Every day Since moving in here, I wake up to see that peak. And each day I have wondered about getting up there and looking back down towards the house. Well on Friday I set off to accomplish that feat, departing home on my bicycle about 1030am after a hearty breakfast and some snack/lunch packed.
Well about 30 minutes into my bike ride, I had made it up the road a few miles and reached my first dirt road of the day to enjoy my mountain bike on. And as soon as I got started down the dirt road, off goes the chain dangling uselessly due to a link popping out. I had assembled this chain so user error at its finest! I managed to cobble it back together using a couple rocks as hammers but this wouldn’t hold for a long ride so I did the safe thing and rode back home.
At least I got to enjoy the nice views, the perfect biking weather, and a sweet rewarding downhill jam back to base, taking care not to pedal much to avoid faceplanting. One could consider this defeat but to me this merely a set back. I took the afternoon off to eat my lunch, enjoy some peaceful time at home, and work on a wiring project to get the house wired up for ethernet. Still determined, I set off at about 330pm in the Miata along with a roommate to just drive to the trail head and tackle the peak on foot solely. And boy was it worth the determination!
From the trailhead, the mountains awaited us and the entertaining Canyon carve to get there was just icing on the cake. My roommate was like most people unfamiliar with miatas enthused by the cramped interior, the openness of top down life, and also scared shitless of how fast we drove there. Granted, I was going at about 50% and probably didn’t even break the speed limit but everything feels fast when your inches off the ground, the turns are full on Rollercoaster tight, and you aren’t in control of the vehicle. Anyways, the hike was the real adventure so off we went to complete the hike before sundown!
As we neared the top, the view was a bit obscured and seemed like a bad sign for being able to actually see what we came there for. But when we reached the final precipice we could see just enough that I knew it was worth waiting it out and seeing if it would clear up. And boy did it open up to some majesty!
Panoramic views from Catalina island in the south to all the way past Ventura at the North and all of the channel Islands in between. The green valleys, blue ocean, and faraway houses dotting the landscape. Pictures do not do it justice but believe me that it was spectacular. The way the overlook was exposed to a sheer drop-off and the clear skies and spring conditions just made it wonderful. We enjoy some silence, some breathing, and then made our way back down under the rapidly setting sun. Thankfully we saw very few people on this hike, easily keeping up social distancing. That would have been absolutely impossible to accomplish on Saturday considering what the parking lot looked like, so we timed it just right.
So, mission accomplished; If you can see it, you can hike to it!