Lewis Creek Trail Review

The Lewis Creek trail is by far the best trail I have hiked on during the summer. Its natural trees and ferns sprouted lushly on a day hike. The smell of the water running down the stream were fresh and cool. It may seem I am in another city, but the feel of the forest made it seem that I’m not in Oakhurst.

Getting to this trail was easy. You will need to take 41 HWY North. The trailhead is roughly about 7 miles from Oakhurst and is right off of 41 hwy. There will be a huge turnout and can be a parking lot.

My sister in law and brother in law took me to this awesome trail. When they told me their experience with the Lewis Creek trail, I told them immediately to take me there and sure enough, my experience was awesome, fun, and satisfied.

The trail goes on a down slope. Hiking down to Corlieu Falls only took 15 mins without a sweat. The waterfall was beautiful. I love the veiw and the trail has a man made small wooden deck or patio to lean on it. We then continue the trail for about 5 mins to find ourself a big tree. It sure does look like a resting spot. We rest there to look around. There were a few great small pools to swim in. Also, be careful when getting close to the stream.

After a short rest, we continued the trail. There were small section of the trail that were muddy. We had to step on tree stump to cross over. Also, when there is a running stream with trees and ferns, mosquitos are sure to be there too. Bring bug repellent.

We finally rested on a open wide area that has a flat top bolder and a small running stream. That was 1 mile from the trailhead. We didn’t finish the hike because further down leads to a parking lot which was about 3 miles. I guess it was a great idea to start from the top down than to start 4 miles to Corlieu Falls. Going back to the car was a big sweat. It was a challenge going up the bolder stairs. It was worth the workout. I recommend everyone to hike this trail during spring and summer.

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(Featured image was taken by my sister in law.)

Bridge Trail Review

This trail is at the San Joaquin River Gorge in Aubrey. It is approximately 30 mins to the bridge. The trail is suitable for all ages.

I’ve been to the Bridge trail a few times. I would rate this trail a 1 star for easy. The trail starts off at the trailhead from the parking lot. The trail is a downward slope. It is not steep. The only thing about this day was the weather forecast says it will rain. Well, the rain is not going to stop me from going.

When I got to the Gorge, the parking lot was full before 8am. It seems like there was an event going on. People were stretching before they began. The weather was beautiful. The rain made the view better. Bright green moss pops out of the bolders. The yellow grass and gray sky made all moss and algae brighten. The sound of the rain drops were rhythmic and the smell of nature all goes well together.

I love this trail. The trail is well maintained by adding the wooden blocks as steps here and there and as I got closer to the bridge. It was easy going to the bridge. However going back to the parking lot seem a bit exhausting. The trail now goes up the mountain side. It was a great workout. Since it rained, I had to be careful from slipping. It was a horrible idea to wear a cotton sweater cause it soaked up the rain. I was drenched in rain when I completed the trail. It was a great experience hiking in the rain. Next time, I’ll be better prepared.

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Lakeview Trail Review

Here’s a trail that would be great for everyone of all ages. Lakeview Trail. I would rate this a level 2, an easy moderate hike. It is a 4 mile hike to Eastman Lake. Giving you a total of 8 miles.

The trail is wide, although there are many ditches and loose gravel you may have to be careful. There are many huge bolders around the area and that can be challenging. Beware of rattlesnakes. Do not walk on tall grasses. I didn’t see any rattlesnakes because of the cold season. I didn’t want to risk being surprise either. So always be cautious.

What I love about this trail are the bolders and the unique vegetation. The bolders are huge! I was able to climb on one. The water seem to be low at this time of season. The plants are interesting when I started the trail. It’s like a walkway to a nice ending, which the ending was great! The view to the lake was beautiful. The water looked calm and the wind blew slightly against my face. I can feel the cold air through my nose down to my lungs. Everything was breathtaking. I love how nature is mesmerizing. The great thing about this trail is that it is open all season.

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Beginner’s Hike 101 p.2


Going on a 2 -3 hour day hike? Here are a few items I like to bring with me.

  1. Water. This is the number one thing to bring with you at all time. You can never have enough water to drink.
  2. Map. When I plan a trail, I must have my map with me.
  3. Towel. Nothing is wrong in bringing one. I like to use it when I rest for lunch or do a little stretching .
  4. First aid kit. Anything can happen and it is best to be prepare.
  5. Snacks. You must bring some power and energy snacks to energize your hike.  Believe me, it helped me walked up a steep trail.
  6. Camera and/or phone. Bring to take a photo of nature.
  7. Compass. It’s always good to have one when your electronic devices are shut down.
  8. Whistle. My emergency tool to seek help when needed.

Optional items:

  • Wireless speaker. All my hikes are my workout. So a good tune of music is also a booster.
  • Pocket knife. Honestly, I have not use it at all, but I do know that it will be handy one day.

These are the basic hiking essentials I bring to a day hike. In my next Beginners hike 101, I’ll explain further details of the items I bring.

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Pincushion Mountain top trail review

There are many un named trails on the Pincushion Mountain, however the trail I took today leads to the table top. The trail took 45 mins to reach there and back. The trail starts on Sky Harbor road by the cow gate.

The trail starts off intense. I mean, the trail literally starts off using your legs and if you’re planning to go, stretching your legs and squatting would definitely be a great idea. The trail goes on roughly about 100 feet and it merges onto a dirt road. The dirt road shoots up the mountain side until we reach a flat surface, where I generally take water breaks. Then the dirt road goes on for another 100 feet and the climb to the mountain top was tiring. The scenery was beautiful. Too bad I didn’t have my canon camera with me. I would of took a perfect shot of the view, but my phone camera will do for now.

The closer I get to the top, the more bolders to step on. I finally reached the flat top of Pincushion Mountain. The view was amazing. The only thing that was there is a loney tree and a couple hundreds of huge rocks around it. There was no trail other than the cow trail. So I walk on it only because everywhere else was rocks. Eventually, I had to walk on the rocks to the edge of the mountain. Be careful when walking onto the rocks, it can be dangerous if tripping over it.

I would give this trail a 4 out of 5 difficulty level. A moderate to strenuous hike. So to make this easier, the harder you breath for air and rests you make, the level of difficulty goes up. Although the trail was intense, I made sure I kept hiking until I reach a flat ground surface.

I would definitely come back this trail again when spring comes. It’s a great time to see all the greenery and colors.

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