Family Hike to North Table Mountain Ecological Reserve

My weekend consisted of family reunion and a HOT mini hike with my toddlers. We visited my family in Oroville, California. Roughly four hours to get there. It was my cousin’s baby shower. She is expecting a baby boy in July. I’m so excited for her journey to motherhood. She will love and enjoy every moment of it. It was wonderful to see everyone, however I would like to share our mini hike to the North Table Mountain Ecological Reserve.

The North Table Mountain Ecological Reserve actually leads to a few waterfalls. It was the hottest day to hike. It was 100 degrees. The mountain feels like Pincushion Mountain. It feels like home. The only difference was the formation of the rocks. There were patches of them on a few foothills. There was a stream of water. It looks like it was from the natural spring water, but who knows it may not be.

Soon after we cross over the patches of rocks, we came to a trail to the meadow. Grasshoppers hopped left to right. My toddlers were confused. They have not seen grasshoppers before. I told them they are jumping insects. That’s close enough right? My girls chase after them. One trying to get them with their bare hands and the other stomping their feet. We can hear them jumped.

Unfortunately, we didn’t get to the trees and to the water, we turned back. It was too hot and maybe next time when I visit my family, we can go together. Since my toddlers were with me, a lot of my mini hikes with them are incomplete. Mini hike with my toddlers are only .25 miles.¬† That was roughly how far our trip with them until they are ready for longer hikes and much older.

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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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Pincushion Mountain: San Joaquin River Trail Review

Pincushion Mountain is part of the San Joaquin River Trail located at the Millerton Lake State Recreation Area. It is roughly 30 minutes from Fresno. The trail entrance is in the South Finegold Picnic Area. There is a $10.00 fee to park there, however many people park outside the picnic area and walk to the trail entrance.

Pincushion is definitely my all time trail to train myself to get better. This trail is rated level 5 strenuous. The trail is roughly 1.3 miles, giving you a total of 2.5 miles round trip. I give kudos to those individuals who ran up the trail. It probably took them many practices and trainings to run. Great job! For people like me, I need more rest time and training. When arriving the fork, take the right trail to Pincushion. Then, head to the next mountain top to the final destination.

The view was breathtaking. I’m able to see the Big Bend, the lake, the picnic area and Sky Harbor road. I would give anyone a thumbs up to go and train there.

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Researching Trails

Ever question yourself where to start on a day hike? Well, many beginner’s do and don’t worry, I have a few tips you can take.
Finding a trail can be hard to begin. I’d say, start on an easy trail near home. Or you can plan a trip to a National Park. You don’t want to start on a strenuous trail and not go ever again. Do a little research where you would like start. For taking trails near home, you can go on the city website and find their “things to do” section. They have tons of stuff to do that you never thought your city have. Or download the All Trails app to find the trails you’re planning.

The picture below was taken at the San Joaquin River Gorge. It’s about 35 mins to 45mins from home. This trail is broken up to sections. The beginning is easy until you pass the bridge, the trail gets a little moderate.

If you decided to plan a trip out of town, find out the trail in the city or park you’re heading. Sometime, they will provide you a pdf map. It’s always a great idea to download it.

I’ve been to a trail that I was unprepared for and thankfully the national park have an informational hut. There, it have a rough map that I took a photo of.

Eventually, I was able to lead my group to Moro Rock. It was a fun easy trail for everyone. Unfortunately, my mobile phone was out of battery, so there was no photos of Moro Rock.

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