One of the things that I did as 2017 came to an end and 2018 began was sit down and think of some goals for the year. Some goals turned into almost 20, and almost all of them are adventure related, and if I’m adventuring, you better believe I’m bringing the dogs with me.
I think the hardest goal I set for myself is to go on 104 hikes this year. That means every weekend involves hiking both Saturday and Sunday. Which is rough for me because I really enjoy sleeping in. This past month I did not get in hikes every weekend with the dogs (for good reason, I was in Iceland) but we did manage to go on 6 hikes, for a total of just over 25 miles and 4300 feet in elevation gain.
Mt Baden-Powell (halfway)
Hanging out partway to the summit with our buddies @gameofdanes.
The first hike of the year was supposed to be Big Horn Mine Trail. A short flat hike. But when I parked and met up with some hiking buddies we took the obvious path and started climbing. And then climbing more. Switchback after switchback after switchback. This was not the hike I was expecting. And for good reason. We had picked the trail to the summit. And while it is on my list of goals for this year. I did not have the proper supplies ie snacks, for the dogs or me. I might have been just a little whiny on the trail since it was not what I had mentally prepared for. The pups and I will be back for a successful summit in a few months.
One of my favorite morning hikes is to Millard Falls. A 30 ft waterfall found super close to Pasadena. It’s just about 2 miles round trip. With a couple of stream crossings. Which with our drought is not likely to even get your feet wet. The actual trail had boulders and deciduous trees. It is very shaded. The falls are much more impressive after a rain fall. But pretty any time of year. Tip: get there early. We finished our hike and here was a bus load of kids about to hit the trail.
Big Horn Mine Trail
Checking our the mine with our buddy @mynameisotto
I headed back the very next weekend to do this trail. And it was totally worth it. An easy 4 miles. Constant mountain view’s. And a gold mine at the end of the trail. History and hiking. Two of my favorite things. Of course, the trail was a little harder then expected because portions of it were covered in ice. Luckily we made it safely there and back, staying on our feet the entire time.
LA Scenic Byway
Took our buddy Tolkien from @thurisia_akk for this sunrise hike
This hike was really not spectacular. Wide fire trail, super rocky, and overall just not that pretty. I probably wouldn’t do it again. That being said we got there just at sunrise which made everything just amazing.
Charton Flats To Vetter Mountain
Puppy hiking with Potion from @thurisia_akkThis hike was another easy one that ended up going on much longer then intended because I missed the trail turn off. I had read a lot of reports that the hike was on a fire road. Which it was for 75% of the trail. But there was a turnoff from the fire road that you would easily miss if you blinked. The views from the top made the hike worth while. There’s also a ton of vault toilets on this hike on one side of the loops. And last … San Antonio Falls Another trail that’s mostly a fire road. It’s a short 2 miles round trip. With a pretty falls ad your destination. I normally let the dogs frolic in the falls if it’s empty there, but on this hike I saw a deer drinking at the falls, which was magical for me. And for the dogs, they wanted to play with a new friend. So they stayed on leash while we climbed the rocks at the base of the falls. With that list of our hikes trying to reach our goals for 2018 what are some of your resolutions?