Kaweah Oaks Preserve: Elderberry Trail Review

After a week long of rain shower, it was a great idea take my toddlers and infant out for a family day hike for the very first time. I thought, what could go wrong taking my two toddlers and infant to a day hike? Maybe try it and find out how it goes. I do not want to go anywhere that is difficult and long. Especially going with toddlers and infant. So we went to Kaweah Oaks Preserve that is located near Visalia. We hiked on Elderberry trail. It’s so beautiful. It was very green after the rain. It was easy for my toddlers until we reached a fallen tree. I had to helped them climbed over it. They were so cute and adorable.

The down side of the hike was that both my toddlers were exhausted by the end of the trail. Unfortunately, we did not bring a stroller. We had to carry them both back to our vehicle, but who knew that a family day hike would be so fun! I love it and I can not wait to do more family day hikes with them.

Until next time, happy hiking!

 

Beginner’s Hike 101 p.3

What to wear

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Now that I have planned my hike, studied the map, and packed my hiking gears. It has come down to figure out what is the proper outfit to wear on a short day hike.

Of course it is obvious to wear comfy shoes and clothes, but wearing the right outfit is important for a day hike and it is because after a few trails I took.

Checking the weather forecast will help narrow down the type of outfit. This will definitely help you determine what is the proper hiking outfit to wear.

Pants:

  • I love leggings and I think most women do. Leggings are the easiest pair of pants to put on. The type of fabric does matter on a day hike. Do not wear cotton. Most hiking trails have thorns, pokey leaves bushes and what not, they will get onto your pants. I tried it and it was not pleasant to sit on one or pull them out. You can also find one in the active wear section at the retail store or Amazon.

  • For thick pants, I suggest a slight cargo pants for winter, rain or if the weather is humid. It is for protection. Please be aware that some trails may have leeches, ticks, poison oak, and poison ivy. Remember to research the hiking trail and be prepare.

  • Shorts are perfect for a hot day hike.

Shirts:

  • Short sleeve and long sleeve shirts are some what difficult to find for a day hike. I have notice that wearing a regular t-shirt does not do well. Just a reminder that hiking is a work out. Imagine yourself at the gym. Hiking is same thing. Again, cotton fabric is a not a good idea to wear because it absorbs sweat.

Sweaters:

  • Sweater is always recommended because the weather may change. The weather can be unpredictable and it is great to prepare. Find a sweater that is breathable. It helps to cool down than to hold in heat.

Socks:

  • Socks must be cotton. I know I have said all the others needed to be cotton free, but your feet is doing the job of taking to your destination. Hiking trails are not paved and is not easily walked on like a sidewalk. All trails are different and it is best to wear the cotton socks than thin socks. It prevents from blistering.

Jackets:

  • Jackets are great for winter and rain. Again, no cotton material jacket because they absorb water.

I hope these are great suggestions for your upcoming day hike. Let me know in the comment below how your trip goes and maybe share your experience on certain clothes you may encounter.

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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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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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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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