Hiking L.A.

Blogged: June 5, 2007

Josephine Peak

Hiked: February 19, 2007.

I know it's June and I'm just now getting around to posting a hike from February. I swear I have a good excuse. Or a couple of good excuses. Here are the highlights:
  1. I don't have a (full-time) desk job anymore. This means I don't have copious amounts of spare time to stare at a computer.
  2. I have other writing duties. A nice publisher is actually paying me to write something, so Hiking L.A. becomes a lesser priority.
  3. I've been knitting like a madwoman, and last time I checked you can't hike or type while knitting. Oh yes, and they're also paying me to knit.

• Length: 8 miles
• Elevation gain/loss: 1900'
• Location: San Gabriels
• Type of Hike: Out and back.

Satisfied? I know, I know. I'm a bad blogger. I hope you all will forgive me.

What's the first step to winning your forgiveness? Sucking up, of course!

This hike is dedicated to Casey at Modern Hiker who hiked this peak a while back. I would definitely check out his post to find out more information on this hike.

BF and I chose to do this hike because we wanted something quick but not too easy. As usual, it was getting late and we didn't want to get stuck hiking in the dark. Because it was closeby and the trail itself was a fire road, we figured we could get up and back before the sun went down.

It was a cool, brisk day, which is always refeshing in Southern California. As we started up the hill, I was moderately concerned about some swirling clouds nearby. Call me crazy, but I'm sensitive about getting caught on a mountain peak during a thunderstorm. Luckily, the clouds stayed South of us. Here's a view of Strawberry Peak with the clouds:

Strawberry Peak

To get up to the peak, the fire road steadily climbs up the South side of the mountain for the first few miles. For the last mile or so, you disappear behind the mountain and get an awesome view of the San Gabriels to the North. The only downside to this was that the North side of the mountain was quite cold. So cold it froze my energy bar. Oh well.

Here are a few views as you're heading up the mountain:

Downtown L.A.

See downtown L.A.?

At the top it was gorgeous:
View from Josephine Peak

And then it was time to head down because the sun was setting. Here's a panorama of the sunset

BF and I almost jogged down the mountain because it was such an easy trail. That and the light was fading. Thankfully, we only needed to use our flashlights for the last hundred yards or so.

More photos at on flickr.

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At 9:59 AM, Anonymous The Hiking Site said...

Nice work. I used to do a lot of hiking the San Gabriels, but since I've moved back to L.A. this Spring, I just haven't gotten out at all. Checking out your pictures is getting me motivated.


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