HIking Kitchen Creek
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Today the boys are with their mother so I decided to try something different than a peak hike. I decided I wanted to hike to a water fall. I picked one of two hikes to do. The hike I decided on was to Kitchen Creek Falls in the Cleveland National Forest. The trailhead is at a place called Boulder Oaks off of I-8. To reach the trailhead, you take I-8 from San Diego until you get to the Buckman Springs off ramp. Make a left off the freeway to Old Highway 80 and turn left. There used to be a market at the trailhead, but according to my hiking companion for today, it has not been there for years. There is a large place to pull off the road at the trailhead. I noticed there is a bus stop there as well, but I dont know what route it is.
Before I go any further I wish to describe my hiking companion for today. This is the woman that started my whole obsession with hiking. She has become a good friend and I really enjoy spending time with her. I had at one time hoped that there could be more than just a friendship there, but I now realize that the friendship means more to me than anything else. Yes I might lay it on a bit thick about her being a beautiful woman every now and then...but damn it she is. Both on the outside...but even more importantly...on the inside. I think one of the most enjoyable parts of this hike, was when we just sat, enjoyed the sun, and the day and chatted once we eventually found the falls area of the hike.
After an approx 45 min drive to the trailhead. We crossed Old Highway 80 and started our hike. My companion had us stretch a bit before we left, and reminded me that the important stretch would be when we got back. The hike leaves the road way on a hard packed dirt track that leads back into the canyon. At times the track is very narrow, and changes from a sandy bottom, to loose packed gravel, to hard packed dirt. The trail itself has a moderate incline as it tracks back into the canyon. In fact the incline was so subtle at times that we did not realize it was actually going up...until we were on the return leg and could tell it was deff going down. I like that kind of trail. This hike has a great visual appeal. You meander through oak groves, open plains, and canyon walls.
Now this hike is suppose to be approx 5 miles round trip. Well it is 5 miles if you notice the trail marker that indicates where you should turn off to go down towards the river and the falls. We did not! We both missed the marker....and our hike continued. (We estimate we hiked about 8 miles total?) But you know what, that was fine, a beautiful day, a beautiful guide (she was ahead of me.
We climbed back up to the trail, and then decided to keep going along the trail we were on to see where it went.
To soon it was time to start back. Ugg, the uphill climb to get back to the main trail. I thought I would really hate this part...but a secret...I did not. I know I was still huffing and puffing a bit, but I made it back. It was on this up hill trek that we finally passed our fellow hikers.