Went on a hike today, nothing to strenuous just a few miles overall. It’s basically a trail in my back yard, so-to-speak. The weather here in California today was breezy / overcast / and low temp, the perfect formula for a hike.
…I was finally able to get out on a hike this weekend. Decided to give another local hike a try and it was intense. The overall mileage was low but the intensity was full force. You know when you first thought is “what have I gotten myself into”, it is going to be an intensive hike, and this one kept the pressure on the whole way up. I will be back to this trail on occassion. While I apprecate the intensity it is heavily populated which can be challenging on relatively narrow trails. However, the cardio benefits and the visual sites of San Gabriel make it all worth it in the end.
Quoted from Dan’s Hiking pages – Simpsoncity. com, “Garcia Trail is steep, climbing some 866 vertical feet per mile. But thetrail is well traveled and makes a nice workout hike (popular with students and staff from nearby Azusa Pacific University). A typical trail in the San Gabriels gains 400 to 600 vertical feet per mile, so Garcia Trail not only gives the legs and lungs a workout, but it also provides a reference mark in evaluating other trails.”
Today was a great day! It has been a short while, but long enough, since I was able to get out and do some hiking, Headed out to Mt. Wilson (http://www.simpsoncity.com/hiking/orchard.html) in Sierra Madre, near Pasadena. This is my all time favorite hiking location. It is well maintained, fellow hikers are friendly and it is not, I repeat NOT, overrun with “wannabe” hikers trying to jump on the band wagon. This is a serious and very beautiful hike. A few years back a fire ravaged a lot of the first portion of the trail though time heals and the trail is getting back to its glory. I took a few photos from the first marker, called First Water. Hiking is my favorite form of cardio. The trail has various levels you can reach from 1.5 miles to 7 miles all the way to the top (14 miles round trip) and yeah, I have been there. If you live locally and have not been to this trail you must go. The trailhead starts off Mira Monte Ave., many people have confused this side with the one that leads to the Sturtevant Falls (http://www.everytrail.com/guide/sturtevant-falls) which is completely different. I plan to make this year one filled with lots of hiking, if you have the good fortune to live near worthwhile trails, use them! Hiking is addicting and a great way to break a fitness rut.