This hike is going to be brutal. I know it but I have to do it. I’m doing everything I can too not feel too anxious.
The last time I was here on a hot summer afternoon, I had to give up and complete it a different time. Today, I had to conquer this hill. This time I had two strong allies on my side: experience, and better planning.
My goal was a modest 11.2 mile hike with about 1,850 feet of total climb. The section I struggled with two years ago was a 1,000 foot climb in just over a mile. It was a hot summer afternoon and I almost made it to the top before concluding it was best to turn around and live another day. I completed the section from the opposite direction later.
At 7:10 AM, I pulled into the Round Valley Regional Preserve parking lot. The temperature this early was a cool 56 degrees. It looked like an awesome day to hike. Conditions were windy and a little cold but those would only help me in my hike. Out here, I’ll gladly take windy and cold over hot and stuffy conditions.