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Review of Kelso Dunes

Kelso Dunes
Ranked #1 of 7 things to do in Essex
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Owner description: One of the areas in California where one can view the unique aspects of sand dunes.
Reviewed 27 May 2017

Great and nice place outside of main routes. When driving I-40 to Los Angeles or Needles turn to Kelso and the dunes are before town. Very unique place.

1  Thank mmikko
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Reviewed 25 May 2017

I came here for a quick look on the way to Vegas and overall I thought the Dunes were impressive but not stunning. Just to note there is no fuel station anywhere near the dunes so be careful.

Thank JXXXR
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Reviewed 4 April 2017

This was such a fun, unique thing to do! It's a good hike out to the dune and then up to the top - it will take about 2 hours or so round trip, but my husband and I (mid-50s, moderate fitness level) and our daughter did it without too much trouble.

As you get closer to the dune, pick out a route that will minimize the ups and downs, then head to the right side of the dune and hike to the top along the ridge.The view from the top is wonderful. The fun part comes on the way down, when you run down the front of the dune. It looks a bit steep, but your feet sink into the deep sand and you never gain any speed - it's like moving in slow motion.

We all wore hiking boots, and had to stop a few times to empty them out. I had hiking poles which were not really necessary except on one steep bit (very short), where my husband and daughter resorted to all fours. We visited in late afternoon, past the peak hours for heat.

Thank vagabond_dreams
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Reviewed 29 March 2017

It was a warm sunny day and I left my car in flip flops and no sunscreen, after about 15 minutes, I started walking barefoot, after 30 minutes I passed a group of people sandboarding, and at about 45 minutes i hit the end of my trip as the sun was quickly turning me into a tomato. Walking on the dunes barefoot left my feet pretty sore, I'm guessing there is a bit of cinder mixed in with the sand that exfoliated my feet. I wish i would have put on my hiking boots, but didn't want to fill them with sand. Where people haven't walked much the sand is pretty firm. The rise is gradual but steady and dips every now and then as the wind has shaped different dunes. You owe it to yourself to get out of your car and step foot in the dunes, how far is up to you... I can't say the view changed much after the first 10 minutes, but wish I would have made it to the top.

1  Thank TryppAdams
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Reviewed 25 March 2017

We spent the late afternoon crossing the smaller dunes to get to the largest one, and made it up the big one just in time to catch a spectacular sunset.

Thank Suzannah T
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