For the first time in many years Dry Lake in the San Gorgonio Wilderness is full! It’s absolutely stunning so take a hike up soon and enjoy the beauty! Here’s a great trail write up to plan your hike with:
I love hikes that are full of history and if they have an old mine I literally freak out. So of course this hike has been on my radar for awhile to check out.
The Big Horn Mine was staked in 1891 by a man named Charles Tom Vincent, aka Charles Vincent Dougherty after finding gold while hunting the area's Big Horn Sheep. Many others owned and operated the mine off and on up until 1985 when it was deemed not feasible to continue operation of the mine. For the full history click here:
For details on the mine stats here:
The trail starts at the Vincent Gap Trailhead. Instead of heading up to Baden Powell, take a left and head down the trail towards Mine Gulch. It is pretty straight forward after this. Follow the old wagon road that winds along the creek and enjoy the beautiful views of Mt. Baldy. The trail will start to go back up and you will see a sign that points you towards Mine Gulch- stay right and continue along the wagon road that hugs the back side of Baden Powell. At just over 2 miles the mine will come into sight. Great area to explore and take pictures. Return the same way you came.
Elevation Gain: +/- 550 ft
Elevation at Mine: +/- 7,000 ft
Details: Dog Friendly (Leash Required), Adventure Pass Required for Parking, Year Round Hiking, Fairly Maintained Trail (there was a washed out section but it was passable), Primitive Restrooms at Trailhead
Trailhead: Vincent Gap- https://goo.gl/maps/vCYWMaQxAA4tbphN8
Park Information: www.fs.usda.gov/angeles/
As a 5'9" tall woman with a super long torso and "junk in the trunk" finding hiking clothing that fits well has always been a challenge. Pants are usually too short and bottoms are too tight in the rear and saggy at the waist. So I can empathize with all the women who just can't seem to find anything that fits, especially if the brand doesn't even carry your size.
One of our criteria for our gear reviews includes whether or not that brand carries plus sized gear and clothing. It is so important for women of all shapes to be included in the outdoors and good gear and clothing for us is a must. So I put a list of my top 5 favorite brands that also carry plus sized clothing and/or gear that is legit.
PrAna makes my favorite hiking pants ever, the Halle Pant. They are durable, super comfortable, water resistant, breathable, have a 50 UPF sun protection and plenty of give. They just fit super well and look cute too. They offer them in sizes 00-22W and have short, regular, and tall inseams. The Halle Pant comes in multiple colors and has pockets! They are cross functional and can be used as climbing, hiking, office, travel, and hang out pants. Here's a video of me wearing them in action on a 4-day backpacking trip through Hetch Hetchy in Yosemite NP.
P.S. Ignore the terrified look on my face ( I hate log crossings).
2. Purple Rain Adventure Skirts
We love Purple Rain skirts and their Founder Mandy Bland. She is such an inspiration as an entrepreneur and Mom. Her innovative design for the skirts make them practical for the trail and so comfortable. They are lightweight, durable and dry in a flash with 88% Polyester/12% Spandex blend and DWR finish. They are super cute with leggings for added warmth and modesty. Waistbands are woven with moisture wicking yarn to keep you dry and cool and they have UV Protection 40+. They are sized XS-XXL and she also can custom make any size needed with a special order.
3. REI Co-Op
REI is doing an awesome job of adding more and more plus sized clothing and gear in their own brand and carrying more from other brands as well. I adore the Sahara shirt and literally live in them (hiking or not). It fits me way better than Columbia's version of a hiking shirt in the chest and is longer in the torso. They also have a more modern cut to them and work off trail too. The Sahara shirt has:
I love hiking in yoga/tights especially ones with side pockets for my phone. Athleta makes an awesome pair of 7/8 tights that have a side pocket hat my phone fits perfectly in. They are high quality and mid-waisted and come in sizes XS-2X with regular, tall, and petite inseams.
Pant details are:
Although I am not a fan of their sun shirts, Columbia makes some great jackets for the cost that come in sizes 00-3X. I have used my Columbia rain jacket for three seasons and it is still holding up and waterproof and I got it for less than $60 on sale!
We've had the most spectacular Spring this year in Southern California. Way beyond the "Poppygeddon" we had in Lake Elsinore, the flowers just keep on blooming! Here are a few of my favorites I ran into the past couple months on the trail. Click on each photo for flower name and location.