Back to hiking this weekend and we were both glad for it. The weather has been fantastic and the city unappealing so off to the mountains we go. This trail was about a 45-minute drive from the LA and was much less crowded than the trails we’d done previously in Angeles National Forest…probably because we left before 6:00am to beat the crowds. We were able to park right at the trailhead this time.
It’s amazing how the landscape changes just 30 minutes drive outside LA. Before we knew it we were winding up the mountain toward Disappointment Road (ha) where we parked at the trailhead. The beginning of the trail doesn’t ease you into the hike; it’s straight up and to the top you go:
This was the first time hiking since I’d injured my leg but I was confident that I could do these 6 miles without a problem this weekend. I was wrong, however. About 1 mile in I started to feel it again. We continued on and completed two miles before we decided I should probably let it rest some more instead of risking making it worse. So these pictures are of the two miles to the top of the saddle. If we were to complete the trail, it would go 1 or so miles up Mount Lowe straight after the saddle.
The views were spectacular on the way up.
When you make it to the saddle, this is what you see – the entire city of Los Angeles at the bottom. Camera doesn’t really do it justice. We decided to stop here, have some lunch, and just take in the views.
Jacob is standing on what used to be a ski lift (I think we read that somewhere?) that burned when a forest fire caught here in 2009. You could tell the fire was a big one. Tons of downed trees and piles of wood chips from the clean up efforts. This trail actually runs right along a fire access road which is only used by fire trucks in case of a forest fire. These past few weeks, actually, have been bad for brush fires around the city. It seems like one is on the news almost every day. The drought is at its worst this year, and I’m sure parts of the forest will go up in flames before summer is over with. It’s just something they have to deal with a lot here, unlike the Smokies where it’s not so common.
Anyway, really hoping to feel 100% on the next hike. We’ve also got plans in the making for a backpacking weekend this month which I’m really excited about.
In other news, we felt our second earthquake this week. Woke us both up in the middle of the night. It sounds like thunder is right on top of your roof and feels like a giant is jumping around outside. I’ve never felt anything like it. It will definitely take some time to get used to those.
We also went to a housewarming party for one of Jacob’s co-workers. His wife made an amazing spread of Korean food which was so, so delicious. The housewarming gift situation was a little humorous. His co-worker doesn’t drink so the typical bottle of wine was out. We opted to make some cookies and take them instead. While we were walking in with our baked goods, his other Korean co-workers and friends were bringing practical things like Costco-sized amounts of toilet paper and paper towels. Makes total sense, but it was funny to see what an American vs Korean will bring to a housewarming party. I’ll be sure to bring 5 gallons of laundry detergent next time.