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“Butterfly & Berries” was taken at the Elk Meadow area of California’s Redwood Coast. This photo was taken on July 10, 2013.
The Hike: “Avocado Grove” – Out & Back Hike
Location: Crestridge Ecological Reserve – San Diego County
We started this hike at the main entrance of the Crestridge Ecological Reserve. Before arriving, I was under the impression that there would be posted trail maps at the visitor information station. Aside from rattlesnake and mountain lion warnings, the rest of the bulletin board was bare.
I initially expected the hike to continue through an oak grove and remain shaded; however, this was not the case. The temperature felt extremely hot and we did not carry enough water for the conditions. Most of the hike was uphill. (Both ways! Ha!) The trail eventually returned to another oak grove and slightly after this point we decided to turn back.
I do not know the total distance or elevation gains for this hike. I wore my Fitbit; which reported at least five miles and sixty “flights of stairs” were completed. (I don’t recall the exact numbers.)
The Hike: Tenaja Falls
Distance: 1.4 Miles – Out & Back
Location: Cleveland National Forest
Elevation Gain: 300′ to the Falls
Total Elevation: 1570′
Other Information: $5/Day Adventure Pass is needed and cannot be purchased at the trailhead.
Starting at the Tenaja Falls Trailhead, it is a relatively quick hike to the (currently dry) falls. The most difficult part is realizing that you need to cross the stream in order to remain on the trail. The stream was completely dry a little ways down which made crossing simple.
The falls were completely dry; however, the views were pretty despite the graffiti and occasional litter. There were several other groups of hikers hanging out near the falls and we decided to return to the trailhead. We ended up hiking another four miles through San Mateo Canyon on Fisherman’s Camp Trail – which I will share as a separate hike. 🙂
Later on, I read about mountain lion sightings in the area which occurred several years ago. This led to further reading about mountain lions spotted in many of my recent hiking locations; which continues to fuel both my intrigue and fear of lions.
This hike was taken on May 26, 2013.