Trail Difficulty – Moderate
Trail Type – Forest Road
Distance – 7.7 miles
Elevation Gain – 980 Feet
Camera in hand we headed out for Hike 16 and the Weekly Photo Challenge; Summer.
This week was all about elevation gain as we headed out for my first hike since I fell at the garden. I discovered that I can hike a steady grade and pace myself so I can breathe.
My biggest challenge now is my feet and the boots I am wearing; once again I have blisters between my toes. Next week we are heading to REI to invest in some real boots. If anyone has suggestions I would love to hear them.
We had a destination in mind – Lost Lake nestled at the top of a forest road almost 1,000 feet up. We were surprised by the number of ponds we saw along the way making the trip that much better.
No stalking alpaca or serial killers on this hike, just a lot of chipmunks – the very definition of Summer. This one was fat enough that he allowed me to get pretty close.
As we gained elevation, the views in between the trees became more and more striking.
Wildflowers had started to bloom with amazing colors – I could do a whole post just on them.
Towards the top we saw a break in the trees with a peek at the mountains in the background – this was my reward. A view I would have never seen sitting on the couch.
The best part was that my legs were not tired, I could breathe, and the idea of hiking the Inca Trail seemed within my grasp – I just have to solve the boot problem.
Truly a wonderful day.