Up the hill, a little late in the day
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April 5th, 2009 – by: cneoridium
On the way back, the line of cars starting to pull away from the Mount Woodson trailhead reminded me that I hadn't climbed the mountain in a while. There's the regular trail, an 8-mile deathmarch through dusty, chaparral covered hills, up from Lake Poway, or then there's what the hiking types consider cheating, the old communication site access road up the back that climbs the quarter mile of elevation gain in about 2 miles, from 1600 feet to about 2900 feet. I prefer the cheating way, I just want to get to the top.
It was 6:30 in the evening before I got started up, so I had to sprint up pretty quick to make it for the sunset.
The sun set right as I got to the top, which was nice. I spent a little too long taking pictures, and ended up walking most of the way back down in the dark. That's okay, there was a big moon and the road is steep, but paved, so there's not much to trip over except potholes. Once it was completely dark, I remembered that Mount Woodson is sort of the mountain lion capital of the region... I did a lot of looking over my shoulder and trying to look scary as I passed by dense chaparral and under oak canopies, probably teeming with hungry lions, realizing that they eat deer, and I'm a whole lot smaller and softer than a muledeer : )
If you like hiking and are in San Diego, this is a nice short, but strenuous hike with a nice payoff - a view of most of western San Diego County on a clear day.
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