Saturday, June 6, 2015

JMT Training Hike 3: Noble Canyon, Bottom Up

Today a friend and I hiked 9 miles of Noble Canyon. More specifically, we began at the bottom of the 10 mile trail and hiked 4.5 miles up it, then went back to the car. It's a 10 mile trail going one way, but if you want to do the entire thing you need to park a car at either end (or hike a total of 20 miles). I love this hike because the ecosystems change as you go. We hiked as far as the oak woodland, but turned around before we reached the pine forests above.

Directions to get there: We did the hike backwards from these directions and description, parking at Pine Creek Rd.

We were greeted at the trailhead by this horned lizard:
San Diego Coast Horned Lizard

Actually, greeted is probably not the right word. He (or she) wanted nothing to do with us. We actually saw a second one too.

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Imbricate Phacelia

Lupine
Lupine

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Mariposa Lily
Golden Bowl Mariposa Lily

Mariposa Lily
Splendid Mariposa Lily

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Diamond Clarkia

Chinese Houses
Chinese Houses, forming little pagodas

Chinese Houses
Chinese Houses, beneath Basket Bush

Woolly Blue Curls
Woolly Blue Curls

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Wine-Cup Clarkia, Evening Primrose Family

White Snapdragon
White Snapdragon

White Snapdragon
Close-up of White Snapdragon

Larkspur
Larkspur

All in all, I'm feeling good about my physical ability to complete the JMT if I keep training as I have. Unfortunately, I have enormous blisters on my pinky toes on both feet at the moment, and I'm going to have to forgo the long hikes until they heal.

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