Hiking Trails and Trips

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El Sereno Open Space Preserve Hike
by ybwhiker on Apr 12, 2014
Los Gatos, CA - California, United States
Hiking | 11.0 miles
This is my second time on this trail. I was impressed at the first time by its beauty, and thought that it's worth to visit again, with my hiking friend.There are only a very small parking lot for 2 cars near the trailhead. So it's a good idea to park way down and hike up to the trailhead. The first part of the hike is mostly in the shade, with little views....
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Wilder Ranch State Park Hike
by ybwhiker on Apr 06, 2014
Santa Cruz, CA - California, United States
Hiking | 21 miles
We picked this state park, because it can offer both hiking trails to the hillside and coast.There is a parking lot passing the park entry, for which you need to pay $10. Another choice is to park along the Hwy 1, just at the entry point to the park, which is free.From the parking along the Hwy 1, we went across the highway (be careful), and got on to the trail. This...
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Ohlone Wilderness Trail Hike 2014
by ybwhiker on Mar 30, 2014
Livermore, CA - California, United States
Hiking | 26 miles
This year, I joint two other hikers for their annual hike of this long hike. They have done this route more than 10 times in the past, very dedicated.It had been raining for several days before, and the rain just stopped, a hour or so before we started at the trailhead. So I expected some muddy conditions on the trail.As expected, there are some muddy conditions along the trail, even on fire...
Mt Diablo Hike
by ybwhiker on Mar 16, 2014
Clayton, CA - California, United States
Hiking | 15.6 miles
We planed for this trip to reach 4 peaks: North Peak, Mt. Diablo, Eagle Peak, and Twin Peak. It's pretty long for a day hike, but very satisfactory.The accent is mostly on the fire road, but many sections are very steep. So it's a better choice for accent rather than decent. The branch out for North Peak is an additional 1.5 miles, but well worth the time and effort, because the final...
Windy Hill Open Space Preserve Hike
by ybwhiker on Mar 08, 2014
Portola Valley, California, United States
Hiking | 7.3 miles
This trail is close to residential and not as crowd as PG&E trail, but still offers beautiful view and good exercise. 7 mile/2400 feet is moderate, suitable for most people.
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McNee Ranch State Park Hike 2014
by ybwhiker on Feb 23, 2014
Pacifica, California, United States
Hiking | 12.0 miles
I found this trial by just scanning through the Google map. It's close the coast and have some elevation, so I thought that it must have great view.To my surprise, the first half of the trial is paved, although it has been long time and some sections are already worn down. Also the grade is very gentle. First half mile is in the forest, and quickly, it becomes short bushes, giving great...
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Coyote Lake County Park
by ybwhiker on Jan 05, 2014
San Martin, California, United States
Hiking | 14.8 miles
This park is in the south tip of the South Bay, and I haven't been there even after so many years in the Bay Area.Early morning, we started at the trailhead. The trail are quite well maintained. There are quite number of mountain bikers on the trail. There are many trails in the park. I just picked the sections that will provide different views in the loop.On the way up, we saw...
Colorado river access - white rock canyon
by ybwhiker on Dec 29, 2013
Willow Beach, Arizona, United States
Hiking | 3.0 miles
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Saratoga Gap to Monte Bello
by ybwhiker on Dec 21, 2013
San Lorenzo Park, California, United States
Hiking | 17.8 miles
We four started early at Saratoga Gap of intersection of Hw 9 and Hw 35 at 7:50am. The parking lot is almost empty. The first half of the hike mostly are downhill, relatively easy with fast pace. Along the trail, we saw a really nice small lake with perfect reflection of the surrounding area.Just before the ascent, we spent 20 minutes to have lunch together. Then it's the tough part of the...
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Alum Rock Park Hike
by ybwhiker on Dec 15, 2013
East Foothills, California, United States
Hiking | 11.9 miles
This park is very close to the residential area, but does not have a lot of crowds.We started early at 7:30am, still very chilly. A few young runners went ahead of us. After a mile or so easy ascent, the trail gets steep. But the most part along the trail is wide and easy, with a lot of bike tire marks, indicating heavy bike traffic later of the day.The trail is scenic...
Joseph D Grant County Park
by ybwhiker on Nov 24, 2013
San Jose, California, United States
Hiking | 12.4 miles
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PG & E trail
by ybwhiker on Nov 23, 2013
Cupertino, California, United States
Hiking | 8.9 miles
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PG & E trail
by ybwhiker on Nov 03, 2013
Cupertino, California, United States
Hiking | 8.7 miles
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C2C (Cactus to Cloud) Day Hike
by ybwhiker on Oct 19, 2013
Palm Springs, California, United States
Hiking | 19.0 miles
I heard from my friend about this C2C hike this year, and can't help to try it as soon as possible. I checked the Wikipedia about this C2C hike and here is what it says:The Cactus to Clouds Trail from Palm Springs, California, to San Jacinto Peak is a hiking trail with the greatest elevation gain of any trail in the United States.[1] Also known as the Skyline Trail, it climbs 8,000 feet from the desert to Long Valley where...
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Echo Lake Day Hike (15 miles) in Eagle Cap Wilderness
by ybwhiker on Oct 21, 2013
Joseph, Oregon, United States
Hiking | 12.8 miles
We initially would hike the Frances Lake, but changed to Echo Lake, because it's closer to Joseph, where our other partner can have more fun around the town.The first 5 miles are along the Hurricane Creek and very gentle ascend.  Half way through, we saw a beautiful water fall, that we need to go across. It's a small creek and crossing is pretty easy. The scenery, however, is awesome.We saw a junction which...
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Strawberry Mountain Day Hike (14 miles)
by ybwhiker on Oct 21, 2013
Prairie City, Oregon, United States
Hiking | 9.8 miles
After we failed to summit the South Sister summit, because of the bad weather, we put a lot of hope to get this peak, which will be the only mountain peak in our Oregon hiking trip.In about 2 miles, the trail leads to the first attraction: the Strawberry Lake. We took some pictures, and continue our way up through the woods. At some point the forest opens up and we can saw...
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South Sister Summit Day Hike (10 miles)
by ybwhiker on Oct 21, 2013
Elk Lake, Oregon, United States
Hiking | 7.6 miles
When we left Medford for South Sister Summit trailhead, there was heavy rain, indicating that there could be a bad weather at South Sister. Slowly, the weather was getting better as we drove east, which gave us a bit hope that the weather in the South Sister might be good.There are hardly anyone driving on the road this early, about 7-8am. However, at the trailhead, there are many cars already parked there....
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Pilot Rock Hike (3 miles)
by ybwhiker on Oct 21, 2013
Hilt, California, United States
Hiking | 0.7 miles
Pilot Rock trail is a relative short but tough hike. The distance is only about 3 miles total, but it has 1000 feet elevation gain, which happens mostly in the final scramble to the top.The first part of the hike is pretty gradual accent, making us wondering where the 1000 feet elevation gain comes from for 1.4 miles to the top. After brief join with PCT (Pacific Crest Trail), the trail becomes...
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Jefferson Park Hike
by ybwhiker on Aug 31, 2013
Breitenbush, Oregon, United States
Hiking | 14.2 miles
Jefferson Park is listed as the best scenic hiking in the State of Oregon by the Backpack Magazine. We decided to give it a try. Most hikers to Jefferson Park take two day backpack trip. We decided to have it as a day hike.We had an early start that not many cars in the parking lot. The first 2-3 miles are in the heavy forest without much lookouts. Half way through the...
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Buckhorn Lookout in Hells Canyon
by ybwhiker on Aug 28, 2013
Zumwalt, Oregon, United States
Hiking | 14.2 miles
It has been long time that we want hike in Hells Canyon, which is the deepest Canyon in US. The Snake River began carving Hells Canyon out of the plateau about 6 million years ago. Significant canyon-shaping events occurred as recently as 15,000 years ago during a massive outburst flood from Glacial Lake Bonneville in Utah.This is our 5th of day of 9 day trip in Oregon for hiking only. Overnight, we stayed in Enterprise,...

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