This weekend I wanted to take the time to spend a beautiful memory with my two toddlers. We went to Millerton Lake State Recreation Area: South Shore Area. It is roughly 20 miles from Fresno. There was an entrance fee of ten dollars.
It was the prefect day to spend quality time with families and friends. The recreation was full of people and the water level was moderately high. I water was perfect for the girls to swim. They didn’t want to get out. They had so much fun.
After their swim, we did a short hike to Blue Oak trail. According to All Trails.com, Blue Oak trail is roughly 6.3 miles out and back. Now hiking with toddlers, there is a limit for them to hike until they wanted to be held. We hiked a total of 1/2 a mile round trip to the trail head.
The trail was decent for them to hike on. There were a few ditches we had to watch out for and the trail is right along the lake with a sheer drop in certain areas. The wild flowers were beautiful. My girls can’t help it, but to hand picked them. The sunset was also amazing.
In any event, I hope one day I would complete this trail with a few girls of mine and review this wonderful trail that is 20 minutes from town. I think it would be fun to enjoy the view of the lake before the temperature rises to the nineties.
This weekend I reviewed Way-of-the-Mono trail in Bass Lake. It is rated easy and is roughly 1.2 mile. The weather was beautiful. Sunny and breezy.
Starting off the trail was a bit moderate until I reached an overlook. It was a great view to Bass Lake. However, it saddened me that the wild fire had reached there. I saw burned trees. From the look of the burn trees, it looked like it was 5 to 7 years ago. I can tell because fresh shrubs and wild flowers grew around the trees. I don’t remembered when the fire reached to Bass Lake, but it was horrible to see the damage.
The trail soon goes up to a steep hill side until I reached a dirt road. Then down to a dead end. The whole mountain side was burned and the trail was no where to be seen. I do not want to turn back. I’m sure there was a trail somewhere. I kept hiking and soon found the trail. It seems like I had pass the trail when I was on the dirt road.
I would personally rate this trail Moderate. There were steep trail side and because the scar from the fire, the trail was a bit hard to find. I hope one day the trail would come back alive with beautiful trees and shrubs.
The original plan was to go to Moro Rock at Sequoia National Park, however I checked the weather and the Alerts on the National Park website. It required vehicles to have tire chains due to icy road. It was free entrance to National Park week and it was a perfect time to go. I do not know how to properly install tire chains, so there was a last minute change to hike at the coast.
My weekend consisted of great friendship, relaxation, and trail review to Point Lobos State Reserve near Monterey Bay. It was beautiful and surreal. The trails were easy. There were short trails that led to another trail. We had completed 7 miles. The view was magnificent. I couldn’t explain it any other way. Wild flowers were blooming left to right and wild succulents too. The weather was just right. The breeze went against my skin and the fresh sea salt water filled my nose and lungs. It was amazing! I’m so glad that we changed our hike to the coast. I’m thinking when summer gets closer, our group hike can go to Moro Rock.
Until our next group hike, happy hiking!
For a full gallery of our last group hike, you can go to my Facebook page @melanie.shiking to view them.
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!
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.