I wanted to hike today, since this is really the only day I’ll have available for hiking for at least a week. However – 1. it was supposed to rain (or snow in the uppers) and 2. i couldn’t get anyone else to come with. therefore, i decided to do mount wilson toll road, as this is a fairly familiar trail for me and would be safe from flash floods or what-not.
i got out at about 10am or so. i parked in the eaton canyon lot and walked down the normal eaton canyon trail to the toll road/bridge. from there, i just went up…up…up. i saw exactly three hikers on the way up. well, 2. the other person was a guy in carharts and holding a crossbow. as i went up, up, and up, i entered into increasingly overcast conditions. i arrived at henninger flats after about 70 minutes and was completely surrounded by fog…and cold. the temp at henninger was easily 10 degrees less than the eaton lot; i’d guess it was about 55 or so. add in the rain and that means it was COLD. i was trying out a new rain shell jacket and pants. the pants did great, especially with my ex-offio’s, but the jacket didn’t fare so well. in fact, i was pretty soaked. and cold.
i pushed on past henninger and got to the idlehour trailhead, which is a bit under 5 miles from the eaton lot. at this point in time, i decided to abandon my goal of summitting wilson in the rain. however, i still wanted a double digit distance total, so i went on a bit further, and then turned around. nothing really exciting to report, honestly. just walking in the rain 🙂
there were a couple cool things out there, however. for one, i was able to try out my brand new garmin 310xt and LOVED it. seriously, every hiker needs one. how could i have gotten to this place in life without one?! so now i can add maps and other data into these posts. yay. also, autumn is beginning for the trees off of the toll road. i saw lots of oranges and yellows and reds. i’d guess that in a couple weeks, that place will be an autumn wonderland!
Garmin Connect – Details (<–trip log, etc…)
got out for a nice, leisurely hike today with my friend natalie. we did the standard route from icehouse canyon trailhead to the saddle via icehouse (not chapman trail). ’twas beautiful out – about 72 and sunny. If you haven’t done this trail before, I’d recommend it. Even if you’re not a huge hiker, doing just a mile of this trail is beautiful, especially with the autumn colors (see pictures). Otherwise, the distance is a hair over 7 miles or so with a gentle elevation gain throughout.
-springs are all cooking pretty well right now
-trail was crowded, but its still a peaceful place and most other hikers are way cool and respectful.
-ran into a ranger at the trailhead. he was cleaning out the stalls. one of the nicest, coolest rangers i’ve ever come across. it’s always fun to meet cool people.