Kibbie and Many Island Lakes

This was our first backpack outing of the year.  We usually do an easy one for our first trip of the year to dust off all the gear.   This trip is perfect for that.  It’s only 4.3 miles into Kibbie Lake with a mere 650 feet of climbing, and most of that climbing is in the first 1.3 miles.   Of course the area is gorgeous so it’s not a waste of time.

Kibbie Lake is in the northwest quadrant of Yosemite Park.  Unfortunately, that area had been ravaged by the Rim Fire back in August of 2013.  This was an unbelievably huge fire.   It was big news back then.  But we had no idea just how huge it was until we drove through a chunk of it on our way to the Kibbie Lake trailhead near Cherry Lake.  Fortunately, the Kibbie Lake area was beyond the northern reach of the fire (barely) so the fire damage we saw was from older fires.

Our trip had three parts.  Day 1 was the drive to the trailhead and the hike into Kibbie Lake.  Day 2 was what turned out to be a fairly aggressive day hike (15 miles with say about 10 miles being cross country).  And then Day 3 was the hike out and a side trip to see the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir (which neither of us had seen before).

The hike in wasn’t really notable so I won’t spend much time on it here.  The terrain for the hike in is a fairly steep climb until the trail junction.  As I said, you gain about 650 feet in 1.3 miles.  After that it’s flattish with some ups and downs.  There wasn’t really any water to speak of so bring what you need from the trail head.

Once you arrive at Kibbie Lake, you’ll immediately see some flat areas right next to the lake.  These are nice of course.  However they’re almost right on the trail coming into the lake and they’re closely packed together.  So unless you like the company of other nearby hikers, and are okay with incoming backpackers tromping through your camp, I’d suggest moving on.  That’s what we did.  There are LOTS of great sites on the west side of the lake.  The only difficult part (and it’s not that difficult) is to find your way across the outlet of Kibbie Lake to get over to the west side.  Once you do that, just pick yer spot.

Next day we set off on what turned out to be a pretty damn awesome day hike.  We had no goal really.  I had a buncha boxes I wanted to check off.  But since I’m such a lazy ass, I didn’t really expect to actually check off any of em.

  1. I wanted to hike along the Kibbie Ridge Trail to see what that was like.  (Turns out that it’s not that bad.  Certainly not as tough as the first 1.3 miles in.).
  2. I wanted to find the Sache Spring.
  3. I wanted to look out over the rim of the Cherry Creek Canyon.
  4. I wanted to go to Many Island Lake.

As it turns out… we were able to do all of these things… And they were ALL awesome.

The Kibbie Ridge Trail, while not overwhelming, got better and better as we climbed higher, and is a pretty descent trail.

And Sache Spring was simply amazing.  The water was cold but not too cold.  And it tasted SO good.  I’ve never had water that tasted like that.  I usually don’t care much for the taste of water, but I easily drank about 60 oz. while standing there.  It was like a little oasis around the spring too.  No sign though.  So except for all the nearby greenery, you could walk right by it.  It’s a little bit off the trail so be on the lookout.

Then later I got to look out over the rim of Cherry Creek Canyon.  The trail doesn’t go along the edge so you have to hike say a half mile to get there.  You can see the detour on the topo.  I took a buncha pictures.  Go to our additional pictures link to see more than you need to see.  It was just that awesome.

Then we hiked a bit further along the trail and at what we thought was the appropriate time departed the trail to cut over to Many Island Lake.  That lake is awesome.  If I were going to design a lake, that’s pretty much the lake I would design.  It’s kinda perfect.  Again, check out the pictures to see what I mean.  And the coolest thing is that it’s hard to get to and hardly anyone knows about it.  We saw no signs of humans.  We totally had the whole place to ourselves.  We’re probably gonna go there again someday but this time stay the night.

Now the only part left was to get back to our camp three or four miles away and something like 1300 foot descent back to Kibbie Lake level.  The first 3/4s of that distance was smooth sailing over granite.  But then there was the brush.  Oy!  While it’s not impenetrable (we demonstrated that cuz we got through it),  it’s the next closest thing to impenetrable.

At last we made it back to our campsite, made a quick dinner and collapsed into our sleeping bags.

Next day we hiked out.

 

Climbing El Sombroso and Bald Mountain

Road zig zagging up to the top which is the high point at the upper left of the photo

Road zig zagging up to the top which is the high point at the upper left of the photo

Type of hike: Out and Back

Difficulty: 6 – Route is entirely on old road, but steep in places

Trail grade: A bit of a climb at first followed by about a 700 foot decent down to where the Baldwin Trail joins the Woods Trail.  After crossing  Rincon Creek and Guadalupe Creek, the trail climbs from about 1700 feet to 3000 feet at the top of El Sombroso.

Trail use: A few people… more when we joined up with Woods Trail

Highest elevation: ~3,008 at top of El Sombroso.  We parked at 2,328′.

Total climbing: 2,603′ but that included climbing a hundred feet or so to get up Bald Mountain.

Round trip distance: 12.1 miles including 1.4 miles round trip to Bald Mountain

How long: About 4 hrs 30 minutes

Quality of views: Pretty awesome… gotta be at least a 9.  The top of El Sombroso was disappointing though.  Hard to see anything because of all the brush.  But there were places where there were views of the entire Bay Area … and then there are almost constant views of Mt. Umunhum.

Weather conditions when we did it: Sunny, 70 degrees-ish, mostly clear ‘cept for some haze

Red tape: None

Maps we used: Internet, Google Earth, Sierra Azul Open Space Preserve

Water: None – bring what you need.  There are a couple creek crossings so I guess you could pump and filter if you wanted

Restrooms: At parking lot.  Restroom was wonderfully clean

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Parking: In a lovely parking lot off Mt. Umunhum Road

How to get there:  Starting at the intersection of Highway 17 and Highway 85, go south on 85 for about 2.5 miles and exit onto Camden Avenue and turn south (towards the mountains).  Go down Camden for about 2 miles and then turn right on Hicks Rd.  Follow Hicks Rd for about 7 miles, passing Guadalupe Reservoir, and up a large hill until you reach the Hicks and Mt Umunhum intersection.  Continue driving about 1.3 miles until a gate bars any more vehicular access up the road. Park here.

Now for a few of the details…

Select this link to go to lotsa pictures

This was an outing with Donna’s hiking group.  This included Joan, Anita, Judy, Tai, and Chris.  We all piled into the van for the trip to the trail head.

From the parking lot at the trailhead we decided to knock out Bald Mountain first so with lively legs we went the 0.7 miles over to the view point.  From there we had a lovely view of Guadalupe and Almaden Reservoirs.

After this short warm up, it was time to get started.

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This hike was a bit different from most of the hikes we’ve done in that it was entirely on road.  So for the most part we just walked and talked our way to the top of El Sombrosa.  There was quite a bit of walking though… so lotsa time for talking.  However, besides being long, the road was steep in places.  And of course all the heavy breathing had an impact on a the talking.

Anyway, we eventually arrived at the top.  Kinda weird top though.  Power lines ran right over the peak.  That and the fact that we had never left the road took some of the adventure out of the outing.  But the views were stunning.  And we were in good company.

We stopped for lunch at a road intersection near the top….  Checked out the views for a while… And then headed back the way we came.  On our way down, since we were now facing that way, it was very noticeable that we could see the van off in the distance, parked at the Bald Mountain parking lot.

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And all the while the cube at the top of Mt. Umunhum sat brooding above us.  The trail basically wraps around the eastern side of Mt. Umunhum so the cube was almost always visible.

It was a very pleasant outing.

Been Awhile, Huh?

Okay… I admit it… I’ve been kinda slackin’ with respect to keeping this blog up to date.  Been silence on the line for awhile… and before that there’s been a lot of Donna’s and my hiking posts… so not much variety unless you’re into the hiking scene.  Not saying that’s gonna end.  My next post will be about an outing that we did recently.  But that’s not all that’s been happening here at Casa Fogelquist.  So I’m gonna try and be better about posting more family stuff.

Just a few of the recent highlights from home:

  1. Spencer and I got our crops in.  So this year there are the usual tomato plants, plus a buncha peppers.  I’ve never done peppers before so this is gonna be a bit of an adventure.  We put in 13 tomato plants… Yeah… that’s quite a few tomatoes huh?  But now that I have a clue how to can, I guess I’m gonna be a canning maniac this year.  So we should be able to absorb the volume.

    Shortly after 'the planting'... all plants in their containers. Kinda barren now but it's not gonna look like this for long.

    Shortly after ‘the planting’… all plants in their containers. Kinda barren now but it’s not gonna look like this for long.

  2. I started a photo site using Smug Mug.  So from now on that’s where I’m going to put the photos that normally accompany these posts.  Of course I’ll put a few photos in the blog but the majority will go to Smug Mug.The address is: http://www.fogfam.smugmug.com

    Just go to the link and cast around a bit.  The photo site is stand alone so now you can just go directly to Smug Mug and look at the pictures without having to wade through the blog.  Only issue is that, now that we have a place to easily post pictures, I won’t be as selective about what pictures I post.  So you’ll no doubt have to slog through a few extras.  Other than that though, it’s all good.

  3. We have joined a CSA… What the Hell is a CSA?  CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture.  This is where you buy a share of a farm’s produce and your share is delivered to a pickup location each week.  Then you just go pick it up.  So in effect we’re getting our produce directly from the farm.  This helps flatten the food supply chain which is good for lots of reasons.  Our farm is the Live Earth Farm in Watsonville.  Go to the link if you wanna read about it.  This is in addition to our massive tomato (and now pepper) supply.   I know I know… what are you people doing?  Good Lord!  Why don’t you just get your food from the grocery store like everybody else?  Well… this is way too big a topic for here, or even another entire post.  Besides I probably wouldn’t be able to stop it from coming off as preachy, so you wouldn’t read it anyway.  But if you’re interested (and I hope you are), here’s a book that can start you on your way… Read In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan.  He has a number of other books too.  You can pretty much read any of them to get the idea.  The concept isn’t new though.  It’s just that Michael Pollan’s approach was compelling to us.  He’s not preachy, or judgmental.  He’s matter of fact, well reasoned and well researched.  And his style is refreshing.  Finally, in our particular case, getting produce mostly from this CSA is more practical than going to the grocery store.  Essentially, it’s almost directly delivered to us.  So it all works out.
  4. A few weeks ago, I got myself an eBike… That’s an Electric Bike if you’re unfamiliar with the term.  This also could be (and will definitely be) the topic for another post… (or several posts actually).  But for now, in a nut shell, I’ll just say that I think this is one of the best purchases that I’ve ever made, in my entire life.  It is SO much fun… and practical… and great exercise.  I just zip by the traffic in Santa Cruz and much of the time, especially with the Santa Cruz area traffic problems, arrive at my destination more quickly than I would by car.   But more about this later.
  5. The boys are done with school for the 2015-16 school year.  Kinda fun having them home again.  Spencer has been gardening, ref’ing, and coaching while Jack is working and riding his bike again.  Kinda fun seeing the school tension relax off their faces.
  6. A couple weeks ago, I bought a bunch of strawberries and made strawberry jam for the first time.  And… it was almost a disaster.  It didn’t set up the way it should and was WAY too sweet.  Jack is the only one helping me to eat it.  I guess I’ll make some adjustments and try again later.   It does taste good though… so at least I have that going for me.   Next time I’ll use a different pectin, not mash up the strawberries as much and add less sugar.  But first I gotta down the jam (syrup) from this batch.  Oh… one REALLY good thing… Donna used it to make strawberry ice cream.  Not gonna lie, it was unbelievably good.  I couldn’t stop myself from going back to the refrigerator to get some more.
  7. We got to host Chris Bauer (One of Donna’s many nephews) for a quick tour of San Francisco.
    Chris and Donna in front of the Lone Sailor statue near the Golden Gate Bridge.

    Chris and Donna in front of the Lone Sailor statue near the Golden Gate Bridge.

    Chris was here in the Bay Area for a conference.  And we were able to steal him away for a quick run through San Francisco and then dinner at the Cliff House Bistro.  Was fun for me to get to hang with him a bit and get to know him a little better.

Okay…  This was just a quick catch up.  There’s more of course but that’s probably enough for this post.

Hike – Boronda Ridge Loop

 

First – Nuthin’ but the facts…

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Zoomed out to show that this hike is about 30 miles south of the Monterey Penninsula

Type of hike: Loop
Difficulty: 9 – I suppose it could be harder somehow
Trail grade: Boronda is say a 7 until Timber Top – dirt road for 2 miles  – then de Angulo Trail is say a 3 – 4.  Overgrown with treefall – described below.  We felt extremely lucky that there actually WAS a trail though.  Thank you Jimmy and Kim Chi for resurrecting it.
Trail use: Hardly anyone on the trail – We saw people but it was Easter weekend.
Highest elevation: ~3,263 at top of de Angulo.  Timber Top is 3,060.  Highway 1, where we parked, is about 580′
Total climbing: 3152′
Round trip distance: 10.6 miles (1.4 along Hwy 1 to Boronda TH, 3.0 to Timber Top, 2.2 along Coast Ridge Road and 3.3 down de Angulo plus a little bit)
How long: About 4 hrs 40 minutes not including time eating lunch at Timber Top
Quality of views: Pretty astounding… gotta be a 10.  If it’s not a 10, what could a ten possibly be?

Weather conditions when we did it: Sunny, 70 degrees-ish, mostly clear ‘cept for some sea haze and fog in the distance
Red tape: Absolutely none
Maps we used: Green Trails Big Sur Ventana Wilderness but mostly Robert Stone’s book Big Sur
Water: None – bring what you need
Restrooms: None
Parking: Only parking is on the side of Hwy 1 in turnouts

How to get there:
From Santa Cruz, take Highway 1 through Carmel.   Proceed down the coast another 27 miles to the Big Sur Ranger Station.  From there, go another 5.3 miles where you’ll find turnouts.  This is the Boronda Trail trail head.  The trailhead is behind a green gate on the inland side of the road.  There is also a cattle chute and some signage plainly visible.

Another 1.45 miles down further south are another set of turnouts, and another green gate to a road.  This road goes into a ramshackle neighborhood.  If you park here (this is where we parked), park along the highway outside the gate.  This is where we came out from the de Angulo Trail.

Now for the details…   Additional pictures

Donna and I have been trying to do more in the Big Sur area.  And as I’ve said elsewhere, we like to hike loops.  Well actually, I prefer loops and Donna humors me.  She does lots of ‘out and backs’ when she’s out with other folks and doesn’t have to deal with my nonsense.  Anyway… this is a loop.  Kind of a tough loop but still a loop.

Our overall plan was to park at the base of the de Angulo Trail, then walk along Hwy 1 until we reached the Boronda Trail trailhead.  From there we’d climb Boronda, have lunch at Timber Top camp.  Then make our way south along the Coast Ridge Road until reaching the top of the de Angulo Trail.  From there we descend back to the car via de Angulo for a total of about 10 miles (10.6 by GPS).

We chose to park at the base of the de Angulo Trail cuz we wanted to use the easy beginning of walking along the highway as a warm up before doing the climb.  We also rightfully predicted that we’d be pretty hammered from the hike that all we’d want to do at the end of the de Angulo Trail was climb into the nice comfy car without having to endure an additional 1.5 mile walk in traffic on Hwy 1 to get back to the car.  Turns out this was some good thinking.

So off we went.  After walking the on and a half miles along the highway to get to the base of Boronda, we started the climb.

The climb is pretty steady, relentless really.  For the most part the trail is an old ranch road that was clearly used for transporting farm animals back in the day.  The grade ranges from flat to more than 30% (by GPS).  The views are constant and get more and more stunning as you go up.  Sooner than you’d expect,  you notice the sound of the highway has completely disappeared.  There’s just the wind, which seemed to build as we got higher.  Of course this could also have been because the wind just got stronger as the day wore on.

The 2,500 foot climb up to Timber Top covers almost exactly 3.0 miles (for an average grade of about 16%).  We did this in late March and the grass was so green that it almost hurt to look at it.  The wildflowers were everywhere, and thick.  Everything was lush.  So we had plenty to distract us from our suffering as we trudged upward.  Donna was in heaven with all the blooming wildflowers.  Her borderline rapture  She took lotsa pictures so she could identify them later when we got home.  This was good for me cuz with all the picture taking, I was managing to keep up with her.  I just kept walking as she took pictures of the flowers that we passed.  The flowers were really pretty amazing though.  Even a cretin like me couldn’t help but be amazed.

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One thing about this climb that makes it special…  After about say 1000 feet of climbing up this bluff…

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…the trail then goes along this long, grassy ‘arm’ or bluff almost all the rest of the way to the top.  It’s very unusual and only adds to the wonder of it all.  And of course it was especially amazing because everything was so incredibly green.  I’m a little troubled cuz the photos here just didn’t capture the deep green that we could see with our eyes.  I guess it may be time for a little Photoshopping.

Eventually we arrived at Timber Top.  Not sure what the history of this camp is but if I find out, I’ll update this blog post accordingly.  Crazy as it seemed, there was zero flat ground anywhere for the entire two hours of our climb, but suddenly here was a very pleasant place to camp.  Only problem was that you gotta climb 2500 feet with a pack on to get to it.  Timber Top is at 3060 feet… and yes it really is true, I do keep carrying on about the elevation.  But if you had climbed all the way up there, I’m betting you would mention it once or twice too.  My body got a pretty good reminder that 2500 feet of climbing is non-trivial.  Anyway, the camp has a picnic table, a barbecue stand (stove in the parlance of the Ventana Wilderness), a fire pit, and even some nasty water… but most importantly, lots of luxurious flat ground.  And of course the views continued to be absolutely astounding.

We ate lunch and rested a bit.   Then we were off onto the Coast Ridge Road to get over to the de Angulo Trail.  You’d think that finding the road would be easy… but it wasn’t.  We were a bit tired from the climb so we were trying to minimize our walking to find the road.  Our search grid wasn’t very big.   I could go into why it was a puzzle but that would likely be tiresome to read.  I’ll just say that at last we figured out where it was so we could start walking (hobbling… I was getting tired and my foot hurt) to the next trail head.  Previously, I had fantasized that the road would offer astounding views of the coastline.  After all it is on a ridge top overlooking the Big Sur coastline.   However on the section we walked, it does not.  It’s tucked into the ridge on the inland side of the ridge, not on the ocean side.  We did however have an amazing view of the northern most mountains of Ventana Wilderness area.

Now that we were on the road…

…the goin’ was pretty easy.   Since it was our first time on this route, our biggest concern was finding the top of the DeAngulo Trail so we could get back to the car.  We didn’t want to just walk by it on the road, so no matter how miserable I was feeling, I had to stay ‘heads up’.   From the Robert Stone book, we were expecting to walk say 1.8 miles.  We got to 1.8 miles from Timber Top, and no de Angulo Trail… Robert Stone had been spot on with his mileage notes so far so I was starting to worry a little.  We didn’t see anything though so we kept walking… Of course we eventually came upon it in logically the right location.  Just a bit further than 1.8 miles.

The descent down the de Angulo was horrific.  A combination of factors made it pretty unpleasant.  First my foot was bothering me, and we were tired.  The descent was pretty steep and steep descents aren’t any fun.  I knew Donna wasn’t feeling much better.  Neither of these factors helped…  The descent was steep and went on for 2,500 feet with an average 15% grade.  But sometimes there was a  little uphill only to be countered by a stretch of 20 – 35% grade.  Tough on the ole quads… I was losing my sense of humor.

But the views continued to be phenomenal, even though I was getting to be too uncomfortable to properly enjoy them.

On the way down we ran into this guy doing trail work… His name was/is Jimmy.  He told us that he and his wife had pretty much single handedly brought the trail back from the dead after it was nearly destroyed in one of the Big Sur fires.  They had scratched it back out of the side of the hills all to honor the legacy of Jaime de Angulo, a local legend (Jaime de Angulo wiki).   After coming off Boronda, and then the Coast Ridge Road, this trail seemed pretty rough though, and of course I was sniveling.  However it soon became clear that there were some genuine heroics behind the maintenance of this trail.  It was obvious that it literally had been clawed back from the dead after the fires.  So now I want to say a big THANK YOU to Jimmy and his wife, Kim Chi for doing all this for us.  I wish I had gotten a picture of Jimmy but when we talking I just didn’t think of it.

Now then… not gonna lie, the trail WAS overgrown… in places with poison oak… and it was the juiciest poison oak that you’ve ever seen.  The leaves just glistened.  Oy!  AND… there were LOTS of ticks… I’d never had so many ticks on me.  Donna and I were flickin’ em off each other right and left.  It was like there was a tick hatchery nearby just spewing em out.   I’m sure this isn’t a permanent situation… but it was a real concern.

We met another guy along the trail… Richard.

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He was on his way up the road to fetch some sheep he had left to graze up higher…

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Room with a view

Richard was very friendly and pleasant to chat with.  He told us more than we could absorb about the local history.  Finally, Richard had to tend to the sheep and we had to get a move on back to our car so we parted company.  We still had about a half mile to go down the hill… ouch!

And then we were back at the road.  Getting back to the car felt unbelievably good,  and that was only to be exceeded by how good the shower felt when we got home.

Additional pictures

 

Buzzard’s Roost on a Rainy Day

Buzzard's Roost

First – Nuthin’ but the facts…

Type of hike: Out and back
Difficulty: 6 – (climbing but well graded on nice trail and relatively short)
Trail grade: 9 ‘cept for near the top… becomes say a 5 with a little bouldering
Trail use: Hardly anyone on the trail but it was raining
Highest elevation: ~2150  (starts at 1000′)
Total climbing: 1238′
Round trip distance: 4.4 miles
How long: About 2 1/2 hours including time at the top
Quality of views: Cloudy… no view but I’m sure it’s awesome

Weather conditions when we did it: Rainy, windy,
Red tape: $10 State Park Day Use pass unless you have one of these cool passes
Maps we used: Green Trails and State Park Map
Water: Bring what you need
Restrooms: Bathrooms at park headquarters
Parking: Yes – however on a normal day, Big Basin is very crowded so go early.  After lots are full, you will have to wait until someone leaves.

How to get there:
From Santa Cruz, take Highway 9 to Boulder Creek.  Then left onto 236.  Stay on 236 until you arrive at the park.

Now for what happened on our junket… Additional pictures

So… what were WE thinking?!  It was raining… and had BEEN raining for quite some time… We were still wanting to get out and do something though.  A few ideas were batted around… Fall Creek?  Henry Cowell?  Our usual local hikes?  No, let’s do something different.  We had just gotten a Limited Use Golden Bear Pass and were dyin’ to use it… so I came up with the genius idea of going to Big Basin and hike to Buzzard’s Roost… Did I mention that it was raining?.. As the name sort of implies, it’s kind of a view point.  But it hardly even occurred to me that the view might not be all that great on a rainy day… But like I said, we were pretty desperate to get out, so off we went.

The Limited Use Golden Bear Pass is a fun pass to have cuz with it, it’s free to use the California state parks nine months out of the year…  We’d never used it before so I wasn’t sure what to do.   But once we got to the park, I just showed em the pass and they cheerfully gave me a little ticket to put on my windshield… Wow!  It actually worked!  And it was easy.   No muss, no fuss… no additional fees.  Sah-weeet!  And since it was raining, we were among the few who ventured into the park so there was lots of parking to choose from.  Usually parking at Big Basin is a bitch.

Now for the hike… Well like I said, it was raining… pretty hard actually… Donna usually wears a poncho when it’s raining so that’s what she put on.  DSC00889I like ponchos too, but recently I’ve been playing around with using an umbrella for hiking in the rain.  So I went with that but carried my poncho just in case.

There are a labyrinth of trails in Big Basin so we carefully wove our way through the various intersections to get to our trail up to Buzzard’s Roost… hmmm… probably would be nice to tell you here which trails to use to get to the one that takes you to the top, huh?  But I wasn’t really paying attention.  We just used the map they gave us and figured it out.  Next time we do this (and there will be a next time), I’ll take notes and update this post with the information.  Sorry… All I can say for now is to be careful with your navigation.  There are lots of choices.   It’s probably easier than I’m making it sound but it was harder than I expected.

Anyway… once we crossed the Blossom Creek Bridge, we were mostly on our way.  DSC00851

 

 

 

 

Not long after the creek crossing the trail starts relentlessly up… and up … and up.  But as ‘ups’ go, it’s an okay kinda up.  The trail is well graded.  I was guessing at a pretty steady 10%.  But that’s an average.

The trail is very nice until you get near the top… within a few hundred feet of elevation from the high point, the trail goes from a pleasant, duffy, flat surface to being pretty rocky and uneven.  And there are also a couple points where you literally have to rock climb… pretty minor rock climbing but still, it’s not actually hiking anymore.  I think it would have been pretty easy if the rock were dry.  There would have been plenty of traction.  But we were climbing this rock in the rain.  Both our sphincters were a little puckered at times as we made our way up.

Finally we made it to the actual Roost.

It’s pretty cool up there.  We were trying to imagine the views.  I’m sure we could have seen the ocean, and had a view of Big Basin park headquarters, Eagle Rock, maybe Chalk Mountain… and who knows what else.  But not today…

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We didn’t  stay on the top all that long cuz even though it wasn’t raining much at that moment, the wind was blowin’ us around and we were both getting cold.

This is an ‘out and back’ so goin’ back was the same as the way up ‘cept easier.  It started raining again though so out came the umbrella… Was totally dumping when we got back to the car.  A nice warm shower felt heavenly when we got home.