MCWAY FALLS – BIG SUR

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.25 mile trail

Mc Way Falls is located off of highway 2 in beautiful  Big Sur, California. The waterfall, which is actually a tidefall because  it empties into the ocean, is one of two in the region. The other being Alamere Falls up near San Francisco,  Ca.

  This is a short quarter mile hike along a cliffside trail. It is perfect for persons of all ages. 

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McWay Falls

At 80 ft tall waterfall is a stunning sight!

Parking for the trailhead is located along Highway 2

● Hike difficulty – easy
● Trail  type – out and back
● Distance – .5 miles -roundtrip
● 80 ft waterfall

DOPPLER RADAR – SANTA ANA MOUNTAINS

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The hike to the KSOX Weather Radar in the Santa Ana Mountains is best done on a cool day. Its around 8.5 miles to the Radar. The non shaded trail winds though Black Star Canyon and then up to the top of the canyon to the Main Divide Road.

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Doppler from Beeks Place

The doppler viewed from  Beeks Place which is at the 8 mile mark on this trek.

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There are two single track short cuts that will save you time and miles on this 16 mile hike. Look for them when your on your way up the trail and take then on the way down. Its a great change from the fire road.

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Up on one of the unnamed  singletrack trails heading down Black Star Canyon.

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Trail difficulty – Strenuous
18 mile hike
● Trail type – Out and back
● Zero shade – bring sun protection

AVALANCHE on MOUNT EVEREST

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The huge 7.8 quake that hit Nepal triggered several avalanches this one was at the Mt. Everest base camp.

18 persons were killed and hundreds more left stranded on the mountain.

It is the deadliest accident on the mountain.

MOBIUS ARCH – ALABAMA HILLS

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The gateway into Alabama Hills

Mobius Arch is one of many natural  arches in the Alabama Hills. It is the most popular  though and gets many visitors on a daily basis. The drive up Whitney Portal Road is a beautiful  one. Drive slow and enjoy the views.

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View of trailhead and the Sierra Nevadas

After turning down movie road you drive down a couple miles and reach the Mobius Arch Trailhead.

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One of many natural arches

The area is home to 100’s of natural arches so keep your eyes open and you might spot a few.

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Sierra Nevada Mountains

Mobius Arch is about halfway up the trail. Its a loop hike so start in either direction  and you will run into it. Actually  going counter clockwise  will probably  get you there a bit sooner.

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Mt Whitney

Here we have Mt. Whitney ( 14,508 ft), the highest point in the lower 48, framed by the Mobius arch.

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● Trail difficulty – easy
● Trail type – loop
● 1.5 miles roundtrip
● Zero shade – bring sun protection
● Bring water – 2 liters
● Mountain views
● Parking is free

BLACK STAR CANYON INDIAN VILLAGE

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Black Star Canyon Indian village is located a little more than 5 miles from the trailhead on Black Star Canyon Rd. The trail starts off moderate for the first 2 miles as you make your way up the canyon. The last 3+ miles up to the Indian site are the strenuous  part. The trail climbs up the canyon walls as it takes you into the Cleveland  National Forest. The site is easy to miss since it’s not marked. Just look for the grove of Oak Trees a little after the 5 mile mark. It is on the right hand side.

The canyon is full of history! Including the story about the Indian massacre.  You can read about is on the Wikipedia page.

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Trail difficulty – strenuous
10.5 miles roundtrip
● Trail type – out and back
●  mostly exposed – bring sun protection
● Bring minimum  2 liters of water
● California  historic  site 217

LOWER DARWIN FALLS – DEATH VALLEY NATIONAL PARK

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Darwin Falls Rd.

This beautiful,and I do mean beautiful  hike starts after a bumpy 2 mile drive on Darwin Falls Rd. The marked trailhead holds about 10 cars.

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Darwin Wash

From the parking lot continue past the information board and up the wash. The dry creek bed is littered with debris  from past flash floods so check the weather before  entering the wash. 

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Entering the oasis

About three quarters of a mile up the wash the green begins to appear and the riparian habitat  reveals itself. The canyon narrows and soon enough you’ll  find yourself crossing creeks and jumping boulders.

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Riparian habitat in the desert, Darwin Creek

Darwin Creek reveals more of  itself the closer you get and the sound of the flowing creek becomes louder

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Darwin Creek

Small cascades lure you closer and gushing sounds of lower Darwin Falls motivate you to pick up the pace. After some creek crossings and a little bush whacking, you arrive to one of, if not  the best features in Death Valley National  Park.

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Beautiful Lower Darwin Falls

Beautiful  Lower Darwin Falls. Upper falls and a beautiful fern gully sit above the lower falls. To access it you have to climb up on the left of the cliff face. Use extreme  caution if you decide to do this. I saw a few people  heading up but didn’t go because  I had my daughter with me.

Trail difficulty – Easy
2 Mile out and back
● 20 ft waterfall
● Riparian habitat
● Bird watching
● Wildlife viewing

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Darwin Falls Trailhead

Death at Hermit Falls

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http://abc7.com/video/embed/?pid=641936

ANGELES NATIONAL FOREST (KABC) — A man has died and two others suffered minor injuries after a diving accident at Hermit Falls in Angeles National Forest Wednesday.

Authorities received a call about a diving accident at about 8:45 a.m. Jesse Yuth, 18, of Signal Hill was declared dead at the scene.

Two other victims were airlifted to a local hospital for hypothermia.

Detectives say Yuth jumped 50 feet from the top of the fall into the pond. Two teens, who were with the adult, jumped in the pond in an attempt to rescue him.

Frequent visitors to the area said that while Hermit Falls is a popular place to hike to, it’s also very dangerous.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the incident.

Heroes Project – Climb For Heroes

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This will be my first year participating  in this event but definitely not my last. I can’t wait to take part in this hike! I’ve already raised my goal of $100 and I want to thank my supporters  for the quick responses.  It doesn’t  have to stop at that though. Every dollar matters. So I’m reaching out to you all to see if you could donate  a few dollars to this wonderful  cause.  The link below will take you to my donation  page where you can make a secure  donation  in my name. Thank you and have a great day!

http://heroes.convio.net/site/TR/Events/General?px=1010572&pg=personal&fr_id=1081

LOS PINOS PEAK VIA TRABUCO CANYON

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This is a 13 mile hike that starts in beautiful Trabuco Canyon. The trailhead for this hike is located at the end of Trabuco Creek Rd. This is a bumpy ride on an  unmaintained dirt road. So a 4×4 or a high clearance vehicle is recommended.

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The first 2 miles on the West Horsethief Trail are mostly shaded and follow the creek.

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View of Trabuco Canyon

After the first 2 miles you start to climb up the walls of Trabuco Canyon and the views begin to open up. This steep section is the toughest part of the hike. After 2 miles you reach the Main Divide Rd.

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The Main Divide  Rd. offers some great views into Riverside County. Lake Elsinore is pictured above also visible from the road are San Jacinto and the San Bernardino Mountains. 

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Los Pinos Ridge Trail

After 3 miles on the Rd you reach the Los Pinos Trail. This ridge line is one of my favorites in the range. The views from the ridge are amazing!

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View from Los Pinos Peak

Once on the peak, enjoy the marvelous views an retrace your steps.  Go back to the main divide/los pinos junction and make a left to take the Trabuco Canyon trail. 

This shady downhill trail is my favorite!  It’s a bit rocky but the views are so worth it!

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Trabuco Canyon Trail

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This Trai will take you back to West Horsethief trail. Then return the way you came. This lollipop loop is one of the best in So Cal!

Trail route:
West Horsethief to Main Divide, Main Divide to Los Pinos Trail, Los Pinos  back down to Main Divide/Trabuco Canyon/ Los Pinos trail Junction,  Take Trabuco Canyon trail back to West Horsethief and back to parking lot.

● 13 mile Lollipop Loop
● 4th highest peak in the range.
● Beautiful views
● Dog friendly trail
● approx 2,500 ft of gain
● High clearance vehicle recommended

CLICK BELOW FOR GOOGLE MAPS LINK TO PARKING AREA
West Horsethief/Trabuco Canyon Trailhead

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