The Brown Ditch trail was the funest trail I have ever experienced. The trail itself was easy and have open scenic view to the Sierra National Forest. It is almost a 3 mile hike. This trail is in the Bass Lake area.
At the beginning of the trail, there was a sign “private property and no traspassing”. However, many hikers enters the trail. It is rank 4 out of 5 on the All Trail website. The Flume is own by PG&E and they discourage hikers to go on it.
The Flume trail took me 2.5 hours to complete the trail. The elevation was well over 3,000 ft. The hike was a total of 5 miles round trip. The trail was flat. There was no steep mountain side or big bolder step to climb on, but boy, it was a long trail. I just wanted to finish it. The weather was warm at 11 am and there were no shade when turning back until we nearly reach the enterance. Walking the flume trail, to me, was frightening. The walk way was very narrow that I can imagine myself walk into the flume and banging my chin onto the wood. That would not end well. Good thing the flume was dry. Not only walking the flume trail was frightening , I have found myself afraid of hieghts. I slowly walk the steel flume trail and I tried to enjoy the breathtaking scenery of the Sierra National Forest.
The down side to hiking the flume trail was finding a restroom or a portable potty stall. Unfortunately, there were none and I had to squat behind the bush. Make sure to bring plenty of water and bring toilet paper. Also, I heard a couple of gun shots. It’s hunting season so be careful. Another one that kind of bothersome was the flies. I had to fan my face with my hand to shoo them away. It’s annoying, really.
All in all, I enjoyed my hike to nature. It was very fun and different. Except for the flies. Be very careful when walking the flume trail.
Click here to read a few public trails in Bass Lake.
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Buzzards Roost trail is one of the best trails from Millerton Lake in Madera county. In fact, that’s the only trail to a perfect scenic view. The trail is inside the North Shore Campground and there is a park entrance fee of ten dollars. Buzzards Roost trail starts right off the road. However, parking will be off the road.
The difficulty of this trail is moderate to strenuous. I’m giving this trail a 4 out of 5. Let me break down the level’s of difficulty.
- 1 – easy (straight trail, no rocky hills or bumps)
- 2 – easy to moderate ( straight trail with little bolder and hills)
- 3 – moderate (curvy trail and straight trail with little bolder/stair step)
- 4 – moderate to strenuous (moderate curvy trail with little bolder step with steep trail)
- 5 – strenuous (very curvy trail with very steep trail to many bolder steps)
This trail is steep to hike to begin with. I was out of breath when I hiked up 20 steps. So, imagine hiking up the trail. Boy, the hike was worth the beautiful view. Buzzards Roost is 0.6 miles to the destination. When you turn back, the whole trail is about 1.2 miles. The elevation starting was 643 ft and to the end of my destination was 1155 ft elevation. It took me 45 mins to complete this trail.
At the top of the mountain, the view was beautiful. I can see Sky Harbor Road and the massive lake. I recommend taking this trail during spring because there is a small waterfall to see but it was dry. Overall, the hike going down was the best, but make sure to stretch your legs.
Click here to download and print the trail map. (I don’t own the map. It is the link to the state site.)
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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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