Training @ Pincushion Mountain Trail

My morning hike on the Pincushion trail was always a tough one. However, it is by far the right trail to train for Half Dome in Yosemite National Park. Each time I look up the trail, I push myself to keep going. Even if it was baby steps all the way through, I kept going.

Arriving to the top of the mountain trail was rewarding! The view was nice and the feeling of “I DID IT” was by best reward to start my day. There were a few hikers congratulating me for getting to the top. That was a very nice of them to say that. Very encouraging.

Pincushion Mountain is the best way to start training for a big hike. Maybe it can be for something else. Who knows, but training on the Pincushion Mountain trail can definitely help me achieve my goals. Again, I give kudos to those who run and bike. You guys are awesome!

Happy Hiking!

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Eastman Lake Trail Review

A few days ago, I led a hike to Eastman Lake at the Wildlife Management Area. The trail is located in the Madera county, west side of Eastman Lake. The trail was right along the lake.

I would rate this trail moderate. Not too hard and not to easy. It was just about right. The trail was short. I would say it’s roughly 2 miles. What I love about this trail was the wild flowers and the view to the lake. It was calm and relaxing. Also, the foothills was amazing. I felt like I was in Scotland. The evergreen grass and the large boulders took me there, but I’m hoping, maybe one day, I would get a chance to tour Scotland and see beautiful mountain view.

Last but not least, my overall experience with the Wildlife Management Area was just a quick get away to relax, refresh, and renew myself.

Happy Hiking!

Frog Pond Wetland Preserve Trail Review

Hello! It has been a while since my last post. My weekend was filled with fun, exciting and great family adventure. This time we took our children to the Monterey Aquarium, relaxed at our vacation home that I participated in the Airbnb at Seaside, hiked a short trail at the preserve and ended our trip at the beach near Fisherman’s Warf.

In this blog, I want to review the hiking trail that I took my family and it is at the Frog Pond Wetland Preserve that is located in Seaside, California. The Preserve is part of the Monterey Peninsula Regional Park District.

The Frog Pond Wetland Preserve has a few short trails that are easy for everyone. The trail was easy for my toddlers. Fresh forest scent and morning spring filled the air. Amazing growing horsetail are on the verge of blooming, wild flowers are beautiful, and a few plants that looked scary are not touched. There were large vines crawled up an old tree and tall vast trees goes up above our heads. The scenery were beautiful. My favorite was the walk through of the trees. It’s so nice and magical. I’m so glad we came early in the season before mosquito show up, otherwise we’ll be food to them.

I would recommend this trail to anyone who loves preservation and wildlife education or just a short easy hike. Until my next hike, let me know where you hike to in the comments below. I would love to know where you went.

Happy Hiking!

 

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!

 

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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P.S.

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

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Happy Hiking!