Vincent Gap to Baden Powell

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Today Angelica, Mark and I hiked another local mountain trail in Wrightwood. Again making the best of the day we started our climb a little after 6 am.  Early is the best time to hike in this heatwave we are experiencing here in So Cal. We started with a temperature of about 69 degrees and finished at about 10:30 am with the temperature at about 82 degrees.

 

 

The temperature in Spain today was 100 so our heatwave is a great way for us to get acclimated to temperatures we may experience while hiking the Camino.

You can see the sun peeking through the trees as we start our ascent of 2,500 ft in 4 miles.

You can see the sun peeking through the trees as   we start our ascent of 2,500 ft in 4 miles.

This trail was pretty much all up hill for 4 miles with 40 switchbacks, nice trails and great views.  The elevation gain was 2,500 ft in 4 miles.  If you are not familiar with elevation gain that is pretty steep. We took about 8 rest stops to catch our breath and let our heart rate drop back to normal.  My average heart rate at rest is about 75, today it reached as high as 160 at one point with an average of  118.

We reached the top in about two hours which is pretty great as this hike is rated as strenuous.  The views were spectacular as you could stand on Limber Spine and see both sides of the mountain.

Limber Spine

Limber Spine

We take a break, have a snack, enjoy the views and great weather and make a plan to come back next week to take the same trail, but next week we will continue another 7.2 miles to Islip Saddle.  We will have to leave a car at either end of this hike as we are not ready to hike 22 miles round trip.

At the top and still smiling.

At the top and still smiling.

Well hydrated and rested we head back down the hill which takes us about 1 1/2 hours and head over to Grizzly Cafe in Wrightwood for a nice meal and more discussions about our trip to Spain.

4th of July Hike from Grassy Hollow to Vincent Gap via PCT

My cousin Nilda and cousin Anna were in town for the funeral of my Mom’s oldest sister, Tia Fela, earlier in the week. It was an opportunity to see the familia under less than perfect circumstances.  We will miss her as she had a sense of humor and was not shy about speaking her mind. It was nice to spend time with her at the end of her life.

 

Angelica and Mark in the back, Anna to my right, Andi and Nilda in front

Angelica and Mark in the back, Anna to my right, Andi and Nilda in front

We decided to take a day to enjoy nature, get out of the heat of the desert and spend some time together under the best of circumstances. Six of us decided to get up early and take to the local mountains in Wrightwood via the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT).  I may have mentioned the PCT runs from Deep Creek in Hesperia all the way through Wrightwood and beyond.

 

The girls trekking through the forest.   My new poles in upper left had corner.

The girls trekking through the forest.
My new poles in upper left had corner.

 


I decided to put on my almost completely filled “Camino” backpack that weighed 17 pounds to date.  I was in for a big surprise.  Angelica and I had previously completed this hike with a light backpack.

IMG_0751Although it was a bit difficult in places it no way compared to hiking with a 17 pound backpack.  Needless to say I was trailing behind anytime we had a climb.  This hike was about 7.5 miles with an elevation gain of about 1,000 ft. We completed this hike in 3 hrs and 22 minutes which include a quick snack break and many gasping for air breaks.

The weather cooperated and a great time was had by all.

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