2006 Guest Book Entries

Name: Curtis
Location: Wellsville, Utah
Date/Time: Saturday, December 29, 2006 2:12:29 PM
Comments: Cool Site. You should try Havasupai in AZ.
Top 3 Hikes:
1. Havasupai
2. Baboquivari Peak in Arizona
3. Wellsville Mountains in Utah

Name: BOB PERRY
Location: EL CAJON, CA
Date/Time: Thursday, November 30, 2006 11:05:21 AM
Comments: GREAT SITE. I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO TRYING SOME OF THESE HIKES. IF YOU WANT WINTER HIKES COME DOWN TO SAN DIEGO COUNTY AND OUR 600,000 ACRE DESERT STATE PARK: ANZA-BORREGO DESERT STATE PARK. YOU CAN CAMP ANYWHERE YOU WANT IN THIS HUGE STATE PARK. I RECOMMEND THE SHORT HIKE TO THE WIND CAVES AFTER DRIVING THROUGH THE GRAND CANYON OF SAN DIEGO: SPLIT MOUNTAIN AKA FISH CREEK. I LOVE CAMPING (NO CHARGE) IN THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE, SEVERAL MILES UP A DIRT TRAIL. MANY ARE PASSABLE TWO-WHEEL DRIVE HIGHWAY VEHICLES (THAT'S ALL I'VE EVER OWNED).
Top 3 Hikes:
1. SHORT HIKE TO BENNETTVILLE FROM TIOGA PASS STORE. IT'S SHORT, LEVEL AND VARIED WITH RUINS AND RESTORED BUILDINGS AT THE END. MY BEST SHORT HIKE. IT'S SUPER FOR KIDS.
2. THE LOOP HIKE AT THE FAR END OF SADDLEBAG LAKE. FIVE MILES, RELATIVELY LEVEL, VARIED AND JUST BEAUTIFUL.
3. MT. DANA FROM TIOGA PASS. (AUG 4, 2004; EIGHT HOURS SOLO; CLEAR SKY; AGE 67)

Name: Jorge
Location: Stockton, CA
Date/Time: , November 18, 2006 5:58:59 PM
Comments: Great hikes, I enjoyed your site, photos and comments. Thank you.
Top 3 Hikes:
1. Clouds Rest, Yosemite N.P., CA
2. Panorama Trail, Yosemite N.P., CA
3. Cerro Pan de Az˙car, Maldonado, Uruguay

Name: Joel Hixon
Location: Portland Oregon
Date/Time: Wednesday, November 8, 2006 8:42:37 PM
Comments: The Japanese sense of aesthetic differs from that of the Westerner. The garden in Portland is revered as being one of the most accurate recreations of an authentic Japanese garden and often amazes Japanese visitors that there can be such a garden outside of Japan. The thick vegetation is part of the Japanese view of beauty they do not find well managed and overly groomed vegetation attractive.

Name: RON CLAYTON
Location: SAN DIEGO
Date/Time: Monday, October 23, 2006 8:15:17 PM
Comments: I'M SITTING HERE WITH AMY, MY HIKING PARTNER. WE ARE CURRENTLY WORKING THE FALL SEASON AT THE "STANFORD SIERRA CONFERENCE CENTER," AT FALLEN LEAF LAKE. TODAY WE DID YOUR 10/10 HIKE, GOING TO THE TOP OF MT. TALLAC. WE STARTED OUR HIKE ON THE MID TALLAC TRAIL (WHICH IS NOT MARKED ON THE TOPO MAP,) AND ENDED OUR LOOP COMING DOWN BY CATHEDRAL LAKE AND BACK ON TO THE CONFERENCE CENTER. THOUGHT I'D CHECK OUT SOME ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON THE HIKE AND CAME UPON YOUR WEBSITE. GREAT INFORMATION AND WELL SET UP!! THANKS FOR TAKING THE TIME TO KEEP IT UP TO DATE. WE BOTH ENJOYED READING ABOUT YOUR EXPERIENCES AND REVISITING THE HIKE WITH YOUR PICTURES. Top 3 Hikes:
1. TALLAC!!

Name: David D.
Location: Stanford, CA
Date/Time: Saturday, September 29, 2006 9:35:17 PM
Comments: Hi Kevin! Great site -- nice photos, interesting commentary -- a good complement to the park websites. Also a nice opportunity to peek in on what an old friend from high school is up to...

Name: Ja Ja
Location: Valley Village, CA
Date/Time: Tuesday, September 5, 2006 8:22:34 AM
Comments: I was doing a little more research before heading up to the Bay Area and Sonoma tomorrow morning. I feel so lucky to have found your website! What great pictures/information. I'm fairly new to hiking, and this will help a lot. Thanks.

Name: Brent
Location: Mountain View, CA
Date/Time: Thursday, August 31, 2006 7:29:28 PM
Comments: Kevin, you've created an amazing site. I've used your descriptions to plan a couple of trips and I agree with your evaluations of other hikes I've already done. I'm heading up to Noble Lake near Ebbett's Pass this weekend and am planning a week long trip through King's Canyon the first week in October. Someday I hope to be lucky enough to hike in Patagonia. Hope to see you on the trails.
Top 3 Hikes:
1. Thousand Island Lk/Banner Pk, Ansel Adams Wilderness
2. Cirque of the Towers, Wind River Range, WY
3. Precipice Lake/Valhalla, Sequoia NP

Name: Michael Ornelles
Location: Sacramento/CA/United States
Date/Time: Saturday, August 25, 2006 11:24:10 AM
Comments: GREAT SITE!
Top 3 Hikes:
1. Sacred Falls Hawaii
2. Kapena Falls Hawaii
3. Odie Bar Middle Fork Feather River

Name: Tommy
Location: Destin, FL
Date/Time: Tuesday, August 22, 2006 7:06:13 PM
Comments: Great site. Great pictures. Thanks for sharing.
Top 3 Hikes:
1. Half Dome, period.
2. Angel's Landing
3. Mt. Tallac

Name: Steven Evans
Location: Westminster CA USA
Date/Time: Thursday, August 17, 2006 9:16:29 PM
Comments: WOW! You've put it all into perspective. I'm not the outdoorsy hiking type. We went up as a family and found it to be just an incredible trip. We all walked from the Post Pile to Rainbow Falls. I went back two days later first thing in the morning before the crowds. It was an awsome trip.

Name: Sarah
Location: Sacramento, CA
Date/Time: Sunday, August 13, 2006 10:42:06 AM
Comments: I've been referring to your site for a few years now. You inspired me to start writing trip reports for the hiking group I belong to (****:\\hiking.meetup.com\20) and I tell everyone about your beautiful pictures. Thank you for being so generous with your time and your camera. I added your link to our "favorite web sites" page. Hope to meet you someday on a Marin trail.
Top 3 Hikes:
1. Cataract Trail, Mt Tam
2. Mt Tallac, of course
3. Velma Lakes (gorgeous!)

Name: Vicki Weston
Location: Silver Springs, NV
Date/Time: Tuesday, August 8, 2006 8:04:18 PM
Comments: We hiked Mt. Tallac without a camera. I found your website searching for photos. It is definately a 10! You describe it perfectly and your pictures are great. We went in August - still snow but the wildflowers were amaizing in the meadow and on up to the peak - you'll have to do it again! I've been on many hikes in the Tahoe area, but this was by far the best. Nothing else compares!!
Top 3 Hikes:
1. Mt. Tallac, California

Name: Kevin James
Location: Ogden UT USA
Date/Time: , August 5, 2006 5:41:15 AM
Comments: Excellent site, Kevin. I stumbled across it looking for information about Mt Tallack as I am here this year to hike it again. I love the hike. Felt sorry for you and your Whitney attempt. We made it about four years ago in a day, but would like to do an overnight. It's a tough, tough 22 miles. I was amazed at how unprepared people were, too. Several had to turn back to to sickness. Like you said, no respect for the mountain. Keep up the good work on this site. Very informative and great pics. I love hiking and you have given me some inspiration to do my own web page. Thanks!
Top 3 Hikes:
1. Mt Whitney
2. Mt Timpanogos, Provo UT
3. Mt Tallac , Ben Lomond (Ogden, UT), Mt. Lassen

Name: pep-lluis
Location: spain
Date/Time: Tuesday, August 1, 2006 2:12:48 PM
Comments: Hi Very nice photos of trails. I discovered also the Leibiz formula to compute pi, I am amazed by its simplicity although the convergence is slow. I have a website with hike information in Spain. I travel often to the US for business and I enjoy the beutiful hikes in Oregon, Washington and California. My favorite is ZigZag Canyon, in Mt. Hood, I think not in your website. I included below my favorite ones from the long list of hikes you have. A site to bookmark!
Top 3 Hikes:
1. ZigZag Canyon, Mt. Hood, OR
2. Multnomah Falls, OR
3. Vernal Falls, Yosemite

Name: Lee
Location: Duesseldorf/NRW/Germany
Date/Time: Sunday, July 30, 2006 4:59:59 AM
Comments: I am choo-chooing through the net and am giving a big wave to this beautiful website! I have also a HP and I'd be glad, if you'd also gave me a visit. :-) Lee ****leeseisenbahnen.de

Name: John Smith
Location: Fresno
Date/Time: Saturday, July 28, 2006 12:51:14 PM
Comments: I really have enjoyed your site. You have shammed this local since we live 60 miles from the National Parks. I actually get up there more in the winter to X/C ski so not all is lost. I don't know if you have heard but REI is putting a store here in town as of Spring 07'. In there press release they state that they will serve the locals and those passing through..I am guessing that means individual like yourself sonce the local Backpacking crowd is small here. Keep up the good work.

Name: Ray Bechtold
Location: San Jose, CA
Date/Time: Thursday, July 27, 2006 1:12:02 PM
Comments: I am a Scout Leader in Troop 266. You have a great page and we will use it as a point of reference when we plan Scout outings.

Name: Johannes Kneip
Location: Liegau-Augustusbad/Germany
Date/Time: Thursday, July 20, 2006 11:48:55 PM
Comments: Kevin - great page! Helped me a lot to have a couple of great weekends in the Sierras during an extended business trip to CA. Have done a lot of hiking in New Zealand, so enjoyed this section of your page, too. In case you should make it to Germany or Austria, feel free to contact me and I'll make sure you can add a few more spectacular trails to your page...
Top 3 Hikes:
1. Marino Mountains, New Zealand
2. Siberia-Young Valley, New Zealand
3. Mainzer Hoehenweg, Pitztal, Austria

Name: Johannes Kneip
Location: Liegau-Augustusbad/Germany
Date/Time: Thursday, July 20, 2006 11:48:16 PM
Comments: Kevin - great page! Helped me a lot to have a couple of great weekends in the Sierras during an extended business trip to CA. Have done a lot of hiking in New Zealand, so enjoyed this section of your page, too. In case you should make it to Germany or Austria, feel free to contact me and I'll make sure you can add a few more spectacular trails to your page...
Top 3 Hikes:
1. Marino Mountains, New Zealand
2. Siberia-Young Valley, New Zealand
3. Mainzer Hoehenweg, Pitztal, Austria

Name: Harry
Location: San Diego/CA/US
Date/Time: Saturday, July 7, 2006 2:10:29 PM
Comments: GREAT site! Thank you for sharing your journey's. We've been reading and wanting to make some trips, it just feels limited in San Diego as we're not that crazy about desert hiking. I'm newly inspired. :) Harry and Paola ****paolayharry.com

Name: Rohit Naringrekar
Location: Woodland Hills/California/USA
Date/Time: Monday, July 3, 2006 8:06:36 PM
Comments: Hi Kevin, I am an ardent fan/follower/researcher of mathematics. This is the first time ever, I am signing a guest book. Your site is very interesting and I happen to be doing some analysis on the 16 puzzle myself. I intend to write an algotithm to solve the puzzle with minimum moves. Lets see how far I reach. I havent written any paper in mathematics, but to quote one of my humble achievements...I had discovered the formula related to co-primes(which I came to know later, was called Euler's totient function) when I was high school. Have been doing similar stuff now and then. Have always liked playing with numbers. Currently into software. Hope we continue being in touch. Regards, Rohit N.

Name: Peter Blackstock
Location: Poulsbo, WA
Date/Time: , July 1, 2006 12:57:45 PM
Comments: My wife and I are going to Rainier this weekend and we started looking for hikes on the Park's own website, but fortunately found your site as well, which has absolutely ideal accounts of a couple hikes we're considering (Skyline, Van Trump). Just felt I needed to say thanks for what you've done with your site. It's what all hiking-oriented sites should aspire to.
Top 3 Hikes:
1. Hurricane Hill Trail, Olympic NP (Washington)
2. McKittrick Canyon, Guadalupe Mtns NP (Texas)
3. Oak Creek Canyon West Fork, Sedona (Arizona)

Name: Blaine
Location: Pleasanton, CA
Date/Time: Wednesday, June 28, 2006 8:00:27 AM
Comments: Excellent source of information and the pictures are really nice. The Rae Lakes loop photo-journal made me want to return. Hope you can hit the Canadian Rockies some time!
Top 3 Hikes:
1. All over Glacier National Park
2. All over Banff/Jasper National Parks
3. All over Death Valley National Park

Name: Eric Johnson
Location: Sacramento, CA
Date/Time: Monday, June 26, 2006 1:40:57 PM
Comments: Your site is great, and has been very helpful in terms of planning for camping etc. Tried to do Alta Peak this past Saturday, but snow on the top and a massive deadfall made it impossible. I'll keep it on the list for next time!
Top 3 Hikes:
1. Mt. Tallac (duh)
2. Canyon Creek Lakes, Trinity Alps
3. Half Dome

Name: Carol Chen
Location: New Orleans LA, USA
Date/Time: Saturday, June 2, 2006 11:21:27 AM
Comments: Oh, this is a link to my online photo album. You can click "Summary" to see a few pictures from my trip. I am still trying to summirize the trip with more pix. ****smg.photobucket****albums/v478/hemerocallisc/200605%20The%20Colorado%20Plateau/

Name: Carol Chen
Location: New Orleans LA, USA
Date/Time: Saturday, June 2, 2006 11:04:45 AM
Comments: Great website. I just came back from Utah. There was a collapse on 5/23 at Wall Street in Bryce Canyon NP. The Park closes a part of the Navajo Loop to Wall Street. I've found your picture and wonder if you can email me an original jpeg file of Wall Street and that tree? I will acknowledge you on my photo album. Thanks.

Name: Lynette Havens
Location: Lodi California
Date/Time: Saturday, May 26, 2006 8:47:41 AM
Comments: What a great site you have created, which I happened to come across while looking for hikes in the Tahoe area. Your description and detail of each hike is enjoyable to read and the photos are breath taking.
Top 3 Hikes:
1. Round Top

Name: V
Location: The West Coast
Date/Time: Wednesday, May 17, 2006 8:30:47 PM
Comments: Thanks for creating this great website. You've given me some good ideas for California hikes. Well done.
Top 3 Hikes:
1. The Pacific Crest Trail, Mexico to Canada
2. Mount Tallac, California
3. Glacier Peak, Washington

Name: Tung Truong
Location: San Jose, California
Date/Time: Wednesday, May 10, 2006 4:21:02 PM
Comments: Thank you, your site is so helpful. I have a suggestion, you should adjust or replace some of your gears. They should be lighter, so you can hike farther and more enjoyable.

Name: kate
Location: san francisco, ca
Date/Time: Tuesday, May 2, 2006 11:08:12 AM
Comments: your website is awesome. it has helped me plan a ton of california trips, and is currently helping me plan a zion/bryce trip and a devil's postpile trip. anytime i need to know anything about hiking in the area, your page is the first place i go. plus it makes me laugh and the photos are amazing. just read the mt. whitney report and it looks incredible. thank you so much!

Name: Nanci
Location: Fresno, CA
Date/Time: Monday, May 1, 2006 10:21:07 AM
Comments: Hey Kevin, Thanks for the wealth of information and the beautiful pictures. Your website has been helpful to me. I am by no means an experienced hiker but I am my way. My goal is to hike half dome this summer and your site has helped me to put together some hikes leading up to it.
Top 3 Hikes:
1. Florence Lake
2. Vernal Falls
3. Pinnacles

Name: Ian Kim
Location: Santa Monica, CA
Date/Time: Thursday, April 27, 2006 10:34:37 AM
Comments: I've really enjoyed your website. I came upon your site several years ago when I was doing some research on Mt Whitney. Since then I got married and have a 2 year old son. It looks like you did the same. As you probably know, it's been a challenge to go on any kind of hiking/camping trips with the little one. It would be great if you could share your experience/suggestions about child friendly hikes or trips. I'm planning a trip to mammoth lakes this summer. I go there a lot during winter, but never been there for summer. I will check out the short hikes you've done.
Top 3 Hikes:
1. Alta Peak/Moose Lake/Pear Lake - Sequoia
2. Half Dome
3. Mt Whitney

Name: Kelli
Location: san diego, ca
Date/Time: , April 1, 2006 2:30:21 PM
Comments: Hey Kevin, you have a really enjoyable, helpful site here! Thanks for all your efforts, although I'm sure you had fun doing it all :o). Just thought I'd put a word in for Glacier National Park in Montana, where I've hiked 300+ miles. The place gets into your blood and becomes part of you. Happy trails ~Kelli
Top 3 Hikes:
1. Hole-in-the-Wall, Glacier Nat'l Park, Montana
2. Up and over Gunsight Pass, Glacier, Montana
3. Big Pine Lakes, John Muir Wilderness, California

Name: Brian Gaude
Location: Antigua, West Indies
Date/Time: Monday, March 6, 2006 4:28:00 AM
Comments: Kevin, a truly amazing site. I was stationed in CA and I am moving back there. While I was there I hiked most of the places you describe and it was great reliving those memories. I read the Lassen Volconic Park and if you haven't already done it, try doing the circumference of the park. It is a fantasitic hike; 5 days and a a littel over 50 miles with a stop at a cinder cone that is truly amazing. You walk out of the forest into a sea of black cinder and feel like you are instantly transported to the surface of the moon. The rail area is pristine so the rest of the cinders remain undisturbed. Then you can side hike the cinder cone itself. A little challenging to get to the top. There is a trail but a bit like walking in sand. I went down into the caldera...a little erie but very awe inspiring. All in all a great loop trip. We staged a food drop about half way. Again, what a fantastic site.
Top 3 Hikes:
1. Lassen Volcanic Park - Circumference
2. Mt Shasta Summit
3. Tuolumne Meadows

Name: Linda Garcia
Location: Vallejo, CA
Date/Time: Sunday, February 26, 2006 9:03:19 AM
Comments: Kevin Great website. I am inspired by the amount of hiking and the places you have gone. I'm recovering from back injuries and am having to work back up to the strength and mileage where I can join groups to hike and eventually back to Sierra locations that I love. Your pictures have reminded me of what I'm missing and are great motivators for getting back out there. Thanks for sharing.
Top 3 Hikes:
1. Climbing to the top of Broken Top and each of the Three Sisters in Oregon
2. Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
3. Aurlandsfjord, Norway

Name: Rebecca
Location: Sacramento, CA
Date/Time: Thursday, February 16, 2006 11:59:15 PM
Comments: I am contemplating doing the Skyline to the Sea trail trip this summer. Thanks for the story about pictures about it- it gives me a good idea of what to expect. Very helpful!

Name: Sam Tyson
Location: Buckley, Mi. USA
Date/Time: Tuesday, January 31, 2006 7:07:51 PM
Comments: I'm a nature nut & I just love your pictures, awesome job. Thank you so much. Nature Sam StoneCreations@acegroup.cc ****.StoneCreationsOnline.com
Top 3 Hikes:
1. Pikes peak
2. porcipine mountains
3. Lake Superior

Name: Randy
Location: Reno, Nevada
Date/Time: Thursday, January 26, 2006 1:27:14 PM
Comments: Fantastic site and very informative. You mentioned a few hikes in my area that I never knew about. Thanks. Great reading while trapped in the four walls of my office (and planning my next hike).
Top 3 Hikes:
1. Volcanic Peak (early spring)
2. Sphinx peak (early spring)
3. Half Dome (day hike)


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