Wind Wolves Preserve Trails

Trails hiked:

  1. San Emigdio Canyon Trail ………. 3 miles
  2. El Camino Viejo Mountain Bike Trail ……….. 0.4 miles
  3. Tule Elk Trail ………… 4.39 miles

Elevation:

  • Lowest……1416 feet
  • Highest…..2308 feet

Total trail hiked looped: 7.79 miles in 3 hours and 27 minutes burning 693 calories

Wind Wolves Preserve is part of the Wildlands Conservancy that is located in Bakersfield and is the largest non-profit at 93,000 acres. Also, the Tule elk were reintroduced to the preserve for reproduction and was off the extinction list.  There are many fun facts about the preserve and for more information on the Wind Wolves Preserve, click the link below for its history and the making.

The Wildlands Conservancy : Wind Wolves Preserve

What I love about the trails was the canyon view. After the slight rain earlier in the week, the grass was green and the view to the canyon was spectacular. The mountain view was beautiful in the background. It was too surreal to take in the beautiful scene. The breeze was great against my skin even the sun was high up. The air was fresh and clean. Lastly, I have not seen 100 plus sheeps in person. The herd of sheep from afar looked like moving bushes. Usually to see this many sheeps would appear in a cartoon show or a night tv show, but to see this many sheeps was greatly appreciated. What I dislike about the trails was animal feces. The trails are animal friendly and many hikers brought their dogs for hikes, but it’s very uncomfortable to hike on a trail that has them on it. It made my trip cautious of the wet feces, hoping not to leave any under my shoes.

I would rate all three trails easy to moderate. There’s no strenuous trail to worry about starting from San Emigdio Canyon Trail. However, starting from Tule Elk Trail will be a challenge to hike and it’s about 1.25 miles until the trail get easy all the way.

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Wind Wolves Preserve have FREE great programs for families to enjoy this year.

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Wah Ki’o Trail Review

The Wah Ki’o Trail is one of the nicest and relaxing trail that have beautiful landscape of table mountain, big meadow that goes far to the other side of the mountain and the view to the lake. The Wah Ki’o trail is located at the San Joaquin River Gorge Management Area.

The trail is approximately over 4 miles from the parking lot. What I love about the trail was the traffic. It was calm. There were many hikers to the Bridge trail, but as soon as I made the turn to the Wah Ki’o trail and hike further to the mountains, no other hikers came from the other side or came after, except for one biker. Another thing was the view to the mountain. Its structure and unique texture made it beautiful. It stood out from other mountains.

I did not complete the trail due to a free ranger that blocked the trail. I just needed half a mile to go and I’m done. Just half a mile! I moved in closer to the free ranger thinking it would move, but it didn’t budged. I stopped and turned back. Worst case scenario would be getting kicked in the face.

I hiked a total of 8 miles in 4 hours and 53 minutes burning 698 calories. I had fun. I was tire and burned out. The last mile to the parking lot was a killer. The trail goes up the mountain side. Boy, it was a great workout. I hope that one day, maybe later in the year, I will need to find a time to complete the Pa’san Ridge Trial. When it comes, I will be prepare for the challenge.

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5 Great Hiking Trails to enjoy this President’s Day

If you’re thinking of going on a day hike this President’s Day, let me give you my top 5 hand-picked  hiking trails from my bucket list.

  1. Yosemite National Park – Vernon Fall to Nevada Fall Trail is roughly 8 miles loop round trip. Beautiful landscapes and waterfalls. Click here for map.
  2. Point Reyes National SeaShore – Coast Trail to Alamere Falls is 8 miles total. Enchanted forest to waterfall. Click here for map.
  3. Sequoia and King Canyon National Park – Lewis and Clark Trail 6 miles. Beautiful Kennedy Pass Meadow.
  4. Point Lobos State Marine Reserve – North Shore Trail to Cypress Grove Trail is about 1.8 miles.  Beautiful coastal view to the Pacific Ocean.
  5. Joshua Tree National Park – Lost Horse Mine, 4 miles. Beautiful canyons and Joshua Trees.

Have fun and enjoy your President’s Day!

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Big Sandy Bridge: San Joaquin River Trail Review

Big Sandy Bridge is located on the San Joaquin River Trail at the Millerton Lake State Recreation Area. Big Sandy Bridge is approximately 12.3 miles from the picnic area by Sky Harbor. Hiking to Big Sandy Bridge will take the whole day to complete, however there is a short 2 mile hike to get there by starting from the San Joaquin River Gorge Recreational Area.

What I like about this trail are the green mossy rocks. They gave me the feeling of being in an enchanted forest. I also like the view to the lake. The water was low during the winter season which you can see the rocks. The view from the bridge was beautiful, calm and peaceful with a little pond and moss.

What I don’t like about this trail is that it is boring. There are no exciting landscape. There are many dog and cow feces on the trail. It was unpleasant. There are a lot of trail runners due to an upcoming marathon event.

Unfortunately, the bridge is not what I thought it would be.  I was hoping the bridge would be like the one at the Gorge with big green railing over my head and crosses the creek. It was a bit disappointing, but I have to remember that every trail is different.

I would rate this trail moderate to the bridge and strenuous back the Gorge. My total hike was 4.83 miles in 2 hours and 9 minutes, burning 409 calories.

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High Peak Trail to Bear Gulch Cave Review

High Peak Trail to Bear Gulch Cave is located at Pinnacles National Park. The park itself is roughly 45 minutes south of Gilroy. There is a park entrance fee of 25.00 dollars. The visitor center is open from 9:30am – 5pm.

The link below can direct you to the national park’s website for more information on getting there. Pinnacles National Park direction

According to my Samsung Gear Fit 2, I have completed 9.39 miles round trip.

I have completed the hike in 5 hours and 51 minutes. I burned 1,442 calories. That’s almost 3 pounds! The lowest elevation I hiked was 825 ft and the highest was 2,393 ft. The weather there was cloudy at 52.8 degrees Ferenhiet.

The first 2.6 miles was strenuous. It was a climb to the top of the mountain. My heart rate shoots up to 175 bpm. I had to rest 4 times to catch my breath. I also took a few photos of the view from behind us.

As soon as I reach to a fork, the fun began. I continued the High Peak Trail that leads to the beautiful mountain. The view was amazing. There were some narrow paths and rocky trail, but that didn’t stop me from continuing the trail.

I then ended my hike to High Peak trail to enter the Bear Gulch trail for 2 miles. The hike goes down the mountain.

I reached to the Bear Gulch Resavoir and had lunch. It was peaceful. The water was calm and still. I can imagine myself dressed up in a kimono with an umbrella shade looking out at the calm water. It was beautiful.

After a great lunch, I entered the Bear Gulch Cave. It was one of the best visit on the trail. I’m guessing it is the darkness, the tight spaces, the cold rushes through the cave. It was amazing.

As soon as I finish the walk through of the cave, I had to hike back to the trailhead where I parked the car. That was another 3 miles. The hike was easy. Heading back to the car was painful. My muscles were cramped and sore. My toes had blisters. It was a tough 3 mile back and to complete the trail in 5 hours and 50 minutes, I am glad to say, “I DID IT”.

Overall, I love the hike! It was a challenged, but it was worth the beautiful rocks, narrow trail and cave.

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