Marion Mountain Trail
Two weeks seems to be my limit. If my feet haven't moved me through a landscape, or if I haven't ridden a bike through the hills, I begin to get a little antsy, cranky, and depressed. This fall has probably been a little worse than usual, since our summer was quite a bit less active than normal. For the first time since probably the late 1990s, I didn't get out on a backpack during the summer. In fact, for the entire year of 2018, I haven't made it out on a backpack, and I probably won't. It's a disturbing occurrence to me that hopefully isn't a trend.
I needed a day out, and Mt. San Jacinto is my usual choice if I really need to exhaust myself. I chose the Marion Mountain Trail -- a new option that I haven't tried before. The trail was great, a fairly constant ascent, which was exactly what I was looking for. For a very short distance, this trail up to San Jacinto travels along the Pacific Crest Trail, which is always a dream to walk on. So well graded and pleasant. Next time I may just connect up with the PCT and walk that for a ways since the walking is so nice.
I continued up to the saddle, before a side trail ascends up to the summit of San Jacinto. Summits never interest me too much, especially ones as crowded this one, where many can take a tram most of the way up. So I turned around before reaching the top, and enjoyed my nice walk back down to the car, as a wall of clouds moved in.
Three Days in November
November hikes in the high country are great. I'm still getting used to being able to explore the mountains this late into the season...
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There were definitely times where I muttered to myself that I would never do this trail again...
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It can be hard to see in these times of stupidity, just how lucky we are...
I've been working like crazy, time to slow down and take a hike.
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