs 102

27 male
 Joined Jun 24 2015
 Redding, CA
Yana Trail SystemNorthern, CA
Northern, CA
Hiking avatar Jan 12 2020
lojones5
Hiking5.99 Miles 660 AEG
Hiking5.99 Miles   2 Hrs   56 Mns   2.32 mph
660 ft AEG      21 Mns Break8 LBS Pack
 
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The original plan was to join the ranger-led snowshoe program in Lassen, but the weather and driving conditions were less than ideal so we decided to hike Yana Trail where it was unlikely to rain. This is a nice hike on very open BLM land with many rocks--reminiscent of some areas around Phoenix, but without cacti. There are several nice views of the Sacramento River and the steep hill opposite the river. We walked past a group of cattle and saw a couple of deer running through one of the fields. It was a bit windy at times, but it did not rain.
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Dec 15 2019
lojones5
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 Photos 522
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27 male
 Joined Jun 24 2015
 Redding, CA
Crystal Whiskey, CA 
Crystal Whiskey, CA
 
Hiking avatar Dec 15 2019
lojones5
Hiking7.62 Miles 2,101 AEG
Hiking7.62 Miles   3 Hrs   53 Mns   1.96 mph
2,101 ft AEG6 LBS Pack
 
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It's been raining a lot in northern California since Thanksgiving, but it finally cleared up this weekend so we decided to be a little adventurous and link the Crystal Creek Falls trail to the Whiskeytown Falls trail. The road to the Whiskeytown Falls trail is blocked and the trail is not yet ready to reopen since the Carr Fire over a year ago, so the only way to reach it is to start from Crystal Creek Trailhead. There is a somewhat established trail from Crystal Creek Falls that follows the creek a mile or so to reach a nice little primitive campsite. The trail passes by another waterfall that I'd never known existed, so it's cool to still find new things in an area I've frequented. We then walked up to the road and followed it to reach the Whiskeytown Falls trail, encountering a buck on the way that was meandering across the pavement. The trail to Whiskeytown Falls was in decent condition, but still needs some work in areas to prevent erosion. Luckily, the bridges have been replaced so the creek crossings were easy. There were a few fallen trees to maneuver around before reaching the falls which were steadily flowing with the recent rain water. We walked up the steep path to climb the falls and sneaked past the fence that warns of danger ahead. We figured if we already shouldn't be on this trail to begin with, we might as well go all the way to the end. We couldn't go much farther, but were afforded a view of the cascading falls higher up before carefully climbing back down for a snack before our return trip. I had a great time on this hike and it is nice not to hike alone when you're with the right company.
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Autumn Foliage Observation Isolated
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Nov 09 2019
lojones5
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 Photos 522
 Triplogs 102

27 male
 Joined Jun 24 2015
 Redding, CA
Lassen Peak TrailNorthern, CA
Northern, CA
Hiking avatar Nov 09 2019
lojones5
Hiking5.06 Miles 2,081 AEG
Hiking5.06 Miles   2 Hrs   53 Mns   1.80 mph
2,081 ft AEG      4 Mns Break8 LBS Pack
 
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I've been wanting to hike this again since when I hiked it last year there was a lot of smoke limiting visibility. I am happy to say that this turned out to be a great day to make the hike--sunny with some clouds and very little wind. This is a well maintained and popular trail, with no difficult sections except perhaps a short steeper section to the peak on loose rock. Visibility was fantastic and it was nice to see Mt. Shasta from the peak of Lassen. Perhaps I will summit Shasta some day...but that is an endeavor I have yet to seek. From the peak of Lassen, I could see many of the lakes in the Lassen area and distant mountain ranges. I made it up before the crowds and shared the summit with just one couple who spent plenty of time enjoying the calm weather. There is a small weather station with solar panel at the summit that is used to measure snow depth and temperature. I felt great on the hike up and down, then ate lunch in the Kings Creek area because the Lassen Peak parking lot is very exposed and not a good spot for lunch. My legs began to feel sore a while after returning home in Redding, but they feel much better now after dinner and jacuzzi. I didn't know what I was going to do this weekend, but I'm glad I chose Lassen Peak!
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Lake Helen Lassen Peak
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Oct 20 2019
lojones5
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 Guides 23
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 Photos 522
 Triplogs 102

27 male
 Joined Jun 24 2015
 Redding, CA
Heart LakeNorthern, CA
Northern, CA
Hiking avatar Oct 20 2019
lojones5
Hiking3.22 Miles 1,064 AEG
Hiking3.22 Miles   2 Hrs   44 Mns   1.22 mph
1,064 ft AEG      6 Mns Break8 LBS Pack
 
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This was a fun hike to Heart Lake with someone I met recently who shares my enjoyment of the outdoors around Redding. Mt. Shasta was completely hidden behind a layer of clouds, so much so that I drove right past the exit on the highway because I usually have the impressive Mt. Shasta as a reference point. After a small detour to get back on course and reach the trailhead, we began the hike which I am quite familiar with by now. Unfortunately the grand view of Mt. Shasta was clouded, but the Heart Lake hike still does not disappoint. We had sweeping views of the surrounding area and of Castle Lake below. We noticed a small settlement on the west side of the lake and later found out that there is some private land there. Overall, this was a good hike.
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Sep 02 2019
lojones5
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 Guides 23
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 Photos 522
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27 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.
Named place
Named place
Mount Shasta
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Wildflowers Observation Substantial
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Aug 24 2019
lojones5
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27 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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 Photos 522
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27 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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Bumpass Hell
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Wildflowers Observation Moderate
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Jun 08 2019
lojones5
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 Guides 23
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 Photos 522
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27 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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Wildflowers Observation Isolated
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Jun 02 2019
lojones5
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 Photos 522
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27 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
 
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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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 Photos 522
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27 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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Wildflowers Observation Isolated
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Mar 16 2019
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27 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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 Photos 522
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27 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
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27 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
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27 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
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27 male
 Joined Jun 24 2015
 Redding, CA
Dixie Peak 2,429 - 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
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27 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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