A View from North Chalone Peak
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
I hiked to the North Chalone Peak in Pinnacles National Monument today. The total miles hiked was 8.7 miles in about 4 hours, and I burned over 3300 calories according to my HRM. The view was very nice, but unfortunately my camera battery was low, and died after about 10 pictures, but I figure this will give me a reason to hike back and get some more shots! There is also a South Chalone Peak that is about an extra 1.5 miles from the North peak, so I may try that trail next time.
It was pretty cold at the top, and the ground was still frozen in the shaded areas. I would hate to get stuck up there overnight! The elevation at the top was around 3300 feet, and from the trail head, I made an elevation gain of about 2200 feet. I had my lunch of an apple, carrots, and string cheese at the top, but with the calories I had burned, I probably could have brought a couple of steaks with me :)
I'm recovering much faster now after these hikes. When I started hiking, I would need about a week to let my body recover, but now, I'm pretty much ready to go after about a day of rest. I think I should be ready for some nice trails in Yosemite by next year!
The rest of the shots can be viewed at: www.pbase.com/markjahn/h