California is known for it’s beaches and beach culture but what people don’t realize is that we have some amazing mountains as well.
(Jones Peak, that was from the halfway point)
There are a number of magnificent mountain ranges that traverse the inland southern California landscape. Even in my own backyard we have some beautiful trails to explore.
If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll notice that the last three weeks the husband and I have been traversing our local peaks. First it was an old Nike Missile site, abandoned in the 70’s. We made it to the top but the second half of the trial leads to a beautiful Buddhist temple. The next time we tackle that trail we’ll venture on the second half.
The next week was Workman Hill. The average temp last week was around 100 degrees, so we just did a quick one mile that we were able to accomplish in the evening when the temperatures began to drop.
Keeping up with our fantastic hiking streak we decided to give James Peak a go. In retrospect, we probably should have done our research on this one a bit more. It’s more of a winter hike, temperatures climb extremely fast and the trail leading up to the peak has no shade covering. We almost made it to the top, a full 3.3 miles, one way. However, due to the heat and the fact that I just clearly was not prepared for this one. I stopped at roughly 2 miles up before heading back down. It’s always better to play it safe when it comes to hiking. Know your limits!
Overall it’s a really enjoyable trail, lots of switchbacks, beautiful views and long well kept straight away paths. There are also a couple of really good spots to sit and have a picnic.
So what’s the plan now? We were talking about conquering one new trail every week but that just isn’t foreseeable, unfortunately life has a tendency to get in the way. As well as worn out knees and a potentially strained ankle (I took a fun little tumble on the way down).
However, we are going to work towards conquering all of the peaks in Southern California. I love hiking, it gets me outside, exercising and enjoying nature. You don’t need to be all that coordinating, just have to make sure you don’t pull a Jack and Jill style tumble…
So here’s to lots more hiking!