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This is a short but steep class 1 & 2 morning hike for conditioning, exercise, and the view. It is 2.5 miles round trip to Hayes Peak (4720') with just over 2000 feet of elevation gain. This normally takes me about 2 hours so figure 3 hours maximum. It is good exercise, and a lot of fun. It is supposed to be partly cloudy and cool in the morning. The ground may be wet and trekking poles are advised.
The trailhead is easy to locate. There is a dirt parking area just west of Lake Isabella off of highway 178 on the corner of Highway 178 and Yankee Canyon Drive. Copy and Paste 35.656505, -118.440130 into Google Maps (http://maps.google.com/) to get directions from your home.
Hayes Peak Weather (http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lat=35.63999910372582&lon=-118.44257354736328&site=hnx&unit=0&lg=en&FcstType=text)
We will meet at the trailhead at 7:30am, and then hike up the trail. We will continue up the trail for about a mile, and then hike cross country for about a quarter mile to the summit. The views of Lake Isabella are fantastic all the way up. We should all be home with plenty of time before the football game (http://www.nfl.com/gamecenter/2012012200/2011/POST20/ravens@patriots).
(http://www.accuweather.com/en/us/lake-isabella-ca/93240/hourly-weather-forecast/2154400?day=2)Accuweather Hourly Forecast (http://www.accuweather.com/en/us/lake-isabella-ca/93240/hourly-weather-forecast/2154400)
It is important that we all understand the rating system that organizers use on their hikes. For my hikes I generally use something close to the Yosemite Decimal System. I have seen many different versions of this system, and many are adamant that their version is the right version and etc.. The best description I have seen of the five classes that seems to encompass the most general idea may be found at Climber.org under ‘Five Classes of Climbing Difficulty’ ( click here (http://www.climber.org/data/decimal.html) ).
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