Looking at Morro Bay from Cerro Alto

Joe in the Ventana Wilderness

Joe in the Ventana Wilderness
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Monday, May 9, 2016

Big Falls

May 7, 2016
Big Falls Trail in the Los Padres National forest 
San Luis Obispo Co.

Jim , Myself  and my dog Sierra hiked the big Falls Trail . The weather was cool in the early afternoon making for an easy hike of five miles round trip via the High Mountain road . . We were disappointed in the low water flow on the falls but there was plenty of water in the drainage that supplies the falls and Sierra had a ball playing in and out of all the approximately three miles of pools . Good stuff . As you can see the grasses were very deep with many animal trails . with the increased rain fall this year I am sure the wild life are loving the feed and the water . 
For you first timers at this trail , access can be made from upper Lopez canyon road via Arroyo Grande , making  the hike to the falls a short half mile hike , but you miss all the beautiful views . the better hike is from High Mountain road via Pozo Ca. . This makes for a 2 1/2 mile hike down to the falls and of course a 2 aned 1/2 mile back up with a 900 ft . elevation gain , well worth the extra effort . For those of you needing a longer more challenging hike , start at the park area of the Rinconada trail up to High Mountain Road and then n/w 2 miles to the end of same where you will find the Falls trail head on the right side of the road  ( not marked until you travel 1/8 mile down the road .   Note worthy is the sign in book indicates only 6  or 8 hikers visited this trail since the first of the year , the last entry was 24 th of April .

below a celamander under water .

Lake Lopez below 

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Cerro Alto and Interesting Hikers

more interesting hikers on Cerro Alto
Near the summit of Cerro Alto , I met these lovely young hiking mothers of Paso Robles Ca.
Stephanie on the left and Breanna on the right . Both are carrying their babies , the heaviest child is on Stephanie's back and weighs 23 lbs. I commend you both for introducing your family to such a 
wonderful life style . Both of you are an inspiration ! Thank You .

Below is a young lady , Mc Kala  from Hamberg Germany .
She says she sold her possessions  , quit her job and has been vacationing the USA for a year . 
She has hiked Alaska , Canada , The Smokey Mountains , and the Sierras .
Today She hiked Cerro Alto for the first time . She has traveled hwy 1 and hiked along the Calif . Coast . Thanks for the visit . Another interesting hiker and motivational person .