Monday, August 6, 2012
Hiked 2012.053 -- Carbon Canyon Regional Park to Gilman Peak, Chino Hills State Park
This was my last hike of July, leaving me at 53. I would still need to average nearly ten hikes a month for the rest of the year to reach another century. It'll be tough, particularly with the additional part-time job.
Unfortunately, I forgot my camera for this hike. Fortunately, it's mostly over land I had covered before. In fact, I was largely trying to finish a hike I wanted to have done June 18. (Goodness, but time flies! I was thinking this was just a few weeks ago. No wonder I was so frustrated at not being able to fit this one in earlier!). The few shots with this blog post were taken with my camera, and it took me about 18 months to finally get them off my phone and to this blog.
Once on Telegraph, it's a long but mostly flat (slight descent) all the way back to Carbon Canyon. Dried grass and a few trees covered the hills on either side of me.
I saw a couple of pods of quail along the way. Lots of lizards. One HUGE tarantula up on the North Ridge Trail, and also one large cow, also on the North Ridge Trail.
my first hike in Chino Hills State Park, although those were taken in February, when the park was green. The only significant greenery I saw on this hike was down along the bottom of Telegraph Canyon. There's a little bit of water still down there. Lots of poison oak there, too. I bet the deer must come out after dark to feast on that.
About eight miles for the day. Wonderful day of hiking. Probably won't be another day that cool for quite a while.