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Post-Rain Hike
updated: Feb 28, 2014, 8:52 AM

By Aaron

I've seen friends online with real neat pictures of rainfalls, rivers, and streams after a good rain. Aside from Seven Falls, what are some good hikes to do? Please do share!

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 COMMENT 498615 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-28 08:54 AM

Rattlesnake or Cold Springs.

 

 COMMENT 498623 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-28 09:07 AM

The stairs up to Brophy's.

 

 COMMENT 498625 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-28 09:08 AM

San Ysidro trail has a waterfall. Nojoqui Falls Park but it's more of a saunter than a hike. Tunnel Trail has a waterfall often visible from town a few hundred yards beyond the Rattlesnake Connector.

 

 COMMENT 498631 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-28 09:15 AM

None, trails should not be hiked on after big rains. It is horrible for them.

Stick to tunnel, is is mostly rock.

 

 COMMENT 498632 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-28 09:15 AM

Nojoqui Falls Park might be all right. I'd stay off the trails to prevent erosion.

 

 COMMENT 498634 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-28 09:17 AM

i like 623....followed by 12 oz curls.

 

 COMMENT 498636 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-28 09:21 AM

Happy Trails is always a good choice.

 

 COMMENT 498639 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-28 09:30 AM

Tangerine falls off Cold Springs Trail is cool. I appreciate the persons comment on not hiking after rains because it is bad for the trails. But it is one of the best times to hike our trails and that's what they are there for to hike. Just stay on the trail so you don't contribute to more erosion along the banks of the trails.

 

 COMMENT 498644P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-28 09:47 AM

Stay off the trails until they have a chance to dry out. Don't contribute to erosion.

 

 COMMENT 498647 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-28 09:50 AM

I've always liked Skofield Park after a nice rain. I know it's paved but the trees & creeks make you feel like you're in the wilderness without all the muddyness of a trail right now.

 

 COMMENT 498662 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-28 10:08 AM

Stay off the trails when they are wet. If you hike, know your trail etiquette!!

 

 COMMENT 498663 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-28 10:09 AM

Thanks 639! Can you give me directions and do you know if there's room to park my horse trailer there?

 

 JAD agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-28 10:15 AM

663 is joking (please, be just joking)

 

 COMMENT 498666 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-28 10:18 AM

Good tips to stay off the trails until they dry out. This is the time when all trail users .... equestrians, mountain bikers, and hikers ... do the most damage.

As an alternative while the trails are drying out, beach hikes are fantastic when the surf is pounding. Make sure you go when the tide is low enough to be safe.

 

 COMMENT 498672 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-28 10:27 AM

Please people... perspective. Stay off the trails because they may erode? Really? Look at a satellite photo of human impact and think about that... the trail will be okay. Disproportionate concern.

I know 663 is joking, but even if they weren't, great! Go ride your horse! Fun! Enjoy!

 

 COMMENT 498681 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-28 10:36 AM

I remember hiking Little Pine once a few days after the rain. We didn't leave many footprints. However a couple horses had gone up the trail ahead of us. They created a continual line of deep holes. The horses can completely destroy a happy trail.

 

 COMMENT 498683P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-28 10:40 AM

Botanic Garden! Just returned from a nice walk there. Creek is roaring with water!

 

 COMMENT 498724P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-28 11:41 AM

Just for the record, Tangerine Falls is not horse-accessible at any time. It requires a fair bit of scrambling up significantly high rock steps.

 

 COMMENT 498731 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-28 11:46 AM

Another vote for Cold Spring! It is rocky enough you don't get too muddy.

 

 COMMENT 498747 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-28 12:05 PM

Cold Springs or Tunnel have creeks though it is hard to beat Brophy's. Thanks for the laugh 623.

 

 COMMENT 498760P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-28 12:22 PM

7 Falls!

 

 COMMENT 498762 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-28 12:22 PM

Across the hwy from Cachuma, Rancho Alegro.

 

 COMMENT 498769 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-28 12:33 PM

Setting foot on any of our local trails for the next month will cause horrific erosion. It was the main reason the power companies were able to put in all the transmission lines across all of our front country hills---people hiking after the rain had created virtual roads making it simple for them to install those all unsightly towers! Please, if you see any people attempting to hike, call the forest service or the county immediately.

 

 COMMENT 498776P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-28 12:43 PM

769, have you seen the trails lately? They are already heavily eroded. There's nothing to enforce when you call the forest service or county, if anything, it keeps them from doing more meaningful business. Please don't hassle these agencies, they have enough to deal with during the rains.

 

 COMMENT 498790 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-28 01:14 PM

From a photographer, I've hiked up at the end of showers and got some nice photos. But I don't do it anymore for the reasons mentioned, plus it's easy to slip in the mud.

 

 COMMENT 498803 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-28 01:31 PM

@769, that makes no sense whatsoever. The roads to the power lines were built to install and maintain the power lines, and the lines don't follow the hiking trails. Some hiking trails follow the lines!

By this reasoning the ocean came because indians put sand where the beaches are now.

 

 COMMENT 498804 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-28 01:32 PM

Gonna get a big group to hike tangerine falls on Sunday you should come along!

 

 COMMENT 498821 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-28 01:55 PM

None. Stay off the trails. Your momentary gratification is not more important than preserving our community's resources.

 

 COMMENT 498823 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-28 01:58 PM

Is there something that I can purchase that will measure when a trail is ready for hiking? Maybe at REI?

 

 COMMENT 498829 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-28 02:24 PM

Do they sell common sense at REI?

 

 COMMENT 498831 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-28 02:31 PM

A few of us go "mud boarding" on cold springs and romero trails, basically just skateboard decks without trucks or wheels, super fun but you'll definitely get dirty! This weekend will be epic for it, usually never enough rain to do it.

 

 COMMENT 498858 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-28 03:30 PM

wet trails are great for downhill mountain biking

 

 COMMENT 498864 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-28 03:39 PM

"mud-boarders" and cyclists: Stay the hell off the trails until they're dry. You're doing the most damage of anyone. Stop being so selfish!!!!

 

 COMMENT 498929 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-28 05:32 PM

It's simply not true that everyone must stay off the trails for the next month. Use common sense and see what conditions are like. If you leave deep footprints right from the start, it's too wet. If things are already soaking in and not much footprint is left, go for it. Heck, it's worse when everyone is pounding up and down when it is dry as a bone and there's 4" of powdery dust on top.

769 - call the FS or the county? For what? It's not illegal to be on the trails, even if it is pouring down rain. It's dumb and irresponsible, but not illegal.

I feel like all the people saying to stay off the trails are the same ones who go out there unprepared and w/ no common sense and then have to get rescued from Jesusita!

 

 COMMENT 498931 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-28 05:36 PM

No, the people saying stay off the trails are the responsible people with common sense. The people who go on the trails when they are soaked are the same people who have so little common sense and understanding of nature that they don't bother to prepare when they hike and aren't able to help themselves when they get slightly lost or injured.

 

 COMMENT 498958 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-28 08:04 PM

931 - reading comprehension? As I said, check whether they are saturated or not. If you're leaving no footprints, it isn't eroding.

 

 COMMENT 499130 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-01 11:37 AM

Op here. I'm obviously not going to walk along the edge of the trail risking my own safety. I also wouldn't want to knock the trail down the side either. Aside from "Mud Boarders", I'm going to try and avoid getting muddy, no fun trying to wash that stuff out later! Hiking after a rain doesn't have to equate irresponsibility as many of you are implying... Cold springs is a good suggestion, haven't done that one in a while. Thank you for the ideas!
- Aaron

 

 COMMENT 499167 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-01 01:52 PM

Stay off the trails for your safety and for the sake of keeping the trails in good condition. The clay in the soils becomes slippery when saturated and could cause you, your child or your dog to fall into a ravine or into rushing water.

 

 AUNTIE S. agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-01 09:00 PM

864, did you realize they were kidding?

 

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