Eagle Fall Hike in Lake Tahoe

Eagle Fall hike in South Lake Tahoe

Eagle Fall hike in South Lake Tahoe

Hiking in snow and ice at Eagle Fall hike in South Lake Tahoe.

Hike Route to Eagle Falls

Hike Route to Eagle Falls

Total hike distance is 2.5 miles and very slippery.

Eagle Fall hike in South Lake Tahoe

Eagle Fall hike in South Lake Tahoe

The view from the top of the Eagle Fall

 

Pleasanton Ridge Regional Parking

Pleasanton Ridge Regional Park

Pleasanton Ridge Regional Park

We hike this beautiful trail last weekend after the December heavy storm. The ground was wet but it was soft and great for hiking. Parking is free and plenty of parking spots on Sunday afternoon. Since it was our first time here, we did a shirt 2.8 miles hike up to 680 feet of elevations to the top of peak with picnic benches.

 

Pleasanton Ridge Regional Park

Pleasanton Ridge Regional Park

Pleasanton Ridge Regional Park

Pleasanton Ridge Regional Park

Rancho Cañada del Oro

Rancho Cañada del Oro

Rancho Cañada del Oro

We hike total 4.6 miles with elevation of 750 feet at Rancho Cañada del Oro. For this hike, we decided to start from Serpentine Loop trail and hike anti-clockwise towards Longwall Canyon Trail. After 1.5 miles make a left into Mayfair Ranch Trail instead to the right Longwall Canyon. Mayfair Ranch Trail is 3.1 miles long and the initial 0.8 is moderately steep and little strenuous.

Mayfair Ranch Trail

Mayfair Ranch Trail

There are plenty of wildlife on Mayfair Ranch Trail and you might see deers, wild turkey and California newts.

California newts at Mayfair Ranch Trail

California newts at Mayfair Ranch Trail

After a long and moderate steep climb on Mayfair Ranch Trail, you will reach the picnic bench. Great spot to view the valley and grab some snacks. After this bench, it is mainly downhill section on Mayfair Ranch Trail back to car park.

Picnic bench at Mayfair Ranch Trail

Picnic bench at Mayfair Ranch Trail

More information on Rancho Cañada del Oro trail and maps found here http://www.openspaceauthority.org/trails/rancho.html

Sierra Vista Hiking

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Our favorite season for hiking is in Fall and Spring when the temperature is cooler and grass is greener (we hope). We started this season with a new trail at Sierra Vista Open Preserve in San Jose. I have been to the trail for Mountain Biking whereI have to bike up from Alum Rock which took me 1hr 45 mins from the bottom and the total elevation is approx 2,000 feet. They have opened a new parking spot at Sierra Road and I decided to bring my family for hiking. We did a short 2.5 miles hike and it was cold at the top. We also managed to find a geo-cache during the hike. We hope to be back when the grass is green with some friends.

Hiking at Sunol Wilderness

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Sunol is one of our favorite trail for hiking. We organized a birthday + hike with friends last March 2014. There are many trails to explore but if you have children who are new to hiking and not used to steep and long climb, I highly recommended the trail to Little Yosemite. Entrance to the park is $5 and once you enter the park, drive all the way to the end of the park until you see another gate. You should see hikers going past the gate and that is the start of the trail to Little Yosemite. After a short but not very steep hike of 1.5 miles, you get to the top and you see a small water fall. You have to climb down a steep slope to get to the water. The kids will love this place especially in summer and hopefully there is still water.

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Please bring extra clothes for change since the kids will get wet after playing in the water. This is also a good place to rest, grab some snacks and drink plenty of fluid. The best option now is continue on the different trail back to parking lot which is walk up 100 yards to the top and make a left turn into the shaded trail. This will make an anti-clockwise loop back to the parking lot and it is hike down for most of the part with very scenic view of the Sunol.

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