Hawk Hill Trail Review

Today, I want to share with you my awesome coastal hike at San Francisco, CA. Let me bluntly tell you where my best spot to take a photo of the Golden Gate Bridge, Hawk Hill. Before I jump right into the trail review and the beauty of it, I thought I should tell you a little bit of Hawk Hill.

What’s interesting about Hawk Hill is that it has an amazing history to it. Hawk Hill is located at the Marin Headlands and is known for its military missile during World War II. It is used to defend against attacks from the air. The missile guns was hidden underneath a dome like mountain hill to camouflage from any air craft from above. Then during the Cold War, the missiles were taken down and another defense system was created and it was used during the Korean War in the ’70s. For more information on its full history click here .

Level of difficulty was moderate.  The weather was 62 degrees Fahrenheit. The hike to Black Sand Beach is 1.2 miles. Time completion was 2.5 hours.

Now, let’s start talking about the fun part of my hike. I suggest you to go early for parking. There is not enough parking for everyone. My plan was to be there by 6 am, however my alarm did not go off. I got there at 8, which was still roughly early. The view to the Golden Gate Bridge was AMAZING! Words can not expressed the feeling. I brought plenty of water, I made 4 chicken sandwiches, trail bars, phone camera and along with my trekking poles. Check out my product review of Zero. Mile. Mark trekking poles here.

Hawk Hill was beautiful and full of history. There are short trail loops to an overlook to the Golden Gate Bridge and a tunnel that lead me to the historical missile. It’s pretty awesome and spooky. There were graffiti’s on the wall. The are two rooms however I did not dare to go in as it is very dark. My cell phone flashlight couldn’t even shine through the darkness. I think what would be interesting was to have a few zombies popped out of the darkness and started chasing me. Haha, but really, it was spooky.

I took the trail to Black Sand Beach and that was 1.2 miles from Hawk Hill. The view was astonishing. I kid you not, the beach was beautiful and calm. The sand was literally black. No wonder the beach is called Black Sand Beach. I sat there for half an hour to enjoy the crashing waves with my chicken sandwich and exfoliate my feet.

The hike back to Hawk Hill was tiring. It was a constant climb. Thank goodness I brought a lot of water. By the time I got back to the car, the number of cars and people tripled. I’m so glad I got there early otherwise it would be hard to find parking.

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Way-of-the-Mono Trail Review

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.

Happy Hiking!

Point Lobos State Reserve

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.

 

 

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!