I hadn't done Palisade this year, so after work I headed over to Deem to knock out this trail. Parked on the west side and did a CCW loop starting on the Circumference. I'm guessing it was about 1.5 miles before I hit the Palisade which I took up and over the hill down to where it connects to the water tank road. From there I jumped back on the Circumference and continued my CCW loop back to the TH. Weather was awesome. Nice breeze for the entire run. Only saw 3 hikers, a chipmunk and a bunch of lizards.
After work jog. Wanted to get a run involving the Palisade. Started from the east side off of W Pinnacle Ave. Went CCW on Circumference to where it connected to the Basalt Trail. The Basalt "T" ed into the Palisade. First, I headed up the hill following the trail south and then east to where it ended at the Circumference. Then took the Circumference to the first trail connector that connects the Circumference with the Palisade. This put me back on the Palisade and caused me to redo some of the Palisade (about .5miles), but this brought me back to the part of the Palisade that I needed to finish the Palisade. The Palisade ends at the road leading to the watershed. Took the road back to the Circumference and that back to the TH. Saw one other trail runner . No wildlife. A good breeze made for a very pleasant day.
After hiking Gavilan Peak, I headed over to check out Deem Hills. I started counter clockwise on the circumference trail and by the time I reached the Palisades Trail I figured out where all the trails led and run a bit of all of them in a figure 8. I really liked this park, just wish it wasn't so far from home.
So last Friday I saw a neighbor out in Deem Hills hiking all the trails in the park. That sounded interesting, so I decided to do the same today. I started about quarter past 8 so it was pretty warm when I finished exactly four hours later. I covered every single trail in Deem Hills, including all the crosscut and access trails along with Water Tank Road. Well, all except the CAP Road Trail (except where the Circumference Trail follows it. I stopped for a couple minutes at the east entrance and sucked down a Gatorade under the ramada, then I stopped for maybe a minute to use the restroom at the west entrance. Obviously, I had to hike some of the trails twice but I tried to keep that to a minimum. Fun day!
Met @afrankie for a quick trip to Deem Hills. The humidity reminded me more of Florida! Felt good to REALLY sweat it out. We hit the summit and the little scramble to the true summits and then went back down.
Saw a couple literally dragging their shibe anu dogs to go on the hike.
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Beat the heat and went for a morning hike with @jasoncleghorn around Deem Hills. Began at the western TH and went up and through Deem Hills to return, similar to the Figure 8. Only low 80s but the humidity kicked it up a notch. As we're both easterners the return of sweat was a familiar feel of summer's past. Took a look at the map upon finishing and realized after today's hike I've walked the whole park - enjoy the different loop opportunities here.
After the good schvitz this morning I now have any justification needed for tonight's Canada Day celebratory poutine...
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Well it was a nice morning for a hike and when I got to the trailhead there was one car. I had a little extra time before my doctors appointment and decided to add the west half of the circumference trail to my hike.
I did get a picture of a Chuckwalla that I really wasn't sure it was one until I upload my photos. I had second thoughts maybe it was coloring on the rocks as it never moved and I used all the zoom my camera had.
And when I got close to the trailhead there was still one car mine
Did a slightly modified version of the Deem Hills Inner Figure Eight this morning. There must have been a hot air balloon fest going on this morning because I counted 18 balloons to the north. There was an odd Ford Mustang in the lot this morning when I got there (I was the first one there beside this Mustang). It was parked perpendicular to the parking spaces and across from the parking spaces. I didn't see anyone in the vehicle and it was still there at the end of my hike. Creepy! Anyway, started on the Circumference Trail and headed south to the Basalt Trail, then hopped on Palisades east back to Circumference to Ridgeline to Circumference again to Basalt/Palisades to the water res road back to the trailhead. Nice to get out for a longer morning quickie with some decent elevation.
Just a beautiful morning for a hike. I was really surprised by how many people that were out on the trails.
More flowers blooming and I did have a young lady tell me that seen a couple of snakes on the trail but didn't know what they were. I however did not have such luck. Of course seeing my first Chuckwalla of the year was nice.
Just a really nice pleasant morning.
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