The start of the trail
So you can totally see the smog really bad from up here. Kinda gross! There were a few people on this trail but not a ton.
The trail from the side of the mountain
What a great desert shot
Nice view of the city
The main trail had an off-shoot that went up to Dobbins Lookout. This is the view from up there. It was another 700 feet of elevation gain or so, but so worth it! I hiked up to a point that most people drive up to!!
If you can see the little water tower in the middle of the picture, that's where I started from, approximately!
OK, so after I got through the up part of the hike, I was feeling really good when I turned around for the down part. Even though up to this point was about 3.3 miles with 1300 feet of elevation gain, I was feeling good! Maybe I got my second wind or something. My knees were hurting just a little bit but my lungs felt good and my legs were good. I had a bit of a bounce in my step as I turned back. I became....one of "those people" that run on the trails! I only ran for the parts where the trail was pretty solid and there wasn't much of a chance that my clumsy feet would trip over themselves, but I'd guess that I ran for maybe about a third of the way down! It was kind of cool having the wind blowing through my hair as I ran along the trail. In fact, it was so fun that now I'm going to see about getting some proper trail running shoes and a backpack that doesn't bounce all over the place when I'm running. A little way to combine something I love to do (hiking) with some interval training! Whooo hoooo! Killing two birds with one stone!
I ended up the hike back and the parking lot having traveled 5.68 miles with 1438 feet of elevation gain in just under 3 hours. Probably the longest hike I've done in awhile with a good amount of elevation gain. I was SWEATING!!! Went home and took a shower before heading out with a friend to do some shopping. Looking for an olympic barbell to add to my collection of fitness equipment. I really don't want to pay too much so I was checking out the used sporting good stores. Found a whole lot of nothing. Guess I'm going to have to keep checking Craig's List.
Ended up the day watching the Suns get beat by the Jazz. I really thought they were going to pull it out in the end, but a stupid mistake cost them the game in regulation and forced it to overtime. The Jazz prevailed in overtime. A very costly loss for us. We've gotta get back on it and start winning again!!
Tomorrow, I have a Dog Scout hike with my pooch. That should be fun! I'll post about it later.