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Eaton Canyon Trail

Pasadena, CA

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Eaton Canyon Falls Trail is a 3.4 mile out and back trail located near Pasadena, California that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking & nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

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Half Dome Trail
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Demanding, tiring, and rewarding hike! The hike up to Half Dome includes the full experience of both Vernal and Nevada Falls, as well as a trek through Little Yosemite Valley, and a scramble up Killer Hill.
We started our hike at Happy Isles, past the bus stop. We started our hike at 5:40 am, and made it to the top of Half Dome by 10:50 am. Don't use our times as a guideline unless you are relatively fit... it may take much longer. The first 0.8 miles of the hike is hell. Do not be discouraged. My whole family considers this trek to the Vernal Falls footbridge the worst part of the hike. If falls are flowing strongly, you may be able to see Illiouette Falls (my personal favorite waterfall) from a spot on the trail. Once you reach the footbridge, the climb up the Mist Trail begins. Take your time, and let those who are faster pass you, as there are large variances in fitness on this trail. From the top of Vernal Falls, follow the river, and trail, upstream, passing Emerald Pools on your left. Continue to follow the trail. The next notable part of the trail is the switchbacks as you climb to the top of Nevada Falls. In the sun, these are awful. Under cloud cover, or before the sun has exposed the rocks, however, the switchbacks aren't so bad. Soon, you will reach the top of the switchbacks and have a choice to go left or right. Go right if you would like to take a short detour and go to the top of Nevada Falls. Go left if you would like to skip it. (You will need to return to the fork in order to proceed to the Half Dome trail). From then on, almost everyone around you is on the same journey as you. Follow the trail, and you will soon head into Little Yosemite. The last source of water is here; fill up using a purifier if needed. After Little Yosemite, there's a long, gradual, terrible uphill climb that everyone who I have talked to seemed to forget to mention. However, if you prevail, you will reach the base of Killer Hill (Subdome) where the ranger will be standing, checking Half Dome permits. Killer Hill is really similar to the Mist Trail, except that the drop-offs on either side have become exponentially larger. The last part of Killer Hill is a scramble, and there are no steps. This was probably the #1 moment when I wish I had hiking shoes with solid grip, instead of my old running shoes from cross country. I survived though. When my mom hiked it, a massive group of Amish people hiked it in sandals right near her. You will be okay as long as you're careful (aka get on your hands and knees?). After finishing Killer Hill, you will find flat areas with AMAZING views, and you will continue on the reach the saddle of Half Dome. When I hiked it, there were at least 200 pairs of gloves that people left at the base of the cables in case someone wanted to use them. (I left mine in the pile after I came down the cables). Don't sit there and stare at the cables if you're intent on making it up. It will freak you out. When you start up the cables, go slow, take your time, and give your arms a rest at every wood block if you need to (which is what I did). Communicate with the people around you, telling them that they can pass you as they go down, or tell them that you're coming up to the next block. There are points where the cables are lowered into the rock, and new ones emerge. These areas are sketchy. Take your time. I'm serious. The people coming down are the most comforting, and many of them will speak words of encouragement as you stand there holding on for dear life. Finally, you will eventually reach the top of Half Dome. Eat some lunch, take some awesome pictures, talk to awesome people, you did it. Coming down the cables is completely different than coming up. It seems that everyone has their own way of descending the cables that works best for them, so do not think the way I descend is the only way. Because foot grip is an issue on the rock, I preformed a controlled slide from wood slab to wood slab, holding on tightly with my hands. This was much less tiring on my arms than the journey up. Once you've reached the bottom of the cables, the rest of the hike is generally easy. When my family reaches the top of Nevada Falls, we opt to cross the bridge and descend to the Vernal Falls Footbridge via John Muir Trail, as to avoid going down the Mist Trail, which is quite challenging. This adds an extra 0.8 onto the hike, but your knees will thank you.

Items I brought (aka, I recommend this much for EACH person... also, it wasn't hot. On hot days, more food/water may be necessary)
3 - 16.9 oz. water bottles (I brought 2, but also brought 1 insulated water bottle with a ton of ice in it, so when that ran out I poured the water from the plastic water bottles into my iced water bottle)
1 - Gatorade (keeps the sugar and electrolyte levels up)
1 - other drink of your choice (I brought Pure Leaf Green Tea - also for sugar maintenance)
Trail Mix
A Lunch (Sandwich? Wrap?)
Extra Snacks (Dried Fruits, Granola B

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Palomarin Trailhead to Alamere Falls
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1 Completed 0 Reviews

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Ewoldsen Trail
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51 Completed 33 Reviews

This was in conjunction of coming to see McWay Falls. My friends, my guy and I didnt know what we were up against once we started the trail. We started from the parking lot and find the start of the trail which is mark as Canyon and Ewoldsen Trail. It's a gradual incline and moderate hike. For beginners, it might be difficult. We all started at the left side of the trail which starts steep already but it is all worth it because the views are amazing. I dont think it was a 4.5 miles, it's more 6-7miles. I recommend this trail.

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McWay Falls and Saddle Rock Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
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51 Completed 33 Reviews

Its magnificent view. We started on this hike first because if we do it after doing ewoldson loop, it will be more traffic of visitors. It was a gorgeous day to check the falls that meet the ocean.

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Balboa Park Trails
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2 Completed 1 Reviews

I like this trail and enjoyed the whole afternoon hike. Afterwards, enjoyed watching those dogs.

I will do it again in the morning..

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anaheim coves trail
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2 Completed 0 Reviews

This is a great place for an easy walk with flat, paved road. Nice native plants & wildlife. Good views. Excellent for dog walkers.

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Ewoldsen Trail
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15 Completed 0 Reviews

Quintesential Big Sur Hike. A must do!

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Half Dome Trail
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15 Completed 0 Reviews

Awesome hike! Started at Glacier Point which was beautiful for watching the sunrise on the back of half dome. Amazing how many people were unprepared...one plastic water bottle and a pair of converse will not get you through this hike.

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willow canyon trail
by Lassen Gilmore

3 Completed 1 Reviews

It was a pretty nice hike

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Devil's Slide to Saddle Junction
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4 Completed 3 Reviews

Not a bad hike at all. Make sure to bring tons of water and watch for snakes. It doesn't get too crowded, which is nice and I didn't see any bikers on the trail. Make sure you pay attention to the elevation and how your feeling. Elevation sickness is easy to get, just be careful and take your time. Rangers are awesome! You need a permit to hike Devils Slide, which is free. Go to the actual ranger station to get it. You will also need a parking pass to park at Humber Park, I think it was $5. Please follow the rules, all the rangers are volunteers...and every donation counts. I recommend this trail!

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