Parker Mesa for Masochists
Most groups take the 6 mile easy way to Parker Mesa. HOWEVER... The trail we're taking gains 1150 feet in elevation and gets there in half the distance.
At the top we can enjoy the ocean view and snacks.
We'll return to our cars using the wide fire-road.
DISTANCE: AROUND 4 1/2 MILES TOTAL, BUT IT'LL FEEL LIKE 6
TOPO MAP OF ROUTE: "B" is the starting point. "F" is Parker Mesa Overlook. Our route to the top follows the firebreak on the ridgeline all the way up.
We will return on the double-dashed road to the right on the map
WEATHER: it is supposed to be 85 degrees at the hottest time of the day. But we're starting at 9, so who knows?
I'M NOT YOUR MOM, BRING ALL THE USUAL STUFF... hat, water (3 bottles!), hiking shoes, all your troubles...
NO DOGS. unless you like expensive tickets from the rangers (making you a masochist. Hmmm?)
LEGAL STUFF: by going on this hike, you agree to assume all risks of this hike, and that no one at Meetup including the organizer is responsible for your safety. See the Meetup terms of service especially paragraph 6.2:
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