SUMMARY: Hiking up Coyote Peak.
Today's conditioning hike, T minus 10 days and counting to our Glacier Point hike, is 4 miles round trip and 950 feet elevation gain.
I decide not to drive 45-50 minutes to join the Sierra Clubbers for a mere 450 feet elevation gain; we have bigger game in mind! And that is Coyote Peak in Santa Teresa County Park, just 15-20 minutes from home. Less poison oak, too, from what I remember of Pulgas Ridge, which is important because the Taj MuttHall Merle Girls are coming along on this one. I'll miss the companionship of the Wednesday Night group, but will probably catch up with them again next time as they come closer to my part of the world.
There's Coyote Peak. Our goal: the radio towers.
The trail goes pretty much steeply up the whole way. Dogs don't care. LET'S GO HUMAN MOM!
Ah, the joys of hiking with dogs and no trash cans anywhere. Plus expired camera batteries.
Hey--we made it! Just over an hour, just under 2 miles, and 950 feet up up up. Stopped for breathers several times and once for a nice big drink. Who cares if the temps are maybe just now dipping below 80? We are studly hikers!
We catch some sunsetty clouds on the way back down.
View all 40 photos, plus a marked-up map, with comments about our adventure.