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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Big Sandy Bridge: San Joaquin River Trail Review

Big Sandy Bridge is located on the San Joaquin River Trail at the Millerton Lake State Recreation Area. Big Sandy Bridge is approximately 12.3 miles from the picnic area by Sky Harbor. Hiking to Big Sandy Bridge will take the whole day to complete, however there is a short 2 mile hike to get there by starting from the San Joaquin River Gorge Recreational Area.

What I like about this trail are the green mossy rocks. They gave me the feeling of being in an enchanted forest. I also like the view to the lake. The water was low during the winter season which you can see the rocks. The view from the bridge was beautiful, calm and peaceful with a little pond and moss.

What I don’t like about this trail is that it is boring. There are no exciting landscape. There are many dog and cow feces on the trail. It was unpleasant. There are a lot of trail runners due to an upcoming marathon event.

Unfortunately, the bridge is not what I thought it would be.  I was hoping the bridge would be like the one at the Gorge with big green railing over my head and crosses the creek. It was a bit disappointing, but I have to remember that every trail is different.

I would rate this trail moderate to the bridge and strenuous back the Gorge. My total hike was 4.83 miles in 2 hours and 9 minutes, burning 409 calories.

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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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Willow Creek Trail: Angel Falls Review

If you are looking for a scenic hiking trail, but don’t want to travel too far, I recommend Willow Creek Trail. Willow Creek is known for its 2 waterfalls, Angel Falls and Devils Slide. This will be the Angel Falls review for this blog. The trail is located in Bass Lake. The trailhead starts at the day use parking lot. There is a parking fee of 10.00.

To get to the trail from Fresno, take the 41 north. Turn right at North Fork Road that leads to North Fork. Make a left turn on Road 274 to Bass Lake and enter to the Bass Lake Recreational to get to the Falls Panic Area. You can also enter Bass Lake through Oakhurst, but I’m not familiar with that route.

I would give this trail a moderate to strenuous level of difficulty. Make sure you are physically prepared for climbing and squeezing through tight spaces. Do a little strecthing if you may. The weather was 37 degrees F. It was cold and sunny, but to know that the trail was moderate to strenuous, I will probably sweat the cold off. Willow Creek has beautiful mosses all over huge boulders. The view was breathtaking and awesome. The trail was wet. Some area on the trail were slippery.

The trail took me an hour to get to Angel Falls and it is roughly about 1.35 miles there and back. The waterfall was great. I sat there for a good 42 min just listening to the waterfall and ate some snacks. I highly suggest this trail to anyone who want to challenge themselves.

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