Trail Report- Lost Coast Trail Day 3 – Spanish Flats to Gitchell Creek

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The Quick and Dirty:
Location: 
Lost Coast Trail
Distance: Hike from Spanish Flats to Gitchell Creek – 12 miles
Difficulty:  Moderate
Duration: 8 hours

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Trail Report- The Lost Coast Day 2 – Punta Gorda to Matolle Beach, Matolle Beach to Spanish Flats

Light House at Punta Gorda

Light House at Punta Gorda

The Quick and Dirty:
Location: 
Lost Coast Trail
Distance: Day 2 – Punta Gorda to Mattole Beach, return back and hike to Spanish Flats – 14 miles
Difficulty:  Moderate, 50+mph gusts of wind made part of the hike unpleasant.
Duration: 8-9 hours

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Trail Report- Lost Coast Trail Day 0 and 1

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The Quick and Dirty:
Location: 
Lost Coast Trail – Black Sands Beach to Gitchell Creek to Punta Gorda
Distance:
Day 0 – Drive 11 hours to Black Sands Beach/Shelter Cove, hike 3.9 miles to Gitchell Creek
Day 1 – Hike Gitchell Creek to Punta Gorda – approx. 18 miles
dtrip. 
Difficulty:  Moderate. Two, five mile stretches of low tide crossing area from Gitchell Creek to Miller Flats and Randall Creek to Sea Lion Gulch that hikers need to be aware of. 
Duration: 1.5 hours for from Black Sands Beach to Gitchell Creek. 9 hours from Gitchell Creek to Punta Gorda, with 4 hour break at Randall Creek.

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Trail Report- Devils Postpile National Monument, Minaret Lake Trail

The Quick and Dirty:
Location: 
Devils Postpile National Monument is located close to Mammoth Lakes resort, the drive time to the trail head was approximately 6 hours from Orange County. Park your car at the Village in Mammoth Lakes and take the Reds Meadow/Devils Postpile shuttle bus service ($7/person RT) to the Devils Postpile trail head. 
Distance: ~6.5 miles to the entrance of the Minaret lakes, there’s about 2 additional miles of unmaintained trail to explore once you’ve reached the lakes. 13 miles roundtrip. 
Difficulty:  Easy, total elevation gain of about 2500ft over 6.5 miles 
Best Time: summer and fall 
Duration: 3.5 hours at a leisure stroll to the lake
Permits: Wilderness permits are required for all overnight stays. Permits can be obtained at recreation.gov. Keep in mind, this is a popular trail, daily quotas fill quickly. 
Dogs: Dogs are allowed on the shuttle and trail, however, they do require dogs to wear a muzzle on the shuttle.

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Minaret Lakes

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Trail Report- Peek-a-Boo Trail, Bryce Canyon National Park

The Quick and Dirty:
Location: Peek-a-Boo Trail, Bryce Canyon National Park
Distance: 5.5 miles round trip
Terrain Type: Well marked trail within the National Park. We made it through the entire hike even during a snow storm.
Difficulty:  Easy to moderate with some elevation gain
Best Time: Year round
Duration: 3 hours during a snow storm, I anticiapte the hike would be much less in clear weather conditions

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