Hike #1 was grueling. It was harder than I thought. I huffed and puffed like a lifelong smoker even though I’ve never smoked in my life. But I kept a strong pace and tried my hardest not to stop to photograph every blooming wildflower, but time was not on my side. Sweaty, tired and satisfied with the trek up Echo Mountain, I turned around soon after sunset. There’s one thing to be hot and tired during the day, but on a trail alone at night? Stumbling the additional half mile to the Echo Mountain peak wasn’t worth risking my safety.
What I learned on the hike:
- I’m indeed out of shape. This project is going to be an uphill battle (no pun intended) but I’m up for the challenge.
- I hike downhill a lot better and longer than I hike uphill. Some may think this is obvious thanks to the power of gravity, but hiking downhill uses different muscles than hiking uphill and many find it to be tough.
- Hiking with music has its positives and negatives. I enjoy music that motivates me to hike, but I miss out on the sounds of nature. I’ll have to think about how to solve this in the future.
- Although I broke two cardinal rules of hiking (Thou Shall Not Hike Alone and Thou Shall Not Hike At Night), I really enjoy hiking alone at night. It’s cooler, quieter, and a lot of wildlife comes out to look for food (soon to be blogged about at my other site, bugshutterbug.com.)
Hike #1 Trip Stats:
- Date of hike: May 5th, 2009
- Location: Sam Merrill Trail - Altadena, California
- Duration: 2 hours, 11 minutes
- Length: 4 miles
- Average speed: 1.8 mph
- Altitude at start: 1, 754 feet
- Altitude max: 2,828 feet
This map was made with the data my GPS captured on the hike. For a more detailed trip report map, check this out.