This is my new favorite hill climb and I want to hike it in spring, see what the wildflowers are doing. This is ~3100 ft in less than 4 miles, serious elevation but interestingly, not as steep as I expected. Though I suspect others will feel differently.
I've schedule this long in advance of spring for inspiration to those, like me, who are waiting to see the pretty flowers. And it is also on the calender for aspiration, for those who want to climb but fear to try. You have two months and 19 days to meet us at the trailhead.
This is open to anyone who wants to join. No limit. I am curious to see how many will sign up and how many will show up. To those who do not join, you will have missed a magical day.
Photos: Southern view, by James (above); Northern view, by Tom H. (below), January 2014
Where to Meet:
We'll gather at the Park and Ride on Rio Road for carpool at 8AM. This will give us enough time to get to the trailhead at 9:45AM.
The drive south will take approximately 90 mins but it's easy and scenic.
Google Map directions: http://goo.gl/maps/05Rqu
What to Bring:
Lunch, water, snacks. No water sources along the way. Bring your hat, sunscreen, camera, sense of humor ;-), LAYERS, hiking poles.
What to Expect:
All the climbing will happen the first half of the hike. It is strenuous so be prepared to sweat. The usetrail is reported to be a mountain bike route so we'll have to keep a watch out. While the hike will be challenging for elevation change, this will be a leisure day of hiking and sightseeing. We will stay together as a group and enjoy the day. This is an out and back.