January 27, 2013 · 11:00 AM
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Unexpectedly had to cancel my Saturday hiking option -- however weather is looking favorable for a Sunday afternoon hike here locally at Toro Park through one of my favorite access points, Harper Canyon.
Trail starts out gentle but gradually increases in slope to a heart-pumping, sweat inducing workout. Once past the old barn we'll trek across the grassy hills up an insanely steep incline on our way to Ollason Peak. After a brief stop at Ollason Peak we'll continue on over to Black Mountain where we can rest a bit while enjoying views of the Salinas Valley.
Coming back down we'll hike through Red Tail Canyon on our way back to Harper Canyon and our cars.
Distance is estimated at 8-10 miles with approximately ~2,500 feet of cumulative elevation gain.
This will be STRENUOUS hike!! Please match your current fitness and conditioning level with the degree of strenuousness that this hike will entail.
Please be aware that we expect you to take FULL responsibility for your safety while we are out attending this Meetup event. This means being prepared with adequate gear for hiking and/or swimming, etc., and making sure the difficulty level of the event IS NOT beyond the limits of your health & conditioning. We understand that your "Going" RSVP to this event means you accept this. For more information regarding safety, please refer to the Monterey Bay Area Hiking Group "About" section for more details.