What a bunch of goobers. Can you see the khaki/grey theme going on here? Obviously these colors are essential to any hike. Put some big chunky boots on and strap on a camel bak and you're good to go!
This last weekend was weird for me. I didn't really know what was going to go down until last minute (which for those of you who know me, i typically don't do things last minute). At first I thought I was going to go ice climbing with this Utah Climbing Club I joined this year. Then that got canceled, and I thought I'd be driving to Utah for a training climbing day Saturday. Then decided that was a long drive for just 4 hours on Saturday. Then I was considering going up to Santa Barbara for my friends birthday, but didn't want to sky dive. Then I thought I'd go hiking with my hiking group that is doing the Rim-to-Rim hike in May, but that also got canceled. Soooo somehow, I ended up going on a hike with these goobers (just kidding, I look just as goobery as they do.... check out my hiking pants and sweet visor! Definition of cool.)
Let me correct something I said above. I ended up going on a death march with these goobers. It was fun though, and even though I was the slowest in the group they pushed me and helped me realize that even though I've been working out like crazy lately, I need to up my game. I need to push harder. The hike was roughly 10 miles long and 3,850 ft elevation gain up to Power's Peak. I completed it in about 4 and a half hours with a little leisure time at the top.
There are 3 gates you must enter before getting on the main hike. This was the first.
There will be a theme in this blog post. A lot of pensive looking photos of the back of James. He stuck around with my slow ass all day.
The first part of the hike was relatively flat, with the slightest incline.
Then there were a bunch of these sweet rocks everywhere!
And this weird Dr. Seuss looking plant... with pensive James in the background
Constant spectacular mountain views...
The trail was mostly dirt like seen below... and this portion was dirt switchbacks.
I told the guys to leave me a sign if the trail led into a fork. They did a fantastic job, but the hilarious part is that I almost missed it, even though it is completely obvious.
This picture below is not that appealing, but you can see the trail we had to follow after the switchbacks. From this point the trail was very steep all the way to the top.
At the top, there is a closed off mine, but this was the only evidence we saw of it... James staring into the distance...
Again, deep in thought...
And since I'm from Texas, I've got to take a picture every time I see snow!
I really dig the algae on this rock.
I made it to the top (5 miles and 3,850' of elevation gain) in 3 hours.
There is a log book at the top where you can sign your name.
The top had some pretty amazing views of Lake Isabella and the Kern Canyon.
When I reached the top, the boys were like "Time to go back down so we can go to the Kern River Brewery!"... so I took a little time eating something and then hurried down behind them.
I'm not sure what Andrey is thinking here... he looks concerned.
So the guys thought they'd walk from the trail head to the brewery, but I caught up with them in my Tribeca. Suckers!
We all got some grub and beers, and enjoyed the break from being down off the mountain.
All in all, good little day hike. It went by super fast, but I got to catch up with friends and get outside instead of sitting on my bum in Bakersfield. I'm glad they let me tag along. This hike was similar specs to the Mount Baldy hike I did a few weekends ago which was 10.3 miles long and 3950 ft elevation gain... which explains why my glutes hurt insanely bad Sunday after our hike Saturday.
In the meantime, I'm going to start running up bleachers to get better conditioned for hiking. Maybe one of these days I'll be faster than them. I've got a ways to go though.