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.

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

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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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High Peak Trail to Bear Gulch Cave Review

High Peak Trail to Bear Gulch Cave is located at Pinnacles National Park. The park itself is roughly 45 minutes south of Gilroy. There is a park entrance fee of 25.00 dollars. The visitor center is open from 9:30am – 5pm.

The link below can direct you to the national park’s website for more information on getting there. Pinnacles National Park direction

According to my Samsung Gear Fit 2, I have completed 9.39 miles round trip.

I have completed the hike in 5 hours and 51 minutes. I burned 1,442 calories. That’s almost 3 pounds! The lowest elevation I hiked was 825 ft and the highest was 2,393 ft. The weather there was cloudy at 52.8 degrees Ferenhiet.

The first 2.6 miles was strenuous. It was a climb to the top of the mountain. My heart rate shoots up to 175 bpm. I had to rest 4 times to catch my breath. I also took a few photos of the view from behind us.

As soon as I reach to a fork, the fun began. I continued the High Peak Trail that leads to the beautiful mountain. The view was amazing. There were some narrow paths and rocky trail, but that didn’t stop me from continuing the trail.

I then ended my hike to High Peak trail to enter the Bear Gulch trail for 2 miles. The hike goes down the mountain.

I reached to the Bear Gulch Resavoir and had lunch. It was peaceful. The water was calm and still. I can imagine myself dressed up in a kimono with an umbrella shade looking out at the calm water. It was beautiful.

After a great lunch, I entered the Bear Gulch Cave. It was one of the best visit on the trail. I’m guessing it is the darkness, the tight spaces, the cold rushes through the cave. It was amazing.

As soon as I finish the walk through of the cave, I had to hike back to the trailhead where I parked the car. That was another 3 miles. The hike was easy. Heading back to the car was painful. My muscles were cramped and sore. My toes had blisters. It was a tough 3 mile back and to complete the trail in 5 hours and 50 minutes, I am glad to say, “I DID IT”.

Overall, I love the hike! It was a challenged, but it was worth the beautiful rocks, narrow trail and cave.

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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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