My longest hike ever...8.6 miles!
Monday, November 30, 2009
The weather was great, and I decided to get out and do one more hike before the Thanksgiving week was over. I went back to the Pinnacles on Sunday, and took the same steep trail I took on Friday. This time, I took a different trail back, and ended up doing an extra 1.6 miles, but this turned out to be the most difficult trail I had been on.
This trail had some narrow pathways, and there were some that I worried that I may not be able to squeeze through. There were narrow paths that were along side of overhanging cliffs, so I had to take off my backpack, and scrunch down to make it through. On top of all this, there were also parts of the trail where steps were carved into the rock on the side of the cliff, so you had to grab onto a metal pole that was embedded in the rock and climb up the cliff to the next level of the trail. There was a point were I was starting to get a little nervous that I wouldn't be able to continue any further, but I also knew that going back would not be very easy at this point either. The thought of getting stuck and waiting for a ranger to rescue me really started to make me worry, and I really didn't know how that would be possible given my location. Luckily, I made it through worse parts of this trail, and it was a pretty normal downhill hike from then on. I think it will be awhile before I attempt to do this trail again, but there were some nice views :)
It was dark when I got back, but the moon was out, so it made for a nice walk back to my car. When done, I hiked a total of 8.6 miles in 5 hours, and burned over 3800 calories according to my heart rate monitor!
Here are some shots, and the rest are at: www.pbase.com/markjahn/h