Updating my IG page on my #52hikechallenge2019 hikes:
#Hike10 - hiked in a very nice canyon in the San Mateo Wilderness, then up and out of the canyon for a loop hike. Canyon was pretty, got some good elevation change by making it a loop, but had to walk on a paved road for part of the way back. Next time, I do it as a shuttle or an out-and-back. (I hate having to hike on roads.) .
. #Hike11 - Sunset Peak. Yes, my streaks are now green. (Green in March for St. Patrick's Day and April for 4/20 and Earth Day.) Good hike, interesting stuff at the top, and nice views. Downside was that the gate was closed at the end of the road, so had to hike partway on road. I plan on going back to see if the old, steep trail is usable, since my friend and I just stuck to the wide, main trail.
#Hike12 - Finally made it to Etiwanda Falls! It's a popular trail direct to the falls, which meant the usual troubles: too many people for my taste, graffiti, people bringing their dogs when dogs are not allowed, and problems parking at the trailhead. But we also took the trails into the preserve to go check out the historical sites, and those were much more peaceful and enjoyable. (I did get to have a moment of schadenfreude listening to a Preserve employee telling people dogs weren't allowed and they needed to leave, and hearing him say he was just waiting for the tow truck to come for some illegally parked cars.) .
#Hike13 - Devil's Chair and Devil's Punchbowl with a professional geologist! I love a hike paired with science. Learned some interesting things. The hike is a little challenging, mostly because the trail is washed out in parts and has a couple of sketchy areas. This was also my first hike this year that I've seen a snake- a Striped Racer that was too fast for me to get a picture of. .
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