View from the top of Snively's Ridge, Carmel, California, USA, Planet Earth, Milky Way Galaxy, etc... 7ish miles, elevation gain approx 1800 from bottom to top via the elaborate trail system at #garlandranch Monterey County regional park in Carmel Valley. Grade average =15%, includes a handful of obnoxious 30%ers.
views include the rest of Carmel Valley, the Salinas mountains, Fremont Peak, a smidge of smog laden Monterey Bay and the Coastal Ranges, neighboring Pinyon Peak, Vasquez Knob, and Saddle Mountain, and out over the mountains of the northernmost end of Big Sur country (Twin Peaks, Mt Carmel, Devils Peak, & Bixby Mt, etc). Took me a painful overheated 8ish hours in the crazy hot today, but not only did I make it to the top (woo/ouch), I read the entirety of A Man Called Ove, a chapter or two at shady switchback corners at a time (I stopped a lot. Like a lot.). Seriously awesome book. #everyoneshouldreadit
Ultimately: The best worst hike idea EVER for early summer.
Things I learned:
1. The higher up you go, the nicer everyone on the trail is
2. Start earlier in the day for day long fiascos. I know this, I'm just not always great at it. #reminderToSelf
3. We should be very VERY grateful for our road infrastructure and the willingness of our ancestors to traipse around the planet under rougher conditions #gratitude
4. Nature smells very nice. It's a shame we've both mucked up our local environmental smells and lost considerable olfactory power over the last several centuries. Imagine what the world used to smell like for previous generations of humans and still does for most other animals. So please dogowners take your pups out in nature more often so that they can sniff the good, non-man-contaminated stuff.
Things spotted on the trail:
5 regular dogs, 1 wolf dog
1 adorable quail-esque chick
Mantra of the day: never give up, never surrender. A #GalaxyQuest quote for when you've overextended your entirely out-of-shape-self on a ridiculously strenous hike #endurancetraining
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#centralcoast #carmelvalley #california #sniveleysridge
#bigsur #salinas #monterey #trails