Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Hiking at the Oliver's

Our friends, Harry and Carroll, told us about a hike near their home. They have hiked half way up the mountain stopping near a large water tank that is in sight of the summet. We were intrigued, so we planned our trek this week to climb the top of that mountain. We parked our car by their home and walked a mile over to the trailhead.

Harry and Carroll Oliver

There were a few trails leading up to the top of the mountain. It was a moderate hike and strenuous in some sections as the trail went straight up the hill. We had to watch our footing because there was loose gravel on a very steep trail. Upon reaching the summit, we were rewarded with a fantastic panorama view. There was also a pile of rocks topped with an American flag and solar powered lighting.

Instead of risking slipping on the steep section of the trail on the way down, we decided to continue across the top hoping to find another trail going down. Luckily we found a trail that lead us to the way down and added two more miles to our trek. The total hike was seven miles.

This is our last organized hike for this season. Summer is here and temperatures our climbing up to 110 degrees F, way too hot for hiking! We may even start surfing soon on the beach. Well... maybe not surfing, but for sure the paddle board. Looking forward to the summer fun!

FYI: We are curious to know what the name of this little mountain is. It's located near Turtle Drive in Banning. There were no signs at the site and no information on the internet maps. If anyone out there knows, please leave a comment.

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