100 Classic Hikes in Southern California
by Allen Riedel (The Mountaineers Books)
© Allen Riedel/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.
I just returned from Iraq so I did not listen to the warning about the heat. I went up the trail at 2pm and it was hot but not 140 degrees so it wasn't a factor.
I took a camel back with me and it was a good choice. The trail is a real quad burner on the way up. There's only a couple places where it flattens out and only for about 50 feet and then it's back up again. The view of the ocean and the wet lands is awesome all the way up but remember that there is a Navy Seabee small arms range across the road next to the ocean. You will hear occasional M9 and M16/M4 rounds going down range.
The cactus and plants are pretty cool. It was pretty dry there today. I saw some lizards and lots of hawks. Once I got to the top of the first mountain the breeze off the ocean picked up and it felt real nice from then on.
After two more hills/mountains, I'm not sure what designates one from the other, we saw the Stars and Stripes at the highest point. Very cool for a returning Sailor from Iraq. There was also a journal there in an ammo box to make a comment in. Kind of a cool touch.
The trip down took half the time and was also a burner on the back of the legs.
Overall this was a great cross training workout and a nice hike. I'd do it again if I lived in Cali.
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